I bought this book some time ago, but for some reason just got around to listening to it. The narrator was wonderful! She WAS Ivy and the tone of the book, written as Ivy's letters to her friends and family, just drew me into the story,
Lee Smith is a terrific writer and listening to her book brings it out even more, I think, that reading it.
I was really sorry when the book was finished. I'd highly recommend it.
If the first part had been much, much shorter. Maybe just told the mother's story. I agree with one reviewer who said the father could have avoided a horrible childhood for his daughters if he'd just told them what their mother had been through so they could understand. What father would let his children think their mother just didn't love them rather than just sitting down and having an honest talk with them. I almost quit listening to this book because the first part is nothing but going on and on about what a dysfunctional family they were. It wasn't very entertaining.
No matter what the mother had been through, since she had loved her children from the past so much, I can't see her treating her daughters so badly for 40 years.
I might get another one, depending on the reviews.
She did the mother's accent and all the Russian accents very well.
The story of Russia in World War II was very well told. I've studied WWII history so I was familiar with the story but this book brought it to life. It was very well told and very well researched.
The time travel aspects were worked out well and liked the twist at the end. Cornwall sounds like a beautiful place and I've always been fascinated by it. The descriptions made me want to go visit!
Disconcerting is one word I would use. Eva narrated the story in the first person and she used a British accent for the narrative parts but when she spoke in the story as Eva, she used an American accent, that didn't sound very natural. It kind of jarred me throughout the story. They should have made Eva British as well because the American accent just didn't come off very well. I guess because the accent wasn't easy for the narrator, it seems like when Eva talked, her comments were very brief compared to other people speaking in the story.
Overall it was an entertaining story and a nice romance. I loved The Winter Sea and liked that one better but this story was worth a listen.
I liked the audio version because the narrator really took you into the story.
I would compare it a little bit to books by Kate Morton, like The Distant Hours. The mood of the story is similar.
She really captured the characters and the accents very well. Even the men. I have trouble somethings with women doing men's voices and vice versa but she did the Scots' accents and the men very well. Her voice is very soothing and fit will with the whole story.
I like Carrie best, I guess. I'd love to write books like she did and have the characters come to life so well.
Great story! I liked the way it went from past to present and back again so seamlessly. Both Carrie's story and Sophia's story were wonderful and entertaining and I especially loved the ending! It was kind of like a time travel story but in a more believable way than most.
It's the kind of book where you could see yourself in the main character's part and how great it would be to have experiences like that. The scenery was brought to life so well too, I felt like I'd visited there myself.
I haven't read the print version but I think Joshilyn Jackson's reading of the book adds a lot to it!
I can only compare Joshilyn Jackson's books to others she also writes. If there is another author out there who writes as humorously and wonderfully as she does, I'd like to know so I can listen to their books also.
I've listened to all of her books. I've loved them all.
I loved the ending but also sad to see it end.
I was so excited to see another book out by Joshilyn Jackson! Her books are always so entertaining and funny, even when they are sad. The characters are wonderful and I love that she reads her own books. She becomes the characters and I can't imagine anyone else reading them.
I've listened to each book of hers and loved them all.
Hope she writes another one real soon!
Louise Penny's books are very humorous. You fall in love with all the characters and their quirky natures. I've listened to a couple of her other books and liked them all.
I feel bad giving negative reviews but on this one I have to do it. I admire the fact that she created a popular blog and then a book from it and it did have it's humorous aspects but I think there must be much more substance to this story that we didn't hear about or the relationship would never have worked out. The substance didn't quite reach the book though.
I was way too old to for this book! It is a pure romance novel and the entire 11 hours or whatever was way too long to listen to her moon over "Mr Marboro's" muscles, smile, eyes, whatever and hearing about them kissing by the hour. At my age, I know that most of these improbable, whirlwind romances don't work out in real life and I'd advise anybody who isn't married yet, and is looking for a husband to avoid this book-just as you'd avoid watching Cinderella.
Ree says she and Marboro man (would have been nice if she's switched to his name somewhere along the line) spent hours and hours talking but apparently they never talked about any thing practical-like what it was like to live on a ranch. She married him not even knowing what her life would be like and what would be expected of her. She said herself, she was pretty selfish and self-absorbed. I've lived on a farm and watched my mom work herself to beyond exhaustion, which most city loving girls would have a hard time with. Love doesn't necessarily conquer all.
I wondered too (showing my age) if the author moved back in with her parents and proceeded to do nothing but moon over Marboro man for months on end and let her parents foot the bill? Her original plan was to move to Chicago so I guess I could see why she didn't get a job but what about the months afterward?
Unless you are really into romance novels with not much plot, I wouldn't advise you get this one.
I usually listen to audio books while I walk my dogs morning and evening. With this one, I had to listen more, while I was folding laundry, working in the yard, etc. Very compelling.
It's scary though, how little the parents in this book knew what was going on with their own children. It's like the adults and kids led totally separate lives and neither had a clue about the others feelings or the events in their lives.
I know I'm in the minority on this but I found this book pretty depressing. The parts about old Jacob in the nursing home were really depressing, when you think how many of us will end up like that. Maybe some sooner than others! Maybe that's why young people like it, they can't envision that sort of thing every happening to them.
At times too, I wanted to shake Jacob and tell him to stop mooning around after Marlena and go help Rosie when she was being beaten within an inch of her life. I know the life of circus animals was horrible back then but it seems like he could have done more as the circus vet to help. I know the story wasn't about that but I would have liked it better if he'd helped more.
I kept listening because my daughter told me it had a happy ending, which, thank goodness it did.
I agree with one reviewer who said this story was one disaster after another, with very little good happening to the characters. I liked the readers and it was a good story of the period in the early 1800's. The story showed that the life of women and indentured servants was really no better at the time than the black slaves. They were all owned by someone and that someone might treat them cruelly, throw them in a nut house or do whatever they chose to them.
Many of the disasters hinged on the fact that Lavinia didn't know who Belle's child's father was, when the truth as staring her in the face from the time the baby was born. Sometimes you get irritated at characters who seem so willfully stupid or just don't open their mouths and ask the questions they need to ask. I know it's a plot device but still.....
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