First, I have to say that I bought this story based on Lisa Kleypas' past work, and while it was short, it did not disappoint. I wish it had been a little fuller-bodied, but it is what it is, and I enjoyed it. That being said, the description of this story is NOT AT ALL (or hardly) what this book is about. First of all, the main character's name is not Zachary Nolan, it's Mark Nolan. He's not a widower, and his "daughter" is not named Hallie, but Holly. Also, the "Dear Santa" letter is never read on the radio. As a matter of fact, I don't recall the radio ever even being mentioned in the story. As far as the listener knows, only Holly & her uncles Mark and Sam even know about the letter that she wrote as a school assignment.
Here is the Publisher's Weekly review of the hardcover - a much more accurate synopsis:
"Kleypas (Love in the Afternoon) finds a little romantic magic in this spritely charmer. Mark Nolan's happy-go-lucky bachelorhood is interrupted by the death of his sister and his subsequent guardianship of her six-year-old daughter, Holly, who is traumatized into muteness and desperately seeking a maternal figure. Enter Maggie Collins, a toy shop owner who lost her own husband to cancer. As the holiday season draws closer, Maggie, Mark, and Holly begin to spend more time together, and Maggie and Mark's attraction becomes too powerful to ignore. Kleypas's holiday offering is sweet, romantic, and genuine, and avoids, thankfully, all the cheesy holiday miracle clichés. A solid romance with strong leads, this is a refreshing holiday treat."
I think book would have been well served by having had a different narrator. I'm about an hour into the book, and even though I've read this story before (and enjoyed it), I'm having a hard time with the audio version. The narrator seems to have a very small range of character voices at her disposal, and that makes it hard to tell who is who. On top of that, there is very little inflection in the voices, so it's hard to tell if the character is feeling remorse, excitement, concern, interest, etc.
Sure - I read a lot of Nora Roberts books. I'd give another one a chance.
Better narration, primarily. I don't think this narrator was "bad", just not suited for this story. I had a hard time telling her characters apart, and was especially bothered that the main character and her aunt sounded to be almost the same age.
I'm only about an hour into it, and I'm very turned off by the overt racism. As other reviews have stated - this book was written and seems to be set in the 90's, not in the 50's. Granted, the main character expresses her dismay at her relative's comments, but that doesn't excuse the fact that they are there to begin with.
Perhaps, depending on the story.
So far, not so much. If I ever listen to the rest of it and change my mind, I will come back and edit my review.
I bought the audiobook before I read the actual written book. After many tries to get into the story via audio, I finally gave up and bought the book and read it myself. I just couldn't tolerate the narrator. His voice was monotone to me, and he made the story very boring, even though it actually is very good.
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