I would certainly listen to The Beach House again. Having grown up in the South and having spent a great deal of time at the beaches of North and South Carolina, I loved listening to Mary Alice Monroe's Low Country speech. She was not too syrupy but just right. Each character was distinguishable, which made listening to her seamless.
I loved seeing the interplay between Cara and Lovie -- questions, answers, peace at last.
The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, was fantastic! Her Irish brogue plus her portrayal of all characters was outstanding. Some books must be listened to, not read, and this is one of them. I don't usually like "otherworldly" stories, but this one was a cut above. I cannot wait to reach Book 3 and the final destruction of Coven.
I don't usually like "otherworldly" stories, but this one was a cut above. I cannot wait to reach Book 3 and the final destruction of Coven.
Three women from different lives and backgrounds lose everything they have. Together, different though they are, they must band together to protect and rebuild the only asset any of them has. What a journey! Mother Maddie, Worker Avery, and High Flyer Nicole couldn't be more different. What a wonderful adventure to watch them work together as they are joined by other characters to rebuild Bella Flora .... and their own lives.
Wow! I didn't think Beth Hoffman could top Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, but she did. What a powerful story.
Toy Story is a wonderful, strong woman. Surrounded by friends - Cara, Emmie, Flo, Ethan, Bret, the ghost of Ms. Lovie, and Little Lovie - Toy moves through life with strength and purpose. She doesn't let her past or her mistakes weigh her down, but learns to make better choices as she learns through the world of her beloved loggerhead turtles. I was glad to read more of the women I had fallen in love with in "The Beach House."
Quinn Barton is perhaps the weakest, whiniest, most ridiculous character I have ever read. I have enjoyed so many of Beth Harbison's books, that this one was a real disappointment. On no planet would this brother vs. brother vs. female lead ever ring true or be accepted by any thinking reader. But it's the wishy washy back and forth that is really too much to take. If not for the wonderful voice of Orlagh Cassidy, this book would have been completely worthless.
Ceecee Honeycutt is an incredible person. Even with all the hard knocks in her life, she still manages to keep her youthful perspective on life ... and the wonderfully eccentric women of Savannah. All of Ceecee's relationships are wonderful, but especially her love for Oletta Jones, her aunt's cook. The scenes between the two of them are wonderful. Especially when Ceecee tells Oletta that she loves her. Having lived in the South my entire life, I was thrilled to reacquaint myself with those magical women who live there. It truly is a whole other culture (as they say here) and I was glad to revisit it. Can't wait to read Hoffman's next book, also read by Jenna Lamia. What a great Southern accent!
It's always a wonderful feeling when you stumble across a new author. What a delightful read. Yes, it was a bit predictable, but I found the characters that Gemma cooked for to be quirky and delightful. Where else could you run over a peacock and still laugh yourself silly? Of course, it was easy to figure out where the story was going, but the ride to the destination was still fun. Can't wait to read the next Beth Harbison in my library!
I have enjoyed so many of Elin Hilderbrand's books and was looking forward to this one. It was initially easy to get wrapped up in the characters: Vicky and her cancer, Brenda and her legal troubles, Melanie and her husband's infidelity. But as the story went on, I got tired of Vicky's inability to connect with her husband, Melanie's use of Josh, and Brenda's gagging whining (albeit to herself) about the troubles that she had brought on herself. She was certainly my least favorite character. I really thought Walsh deserved better. But the thing that disturbed me the most was the ending. We are brought up to date about Vicky, Brenda, and Melanie, but what happened to Josh - the most important character in the book? That's what I really want to know.
I have listened to Therese Plummer read several series. She never disappoints. One of my favorite readers.
A wedding takes place choreographed by the dead mother. I couldn't help but be drawn into the lives of the characters in A Beautiful Day. But I found the slavish devotion to Beth Carmichael's "notebook" outlining her youngest daughter's wedding a bit farfetched. I'm not sure how a mother dictates from the grave nor do I understand the daughter's unwillingness to stray from her mother's instructions on the most important day of her life. The characters were wonderful, especially Margo, but the influence of the "notebook" was unrealistic, at best.
Mack Peterson is a great character! It is interesting to watch him struggle with his life choices.
The narrator does a wonderful job differentiating the characters.
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