This book is unbelievably frustrating. I was expecting a good story (not a great one) about four people, or two couples and their lives, secrets, children, and marriage, just like the description says (great books in this genre like "More Than Friends" and "The Woman Next Door:" by Barbara Delinsky or "Heart of the Matter" by Emily Giffin and "Another Piece of My Heart" by Jane Green were pretty good). Instead, it's an unbearable non story with a muddled plot that gets forgotten along the way and nothing seems to come to the surface ever, just forgotten. It's filled with naming labels and mundane everyday details like taking a nap, dressing and buying groceries, getting drinks at a pub, going peeing in a camping trip...plug in any menial task you can think of, it's there...to make you forget that there was a plot and some problems from the beggining but the details are so uninteresting, it just gets annoying.
A bunch of characters are introduced as coworkers of Saffi and Greg but they are not developed so you don't care about any of them or care to keep track of who they are and I didn't so I just let the audio play through those parts without paying much attention. I used those moments to do a hard climb on the spinning bike without really listening. I could tell I wan't missing much just more stupid fill in details. The problem is that since all characters sound the same, I would miss the next scene and be a little lost when the narrator started on another character but since nothing happens, it's no big deal.
The narrator did a nice job except that you can't tell who she is reading about. She goes from one character to the next and you won't notice because they all sound the same. Except for Saffi's boyfriend, Greg, who is and sounds like an ass but no one seems to address his stupidity. And also Marsh, she has a distinct accent but you won't really care about Marsh either (that's Saffi's boss).
There's Gill, Saffi's mom, author throws in a bit of breast cancer, don't worry, there's nothing to spoil here. It was thrown for drama or sympathy not sure if for Saffi or Greg but I found myself fast fowarding through all of Gill's chapters in the last six hours of the book. That's how little you care about her. There is Jess, the other main character. Completely contradictory, you really don't know what her problem is, she's mad all the time, loves her husband then hates him then has contempt for him but tries to seduce him, but chickens out, then hates him, resents his work, but loves him again and you won't know why!!! It's insane.. you really can't stand Jess most of the time. She has two kids that you won't get to love cuz you won't know them enough except that they have a hamster that gets lost for more stupid details about finding it.
Then there is Connor, Jess' husband, the only likeable character but for some reason, also doesn't like to communicate like all the other characters. You get to know him a little more than all the rest, his past, upbringing, and where he is at now and what he wants. He is the only somewhat developed character...but again...the missed chances and lack of dialogue between them it's frustrating. When they can say so much they say nothing over and over again. I really hope people don't behave this way in real life.
Then somewhere past halfway there is Joe and his kid. Nice enough characters but the ciscumstances of all main characters by this point are so ridiculous that you won't really get to appreciate them. I will say that by this point they are the only parts of the book I still want to listen to, so that's good I guess. It's too bad it took more than half the book to get to them. But don't get too excited the way that Saffi handles the situation with them makes you want to scream and slap her a few times if she were real. The author gives her plenty of opportunities to redeem herself and then takes them away, unredemmed, unresolved and sometimes never again mentioned.
Things never get explained, nothing gives it substance, or deepen story, plot nor characters . I kept giving it a chance. Thought it might turn around half way but it didn't .Drama escalates in stupid ways with gossip and misperceptions. Saffi goes on from one stupid choice to another and the lack of real conversations between the characters is a crime.
I have liked many books on Audible that I've wanted to leave positive remarks but haven't due to lack of time. This book was so annoying that all i kept thinking while i listened was what I was going to say about it in my negative remarks. But at least it inspired me to take the time to leave one. Thanks for reading, I hope this helped. If you get it anyway like I sometimes do even after a negative remark, I hope it's not as annoying and frustrating as I found it. OHH, I still have three dreaded hours to go before I finish. It really doesn't matter what happens at this point, I just want it over and I feel I need to finish what I started.
It is a tiny bit interesting, not too much drama. Women making bigger deals out of things than they should. But I got through the whole thing, wanted to keep going and see where it went. A bit predictable with some moments of interest. Love Orlagh Cassidy, it's usually why I get her books. I guess I would say read it. Don't except any problems based on real issues...mainly misunderstanding and silly fears.
The book itself is a little wishy washy! Woman can't forget her first love but one is never sure why. Goes back and forth from present adult to when she was a teenager. The teenage years are more interesting than the present. She spent most of the present going why why why why with not much happening !!! Gets tedious and boring. Predictable! But The narrator made it almost worth it, almost.
Awesome short stories that connect! LOVED THAT! Well written, well read, interesting characters. Depth from the get go. So very very good! Worth it, don't wait. I had it on my wish list looking for better books and I listened to a bunch of bad stuff when I finally gave it a chance and totally loved it. Believable, realistic, touching, interesting! Keeps you thinking about the stories after you finished the book.
First, I 'd like to say that the narrators do a good job, I just can't stand the voice of Jayne Entwistle. It's irritating. But it is well read.
About the book, HOLY HORRIBLE!!! I have read five other Sophie Kinsella books and liked them all, but this one is absurd. The story line is ridiculous. Woman, Lottie, thinks boyfriend is going to propose and when he doesn't she meets up with old flame and decides to get married to him instead. Sister, Fliss, is going through a bitter divorce and has a 7 year old boy or is it 9, I don't know but who cares because it's not really about him at all. This part is about a third of the book, the only part that I could listen to. The rest of the book, which is most of the book, is how the sister, Fliss, tries to keep Lottie and the new flame from having sex on their wedding night because she thinks she's made a terrible mistake.
Let's start with the fact that a woman going through a terrible divorce with a child and having a fling herself, would never find herself totally obsessed (meaning this is the only thing she does) with keeping her sister from having sex on her wedding night... this is ALL SHE DOES.
Then Lottie, a 33 year old woman (previously living with her boyfriend), wants to have a shotgun wedding but needs to WAIT to have sex until her wedding night!!!! Riiiiight! ok fine...Let us overlook that. And I should not have because the circumstances become ridiculous. It's one thing to want to make it perfect on your wedding night but any consenting adult would never find him or herself in this situation ...ridiculous. The last 7 chapters were all about how the butler kept coming in the room and interrupting them from having sex, again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again...all orquestrated by the sister, who takes the kid out of school to follow crazy Lottie to Ikonos to stop her from having sex. Totally absurd!!!
So the last seven chapters I used the "skip to next chapter button" and listened for a few seconds and it was the same thing...butler interrupts with cookies, complimentary messages, upgrades, blah blah blah, trip to exotic location where you can see the allergic reaction coming a mile away, also the night of too many drinks, a bigger bed and on and on and on. It's enough to drive you insane. You just don't care at all what happens to any of them or if they ever do it. Even constantly chaperoned teenagers could have found a moment to do it. From the words of another reviewer, "get a cheap motel and do it already", so you can put me out of my misery.
So because of this book, I am taking extra time to search for a book with substance, to read all the reviews thoroughly, and to leave a detail review to help others with their selection. Don't waste your time, credit or money! Skip it! "The Undomesticated Goddess" is better, "Can You Keep a Secret", "Remember Me", and even "I Got Your Number" was fantastic compared to this.
It's an easy listen, four women and their shoe addiction. Believeble enough. The stories come together nicely and interestingly at first and problems are fixed with a nice tidy bow at the end. The narrator is fantastic. She's the reason I chose the book. Will read more from this author just for the narrator!
Great little book. Interesting and the characters and story grab you right away. It was sad to finish it so fast. It seems short but everything is resolved. I would have liked to know more about all the characters. But there could be a second book! Recommended, nice, easy reading and the narrator is the best. She's my favorite.
It's entertaining...things that develop are hard to believe in the real word but it was fun. The voice of the narrator takes some getting used to. And a big hollywood ending!!!
Almost right up there with Tara Road, for me anyway. You really see where the characters are coming from. Well develop. Let's you see both sides of the problem. From the perspective of the wife and the other woman. The only thing is that I could not really see what was the problem in the marriage. I guess being gone all the time working doesn't help. But there's got to be more than that. But I recommend it!
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