Romance books usually aren't my thing but I really enjoyed this one and it's become one of my 'comfort' books that I've listened to multiple times.
Roberts has created some well-rounded, intelligent and funny characters (although there are some stereotypes in this story as well) and Julia Whelan makes the story very easy to get lost in.
It was nice 'watching' Abigail blossom from rigid, frosty and guarded to more open and humorous. I loved her self-sufficiency and non-traditional views on relationships and her social awkwardness was endearing. Brooks' laid-back nature, tenacity and in-your-face family was a perfect match for her. The Gleason family's acceptance of Abigail was moving, given her non-relationship with her own mother. Even Bert (the Italian, French & Farsi understanding dog) was a great character; I would've liked to have 'seen' him in action.
Ms. Whelan did a great job with voices and accents. She easily goes from Abigail's straighforward logic to Sylbie to Sunny to a drunken Tybal. There's no confusing any of the characters.
I've found Nora Roberts books to be hit-and-miss but this one hit the mark with me.
Great story and the narration was perfect. Julia Brought the character to life and was perfect for the role. I don't read Nora Roberts and picked this up as a whim and very glad I did.
The audio version really helped me catch details that I missed in the printed copy.
The plot was Amazing all the way to the very end.
The scenes in the beginning of Abigail and Brooks' relationship. To watch her guard slowly come down and allow someone in her life was a beautiful.
No, you need to listen to this book in parts so you do not miss important details.