This is another kick in the funny bone story. While I am not any kind of fan of vampires and that kind of book. I do love Molly Harper's regular contemporary stories. Just wish there were more of them.
Overall... 4.50 star
Performance.... 4.75 star
Story... 4.50 star
This is a short book for an unabridged audio, but it is not short on story. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Sadie has been promised her boss's job. It's a done deal. He's retiring and has been training her to do it, but she gets blindsided when the state brings someone else in for the job. She's not happy. Her boss isn't happy. The only one that is happy is Josh, the new guy. But her boss comes up with a plan. They both need to come up with a marketing campaign for the KY State Fair and they will let the people of Kentucky decide who gets the job. Needless to say, things become VERY contentious in the Kentucky Tourism Department which is tough because this is a small, close-knit group of people.
For Sadie, these people and this job are her life. This is all she does from sun-up to sun-down. Her coworkers are her family and they have a very unusual work relationship. Throwing Josh into that mix upsets the balance of everything. He doesn't understand their eclectic group of people....he's most definitely the outsider.
But on the other hand is Josh and you can't help to feel for him too. He had no idea what he was walking into. He moved here for this job, thinking it was a done-deal. It's not his fault that he wasn't aware of the politics at work. He's had his own really rough road and his backstory is heartbreaking.
This book is a perfect example of why I love Molly Harper's books. It's witty and fun. I can't tell you how many times I laugh out loud when listening to them. Amanda Ronconi is the perfect narrator on M. Harper's books. She gets the humor and always uses the perfect inflections at just the right time. There is one scene in this book that is so cruel to Josh, but omg, it was so funny! I spent my whole day cleaning my house just so I could listen to this book all the way through in one sitting...yes, it's that good.
I highly recommend it and now am feeling like I should take a trip to Kentucky.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
I stumbled upon audiobooks written by Molly Harper about two years ago--and I'm certainly glad I did!! I have listened to several now, and they never disappoint. They have become a solid choice for me when I'm in the mood for something light and fun--and they are always laugh-out-loud funny!
My Bluegrass Baby was a cute romance with Kentucky tourism as the backdrop. That was an interesting (and different!) setting, and I learned a little bit about a neighboring state in the process.. And Amanda Ronconi has narrated every Molly Harper novel I have listened to, and she is absolutely perfect for Ms. Harper's style and sense of humor!
Once again, this duo has produced an entertaining and credit-worthy audiobook--I look forward to more in the future--
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
I absolutely love the tag-team that is Harper and Ronconi. I'm not sure if I have heard a better vocal representation of a story than how Harper's are read to me as I drive. As a gal living in Kentucky, I got all the jokes and references and even learned a few things about my state. It is quite the place to visit.
This book is about a girl named Sadie who has put in plenty of time for a promotion and has it in her grasp when the company head brings in a new guy, Josh, who is slick and savvy and from my neighboring Ohio County despite living the urban lifestyle in Atlanta long enough to lose the accent. Sadie and Josh immediately go to war and the friction builds into something yummy.
I love Amanda Ronconi's writing and her love of our state. I will however mention this was a bit short - I'm sure it could have been fleshed out more. Also, the ending seemed a bit off character and forced for the reader's expectation. I think finding a different ending could have made the book a bit longer, but as a listener I knew how long the journey would be before I bought it and thought it definitely worth the credit.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a pretty good story. It is one of the few non-paranormal books by Molly Harper and was an enjoyable read.
Sadie works for the tourism department for Kentucky. She is supposed to be a shoo in for the director job but finds herself unexpectedly competing against a slick city guy with an advertising background for the the job. He puts down her ads and makes life difficult and Sadie isn't one to take that sitting down. It turns in to the war of the roses as the competition escalates but all the while there is an unspoken attraction that neither can ignore.
Josh comes across as a real jerk at first and it's hard to figure out what he's up to or what to expect. He ends up not being too bad of a guy though and eventually he and Sadie call a truce. Once the truce is called they have an even harder time avoiding the attraction between them and agree to hold off on anything between them until the competition for the job is over. It's a good idea but things come up that cause things to go off kilter and it's not easy to get things back on track.
The story was good and I enjoyed it. I liked the characters in the story as well. It has a good ending but, in all honesty, I was left wishing for a bit more of the story when their relationship is going well. Overall I did thing the story was pretty good and I enjoyed it.
*note - Amanda did a fine job in the narration but there were a couple times when editing had two sentences overlapping. Nothing major though and it only happened twice.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Being a Kentucky native, I found this book enjoyable on several levels. While I was familiar with many of the "tourist" sites in the book, I had never heard of a lot of the interesting little "off the beaten path" attractions. Kentucky is a beautiful state and not at all what outsiders expect, so the way the book is written is a lot of fun . . . two people vying for the top position of promoting Kentucky tourism. One thinks they know it all, and wants to apply all their "fancy" marketing knowledge to attain the "numbers", the other is passionate about the state and what it has to offer to visitors. And somewhere in the middle may be the answer. And as we like to say in Kentucky, the feud is on. Having left Kentucky at age 19, and only going back for occasional visits, I found this book to be refreshing, funny and like meeting up with an old friend . . . one that I like a lot. The story is a good one, and the characters really grow on you.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
I truly enjoy every book Molly Harper has written. They may not be great literature but they are always great fun. This book was a little short, and perhaps a little rushed, but it still told a great story, was full of characters you would love to meet and I laughed out loud more times per chapter than any other writer I know. Plus I appreciated that the undead and lycan set was absent from this book. While I enjoy her forays into these areas, it seems every other book is now devoted to one or the other, or their close relations. It is getting old.
The thing that I think Harper does better than almost anyone I can think of is she creates the best sidekicks. They are often as interesting as the main characters and every bit as entertaining.
As usual the narration was spot on. I think Amanda Ronconi and Molly Harper go together as well as Davina Porter and Diana Gabaldon or Anna Fields and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
I love this author, but this book was cliche and predictable. I expected better. The narrator did a great job as always.
I hope her next book is better.
Needs a much stronger story line with some twists and turns, you knew how this was going to end in the 2nd chapter.
That it just went along with no true direction, lots of cute dialog but still boring.
Kelsey is much more interesting than Sadie, Amanda's reading was the only reason I finished the book.
Not a thing
I love Molly Harper, but no matter how much I love her quips and dialog, the story has to go some place, has to have a purpose, sorry but this one did not. The competition between 2 workers just wasn't unique enough.
If you are in the mood to listen to something light hearted, funny, with no surprises then this duo fits the bill. Harper puts the romantic comedy to paper, and Ronconi brings the characters to life as only she can do. I love these books for a quick listen that keeps you chuckling. The story is predictable, but who cares when it lifts the spirits and puts a smile on the face.