I love this series, but this was very disappointing. I don't get it - for one thing, it's either placed out of order in the series or just goes back in chronology, but at least 60% of it hashes over events that were included in the previous books, often using the exact same words to relate the event. It was previously recorded on cassette and annoyingly tells us to turn the cassette over. I can't help but think the author needed some extra cash for Christmas shopping so hastily pieced together (no pun intended) little bits of previous stories and published a quick summary. Don't bother with this one. You won't miss anything! I will go on to the next and hope that she returns to the well written, enjoyable stories that I have so far loved.
Yes, it was somewhat predictable as another reviewer mentioned, but it was lighthearted and kept my interest from the beginning. I listened to it straight through, of course, while quilting, but even those who don't quilt will enjoy this story. I'm downloading the next one now.
This is another great Banks novel. Someone else mentioned the weird music. I agree - it's jarring and unnecessary. Doesn't belong at all. What were they thinking?
Somehow I didn't realize that this was going to be a dime romance novel. There is some witty dialog, but overall, it's predictable and unmemorable.
I read the reviews before I downloaded this and, because they were mixed, hoped for the best. Truth is, I'm surprised I got through it, but was working on a project so didn't have time to look for something else. For me, it never got going. Overall, it was just mildly sad and substantially uninteresting . . . . .
I loved this book. Just downloading the second book now. . . it's not often that I can hardly wait to continue a story. The characters are mostly very engaging. The narration, particularly for Binnie and Alf is really outstanding. They all became a little part of my life for the few days they were with me. Can't be sure how accurate the description of what life was like during the blitz is, but it sure is believable and feels real. It's as if it brings the reader on a little trip in time with the characters. I recommend this one. It's interesting that these feel so different than the first two books, like they were written by someone else. The first book, although good, was gloomy. The second (To Say Nothing of the Dog) was downright silly. This is the best as far as I'm concerned.
I read the first book and like it ok . . . .the self-destructive behavior of lead male character did get a bit old, but overall, that one was pretty good. After reading the glowing reviews for this book, I was encouraged, but I found I just couldn't listen to it. I lasted about an hour, but it was just too cheesy. The narrator was very annoying too - it all seems very forced.
I liked this book the best so far - lots of twists and turns, for the most part, really fun.
Yes, the story really keeps your interest. I was pleased that the usual rules of behavior were bent for the main characters.
The story built well until it droppped you off the cliff at the end
I find it very frustrating when an author pulls a Soprano-like ending. I don't want to use my imagination as to what happened. If I wanted to write my own end, I would be an author. I'm not; finish your book!
There was a pretty good story here, but endless, needless, sex scenes that didn't further the story. If I wanted to read porn, I would order it. I'm not bashful of sex scenes in books, but once they started (in the second half), it seems that was all there was! To the point where it really detracted from the story.
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