But not good enough to want to finish. I guess the reader is supposed to be so surprised and engaged by the circumstances that the lack of a story wouldn't matter. The set up is a mid-thirties woman (Georgia) who supports her alzheimer/dementia mom and deadbeat brother by sleeping with the small town's leaders and by selling other people's quilts (pretending she made them). In addition, the woman has a best friend who might be a lesbian and a son who has been raised by the father's relatives. After an extremely long set up that covered many chapters, the story is about how Georgia's less-than-ideal life begins to unravel or, in my mind, continues to be less-than-ideal. The narrator does a lovely job with a syrupy-sweet Southern accent, but it wasn't enough to make up for a plodding and dull story. Instead, there are a lot of details -- the minute details about the phone sounding a million miles away as if it were under water drove me crazy -- that seemed to function in lieu of a plot.
It took me a long time to adjust to the lack of flow in the narration. It seemed that the narrator had been unable to read the story ahead of time. Sentences stopped. In the middle of the sentences. She has a nice voice, but didn't have enough time to figure out the right inflection or pauses. Sometimes, she worked it out. Other times. She didn't. In short, yes, I could have done a better job. (Harlequin, feel free to PM me if you're hiring).
As for the story, it was decent. Not bad, but not great. A nomadic career woman falls in love with a city guy who moved to a ranch for his job. It wasn't real clear whether he loved his job and whether she loved him as much as the idea of an extended ranch family. It was real clear that he wore boots, not shoes, and a cowboy hat, because those accessories were mentioned often.
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