The poor overly-stereotypical characterization of small town southern culture.
Her southern accent.
Seriously?? People actually LIKED this book? I can't even make it halfway through. I know...let's take every stereotype there ever was regarding small town southern culture, and write them into a story that reads more like a soap opera, with poorly developed, overly-stereotypical redneck characters! The whole storyline reads like something done for a high school English project back in the 1970's...not the 1990's. My husband is from a very small town in North Carolina and while his family definitely has a different culture than those from (eh-hem) The Big City, I found this book extraordinarily offensive and simple. Has Toni Kelner ever *been* to a small town in North Carolina? I see from her website she lives in Charlotte...CHARLOTTE! You know...a big city. Like I said, there's no way I can ever make it through the rest of this book. Glad I bought this on sale and didn't waste a whole credit on it.
A definite recommendation. Elizabeth Haynes is a fabulous author. She builds a story in a way that keeps you listening/reading!
I would NEVER listen to this narrator again...EVER. I got used to her voice but it was difficult listening to the story through her nasally, droning, almost-fake British accent (seriously, is she really British??). I looked at the other books she has narrated and they're all basically lusty romance novels. "Dark Tide" is not. So maybe her voice works well for those books, but certainly not this one! Please, Ms. Haynes, stick to Karen Cass for your narration.
Yes - Elizabeth Haynes has a way of writing to keep you in suspense, to keep you listening. You know in the end she'll eventually reveal everything, but in the meantime you have to keep listening to find out what's going on. Little by little she reveals the secret to the story. She also has a way of writing so that it draws you into the scene itself...she describes everything and you feel like you're right there with that character, experiencing everything she does.
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