I am amazed at the range of love vs. hate of this book. I liked it. Having read all of John Grisham's novels I was looking for a similar type story and ran across this book. I read it when it was first released in paperback and was so excited when it came to audible. I will not kid you, it is very lengthy the paperback is just over 650 pages (unlike Mr. Grisham's style). But I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! There is an academic feel that i greatly enjoyed with the main character being a professor of law. It felt like I wasn't just reading fluff but rather like I might actually be learning about law and the tension still felt between the darker and paler nations. The tale Mr. Carter waves is so in-depth and rich. I was amazed by the little details he gave to the places and people. I could smell Uncle Jack's illness, I could hear Bently's "dare you," and feel Tal's tortured wonderings about his wife's fidelity. I also thought the strategic game of chess was a great way to lead the reader through the plot and unto the end. So if you are looking for a good long book of intrigue and complexity give this one a listen.
I really wish I would have known that the leading lady's beloved horse died before I read/listened to the book. Over all it was an interesting story. Not amazing but entertaining. Unfortunately for me the death of an animal taints a story. I had a really hard time getting past this element of the book. I feel the story could have been just as strong without the death and some other connection...but I am not the author, so instead I give you the disclaimer. I hope knowing helps you enjoy the story more.
It is a story of redemption, of healing and of love. Three women meet by chance on their shared 21st birthday and reconnect on their 40th. They discover the things that matter most to themselves and each other. This is the first Jude Deveraux book I ever read and it is still my favorite to date. I appreciate the complexity of choices in this story, that there is consequences to each decision made and that they aren't always good or easy, but still worth it. I hope you enjoy each woman's story as much as I did...it makes me long for my very own summerhouse.
Overall I had a good time listening to this novel. At moments it reminds me some of Jane Austen and yet it lacked a bit of the depth. I was intrigued by the idea of the story but was sad that the ending middle was so fast. I felt like the characters never really met their full potential even though its a "happy ending" it felt a bit dull at the end like all the potential was drawn short. I guess I just wanted more.
But was it entertaining...yes. Did it capture me at times...yes. I just wanted more.
I really enjoyed the reader's voice and accent. He did well with the old southern charm... but the recording dramatized dreams and songs and it was really hard to hear. There are dream sequences that all you can really hear is noise...not the dialogue. Maybe my sound system couldn't pick it up, but I ended up buying the printed book to see what I missed. The songs weren't bad, you could still get the lyrics, but not during Ethan's dreams. As for the reading, again i loved Kevin T. Collins' performance, it was just the other bits.
I see bits and pieces of other fantasies and cultural ties. It has a bit of Suzanne Collin's Overlander series to it...worlds inside worlds. And I am sure plenty of people would say the twilight series as well. But I like that this novel gave me more southern flavor...like twilight feels like the pacific northwest. I just noticed the south because it is new to me. The feeling of humid days and deep southern charm.
I loved Macon. You could feel the old south dripping from his dialogue.
Not an extreme reation but during some of the bits like...SPOILER ALERT...(Ethan's discovery of what his dad is actually writing and when he is on the balcony)...the whole play of mental illness was pretty strong, partly because it is something I know of in my own life.
Overall, I would recommend this book to a friend. I found it interesting and different enough from other novels I have read. I loved the reading and southern drawl. But I still emphasize the possibility of not being able to hear the dreams with is recording.
Ann was my favorite character because i felt so akin to her. She is introverted and you love her for it...I have never read a character I understood more. I know she won't be for everyone, but I adored and understood her.
I think just one of the video link scenes...they were so ordinary, yet special.
Two woman. One a killer and the other with powerful friends. Both in touch with one man.
Being a fan of Dee Henderson and the O'Malley series as well as the other books, it was fun to touch on each one. The only problem was the reader paid no attention to a few of the voices. All of a sudden Dave was a brash American, rather than a suave Brit...very annoying but the story made up for the grudge.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It was much more layered than I thought it would be.
Max the little boy was hands down my favorite character, it was impossible not to fall in love with him and want all his joy and happiness to come true. From the simple faith to his ability to win your heart...
The final scene is one of the best although I greatly appreciated Michelle's visit with Loren, Connor's dad. The depth that was given to the characters made you love each one.
Yes, and nearly did...it took me a weekend to have it finished.
Karen Kingsbury created a masterpiece in this book. Although predictable at moments, the depth she gave her characters and their dilemmas had me crying on and off the entire way through. It is not a light read and yet when I finished it I have a lightness and hope that burns bright. I read/listen to stories to find beauty in life or rather things as they can be with God as the center. Ms. Kingsbury gave a little more light to the darkness with this novel.
This book is in my top 25 of audiobooks. The writing style and performance are fun and the subject is great.
I am a huge fan of The Scarlet Pimpernel and Tale of Two Cities and other books of the era. Also the imaginings of Laurie R. King and her series on Mary Russel and Sherlock Holmes. This book fits in nicely to my library of great likes.
I have yet to read or listen to more of Kate's books. I look forward to continuing my adventure into her imagination.
maybe something more like The Secret Adventures of he Pink Carnation...it was way more fun than the real title gives credit.
Fun quirky lady spies and all the joys of dropping off the proper things for the adventure and possibility to do something for a cause.
The Story is great. I really liked the process in which Mary tries to identify what is
Can can think of no other book that has taken me on this journey
There were too many amazing moments in this book...the old gypsy woman was great and just the whole process of deduction and reason was brilliant.
I didn't want to stop listening! I use it while I am doing house keeping and just didn't want to stop.
Another great Mary Russell novel, even after hearing it once I can do it again!
I think the Moor itself was a wonderful character. Ms. King made me want to visit this place and experience it for myself.
I love when Mary goes to see the local witch and she learns the significance of Tiggy the hedgehog. The descriptions are delightful and make you want to enter her hut and talk all day long.
Ms. Sterlin captured my attention and held it all story long. She gave great voice to the characters and the witty, and fun writings of Ms. King.
Oh yes, The Mary Russell books are wonderful and I want to know how it it will all playout from the introduction, to the end. Ms. King has such a great voice in her writings that just draws you into the very heart of life with Mary Russell and her husband.
I would recommend this book and any of the others to anyone who enjoys a fun and witty tale of mystery and the British legends of baskerville and many more. This book has great flavor and makes you want to read more of Marry Russell and Sherlock Holmes.
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