I have loved all of Kristan Higgins's books, and this was no exception. I am a dog lover, so I enjoyed the way Maggie interacted with her loyal dog and I also loved Malone because he was so surly and quiet, but so lovable at the same time. I highly recommend this book!
The story was a little weird...the main love interest never says more than maybe 30 phrases the entire book, and I found myself left unsatisfied. I kept expecting the author to give him a little more play, at least a few more scenes with Maggie, the main character, so we could get to know him. But we're left with just a few grunts here and there and the surrounding story was just ok. The whole storyline about Father Tim was just weird too. I could summarize this book as "desperate woman falls in love with guy who doesn't talk to her or treat her very well, but he's hot and the only one available so why not." Not one of Higgins better books, in my opinion.
Just finished the Blue Heron series, my first intro to Kristan Higgins, and loved them. This book's male hardly speaks... You never feel a real connection with him. Since most of the remaining books have the same narrator I won't even try them.
The story started off slow, but ended well. The main character was infuriating at times, but she got better. The narration was bad and it was hard to hear at times because her voice tapered off at the end of sentences.
Due to being on the road hours most days, I'm an avid Audible fan! I live vicariously through the stories as the miles pass.
Not to be harsh as I genuinely like this author, but the best thing about this was the narration. Ms. Sands saved it for me. I think I understand that Maggie (leading character) was supposed to inspire you to root for the underdog, the good woman who can't find a good man. But, unfortunately, I just found her continuing, NEVER ending bad choices to become annoying after awhile. Far more emphasis and time is devoted to the wrong relationships / friendships than to the relationship she ultimately winds up in. I was left feeling a little shortchanged, not really understanding what the couple really had going for them other than sex at the end. (Enjoyed Ms. Higgins "Blue Heron" series.
Yes. I have enjoyed both before. This one just didn't work for me in any way.
Yes. This is the first one that I have found disappointing.
I found it depressing and boring.
Your mileage may vary
I have read 3-4 of this author's books and this was by far my favorite, but I actively disliked a couple of them (Blue Heron series is a stinker IMO). Having said that I liked it I still need to state that this book made me cry (and I don't normally cry over books in this genre). I liked the main characters, although the monosyllabic hero is a bit over the top with his ongoing belief that everything goes without saying. I would compare the trials and tribulations of the heroine to the jokes about bad country songs; the specifics of which I mention below.
Specifics from the book, so **Spoiler alert**
Her parents announce they're separated and contemplating divorce, after which her mom moves to another town
Her dog dies
Her twin (who can do no wrong in the mother's eyes) has a beautiful child and "ideal" husband and H is negatively compared to twin over and over
Local friend is pregnant and initially H thinks her sort-of boyfriend (silent guy) is the father, but it turns out daddy-to-be is H's baby brother!
She repeatedly goes on nightmarish first dates and non-dates due to no-shows that struck WAY too close to home for the relationship challenged, such as myself. The abysmal dates include a guy who has obscenely bad table manners and a grandfather
The coup de grace of all the dating horrors: she tells numerous people in her small town that she met a great new Irish guy right before the new Irish priest gives his first sermon.
** end of spoiler details** narrator info below
I was not familiar with Xe Sands and I thought she did a good job. I would be willing to listen to more books which she narrates.
I've read several books by Kristan Higgins and have yet to be disappointed. This one wasn't the best of her books, but it still captured wonderful characters that will touch your heart and make you laugh, and cry. I have a collie exactly like the one in this book and, well, I can't say any more without spoiling the story.
The lead character, Maggie Beaumont, owns and runs the local diner in a small harbor town in Maine. She lives alone in a small upstairs apartment with her devoted collie. The story starts out with the whole town knowing about her crushing on a handsome newcomer to town who turns out to be the new local priest, Father Tim. After a public drunken love confession to the priest, he decides he's going to help her find a romantic interest. Father Tim isn't the best matchmaker, but the blind dates he sets her up on are a very funny part of this book. Gradually she starts seeing the mysterious, solitary, silent lobsterman, Malone. Their relationship is strange at first and the rational part of my brain said they would never last. Much of the book deals with Maggie working out her issues as a result of the estranged relationship she has with her mother and from a humiliating breakup with an old boyfriend.
The narrator did an excellent job in this audio version. If you're looking for graphic erotic content, pass this one by. It's a great book to indulge in a book with more story, more character development and more emotional investment. Ms. Higgins manages to get the point across without the detailed erotic descriptions that you find in so many books these days.
I didn't make it through the entire book. The narrator just ruined it for me unfortunately.
Her voice seemed whiny most of the time...and oh my the different voices were awful. Especially Father Tim!