Killen, AL, United States | Member Since 2005
I hate to admit it, but I was very surprised to find the writing by Mr. Lowe to be so deep. The account of his interesting life would be an entertaining read. However, his thoughtful, near-philosophical written analysis of his path to maturity is beautiful. Several times, I thought, "The writer of this book could easily have been a very successful writer!" His choice of words is almost poetic at times. Who knew Mr. Lowe had these hidden talents! Listening to the audio adds depth...his own emphasis and emotion about his own life! GREAT READ!
Definitely in the top 10 of what I call "fiction for fun"! I appreciate a book written about southern women who are bright, funny, intelligent, and upstanding. I appreciate a story about grown women who are not "adult mean girls". I appreciate characters who have flavor. Ms. Albright is very clever with southern phrases! I felt she did a great job in giving her characters southern charm without overdoing it. Some authors seem to have trouble in two areas: writing love scenes and writing dialogue, especially in giving different characters different "voices". I thought Ms. Albright did this VERY well! I'm a southern Grandma and I was impressed that all the characters spoke like I would expect and the scenes with intimacy were beautiful without giving too much information. Well done & ROLL TIDE, Ms. Albright!
Perhaps the situation reminded me a little of another fav, The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks. The characters are very different, though. The southern flavor comes through loud and clear, without being overdone.
I don't want to give anything away, but the "taco cot in the closet" was particularly funny! I also loved the references to Alabama Football, the legendary coach, Bear Bryant, big hair and Aqua Net hairspray to combat the southern heat & humidity!
Again, I will choose carefully so as not to give anything away, but when the main character realized the depth of the love she felt for the man she had given her heart to. That was beautiful.
I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE OTHERS TO BE AVAILABLE ON AUDIBLE.COM!!!
Although this book is fiction, I found a much deeper meaning in the idea of how one's life might be changed if a person had the opportunity to forget past disappointments. The idea that one could suddenly have no memory of a friend's betrayal, the disappointments that had clouded the happiness in a marriage, or the stresses of the past decade of life. As a Christian, I found this concept very thought-provoking and made me want to work even harder to be a good forgiver and not allow those negatives of daily life to cloud my life and relationships.
As for the obvious, the story was gripping and entertaining. I found it very easy to imagine being in the place of the main characters. I enjoyed this book so much, I have already downloaded the other two by this author!
Alice...because her situation was a perfect example of why we should not store up hurts and allow them to get between us and the people we love.
I was moved to tears quite a few times during the book and I don't cry easily! I found this a very "deep-thought-provoking" book!
Dramatic Social Breakdown
I have not listened to others.
I LOVED the characters who stopped behaving as society has taught us and started behaving according to those primal natures we all have and either learn to control (hopefully) or at least keep hidden. I could completely imagine that a catastrophic event would bring out the best or the worst in those involved.
Wow! WOW! W. O. W! So many characters, so intricately woven together...so much I never saw coming! I just finished this book and am going to purchase others by this author! LOVED it!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was gripped from the first few minutes!
I felt like I was listening to the main character tell "her story".
I was moved into near-high blood pressure from the first chapter!
I loved the story and I the narrator had a nice voice, but I had to listen VERY closely and slow down the audio from 1.5 to 1 because the thick British (?) accent was very difficult for this American Grandma to understand.
I always appreciate when the characters in a book become so real that I feel I have lost friends when the book ends. Stepping on the Cracks definitely felt that way! I enjoyed the elements of patriotism and the window into family life when a member is missing while away "at war". I rarely rate a book with 5 stars, but I had to give this one five, both on the audible site & also on Goodreads.com. I will be looking for more from this author!
I read the synopsis of this book when it first hit the best seller lists. For some reason, it didn't appeal to me at the time. I kept seeing it on the lists...and kept resisting. Finally, when the previews of the movie came out, I decided to give it a try. Occasionally, I am disappointed by a book. I am seldom shocked by how much a book moves me! This book had my full, undivided attention from the first and touched me deeply! I love the different voices for the younger and older Jacob! GREAT story!
I had never read anything by this author, but I will be looking for more! I couldn't wait to see what would happen...and was sad when the book ended because it was over! The author did a great job of segmenting the story...alternating between letting the Dog, Chance, tell the story from his side, and the main character, Adam, tell the story from his side. Together, both sides make a great story!
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