The high-powered high life loses all its allure in the face of family tragedy. A return to the Gulf Coast life and a chance to reconnect and reclaim what really matters leads to unexpected passion and a final chance at true love in this tumultuous summer romance from best-selling author Gerri Hill!
©2015 Gerri Hill (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
Delight in the journey and the struggle on the road to your dreams
I'm a huge fan of lesbian romance and for all of it's weaknesses this one rates on the high end of the genre for me. The first Gerri Hill book offered on Audible was Snow Falls, and I loved it despite a number of those weaknesses. To a large extent this audiobook was Snow Falls goes to the beach, the two main characters were again a tightly wound, successful career woman, and a late blooming wallflower who still considers herself straight, and has a domineering mother. I liked it almost as much as I did Snow Falls and as always there were several passages that brought big sloppy tears to my eyes and down my cheeks.
One problem that I have with this author and many other baby boomer writers who attempt to write millennial characters and their families. They deal with all the old prejudices and mores that they had to encounter and deal with in their twenties as if the social and political landscape hasn't changed since then. Both lead characters are practically virgins (the author is a bit vague about Jordan's sexual history) and the attitudes that exist, particularly those of Annie's mother are over the top. I'm not saying that people like Clara no longer exist, but I'm in a community in the rural south and I don't come across very many people who are living that far in the past. Also Jordan's big time job in Chicago is never referred to in any specificity, all we're told is that it's in finance and she has to deal with a client in Tokyo. Then both lead characters, one in her late twenties the other in her mid thirties who never seem to comment on each other's bodies. It sounds to me like Annie's pregnancy took her from a barely B cup, to a heavy C and Jordan addresses it as if she were Annie's obstetrician. In any case despite the repetitive plot and those issues with detail, if like romance, particularly lesbian romance; get it.
I wish the description had stated this book was about homosexuals and I wouldn't have wasted mY time or money.
If you like cliched characters that have the same conversations about 5 times, whose motivations are stuck in the 80s, and a plot driven by their own pessimism, than you'll love this story. Hill can write a decent sex scene or two and that's about all this story had.
Gerri Hill once again delivers a simple love story. her characters are engaging and robust. Her dialogue is playful and often has me smiling and laughing. bravo
"This genre has the same issues...predictability!"
No matter how hard a narrator tries or how good they read, if the book doesn't have any depth it stands no chance. Many of Sarah Waters books are now classics, because they are original and long with depth, same with Kristen Zimmer, and a few others, excluding Radclyffe the worst of all.
A book needs to have a good storyline, that grips you to each next chapter to the very last word!! Leaving you wanting another book, read my 5star reviews, awesome books, addictive, for many reasons, such as Gravity Between us remains funny and great all the way through, the Miseducation of Cameron Post, Letters never sent by Sandra Moran, WILD by Meghan O'Brien, the mafia style The Devil Inside by Ali Vali., the eerie Photograph Tale by Jane Retzig-there is no way you can imagine how it ends!...I can't list all the 5 star reads in a review of a lesser book, I'm just saying, there are some 100% quality books out there and here on Audible, and when you read a good review, decide to buy it, only to find it a waste of time and money it's not fair.
There are some fabulous reads out there and the thing they have in common is you have no idea what the next sentence will be, let alone a chapter, additionally once reaching the end you feel, oh no...I need another chapter, or a follow up book, that's when you give 5 stars.
when a book is so predictable that it is a yawn..say so. I don't like a misleading review.
If you want something light and predictable look at the 2+3 star rated.
it was brilliant! kept me listening and wanting to know more, finished it in two days! Though I saw Annie being gay from the first chapter, it was still amazing to see how the story unravelled
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