This is easily one of the top 3 audiobooks I've listed to this year!
I was utterly absorbed in this story from start to finish. The writing is lovely, the characterization is rich, the pacing is perfect, the narrative switches between Beattie in the past and Emma in the present in all the right places. I think when Beattie gets what she desearves (and more) after the card game is one of the most memorable moments in the story. It was one of the most satisfying, fitting, and perfect endings I've listened to in a long time. I loved this story!
The switching from present to past and back again made it impossible to choose just one favorite scene!
Honestly I don't think I could make one up that can match what a great film this book would make!
I will be recommending this book to all of my friends that love a good book. At first I thought The Devil in the Junior League might be a bit silly and that I might not like Frede, the main character, but as the book went on, I loved the humor and the twists and turns.
I was surprised when poor Frede found out that her beloved husband, Gordon, had a vasectomy before they were ever married. In addition, all of his affairs, when they came to light were pretty humorous as well since it incites good revenge from Frede.
I loved her southern accent. It gave depth to Frede that she might not have otherwise.
I just loved all the humor. It was such an enjoyable story.
I loved the story within the story. The Shifting Fog tells the story of a Manor House in Essex during WW1 in the early 1920's, told from the perspective of Grace Bradley, a housemaid, now 98 and living in a retirement community in 1999. When Grace finds out that a film is being made of a tragic event at the house - the suicide of a young poet who fought in the war - she recounts her memories leading up to that night, and the part she played in it.
Other books that remind me of The Shifting Fog are The Distant Hours, The Forgotten Garden, Duet, The Winter Sea, and The Secret Keeper.
Caroline Lee brings a depth to the characters and the story that you just wouldn't experience if you read the book rather than listen to it.
I thought Hannah was the most memorable character in this book because she had all the wonderful tragic flaws you end up loving about them.
When people keep recommending a book to you, sometimes you should listen. The Forgotten Garden is such a book. Finally I did as suggested and listened, now I'm wondering why in the world I waited so long. Kate Morton provides the intricate layering of different times and places in a masterful manner, gifting the reader with a story that captures the imagination and warms the heart.
I liked how unpredictable this story was. Nell, as the lost child, is the pivotal character around which all mysteries and actions revolve. A tale that begins in England and travels across the many miles to Australia, comes home again to England to undo over a hundred years of secrets. Like the entwining vines of the garden, the story twists and turns, making the path seem impassable, but tenacity is rewarded with clarity.
Caroline Lee has such a pleasant way of telling a tale that I have listened to almost all of the audiobooks she has narrated.
I love this book with all my heart! Kate Morton became one of my absolute favorite authors this year after reading The Forgotten Garden and The Shifting Fog (also known as The House at Riverton), but this latest novel absolutely cements and guarantees her continued place there. The Secret Keeper blew my mind and it just showed me more of what Kate Morton does so very very well. All the time taken and careful preparations of the plot, scene, characters clearly show, and add up to make this novel a compulsive read filled with vibrant and flawed characters.
I would compare authors rather than books. I think Kate Morton is in the same league as Susanna Kearsley and Kimberley Freeman in my opinion.
I just LOVE Caroline Lee and any character that she perfoms is exceptional!
Hmmmm...Not sure about this one.
This was a well written story about a young man and how much easier it is to pretend tragedy hasn't touch him rather than face the truth, although it is rarely the right thing to do.
I really enjoyed not being able to predict this story.
My favorite scene was when Charlie, Patrick, and Sam are in the vehicle driving under the bridge...I remember that feeling as a teenager...being "infinite".
I think I would take Sam out to dinner since I have had many friends like her before and we would probably have a great time.
The Rose Garden is easily in the top 5 audiobooks I've listened to this year.
Susanna Kearsley is such a great author. She has a delightful way of spinning tales that sweep you up and keep you wanting more. I loved how she wove past and present into a tidy ending but kept the story magical.
I have not but she was very pleasant to listen to.
I didn't feel like laughing or crying while listening to this story but I loved every moment of it regardless!
Listening to this book was not an entire failure but the story just never fufilled it's promise...
I would be willing to try another book from this author because this wasn't a complete loss.
I thought Candace Thaxton was good, the story just didn't deliver.
It inspired me to do a little research about Mary since I had heard the reference of Typhoid Mary before.
I have been completely drawn in by almost everything Charlaine Harris has written and was so excited to see that she had written another Sookie Stackhouse. Unfortunately this was such a disappointment. The entire time I kept waiting for some excitement...but alas, it was not to be...
If the story line would have been as exciting as her previous ones have been, it would have been more enjoyable.
Good. Familiar. Enjoyable.
I think Dead Ever After needs to be re-written all together.
Anyone under the age of 15 would probably really enjoy this book.
The narrator was a child and it made the entire book sound like a child had written it.
If an adult would have narrated it, it may have been more believable.
Just disappointment. I was really looking forward to a good ghost story.
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