This is a good, enjoyable story. The characters are likable and Giffin does a great job weaving in richness of detail, mood and smooth dialogue. Not the best Giffin book, but a solid read nevertheless.
This book is based on a relatively interesting storyline (ie. Amish scarlet letter); however, it is likely much more enjoyable read rather than listened to. The narrator has an odd cadence to her voice which made the narration sound choppy and unpleasant in my opinion. The chapters where she takes on the male character's voice as narrator and uses a Pennsylvania Dutch accent are actually much more pleasant audibly. At any rate, you get used to it, but it certainly tempered my overall opinion of the audio version. The story itself I found to be entertaining and well written. It fell short of true literary grit as an "Amish Scarlet Letter", was rather predictable in many ways, but it makes for a worthwhile read.
Narrator has pleasant, Australian accent and creates different voice tones for each character making it easy to distinguish between the many characters involved. This is particularly true for the numerous dialogue scenes, which can be difficult to follow in audio versions. This is a great read that has many layers and keeps you interested until the end!
Kwan's story isn't deep, but he does a fabulous job creating and describing a multitude of idiosyncratic characters that keep the reader entertained. The story keeps a quick pace and doesn't take itself too seriously, which makes this a great weekend read or as in my case- listen over short periods during my commute to and from work. The narrator definitely adds to the flavor as there are so many characters, different accents and asian-dialect vocabulary to negotiate. She brings them to life, which is the key to this book.
Monroe sets the stage with interesting, likable characters and a good scenario but fails to deliver. It felt like the book ended with the prologue. Three half-sisters each with a multitude of personal issues are meant to come together for the summer to reconnect; however, the story ends up focusing on one character and all of the build up of the story-line is lost as the author never follows through.
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