Portsmouth, NH, United States | Member Since 2010
I loved best the interaction between the author and his wife and his children. I loved the hilarity of the descriptions of the towns visited.
I loved Dinah, the wife.
In the animal park with the lions. The world's largest pencil. The penthouse scene in Edinburgh.
A family's car journey through Britain with two tots. Don't really know as I am not up on films.
The back story and account of the author's father's declining health and end was poignant, but not overdone. It read REAL. One felt as if present.
Meh. It was not as engrossing as earlier Jane Green books, and I am a fan of this writer. One aspect that drove me nuts is that the author read the book herself and she was not as good as a professional reader would have been. It got on my nerves.
Probably not, as I don't see this one as one of her best. I couldn't empathize with this almost stereotypical "american" sort of suburban story with a feel good ending. Yes, spoiler alert here.
With a proper, professional reader and not the author.
No. I don't care that much about any of the characters. The most interesting (with only a brief appearance) was Gabby's mother from London.
The author reads this almost as if a soporific sermon on romance, but yet it is not. I almost did not finish, but decided (given the promo reviews) to keep going. A bit shallow, too, given that the characters have no worries about money, health, etc etc etc. An almost juvenile book for those who think dreams come true.
No. While I am a fan of the British cozy/tea cake genre, this was so boring. i did not finish the book.
No. Not any of the characters were charming or interesting to me. Patricia Wentworth is far superior.
The reader got on my nerves. I prefer British readers, but this was too shrill and the male voices annoying.
Very disappointed as I was looking forward to a new series of a cozy. I do not require fast action (in fact, loathe it) but this was just so very dry and boring.
Very high in the category of interesting novels with a background in Italy.
Eleanor because she is realistically interesting and a unique character.
I liked the soft resonance of her voice. I liked that she did not "overact" the various voices when reading dialogue. She is talented.
Quite a few, actually. I liked Eleanor's initial encounter with Franny. I liked the scene on the hydropo boat over to Siciliy with Lewis. Moments with Natalie, the nymphet were thoroughly believable and well-characterized.
This book made me happy, engaged and not wanting it to end. I also greatly appreciated that the author did not "wrap it all up" with a traditional ending. It was a very good and happy-making read. The descriptions of the islands were priceless.
No one I know, that is for sure. Before I finished (only a short time to be fair), it read like a book for children. Simplistic prose.
Yes. I love to read about food, but not "inspirational and aspirational" garbage that is so banal and American-centric.
I wish I could get a refund.
Amongst the travel memoirs, it ranks very high. I like that the author is a modern, intelligent woman not directed by the need to be "traditionally" the dumb woman.
Many. I liked the scenes in Paris and New Guinea in particular. Also, her descriptions of Seattle resonated with me.
Soothing to listen.
No, it did not make me cry. It stoked my own wanderlust and love of travel.
Great to read a book like this by a woman who is not constrained by notions of hearth and children. Also, that she is intelligent. A rarity in most American published books written by woman. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and insightful read.
If the plot had been more complex and the dialogues more interesting and witty.
It could have been more humorous. Her earlier books captured me mostly because of the humor, but this one was simply boring. I did not finish it. I had no cause to contnue listening
The narration was as flat as this mystery. The voice did not lilt or have depth. It was a boring voice.
I would have added plot twists and humor. It has become a big bore that the two men are so content with vying for the one woman. Let them have an orgy or something!
I won't buy her next book, that is for sure. I miss the earlier ones.
How about adding some more of Jo Dereske? You only have one and she is a master at dry humor and understated wit.
This is not a query I can answer as I listen to so many types. i will say that Erica James told a great story here and held my interest throughout. Loved the locales of Oxford and Lake Como in Italy, and Venice, too. Great fodder for armchair travelers.
Fiorina and Esme, equally. Both were lovable and clearly drawn women.
I have. She is a very good reader and I love her measured, soft tone of voice. She is exceedingly listenable as a reader.
Esme because she has more tales to tell and is the wise elder, yet vulnerable. She orders a martini in Venice. Perfect.
While I loathe such comment, I make one here. This is a perfect novel to read on a holiday or when not well. It is the perfect gift to a friend who needs cheering up and also a laugh ot two. It is perfectly balanced.
No, probably not. As someone who has read all of AMS's work (except for the number one detective series), this one fell flat. It was almost as if he didn't write it. I shudder to think he would have a factory of writers, but still ..
No. See above.
I cannot say that I hd a single favorite.
No, but then I do not go to films.
I was very excited when I saw this listed and how lovely and long it was. I forced myself to keep listening, thinking it would improve. It did not. It had none of the charm of the 44 Scotland Street or Corduroy Mansions series. Or even the Sunday Philosophers. It did not sound like the author's voice.
Yes. I almost rushed through this book because I found it so captivating. The prose was exceptional.
This is difficult. There are nuances of Anita Brookner, Jennifer Wiener and Joanna Trollope. The brevity of the wit and the NOT over usage of sentimentality was perfect.
I found the reader to be most engaging and easy to listen to. She did not over-dramatize the characters, which is always preferable.
I laughed some. I loved that the female protagonist was not stupid. It was believable. The various scenes of NYC were memorable especially the one when the snow is falling.
I can only hope that this writer will continue to write. A sequel would not be out of order. In fact I would love to see this become a series.
I would suggest this novel to those chums who enjoy wry British wit and a bit of a farce.
The detective was notable. Actually, most of the characters were interesting. Varied in their own eccentricities.
I thought both of the readers were exemplary.
No, several sittings, but it was a fast read.
This book made me laugh. Lots of twists and turns in the plot, too. It held my attention.
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