This is probably my favorite Julie Garwood book. Probably the first of her books I read and the one by which I've compared the rest of her books. I was pleased with the start of the narrated version; the bayou folk sounded fairly authentic. But the narrator had a tough time keeping track of who was supposed to sound like they were from where and the accents kept slipping around. She made a good stab at it, most of the time, but I ended up rather lost as to who was speaking and -- well, it all got rather muddled together. Her voice was pleasant, and when she was in narrator mode rather than character mode, she is excellent, and when she was doing the accents well, she did them very well -- I'd listen to her again, but perhaps her production chief could do a better job of keeping things on track.
As to the story, I like it. The female lead leads without a lot of angst and drama. The male lead does the same. This is a story, not a study in psychology and I enjoyed myself. What more can I say.
Sweet, riveting, humorous
When Theo first arrives at Bowen, and the kids mistakenly think that he is the new high school football coach. Really funny!!
Everything! She goes from a Louisiana accent to a Boston accent with great ease.
Finding your way to love
I am about half way through the book and really enjoying the story. The reader is great for the part of the book where the characters don't have accents.
I am from South Louisiana so love to listen to stories that take place there.
Her South Louisiana accent is so distracting. It isn't even close to authentic.
Except for the distraction of the reader it is good.
Think it would be so much better to have a person with an authentic accent read those parts of the book.
This narrator is ridiculous. The New Orleans accent sounds like Hannah Montana. The Boston accent sounds like she's just slurring her words but it's not as appalling as the New Orleans accent.
I love this book, I remember reading it in High School and loving it and now that I'm reading it again over 7 years later I still love it. I've listened to it already once and now I'm listening to it again as my Boyfriend enjoyed Shadow Dance and so we thought to listen to another book together.
The best part about this story is Jake. I love the way Christina voices him and every time he's on the pages I just grin. He's a lovable character and a wonderful father to Mike. Truly he is such a sweetheart and I would gladly listen to him for hours.
I've listened to a few of her Nora Roberts books and they were fun, but I think this book and her ability to consistently use that New Orleans Bayou accent was just perfect.
This book is great for anyone who wants a little romance, some mystery, a few plot twists and general humour. It's a wonderful story and makes for a great adventure. <3
Not so much. The narrator's cajun accent was a bit overdone and it was frustrating trying to understand her often
anyone who didn't need an accent, so none of the main characters
Turn off my kindle
The story is very good, I have a paperback copy of it that is white-spined, I have read it so often. It's a nice change from her other contemporaries, I think one of Julie Garwood's strongest. That said, the narrator made a valiant attempt at accents, which in other settings, or other media, would probably be successful. But they neglected to factor in that 75 per cent of the dialogue uses this accent where consonants are dropped, words are pronounced with weird emphasis. It came across cartoonish at times, and at others, it was annoying and difficult to understand. If I hadn't read the book previously, I would have been lost. I absolutely hate how she narrates the heroine's father's voice. I often could not understand what he was supposed to be saying with the odd accent and the weird high pitched inflection at the end of every sentence
This was my 2nd Julie Garwood book, and I am totally hooked now. In fact, she has just become my Favorite author. She has such a knack for mixing the right amount of intrigue, romance & humor, to just totally suck you into the story. Even though it was a serious story line, I found myself laughing out loud often, because she knows how to mix humor into the story. I love her for that! After reading the first book, I wanted to continue on with those characters into the next book, but she didn't exactly do that. I thought I was going to be disappointed as I got into the second book, but it wasn't long until I was totally loving the new characters. She has such a way of introducing you to the characters that you can't help but loving them. Now I want her to continue on with Theo & Michelle :-)