It is hard to limit my answer. There are questions about personality, ethical issues, legal problems, political perspectives, etc; lots of great stuff in this book! Perhaps what made it most enjoyable is that there were surprizing twists in the story could take as the focus went from one character to another. I would think I knew what the book was about and then it would swing to another angle.
It seemed very plausible to me. No one was completely admirable or dispicable. No one was fully predictable or fully understood. The characters are real in that we don't always know what someone else will do. Even though we learn more and more about these characters' lives, they can still surprise us.
I loved her Maine accents.
The Burgess Family. It bothered me that the sister was not included in the title.
Growing conviction that human beings can be very resilient kept me listening and in awe of those of us who rise above life circumstances.
I confess Jeanette is my favorite person in her memoir -- not because we are getting her slant on things, but because I grew fond of the little girl who could understand her intelligent parents' perspective even as she could see the consequences of their actions/inactions. I am not so sure that I in similar circumstances could have coped so marvelously.
Her love of her family is especially moving when you are hearing her speak about them. It makes her memoir even more believeable, more genuine coming straight from her heart to your ears!
Romance with Humor
The heroine's ability to reflect about her life and circumstances with humor
I admire Sir Harry, who could have been a "Stick-in-the-mud," but isn't.
This is just a fun, fun read. Normally, I am not much into romantic tales; they can be too predictable and so, boring. I'm glad I was flexible enough to give this one a try. In some ways it is a love story that is able to poke fun at romantic novels. There are not a lot of deep thoughts here, but sometimes what you want is something to make you smile or even chuckle. I will be looking to see what else Julia Quinn has written and what else Rosalyn Landor has narrated.
J. A. Jance is on my very favorites list, but this one I wouldn't recommend for listening -- too many characters names, dates and times flash by too quickly. In a book I would have just flipped back a few pages to make sure of the character's name, etc. but with an I-pod that wasn't an option. If I had to do it over again I'd buy the book.
That said, I did love the story
This book strikes me as better described as a novel than a mystery. There is, indeed, a violent death; the puzzle of who-dun-it is the backdrop for the book. However, the way Choi develops her main character's reaction to the murder and its subsequent events is more intriquing than the mystery itself. At first, I found this professor to be someone I would rather not take the time to get to know. I'm glad I continued to listen for his story is fascinating. Choi has reminded me that cultural and personality differences can enrich our lives.
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