Maggie Beaumont's luck is about to change. Sure, she's known for her bad romantic choices-her former boyfriend broke up with her by bringing his new girlfriend home for a visit. And then there was the crush she had on a gorgeous young Irishman, who turned out to be Father Tim, the parish's new priest. But romantic salvation has arrived in the form of handsome, if surly, fisherman Malone. It turns out there's a heart of gold underneath his barnacle-clad exterior. Will this catch of the day turn into the dish of a lifetime?
©2007 Kristan Higgins (P)2012 Tantor
LMAO at the bowling scene. Quick wit had me laughing throughout and even shed some tears. Could have been a little steamier in the romance department but actually didn't even notice the lack of just because I was too caught up in the story. Totally enjoyed. Can't wait for the next one.
Ok, so how do you fall in love with a guy that doesn't say more than....um.... 3 words in any given sentence? AND that is just my first of oh-so-many-dissapointments about this book.
Very well written, and freaking fantastic narrator! I love her. really good. PLUS i loved The Best Man- so I was primed to love this book to- PLUS being a golden retriever lover.
But nooooo....I don't want to ruin it, but lets just say that i was moved to extremely sad tears (read here: NOT HAPPY) at one part of the book. While the first part is fun and reading about her Dating disasters is quite hilarious- I just kept thinking, OK ....where is the more!? Where is the great guy, or the quiet guy comes out of the shell, or i donno, SOMETHING! but wait.... nothing.
Well let me tell you about that more- sitting here with just an hour and 11 minutes left of the book, i'm still holding out hope for something to turn around. Which I know, because i love this genre of books, that it will work out- i have not particularly enjoyed the ride. I keep waiting for her lot to get better, but so far- no resolution. I mean this book better have the best freaking fantastic ever ending to redeem itself!
Usually when reading this genre you know that something has to turn for the worst and then resolve. Yet, 80% of this book is for the worst. I mean, it gets ultra crappy for our dear sweet heroine (which is, kinda annoying to be honest.)
But anyways, this will definitely NOT be in my reread list. Although, it must be said, that i've been up since 3am listening to it... THAT should tell you how much hope i had for it. I just kept waiting for it to get better. So steer clear if you love SEP, or Lisa Kleypas, etc. Plus the romance left a lot to be desired. just saying.
Funny, light-hearted, sweet
The fact that is was a heart warming story that made me laugh out loud at times. Maggie was a completely likeble character with all the faults and insecurities all women have. And how she was able to shrug off the embarassing moments of her life with dignity made me admire her.
I think all the dating scenes. Brings me back to when I was dating.
One scene made me cry but for the most part I laughed out loud.
I am now an official Kristan Higgins fan and cannot wait for more of her books to be released on audio.
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
Ok so it really pains me to have to write my review this way since there were so many things I enjoyed about this book, but I have to give it the most solid 3 ever.
The Good: Narration is superb! The main character Maggie is hysterical, lovable, energetic, and pretty (well almost) normal. There were many touching, realistic scenes that could honestly happen to either one of us. The writing is phenomenal and funny as heck.
The Bad: Why the heck did the male interest not speak but like 4 times in the entire book? There was nothing to fall in love with and I mean even a grouch speaks to someone at least once a day.
I have to agree with another reviewer I read because while everything else lined up for a great novel, the actual supposed romance robbed the book from a 5 star rating. Dang they could have given more as far as a leading man was concerned.
The start of this book was really good and it went downhill from there. I wouldn't even consider this a romance book but more of a novel. The second half of the download didn't even have any romance in it. I really liked the first half, the way the relationships were written and the comedy. The rest of it was a little boring. Malone and Maggie's relationship, if you can call it that, was only a little smidgen of the book. There should have been more of this relationship in the book, especially considering Maggie is the main character. It was really lacking and could have made this book great. It was worth three stars though, because the part about Colonel was so real, the love she had for him, it made me cry.
The narration was amazing. I absolutely loved it. It's what got me through the second part. I'm glad it was a special $4.95 book and I didn't have to use a credit for it.
I listened to this because of the narrator, Xe Sands, whom I really enjoy. However, she had some difficulty with the Irish accent that was prevalent throughout the novel. This aside, I felt like her performance was great. Of course, the novel itself was pretty great - and I enjoyed the characters, their faults, their self-recriminations, and the progression of the tale. I don't really like the way the story is described by the publisher, but that's okay. It was better than described.
One of my favorite characters is Maggie's mother, who is so well written in her constantly embittered and self-righteous denouncement of those around her that I feel like I KNOW HER PERSONALLY. Higgins does a very nice job of creating believable characters whom we love and are uncomfortable with, and I look forward to listening to another of her work.
I loved this book, so much that I will probably listen to it again. The narrator was perfect she is what made this book so funny. I laughed out loud a few times and yes there was a part I cried. Good story line and the characters were so real and I liked them all. I highly reccomend this book.
The intonation of the narrator, she captured the humor the author intended.
The day Maggie realized that Tim was the new priest in town.
No but I will soon. She's a talented narrator, I wish she narrated more of this author's books.
Maggie is used to putting her foot in her mouth but does she have faith that she'll take a step in the right direction and find love in her hometown?
This was such a great find. You won't be disappointed if you're looking for a book that will make you miss the characters as soon as it ends.
I have loved all of Kristan Higgins's books, and this was no exception. I am a dog lover, so I enjoyed the way Maggie interacted with her loyal dog and I also loved Malone because he was so surly and quiet, but so lovable at the same time. I highly recommend this book!
I've been avid about audiobooks since my mom put a big ol' vinyl "Peter and the Wolf" on the record player, so this website is ambrosia.
I have read 3-4 of this author's books and this was by far my favorite, but I actively disliked a couple of them (Blue Heron series is a stinker IMO). Having said that I liked it I still need to state that this book made me cry (and I don't normally cry over books in this genre). I liked the main characters, although the monosyllabic hero is a bit over the top with his ongoing belief that everything goes without saying. I would compare the trials and tribulations of the heroine to the jokes about bad country songs; the specifics of which I mention below.
Specifics from the book, so **Spoiler alert**
Her parents announce they're separated and contemplating divorce, after which her mom moves to another town
Her dog dies
Her twin (who can do no wrong in the mother's eyes) has a beautiful child and "ideal" husband and H is negatively compared to twin over and over
Local friend is pregnant and initially H thinks her sort-of boyfriend (silent guy) is the father, but it turns out daddy-to-be is H's baby brother!
She repeatedly goes on nightmarish first dates and non-dates due to no-shows that struck WAY too close to home for the relationship challenged, such as myself. The abysmal dates include a guy who has obscenely bad table manners and a grandfather
The coup de grace of all the dating horrors: she tells numerous people in her small town that she met a great new Irish guy right before the new Irish priest gives his first sermon.
** end of spoiler details** narrator info below
I was not familiar with Xe Sands and I thought she did a good job. I would be willing to listen to more books which she narrates.
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