© by Lavyrle Spencer, 1994; (P) 1994 Dove Audio, Inc.; Cover Design © Andrew Newman
Beings as Spencer is one of my all-time favorite authors, I was more than happy to plunk down my $$ to listen to this unabridged story. I downloaded it, installed it on my iPod and walked off into the sunset.
Wow. I found the story, as narrated by Rush to be so absolutely depressing I had to give up listening to it about halfway through the story because, while the story IS somewhat depressing (loss of a family member) I remain unconvinced that Lee Reston sounds something akin to Eeyore no matter what's going on in her life!
It's a much happier book (as the story progresses and they move beyond their loss and grief) and I finally gave up listening to the audio book and pulled out the good ol' hardback and gave them voices of their own.
Why is this elderly person doing the narration for this book? I cannot listen to it ... Lee Reston is in her 40's and but the reader is just too old to make it believable.
The book and story are fabulous.
And HEY - why can't we get the rest of Layverly Spencer UNABRIDGED?
A full story, a good story. This is romance with a womens fiction feel. There is a lot of grief in the first third of the book. A mother Lee loses her 25 year old son Greg in a motorcycle accident. Chris is Greg’s roommate and coworker. Chris mourns the loss with Lee and her family. I don’t want to read books about grief and depressing topics. But this was less troubling than I expected. The author wasn’t focused on making me cry or feel bad. Instead the funeral and death was more of a vehicle for Chris’ and Lee’s paths to cross, repeatedly. Their actions, interactions, and help for each other and compassion for each other was so sensitive and loving to watch. It was wonderful watching them fall in love, even though Lee resisted - for good reasons. She was 45 Chris was 30. Yet it was a wonderful love. It made me want to fall in love like that.
There were interesting side stories about their families. Lee’s 23 year old daughter wanted to date Chris. She had no idea that Chris only had eyes for her mother. Lee’s 14 year old son had unexpected and fun reactions. There is a touching side story about Chris helping a troubled teen.
Sadly the narrator was a bad fit. Barbara Rush has a quivering deep elderly lady voice. It did not fit a sensual sexy woman falling in love. It did not fit the sex scenes - think 70 year old lady having sex. Also she overly sweetened her voice for Lee’s dialogue - like a Snow-White-Disney-princess type. It didn’t feel right for Lee or her children.
The recording sounded odd. It had a muffled sound like talking through a blanket. I got used to it after a while, or it got better.
Genre: grief with contemporary romance, older woman younger man
I love LaVyrle Spencer; no on I know can write of love as she can. Though this story had very sad parts in it; I adore the presentation of the "unsuitable age difference", the couple involved realizing the attraction and caring themselves, then facing their world with it. It's a difficult subject; and LaVyrle does her usual great job with it. Very "identifiable".....each character is so real. A great, heartfelt read. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the recorded quality is so poor because it is so old.
This book begins with the tragic death of a well-loved young man, so it starts as a real tearjerker. I think that those who have lost a loved one will get a lot of comfort in their recognition of the grief that Spencer describes so well. But after that painful beginning, it's a very satisfying book with likeable characters and a believeable romance.
While I think LaVyrle Spencer is an extremely talented fiction writer, I didn't care much for this book. It is a sad story but I didn't care for what she did with it.
Say something about yourself!
The print version is much better. The recording was poor and the choice of a narrator was not a good match. The book began without stating the name of the book, author nor narrator. The recording sounded old with static.
The most memorable moment was when is initially trying to cope with her son's death.
Barbara Rush is a talented and classy actor but not a good match for this book. I would suggest Susan Ericksen or Theresa Plummer or perhaps Amy McFadden
Lee's struggle to cope with Greg's death was incredibly sad.
I love this author and wish more of her books were available in the unabridged version. It was a sad day when this author retired.
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