I read it twice now. The two things I enjoyed most are:
1 - The characters get together early. It's not the typical cat and mouse game.
2 - The evil is revealed in the very first chapter of the book but the twists in the plot kept me keenly interested. The second time I read it I picked up a lot that I missed the first time. I'm sure I'll read it a third time.
Truly delightful. I typically love the characters in Nora Roberts books and this is no different.I consider this story a very pleasant escape from reality.
Beth Hoffman writes with so much warmth and wisdom and Jenna Lamia narrated it so well I had to look her up on the internet to see how old she really is. I couldn't believe the same person was doing all those voices, and doing them so well. I almost didn't buy this book because I thought it was going to be too sad. I'm so glad that I did get it because now it's one of my favorites. I'm going to listen to it again and just write down all the wise sayings she comes up with. Loved this book.
A few reviewers felt this book was too long but I enjoyed every second of it. I listened to it twice now. I think I have a new favorite author/reader combination. The story is heart-warming. It was a great relief from the overly-detailed sex scenes of some writers and the tortures that some writers feel are necessary to make a story interesting. The narration is perfect. I can see why Jenna Lamia is an award-winner. I hope to find more like this.
I bought this title because I love Therese Plummer and thought the story sounded interesting. It was perfect; the kind of book I enjoy the most. I read to escape the real world and don't like sorrow and sadism. Some sorrow is necessary, but sadistic suffering isn't. This book was a delight. The worst thing I could say about it is the sex scenes are a little too descriptive, but all in all, it's one of my favorites. Very enjoyable. I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.
The story was interesting enough, even though it was a little too hard to believe, but I hated the female reader's interpretation of the male voice. He sounded like a robot; more like my GPS system than a sexy male human. It's a struggle to get through.
I loved the story. The male narrator just didn't do justice to the female voices. This was a real disappointment to me. Why use a male narrator with a female star and vice versa? I love to lose myself in these books. I couldn't with this one, because sometimes I wasn't sure who was talking. Don't mean to be cruel. To me it was a wonderful book that was spoiled, not to the point of returning it though.
The combination of Robyn Carr and Therese Plummer is just magical. My only complaint is that there aren't enough books. I've run out. Robyn Carr writes light and interesting. I can't stop listening. Therese Plummer is the most talented narrator I've heard. She amazes me the way she switches voices, and she's so much fun to listen to. I'm just waiting for the next book. Oh - one more thing. I thought at first that it was going to be predictable, but it wasn't. That was a very pleasant surprise. I don't want to give away the plot. Loved this book.
Robyn Carr doesn't deal with torture and really grotesque murder. I love her characters but I felt this narrator did a horrible job with the male voices. She made them totally without feeling and I didn't appreciate it. This won't deter me from future Robyn Carr stories. I only discovered her a few months ago and I read all of the Virgin River stories. They're light and they offer the perfect escape that I long for with these books.
This is the first Robyn Carr novel I've listened to. I'll definitely be buying more from her. Her characters were interesting and fun and the storyline wasn't predictable. I kept predicting the opposite. Don't want to ruin the plot by saying more.
I think this would have been a good read if it was abridged. Never thought I would say that, but the story was good, the language too crude.
I love the characters and I love Nora Roberts. I can only rate this 4 stars because I was left feeling that she didn't develop the story enough, probably because it's part of a trilogy. Most of her trilogies are three complete stores, Boonsboro Inn and now In the Garden made me feel that she was stretching too thin. I would rather she does one great novel than 3. I'm hoping to read the latest Nora Roberts novels and see them as complete. She's been my favorite author, but I feel cheated.
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