I originally listened to this book free through my library account, but I liked it so much, I bought it as a keeper.
Garden Spells is funny, sad, poignant, and romantic, and there's that apple tree that just fascinated me.
I predict this author will be hitting the NYT Bestseller list in the near future.
The story was great, the narrator fantastic, and I'd have maxed the stars except that poor Stone appears to have become a little less less interested in women and a lot more interested in airplanes, and there's not enough Dino in the story for me.
But - it was a great listen, an interesting premise, something I'll definitely listen to again.
I can't begin to say how disappointed I was with this book.
First, I bought it not realizing it was supposed to be a "Christian" romance.
That was fine, once I realized it. What was not fine was the distinct impression I had that the author had been led by some third party to change the essential plot device in order to fit some unknown set of requirements.
Third, an opportunity to show redemption and salvation to a nefarious character, it was discarded without enough explanation as to why.
Fourth - a Romance always has a happy ending. If it doesn't, it isn't a romance.
The author needs a new editor, I think, or a new publisher.
I loved the narrator, so I disagree with the previous reviewer - but then everyone looks for something different when hearing a story.
The premise of this story was so odd - but it held me from the beginning. I liked it so much, I went back and downloaded the first one in the series - Grave Sight - and loved that one, too.
The third book, An Ice Cold Grave, is supposed to be released on September 25th- I sure hope Audible gets it right away.
This is one of the better "Time Travel" books I've listened to over the years. The imagery is good, descriptions of the things you wonder about but are never told about just how things work were a nice surprise.
I would have liked to hear a bit more epilogue, and a bit more about the current time characters than was provided, but all in all, this one is worth listening to.
The story idea was marvelous, the characterizations were superb. The descriptions were compelling. The dialogue was such that you wanted to join the conversations. The narration was one of the best I've heard in a long time.
I truly believe that this book could have made the NYT Bestseller List; if not for a single mistake. Sadly, this book has a fatal flaw that disrupted the flow of the story so markedly that what might have been great was made mediocre.
The author could not resist political jabs at George Bush. The first time she referred to "Dubya" I was so distracted, I forgot what was happening and had to rewind at a crucial point in the plot.
By the third time, I found myself wondering more about why her editor would have allowed it than what was going to happen to the characters. I actually turned off my iPod to consider the question at a time when I should have been resisting the urge to fast forward to see what was going to happen next.
It was such a needless mistake. I can't imagine why she did not use a fictitious name for the Bush character, or why the author, editor, and publisher would all risk alienating more than fifty percent of their audience in order to make a political point. This is, after all, fiction.
It would have been a simple matter to add five years to the dating - which would allow readers of all political persuasions to insert the evil politico of their choice to become the presidential character.
If there had only been a few instances, it might not have been so bad, but by the time I hit part two, they had become so frequent, I began watching for them.
Readers who share the author's political view will be just as distracted from the storyline as those who are diametrically opposed to it, as I can attest.
I would say that the story is worth reading in spite of the political diatribes built in to it.
However, be prepared to be distracted.
I absolutely loved this book, it made ME want to hit the vintage stores and become Doris myself.
I ended up staying up half the night to finish listening to it.
This book would have been much better without the nasal Aussie accent that made the hero hard to like. Real men don't squeak.
The story itself was so-so, seems as if the author has recently taken up an interest in Lacrosse. The secondary characters were barely there.
I have read this book in print form, and it's lovely. The editor cut out everything but the sex scenes, including a half-dozen interesting and endearing characters and most of the personality traits and history of the main characters.
The narrator made it all much worse, with horrendous accent and inflection.
The story was fine, not great, but entertaining.
What was NOT entertaining was the working class Aussie accents assigned to the upper class hero and heroine. It was so irritating that I found it difficult to listen to the story.
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