A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother, whose maternal love braids together the strands of the women's shared past - and who will stop at nothing to defend their future.
©2011 Joshilyn Jackson (P)2011 Hachette Audio
"A mesmerizing tale of a family coping with the revelation of a secret that will change their lives. . . Jackson's most absorbing book yet, a lush, rich read with three very different but equally compelling characters at its core." (Kristine Huntley, Booklist, Starred Review)
"A deeply felt, engaging story." (The Atlantic)
"Highly immersive... a compelling page turner." (Publishers Weekly)
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I have read all of Joshilyn Jackson's books, some I have liked, others not so much, but I would have to say that this is my favorite. There was a great story line, the author's narration was awesome (I could listen to her all day!) and there was a bit of everything from mystery, to romance to humor. It was just long enough...I felt like I got my money's worth and then some.
Jackson's book reminded me a bit of Sandra Kring, who I also love.
Joshilyn Jackson's voice is so melodic, and that southern accent really adds authenticity to the story.
Maybe, the 15 year curse?
I tend to get stuck listening to a certain genre of book, lately that has been Nordic crime, so this was a really refreshing break from all the violence and bloodshed! All three female characters were expertly written and Jackson has another winner.
I like the characters & plot. The only drawback was the narrator didn't differentiate between granddaughter & grandmothers voices which was a bit confusing because they change without announcing the change.
I enjoyed the story and felt a connection with Big, but I felt the narration and the dialog for Mose spoiled it for me.
Actually I think having the author as the reader really enhanced the story. I normally don't like hearing the author read their stories...but Joshilyn really knows these characters and they come alive as she reads their stories.
As the book progressed, I found myself listening more and more often...I wanted answers to the mysteries.
I purchased this because of the great reviews and I was not disappointed. I loved the characters Big, Liza and Mosey. Such an entertaining story I hated for it to end.
The narrator helped make the story real.
Many twists and changes - you think you have it figured out but you don't
I have already begun recommending this book for its engaging story, and for the beautiful narration of it.
I loved the relationships between all of the women, and was kept interested in where the story was going the whole time. I especially love Jackson's ability to put words together in just the right way, making me laugh out loud, or get choked up.
Most times an author just doesn't have the whole package of being able to tell the story they've so artfully written, but this is where Joshilyn Jackson stands out! She is a fabulous narrator, and so beautifully conveyed each character's individuality in her subtle voice changes. I'm already looking for another of her books to listen to!
A joy to listen too! The story was intriguing and funny with unexpected twists and turns. I am only disappointed that it is over. I will definitely be looking at other titles from this author.
I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.
I really enjoyed this book - the author reads her own work and does a darn good job! The story flows well - I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a pleasant story.
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