Possibly. I have read all Nancy’s books and the front cover of Island Girls, of course was a huge draw; however, her last few books do not live up to her earlier works (I was a huge fan). Her writing style has changed somewhat as does not have the jazz it once did as appears a little flat. It was a good light read; however would have liked to seen a little more depth or emotion from the characters. Overall was still a fun read beach read, and I enjoyed the audio --as the narrator was excellent.
I liked it.
Yes, as always been a fan of Nancy Thayer; however, see my comments above.
Would like for Nancy to go back to her original writing style as the last few books have not lived up to her earlier works.
A Seaside Christmas (Chesapeake Shores #10) is a light seasonal Christmas read. I would recommend reading the other Chesapeake books in order to keep up with the array of O’Brien characters.
The audio book was nicely done and the narrator Christina Traister’s voice was pleasant to get you in the holiday season mood.
As the only child of a single mom, Jenny Collins wanted to be a part of a large family; however, she was jealous and behaved like a brat. After a few years in Nashville she returns to Chesapeake Shores to help her friend Bree with a Christmas production and hopefully make peace with her mother. However Caleb, the country music star who broke her heart by cheating follows her there to try and win back her trust.
As usual the O’Brien’s come together and stick their nose in make things happen to develop a sweet romance.
I have read all 20 books in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. When it comes to this crew, I always buy the audio, as Lorelei King is outstanding! Just to hear Stephanie, Lulu, Joe, Ranger, Viney, and Grandma Mazur -----a story in itself! The characters always leave you laughing no matter if you are jogging or working – they are a riot!! Lulu is my favorite – and hope there will be another movie!
As usual, Stephanie is staking out a mob guy “Uncle Sonny” – breaking her finger, thrown off a bridge, senior moments, and all the things which happen being a bounty hunter. As long as Stephanie can get chicken and donuts…. The book was hilarious, entertaining, and hope it never ends (if it does make sure and give Joe and Stephanie a happily ever after) and use Lulu for another series as she is just too funny to retire. (Good job with the one liners, Janet)… I have enjoyed the Plum Series more than some of the other series.
A Nantucket Christmas was a beautiful light short Christmas holiday story, which captures the reader from the cover to the ending. The cover itself is what we all dream about when we think of Christmas with the snow lined streets and quaint lit shops-- Kind of reminds you of Richard Paul Evans Christmas books, he is so famous for.
Nancy Thayer is an excellent author and one of my favorites, as have read all her books, and she does not disappoint. I purchased from audible as had so many other books to read on e-book so thought this would be nice while jogging and running errands. I had to finish it in one day as could not wait for the ending.
The story begins with a dog from his perspective (haven’t we all always wondered what goes on in the minds of our dogs)? Mixed together with a little boy named Maddox, a spoiled rich girl-Kennedy, her selfish mother, and her father Sebastian who is now married to Nicole. Of course, Kennedy dislikes Nichole (as she is not as glamorous and more down to earth), and she continues to compare the rich glamorous mother to her plain but nice stepmother, who cooks and helps everyone. She is set to make her life miserable when Nicole hosts the family Christmas at Kennedy’s former family home on Nantucket.
Kennedy is so rude to Nichole and sits around while Nichole waits on her and the mind games begin. She is also pregnant and milks it to the maximum with her poor me and daddy buy me this-wishing her mom and dad would get back together.
The one salvation is the adorable Maddox (Kennedy’s son) and his only wish is a dog. Of course his mother and rich grandmother (who is off with a younger man in Switzerland) would not dream of such a thing. However, since this is now Nichole’s home, she will allow a dog. When the ex-wife (Kennedy’s mother) has a breakup with her younger lover, shows up unannounced at the home of Nichole/Sebastian and now poor Nichole has two women to contend with – the heat turns up!
Things turn for Nichole when Kennedy goes into labor, and Nichole being a nurse is there to take charge and Maddox goes missing with his favorite new friend (the dog Pooch) – and the two men go in search of him – Nichole is left with the ungrateful daughter and rude ex-wife.
When this happens everything changes – for a holiday miracle! Highly recommend for a feel good holiday story of how a dysfunctional family can be saved!
PS Not a fan of Joyce Bean as her voice is too gruff; however, the story was still good.
Wow! This was my first book by Lisa Jackson --will definitely be reading more from this talented author. I look forward to reading the other prior books (Savannah 1 & 2) in the series, as Tell Me was #3; however, it can be read as a standalone.
I purchased the audio version from audible.com and the narrator (Julia Whelan) was outstanding –capturing the essence of each character perfectly with the southern charm. I was listening to the book while hiking in the Carolinas in the woods, so the ideal setting. I also liked the reference to the Dahlonega, GA (Lumpkin County) cabin -- a very quaint little town north of Lake Lanier (I previously dated a guy who lived on the lake in the area, and is rather remote) so can envision the hideaway for the snakes. Savannah, GA is so historic and was fitting area for Nikki, the author in the book and the central character with some mystery.
I could not put down my iPod as listened to the wee hours of the morning, as you do not want to miss a thing. The books goes back and forth from the original murder to today, twenty years later when the mother (Blondell) imprisoned for a murder of her daughter Amity who was pregnant and damage to her other children. Her sentence is being overturned, due to the testimony of her son, since he was only 8 during the original trial.
Nikki is close to the situation as Amity was her best friend, the murder took place in her uncle’s cabin (and the lawyer for Blondell, who is now in a rest home), snakes, and an array of characters and men connected to this blond bombshell femme fatale. There are many other connections and secrets from the past leading up to the murder and Nikki is bringing a lot of these to the surface while she battles her own past (which I will learn more about from her previous book).
During this time, Nikki is assigned to write a story, and her fiancé Reid is a police detective, assigned to the case. Lots of romance and sex with this dynamic duo (similar to Castle except Nikki is the crime writer and Reid is the PD).
I loved Lisa Jackson’s writing style, as she gives you enough to keep the tension mounting yet not as gruesome as some mystery and crime writers. I highly recommend – a 5 star and look forward to reading her previous work as well as new ones to come! PS I figured out the killer before the ending; however, had to keep reading to confirm. Full of crime, mystery, suspense and romance!
I loved Ann Leary’s Book (The Good House) and reading her earlier books. Joe is a TV star and living in Manhattan and he has been nominated for a Golden Globe award. All is well with their marriage, financial, and two kids in private school. Until she listens to his voice mail one night by accident and hears some southern belle leaving some pretty up close and personal sexy messages.
Julia does not confront him in the beginning and continues to listen to his messages. She immediately starts going to a shrink, gets hair extensions, Botox, sunless tanning spray, and begins shopping to ensure she looks great for the Golden Globe awards ceremony.
She feels useless as she has given up on her writing to be a wife and mother. Julie becomes obsessed with finding out the person behind the voice. Prior to her marriage she was a wild child and has changed so much. To try and keep an affair from coming out she writes all this bogus stuff on cyberspace about Joe being gay and keeping all the other mom’s at her son’s preschool at bay.
She confronts Joe and he makes up an excuse, but is her really telling her the truth? A humorous read about marriage, family and how women sometimes get lost in their duties of being a perfect wife and mother. The audio was excellent and Cassandra Campbell did an excellent job as always of the performer – look forward to reading more from this author!
Yes. I am sure the print would have been excellent; however, with this type of book, nothing better than a talented writer and excellent performers-- which are made for the character's part. Each of these performers were five star quality, and you could envision each unique character within each setting.
I had purchased the book; however, had to drive from West Palm Beach, FL to Amelia Island, FL (south to north) and from there to North Carolina---could not wait to start so purchased the audio for my road trip. I had to buy the audio, as could not wait--have read all Terry McMillan's books and when I listened to the audio sample - I knew this would be the ideal book to listen to on my iPod for the long trip.
It exceeded all my expectations and more. Turned out, it rained the entire two days of travel and I did not even mind, as I laughed out loud at all the funny characters and it made the time go by faster. I actually finished the entire book about an hour before I reached my destination. I could not even listen to another book, as wanted to just bask in the wonder of this incredible book and smile as I wanted to meet each one of these characters.
I loved all the many different characters! My favorite character was BJ, and of course the banter with her sisters and oh did I love Luther, Omar, and Quinten. It was hard to choose a favorite as each of them had a take away.
If you love humor, wit, family drama- this book is for you. Movie worthy and can only image the cast! Tyler Perry needs to be all over this on OWN. Would definitely listen to this again!
The real emotions, the humor, life stories with heart felt takeaway. Will make you cry and laugh. Shows how much impression adults make on children.
Loved them all but BJ, Omar, Luther, Vanessa and Quinten were my favorites.
Luther as he is smart and is an old soul with a heart of gold. I also would like Omar and Quinten as both of them would make me laugh all night! Hard to choose as all the women were sassy and witty.
One of the best books - Terry you outdid yourself! I see another movie based on this book!
Narrator did a good job however the story was long and drawn out (see below)
The Longest Ride
Narrator did a good job
The narrator (Heather Henderson) did a good job. A beach read about three gals --friends since childhood and have all gone separate ways. Pretty long and drawn out ---
Kate (Phili), successful lawyer, pregnant, and boyfriend has just broken off their upcoming marriage; Vanessa (NY) is a mom with 2 yr old daughter and her husband has kissed another woman (she talks about this the entire book); Dani (San Fran), is an addict (drugs and drinking) throughout the book. Cannot get her act together and has just been fired from a book store (author). But she is always drunk or drugged, so cannot write. Pretty sad and depressed bunch!
After the bachelorette party is called off they all plan to meet in Avalon, NJ (this spot was never great, in my opinion). The book is centered on Colin (Katie’s twin brother) everyone thinking they caused his death years ago ---guilt, regrets, and secrets. Goes back and forth from years ago until present tense. There is some humor to the story which will get you through.
Yes, felt this was the best of Jane Green's books
How all the women grew during the book.
Some scenes with Maggie when she was a snob and after losing it all her life in the country.
I have read quite a few books by Jane Green; however, Family Pictures was one of her best! Without giving away the book, it is a heartfelt story of two women with two families and find they have a lot in common. Only when one daughter visits the other, their world crumble.
There are many take-a-ways from this book – people are not always as they seem, and it takes something bad to happen in order for us to find our true selves. Things do not bring happiness and you find out your true friends when lose it all. You really learn to love Maggie towards the end of the book and sometimes---we can find family in others when we cannot find it the biological way. Highly recommend!
This is the best of Nicholas Sparks since The Notebook - 5 stars ++++! Oh course, I have read all his books and have seen all his movies --they are all great – however, I will say The Longest Ride is at the top of the list with The Notebook. What a beautifully written poignant love story and fell in love with all the characters (especially Luke).
I had purchased the book on pre-order; however, was busy packing for an extended stay and drive to Highlands, NC and ironically Winston-Salem, NC (from West Palm Beach) which is a 12 hour drive, so decided to purchase the audio from audible.com for my long drive on iPod for next week. However, started listening to it yesterday while packing, and had to finish it tonight as could not put it down--(so will need another book for my trip next week)! (Ironically, listened to The Best of Me by Nicholas on audio for my last trip two years ago from NC to South Florida.)
I would highly recommend the audio as Ron McLarty (whom I love as is the narrator of David Baldacci’s books) and January LaVoy – made the book! They did an exceptional job with the performance of Ira/Ruth and Sophie/Luke.
Another huge plus – as a native of NC (Piedmont area) it was nice to hear Nicholas incorporating the Piedmont/Western Carolina mountain areas of NC versus the eastern coast as some of his other books. All the familiar places, I love (Winston-Salem, Old Salem, King, Grove Park Inn, Black Mountain, Asheville, Biltmore, Pinnacle, Clemmons, Yadkinville, 421, Pilot Mountain, Wake Forest, Fabien Restaurant, etc.) Kept waiting for Village Tavern Reynolda Road. In your next book would love a setting in Highlands or Cashiers, NC (so quaint and lots of hiking and waterfalls, Old Edwards Inn & Spa–quaint town and at the top of mountains you can see NC, SC, and GA in one view.
Note to Nicholas: I kept waiting for this in the book - For your movie would love for you to use the setting: Pilot Knob Inn Bed and Breakfast (361 New Pilot Knob Lane, Pinnacle, NC 27043) owned by Jennifer and Will Allen (located at the foot of the Pilot Knob Park right off the exit.) I have stayed there many times over the years when visiting my sons in Winston-Salem.--The adorable historic tobacco cabins are equipped with front porches and rockers, country breakfast-- would be an ideal setting for the cabin scenes for Sophie/Luke and the owner there also shows horses with barn and stalls. You can bring you own horse and rent a stall-- Water hay and fresh bedding are provided for horses. The trails of Pilot Mt. and Sauratown Mt. run through the property with miles and miles of trails. You can also go horseback riding nearby.
Back to the book – without giving away the ending – it was perfect. Great transition between the old (Ira/Ruth) and younger generation (Luke/Sophie) and a brilliant ending. Two couples who seem to have nothing in common; however, by the end –they have more in common than you think. You will smile and cry. Wow, I know NC has hot country guys as have seen my share of them--Cannot wait to see who will be cast in the movie. A must read – be sure and check out Nicholas’ new website!
Loved the humor and wit as well as being a lesson for us all. Both of the main characters was able to learn from one another.
Jennifer Weiner's books (have read them all). Heavy girl with a great personality, witty, and gets her man.
When Holly connects with Chase/Amaada (Logan's friends) and fits in and finds her new BFF.
Its not over until the fat lady sings
I look forward to reading more this author and Katie was excellent (wish she were reading more of the audible books).
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