I really liked the simple language, the acting skills of the readers and a sweet, tender story.
Clean and Christian like without trying to convert anyone, this story left me giggling at times, crying at others and rooting like a cheerleader for the leading characters.
Great story, content and context. Loved the different actors/readers for the main characters, even though they had to read several other parts, at times.
I had been enjoying the series up until this book. I was highly disappointed in both the character and narration of Phillipa and the narrator who did Margaux often came off sounding like Bugsy Malone! I DID struggle to finish it and the only reason I did finish it was to keep up with the characters in case I went on to the next book in the series. Listen to it only if you intend to go on in the series and just be prepared for an irritatingly slog of a listen.
Probably nothing. I found the story uninteresting and the characters one dimensional and not terribly likable. The various themes of the book (Christianity, quilting, small town life) were not well integrated. Even though there were dramatic events in the story, they were without the complexity and depth of real life experiences so I was never moved by the characters' situation. I rarely stop listening to a book before it's finished, but even though there were only about 2 hours left, I reached a point where I couldn't stand another minute of it.
I am not sure who was who, but the narrator for Margot had a voice and narration style that grated on my last nerve. She spoke in a breathy, over-dramatic manner and her voice tended to trail off at the end of sentences, making the last few words inaudible. I had to keep adjusting the volume and trying to fill in the missing words. I found myself cringing when the narrators switched.
The narrator for Pippa was good although her Boston accent (which she seemed to forget now and then) was terrible.
Boredom, irritation, more boredom
I happen to be Christian, live in a small Connecticut town, and quilt as a hobby. This story should have hit a note for me but it didn't come close.
This was only the second book I've read by Bostwick, but it won't be the last. I skipped a few from the first book, but easily picked up.
This book was warm and moving and dealt with loss and overcoming it.
I liked the quirks in the characters.
I really love the sense of community she builds into her books.
Narrators were great.
Continue to love Marie Bostwick's books. Such beautiful characters, and heart wrenching story lines. Each book brings tears to my eyes and fills my heart with hope.
The friendships in this book are good, strong, and wonderful. I loved hearing Phillipa's many thoughts and talks with people, "Be still and know I AM" keeps ringing in my head.
Phillipa. Her humor, the heartbreak she overcomes, the friendships, and her willingness to become a better pastor. And of course Waldo!
The Margo part person's voice was a too whispery. I did not care a lot for that voice. But loved it anyway.
There are some surprises on Ties That Bind. The title gives a hint toward what happy relationships might take place. Enjoyed continuing reading more about this lovely little town and these hood friends.
Love to read, love to listen!
I enjoy these characters. The book stands alone, but is even better as a series.
I do not like that different readers have been used in the different books of the series. I get used to the voice of a character, and I don't like to see it changed.
Marie Bostwick knows how to enter our hearts and lives and put us in her stories. She is introspective and sensitive to the foibles of life's' ups and downs without being maudlin or explicit. We are allowed to interpret emotions according to our own ideals and mores. Looking forward to more from the cobbled court.