This book ranks fairly high - it had a couple of really good things going for it... a fantastic narrator (very well spoken, lots of variety of voices, no weird sniffs or smacking sounds), a great story line (I like girl-hides-in-plain-sight-as-boy kinds of stories), and it was on a BOGO sale (I bought it with Jennifer Cruisie's delightful and quirky "Getting Rid of Bradley"). It was a lucky find!
The story is only 2/3 complete! I really was enjoying it - but when it finished I looked to see if I'd downloaded the next section. It seems that this author releases short bits of novels for around $5 each. (My math says that we get them at a rate of around $2.50 per listening hour - when you can get another series with longer books for credits for around $1.20 per listening hour). Yeesh. I'm disappointed and no longer interested.
While the title and description describes a newcomer, we didn't see her till near the end. And I was never afraid that the newcomer would get the guy. Not. Even. For. A. Second. This is really the continuing story of the already established couples of Thunder Point. We see Cooper and Sarah, and Mac and Gina to great effect. The real stand out was Ashley's story. Her heartbreak and now she and her mom handled it was a real eye opener about the consequences of social media and dating. I loved the story. But the description was incorrect.
I would have preferred to stick with Julie Francis for continuity of the series, but I don't mind Natalie Ross like others do.
I do have an issue though with the sound levels. Whether it is Ms. Ross' interpretation of male voices (they go too low for the microphone?) vs. female (they're loud) or the sound engineer not adapting for it, there are times when I have to turn up the volume to hear it. The audio is too loud in some places, and too quiet in others. Rather like watching a tv show that switches to too loud commercials. Unfortunate.
The story was fine. I wasn't blown away by it, but it was a good light summer read. If I could speak to the author, I'd ask why she felt it necessary to tell us every road number Maddie drove on. She did a lot of driving and it was distracting to be told the street and highway numbers.
I loved the banter between Lacey and Monroe. Quirky, witty, and funny. I also liked that Lacey didn't mope around through the whole book - some would argue that she'd have the right. But I liked this a lot.
The reader was the perfect compliment to the story. It was an enjoyable story but a fantastic listen because of Amanda Ronconi's performance.
I'm in the middle of Robyn Carr's Virgin River. Love it.
I enjoyed the first book, liked the second, and listened as the third book dragged on and on about ghosts. The wrap up of the main characters was enjoyable and the reader was well suited to the text, but the ghost stuff was awful. I mostly forwarded through it.
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