I loved that the main character was a strong female protagonist. Julia Wentworth is a glamorous actress who escapes from her predestined future as a married woman to a man she barely knew.
Damon Savage is a great character who is charming, devout and determined.
He is charmed by the young actress while in pursuit of his "wife" to whom he was married as a youth.
When the two characters come to realize the relationship between them is far more than either of them first imaged.
I enjoyed listening to this book. The characters were "alive" and believable through the words of the narrators. It allowed me to get swept up into the story.
I found the historical issues that prevailed in the 1700's were captivating holding my attention to the conclusion. Lavinia is an young Irish girl who was brought to The Kitchen House where she was raised and trained as a servant after her parents had died.
She learns about loyalty, honesty and integrity as she is reared by the plantation slaves.
I liked the difference in accents of the two narrators in presenting this book. Given the stark difference between Lavinia and the the plantation owners and the servants. It provided a historical feel to what the situations might have been during that time period.
The story is filled with action and secrets that would urge someone to want to finish the book in one sitting. Although I did not finish it in one sitting, I did feel compelled to listen when I could to satisfy my curiosity regarding the future of the characters.
Initially, I was not aware that this book was apart of a series by the author.
This is a stand alone book which makes it enjoyable as I didn't feel like I was missing information to fully grasp the story.
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The main character was my favorite for her dogged determination to be successful despite the lack of support and encouragement from those around her. She persevered to prove her worthy of running her dead husband's beloved hockey team.
My favorite scene is at the end when the team wins the Stanley Cup and her love interest is free to disclose their relationship.
Hockey, love and other disasters.
I felt like I got to know the characters on an intimate level through hearing the spoken words. I felt it allowed me to imagine the appearance of the characters. Because of the emotional nature of the story, I found that listening provided a greater sense of the constantly changing emotions of these young adults.
I enjoyed the moment when the main character receives the information about which she has long wondered. It consoles her at a time of loss realizing the depth of affection that slipped away from her.
I enjoyed the scene when the two young adults traveled to see an author to discuss their favorite. It was a bittersweet journey for them.
Live your best life without regret
Listening allowed me to get a real "feel" for the characters. Situations are dramatic and emotionally charged which are experienced through the audio version.
Without giving up the story, what remains memorable is how quickly those we love can be taken from us. The effects of one person missing from a family can have tremendous impact that is experienced differently by all other members of the family.
The emotional aspects experienced by the characters.
The grandfather who seems to provide a thread weaving the characters ultimately together.
I enjoyed this audio book a lot compared to my other reads. It is narrated brilliantly allowing the reader to feel intimately apart of the conversations going on the main characters head. He is an unreliable narrator, at best, of this deep and often laughable tale.
I liked that there were no redeemable characters in the whole novel, just a few by-standers who get sucked into the family tornado that passes through the restaurant that night.
Unbelievably, the story takes place in a single location but the narrator takes you in his mind to the events leading up to The Dinner.
He was able to portray the book narrator in a way that I felt I was actually in the main character's mixed up flawed brain. Mr. Mantle is successful with "being" the flawed unreliable narrator of the book.
I highly recommend this book in audio format for that reason alone. From reading reviews I felt the story was "experienced" in a unique fashion that might have been lost in another format.
I believe the events leading up to the end were essential. Without ruining the experience, keeping an open mind while reading is important as the tale takes twists and turns that I never expected.
This book is definitely not for those easily offended by foul language and grotesque psychological tales in which you have more questions after reading it than before.
A great Book Club read! So much you will want to discuss!
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