I have loved Julia Quinn's books forever. I have grown to expect enjoyable characters presented with humor. Fun books to read. This one was more your average historical romance with less of the humor I love from Julia Quinn. I enjoyed the children in this book, but more could have happened with them - she doesn't milk the unicorn girl for all she's worth. I still enjoyed the novel, it just wasn't fabulous, and usually Quinn is close to fabulous.
This isn't a bad audible, just not quite good. The story is ok, I think, but the narration gets in the way. The physical and personality descriptions of the characters don't match the voices. This mismatch was extreme enough to get in the way of my enjoyment of the title. Before you purchase, take a listen and realize the male narrator is supposed to be GQ handsome with blond hair. I guess I just wouldn't recommend this on audible. I don't know if it would be good in print.
I probably would not have finished this book if it hadn't been for the lovely narration. There was so much room for something good to happen and it just never did. Everything turns out as I expected, the plot a bit predictable. It is one of those books where you get to know several characters' stories and gradually see how they will collide. Then they do and it's a mess, and then it is resolved. I usually like this structure, but their weren't any characters that I could agree with. The epilogue tells what could have been had the catalytic event not occurred. The message ends up being that really no matter how good a person you are your life can get totally messed up leading you to mess up others' lives and there is no way to avoid this and then you'll get punished for it on top of everything else. I think there are a lot of readers out there who would enjoy this book, especially with the great narration and fateful plot, I'm just not one of them.
I usually enjoy Julia London's historical romance and thought she was branching out when I saw this title. Ooops. It is a re-release of a 10 year old title and you can tell. The heroine is more appealing, perhaps to a younger reader - early twenties maybe? Late teens? It's all about trying to make a fancy traditional wedding work in a remote accessible-only-by-rope-bridge location. Silly premise to begin with and unappealing characters to top it off. I should have been more careful when I purchased it but it had such a nice price... So if you want pretty much mindless fluff at under ten dollars this is a good pick. I liked the narrator's Texas accent for the male lead, but I couldn't get around the ridiculous heroine.
I found this book difficult to get through. Unlike some other listeners I think the problem is that it is too well written. I know people who treat each other this way. Elizabeth Strout nailed it. The relationship between the brothers was so difficult during the first third of the book that I cried and would not have continued if it were not my book club's choice for this month. There are no likable characters in this book. Bob is nice, but a little to vague to be truly admirable. Otherwise everyone is so damaged it is painful. It reminds me a little bit of Mrs.Bridge, but perhaps that is just because that book depressed me as well. The story never really lightens at any point. I think the ending is supposed to be happy, and for two characters there is hope. Again I want to stress that the writing is good and the narration good; the book is just pretty much a downer from start to finish.
I was going to give this an overall score of 4, but I found myself giving it a 5 for performance and a 5 for story, and recalled that I had a difficult time turning it off. I believe I am too stingy to give a 5 very often, except this one truly deserves the extra star! I thoroughly enjoyed the heroine. She is smart and independent. The hero is definitely damaged, but our lady is smart enough to figure that out and point it out to him in a way he can understand. The performance is perfect. Nothing worse than a good book with a bad reader. I just put two more Loretta Chase / Kate Reading books on my wish list. Interesting and fun. Not too graphic sexually, but enough sexual tension to keep it hot.
I bought this because I have seen so many Fern Michaels titles and thought I'd try one. There were so many things I didn't like about this book! The narrator is not my favorite and really does sound far to old. The women involved are pretty much unbelievable - and bloodthirsty. The details are stereotypic and the plot uninteresting. There was not one character I found appealing. I found the accent used for the American born of Chinese descent a bit offensive. The book is old fashioned in thinking and values, not funny, and I just cannot recommend it. Then again, I'm more into forgiveness and healing than revenge and violence. I really can't figure out why I bought this - maybe it was a finger twitch accident!
I loved this one. Laura Kinsale wrenches her reader's heart and doesn't scrimp on anything. She manages to capture the era and tell a dramatic story without being hokey, melodramatic, or offensive. She makes interesting characters interact in interesting ways and does not soften their struggles and pain to make an easy read. She tells the whole story. Good book.
This book starts with the rape of a young girl by 8 men in hoods and continues on to tell the story of a pig headed man who doesn't listen to his wife when she says no to sex. Of course he convinces her (by kissing her in just the right place) that "no" means "yes," then steals her fortune, and they go on to fall madly in love, solve the crime and live happily ever after. This is one of those books that gives historical romance a bad name. Personally? I'm not an Anne Flosnik fan either and probably would not have ordered this had I realized her nasal voice would have to be tolerated. I almost stopped listening after the first twenty minutes but decided to finish so I could honestly warn other romance fans that this one is problematic.
I thought this one was pretty fun. Feisty heroine and misunderstood hero. Best of all she is not a petite sweet thing. Nice to have a realistically bodied woman in the starring role for a change.
I listened to this book over a weekend and it was engaging and entertaining. However, the heroine was cast as an eighteen year old from Ohio. Completely unbelievable that she would have such a precise vocabulary and quirky academic background knowledge coming from the mediocre high school that the author describes. Also unbelievable is the minimal damage she displays having an absentee father and somewhat dingy mother, not to mention close mined relatives. If her background story and age had been more believable I would have enjoyed this story more. For a listen while cleaning house book it was fine.
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