Yes, Carole Boyd
No, Elizabeth Wilhide -- or at least not without much more research on how others liked her book
This was not what I expected at all. I enjoy sweeping epics that are based around a building. I'm a huge Kate Morton fan and love how her stories center on a house or an estate and tell the story going back and forth in time. That was what I was looking for. What I got instead was a story about a house and each little story that was told felt disjointed and unconnected. The author kept saying at the end, "The house knows. The house knows what it wants." Apparently it wanted a lot of inhabitants that were fairly boring and only wanted their stories half-told. It seemed that each time I became half-way interested in a few characters, the author jumped to another era. Arghhh... and barely any stories were connected! I did enjoy at the end when Allison and Izzy and Charlie and Reggie all seemed to float in and out of the stories.
I listened all the way through, I kept hoping it would get interesting and I could have given up on the story, but I'm too cheap. I paid for it dammit, and I was going to listen to it.
This book made me work to figure it out! I really enjoyed this book, but was often disturbed by the way the characters behaved.
There was a really funny line about the Texans who were headed West instead of staying to fight in the Civil War. The narrator comments that this is still what is wrong with California today.
I'll listen to anything read by Will Patton. I discovered this book simply because I enjoy him as a narrator.
Very good..liked the story and the narrator did a excellent job
Kate Morton books.. Forgotten Garden
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