Lenoir, NC, United States | Member Since 2012
I listened to this book as the second in a series of four books. As with the first, it wasn't bad but just didn't have much substance. Bed of Roses certainly doesn't have Nora Roberts usual flair and exciting plot. The characters were likable but there was no meat to the story and when it ended I was left feeling like I wasn't finished. Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors but this quartet of books just hasn't impressed me.
I laughed and cried more than once while I was listening to this book. As a southerner, the family descriptions and relationships are crucial as only one who lives in the south could truly appreciate and they were great. I had to laugh out loud at young Claire's words and actions and the whole story just kept me enthralled. I know people wondered why I was sitting in my car when I got to work-I just couldn't turn it off and come inside! This was my first Deborah Smith book and I can't wait for my next credits to read some more of her books. Such a wonderful story and although it wasn't a thriller or murder mystery, the way the plot played out in the 2 parts-young Claire and adult Claire-kept me reading.
I was excited to start the second book of this series as I always enjoy Nora Roberts. But, the narration is just not up to par. It is stilted at best and I feel as though I am being shouted at. I think I would be better satisfied in reading this particular book instead of listening. It is not so much that Mr. Smyth doesn't read well but when he does the individual characters' dialogues he doesn't make them believable or natural sounding. Most times you don't even notice that the same person is reading all of the parts but in this case it is very distracting. It has not been a pleasure to listen to but I think I will go back and read the story so that I can truly enjoy it.
There were two complete, rather flat stories going on at the same time and it was distracting to continually switch back and forth between them. It didn't have the intrigue and surprises that I have come to expect from Catherine Coulter. There was no excitement or anticipation. The narration was rather boring and that is unusual for most of Audible's offerings. It was a disappointment because I was excited about reading this new selection.
What a great book. It caught me up in the story on the first page and I was obsessed with finishing it. There were so many twists and turns to the plot that you just weren't able to guess what the outcome was going to be. Not until the last page did I have my answers! I am an avid reader and have read Lisa Gardner in the past but she has outdone herself with this one. People who read a lot are hard to surprise but she got me good with Touch & Go. If you want a read that you can't bear to pause, then give this one a try.
A great story with lots of suspense and action. I love a good, long book and although I enjoyed Plum Island, there were a few instances where I felt the details of some scenes went on and on. But it was still enjoyable and I have to say that I liked the main character, John Cory very much.
After a rather slow beginning, the book picked up and became a good read, which is what I expect of Barbara Delinsky. As always, the story was good although the ending was a little less imaginative than some of her other books. Still, I like the way you always learn so much about her topic as you read.
There wasn't very much meat to this story. Nora Roberts is usually a master of the story but it was a very shallow and predictable read. There wasn't a lot of substance to it at all. It should have been more complex with a little bit of surprise in it. It was just like the second part of the Bride Quartet and I suspect parts 3 and 4 will be similar
I will read anything Nora Roberts writes because I know I won't be disappointed but this wasn't up to par at all. It didn't have any of the suspense or surprises that normally characterize her books.
None were outstanding. All of the characters were likable but predictable and boring.
As this was the first of four parts, I think that if all parts had been combined into one book with a little more plot and substance, it would have been much better.
Yes, it was a great story and all of its twists and turns made it hard to put down.
As always with Norah Roberts, the plot is full of little side roads that makes you want to continue on and on. It wa sso very hard to find a stopping point.
When she finally told her story to the sheriff
When the mom got her new dog
It was a great read. I like happy endings and for me, reading is an escape from the day to day toils of life. I want entertainment. I don't want to have to look for hidden meanings and symbolism. I want to just enjoy a good story that holds my attention. And this one did!
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