My deepest sympathies to anyone who has lost an adult child.
This memoir/story was a sad retelling of memories and the grandchildren moving on. The author didn't focus on any subject for more than 60 seconds. His thoughts were scattered and disconnected.
The family obviously has great wealth, knows many famous people and lead privileged lives. Death and grief visited them none-the-less. His tone gave the impression that they should be exempted from such tragedy.
The book had a few redeeming points, but the bragging of their accomplishments; possessions; and position overshadowed them.
Lisa Wingate has written a wonderful story/romance filled with believable, imperfect characters complete with insecurities and shaken faith. I appreciated that the leads were genuine - they worked, they conflicted with their teen-age children, they had disagreements with relatives, and they cared about their community. The romance was sweet and just taking root when the book ended.
I enjoyed the two voices in the audiobook. They did a wonderful job!
Ms. Bonner has perfect diction. That would normally be a postitive comment. However, in a western historical book, to hear her pronounce every consonant did not fit the book. Even when reading the voices of roughened, uneducated cowboys, they had perfect diction.
The story didn't speak to me as I was continually cringing at the narration. Perhaps the author is also responsible for using language that wouldn't commonly be in the vocabulary of a frontiersman.
This book by Julia Quinn was very disappointing. Senseless chatter by young women and their mothers, not once by several times. The beginning was overdone emphasizing that the heroine was a nuisance when she was a child. The characters were flat and didn't have chemistry or tension.
SPOILER***The bedroom scene was just unbelievable - in her parents' house during a party? The hero was as close to a rutting pig as an author could write it.**
Very disappointing from a writer who has done much better.
The narration was well-done considering what she was given to perform.
What a disappointing, short, predictable book! I didn't hear one original idea in the short 4 hour read. Knowing that reality has to be sometimes suspended to accomplish the story, I was still disappointed that the characters weren't developed, the story was predictable, the situations flat and the brother was given more importance in the story than the main character.
I've read/listened others by LK that were much better. This must have been a weekend writing event thinking her fans would buy anything.
If this had been a Christmas present, I would have returned it.
Maybe. The story more than the narrator was weak.
The suspense of not knowing who the man was who claimed to be Lord Hawksworth was the most interesting. The least interesting was that three-fourths of the book was a not-that-great cat and mouse game of him declaring she would go to bed with him and she vowing she would not. After the first hour on the book it was old, contrived, and boring. Lara wasn't a warm character.
My favorite was Lord Hawksworth's mother - she came to life.
Lara was not a likable character - stiff, dull, consumed with herself and marinating in her misery. Lord Hawksworth was a man who lived on the edge and is the kind of action hero every other woman in the world would love to have groveling at their feet. They just didn't seem to go together. And the hours spent back and forth, forth and back about going to bed together was about 3 times too much. And then she was willing to let him hang for being an imposter. Lara was just too everything-I-don't-want-to-be.
I enjoyed Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus, but I doubt that I would listen to it again. While a fun sort of read, it wasn't a compelling read. I have recommended the book to friends who I thought might enjoy the spry Harriet.
I would compare this book to Saint Training by Elizabeth FIxmer. Mary Clare O'Brian, a young Catholic teen on the cusp of becoming a woman learns that the world is a challenging place and not all that one wants will happen. Bad things will always occur and change is inevitable. Harriet had similar naivity, but I so admire her spunk and stubbornness once she found her feet.
If I had read the book, I think I would have always compared Harriet to some woman I know. With Laurel's voice, she became her own person. Laural also did a marvelous job with Harriet's son and Humphrey the dog descriptive passages were great.
I both laughed and cried - laughed at Harriet's naive view of the world and cried as she wrote in her journal to her late husband. She had lived in a fog of widowhood for years before finding herself and asserting her own personality. How much more productive and content and contributing would she have been had she moved forward 10 years earlier?
Harriet Beamer Rides the Bus is a good read for anyone who has parents beyond the age of 65. The book really did help me understand that even in age, parents have dreams and a strong will to still be persons of worth, contributing. Sometimes they need to do more than prepare sandwiches for funeral dinners and be in the quilt circle. Sometimes they need to sprout wings and take flight. I smiled at how little Harriet knew about technology, but rejoiced that she took to it quickly. She named her Android phone Amelia - a perfect blend of the technology with the historic woman flight pioneer.
I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend who was seeking a romance that wasn't going to change their life, but would be a lighter read to fill a few hours. R.E. Chambliss read the story well, changing tone and pitch to keep the characters unique.
I don't want to give away the story, even if it is a bit predictable, but I think the premise of the misunderstanding in the beginning of the book and John's reaction when he realized his incorrect assumption about Phoebe. There's just something special about a military man rendered speechless and totally off-guard by a young lady.
Ms. Chambliss's dialogue reading was wonderful. I could easily identify the charcter speaking - young, old, men, women - she has a great range of voice. She had a slight Southern accent that helped place the book in the regional setting.
I enjoyed Agatha, even though she wasn't in the story, she brought the story into being. Sophie was a charming, disarming addition.
Generally this is a sweet romance with just one intimate scene that is short. I would recommend the book with these notes: It is a bit predictable and the two main characters each had an issue that was repeated a bit too often.
Ms. Barrett may have set the stage for a second book about John's military buddy who was injured, but I haven't seen it yet.
I enjoyed this audio version of Powder and Patch as the text contained many French expressions. I have no knowledge of the language, but enjoyed hearing them spoken as it added to the enjoyment of the book, adding a bit more charm.
I loved the interchange between Phillip and Cleone's Aunt Sarah when Aunt Sarah tells Phillip that a woman can have a hundred thoughts at one time and every one of them contradictory.
I have not listened to any of Flo Gibson's performances before. She spoke flawlessly and the French passages were flowing without a bit of hesitation. This is not a book that just anyone could read. There was a slight whistle with the s sound.
A reader or a listener cannot go wrong when the book is by Georgette Heyer.
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