I love where the story went--glad I kept listening. Enjoyed learning about this era and in this part of the country. Not generally a history buff, but take my word for it that you will enjoy going back to the early 1900's. The characters and the relationships are timeless. You will be drawn into their lives and their incredible story. I will read more of this author's books; mixed in with my romance novels and murder mysteries which are my usual fare.
Would give it 3 1/2 stars if possible. The family dynamics were interesting and enjoyed the inward conflicts each character dealt with. That having been said, the main incident of the story was a little depressing and repetitive. The book shed light on a subject that some people might shy away from. It was good to inform the reader about another culture and point out our bias toward these people, but it was a little too "in your face" at times. If you are interested in coming away with having learned something educational and moving; without having to feel like you have to be entertained in a totally shallow and make-believe way, i.e. predictable romances, murder mysteries, etc., then this might work for you. I also felt it was difficult for the narrator to change her voice enough to accomplish a distinction between some of the characters. I don't regret having used a credit.
I am familiar with Robyn Carr's Virgin River Series. You would never realize that this book was by the same author as it isn't a romance. It is a great read because the different female characters had interesting lives. I feel that the author gave a lot of insight into their development and you will find yourself thinking how you know someone like them, or feel that you can identify with some of their situations. It was a wonderful story of how these women all came to be in each other's lives. I also liked the book publishing thread that was woven into the plot.
Enjoy all of her books. The beauty of this book, however, is that I feel a more serious topic is covered and I really felt connected to the main female character. Actually, I was a little more connected than I'd like to be. I felt that this book was very close to my life, so maybe that was a factor in me rating it as I did. Even if you don't identify totally with her, the book itself is still a good read.
Being a lover of book clubs, I thought I might enjoy this book. However, it had no depth and was very predictable. I only continued listening because I was painting and it made the arduous tasks of painting and cleaning a little more tolerable. There are so many other great books that would use your time and credits more wisely. I'm not usually critical, but would rather be honest as I value other reviews when I'm trying to make my listening selection.
Overall the story was different and held my interest. I felt it should have been better edited--too many repetitions and recaps. However, the author did use interesting metaphors and thought she was a good writer, It was a good look into what a woman's life would be like after losing their spouse. There are six very different woman whose stories get shared. Nothing like seeing what it is like to walk in someone else's shoes and to open our eyes to what will eventually happen to anyone who is married.
Excellent concise information for cultivating a better marriage through understanding your spouse's "love language". There are only five and these are explained thoroughly and in an enjoyable way by the author. This information can be used for singles in relationships and for your children even though the good Dr. Chapman has specifically written language books for these areas as well. Immediately had my husband listen after I finished and we have been married for over thirty years. Highly recommend--better than the traditional blah-blah-blah marriage counseling.
Enjoyed overall. Another book about female friendships--all five women have very different lives, yet have a wonderful bond. Worth a credit if this appeals to you.
I enjoyed the story told through the eyes of the chocolate heiress' daughter. I am middle aged yet the quirkiness and frankness in this book didn't bother me--more like I reveled in the fact that someone actually penned these thoughts. Different type of read for me, I would say that a female audience would enjoy and identify with this book more than a male listener.
Have listened to ALL the books in this series. This one was worth the wait. It had a lot of twists and turns as well as the lol humor that we've come to expect. I hope there are more to come.
Started about halfway into the series, and am now starting with the first book to eventually meet in the middle. Even though I know some of the developments, such as what people are married and have children, etc., I am still enjoying starting at the beginning. I have become very attached to the characters and the geographic region they all love. I feel that the author is able to bring new life and a brand new story to each book--not boring or repetitive.
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