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Ready for Love | [Marie Force]

Ready for Love

For four of the best summers of his young life, Luke Harris was in love with Sydney Donovan, a wealthy seasonal visitor to Gansett Island. Then Sydney went off to college and never came back. She married another man and had two children while Luke remained on the island, working at McCarthy's Gansett Marina and wondering what had gone wrong between him and the only woman he ever loved. Fifteen months after Sydney suffers the tragic loss of her husband and children, she's returned to Gansett to figure out what's next, and that may very well be a rekindled love affair with the one man from her past she’s never forgotten.
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Publisher's Summary

The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 3

For four of the best summers of his young life, Luke Harris was in love with Sydney Donovan, a wealthy seasonal visitor to Gansett Island. Then Sydney went off to college and never came back. She married another man and had two children while Luke remained on the island, working at McCarthy's Gansett Marina and wondering what had gone wrong between him and the only woman he ever loved. Fifteen months after Sydney suffers the tragic loss of her husband and children, she's returned to Gansett to figure out what's next, and that may very well be a rekindled love affair with the one man from her past she’s never forgotten. But is she ready for a second chance at love?

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    J. Varieur Portsmouth, RI USA 03-06-13
    J. Varieur Portsmouth, RI USA 03-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Characters come to life"
    What made the experience of listening to Ready for Love the most enjoyable?

    I have read all of Marie's book & I am a huge fan but listening to her books makes the characters come to life & helps my housework go so much quicker. The narrators do a fantastic job with the different character's "voice", never monotone but with depth & emphasis! Love them all, Marie... Keep them coming!!!


    Any additional comments?

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Smitten with Reading Texas 06-16-13
    Smitten with Reading Texas 06-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    My Review:
    Overall... 3.5 star
    Performance.... 4.0 star
    Story... 3.5 star

    This is one of those books that I honestly think I would have enjoyed more if I'd read it rather than listened to it. And I can honestly say that I think this is the first book that I've found that I felt that way about. There's a lot of emotion to this book and listening to it on audio, I think that I lost some of that emotional connection I would have found if I'd been reading the book to myself. I'm not sure why, but it was something I noticed for the first time when listening to this audio.

    And there is a lot of emotion to this book. Sydney lost her entire family, two children and a husband, in a car wreck. When she got involved with her husband, she broke Luke's heart. At the time, she was looking for someone with more ambition and money than Luke brought to the table. It hurt him horribly because Sydney was the girl for him. Now that she's back on the island, he can't resist the allure of her.

    I had a hard time with Sydney at times. She broke Luke's heart and so many times throughout the story, it almost felt like she was toying with him. I loved Luke's character and hurt so much for him when she would pull back.

    There are several close call/emotional points in this book, but there is one point that I really had an issue with where Sydney put her dog in front of Luke. They are both hurt and I understand why the dog is important to her, but I still think she should put Luke first.

    I didn't find this book as riveting as the other two I've listened to in the series, but it was still an entertaining read.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    CatDWoman 07-17-15
    CatDWoman 07-17-15

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    "Lukewarm story, flat delivery"
    Any additional comments?

    I usually go through series one after the other especially if/when the price is right (books that are whispersync enabled) - case in point my all time favorites, Kirsten Ashley, Kristen Proby, Susan Elizabeth Philips, and to some extent Marie Force. So there is usually a reason why I would skip books in series or why I don't listen to the series one after another. It's taking me awhile to go through this series and I now remember why - there's too much going on. I get that Marie introduces the next characters in the current book, but the stories sometimes gets discombobulated. Luke's and Syd's story didn't seem to grasp my interest that much - they have a luke-warm relationship even the supposed to be hot scenes seem uninteresting (unlike Hoping for Love, Book 5 which I liked the best). I guess there was a reason why I skipped 3 and 4 and read 5 after reading 1 and 2.

    thought Luke and Syd's story would be too hard to listen to because of Syd's loss, so I prepared myself to listen to it. I was ready for some angst -darnIT. But there was no angst - just a couple walking on eggshells and the narrator reading about a bunch of unhappy people. I don't know what it is, but I don't think Holly Fielding was able to project the varied emotions that was needed for the story. If felt like Syd and Luke were always sad - even the love scenes had the same cadence no excitement at all. All in all this book is SAD (yes I mean disappointing) because the couple walked gingerly around each other for most of the book and the narrator's delivery was flat. I feel like I wasted my time on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer binghamton ny 06-14-15
    Amazon Customer binghamton ny 06-14-15 Member Since 2013

    love to read

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    "Love this family!"

    I love going back to Gansett and visiting this family and meeting new friends! Can't wait to see what happens with Grant!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bookworm 03-27-15
    Bookworm 03-27-15

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    "Saga of Luke and Sydney"
    What did you like best about Ready for Love? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed Luke and Sydney's history and present. It also was entertaining getting updates on the other characters. I do not care for the narrator who reads instead of performing the story. Monotone delivery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready for Love?

    When Big Mac & Luke were injured.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Flat delivery. No real difference in characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 02-11-15
    Amy 02-11-15

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    "Very Enjoyable Story"

    I came very close to not getting this book due to a bad review - I AM SO GLAD I WENT WITH MY GUT INSTINCT! This was a very sweet story of two teenage lovers getting a second chance. Luke is there to help Sydney thru a very tough time and she gets to rediscover the one true love of her life.

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    Valerie 02-06-15
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    "Wonderful romantic story"

    I loved this story and so far the McCarthy/Gansett Island books. I like the way The author ties in each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marydior 12-22-13
    Marydior 12-22-13
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    "Loved the story - hated the narration"

    A light and engaging read that is an integral part of the Gansett Island series. This listen not only tells the story of Luke and Sydney but provides updates and further engagement with many of the characters from previous books. Unfortunately the narration is so bad it sometimes compromises the personality of the characters and detracts from the overall listening enjoyment.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Covington, La, United States 12-17-13
    Karen Covington, La, United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2011

    Books are to me what exercising is to those enthusiast. My pleasure is sitting down with a good book,its like" Calgon it takes me away"

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    "Nice story, not exciting, just ok"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Only if nothing else is in your current library.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Luke,very likeable person


    Would you be willing to try another one of Holly Fielding’s performances?

    No, very monotone. nothing very expressive.


    Did Ready for Love inspire you to do anything?

    Be very aware of the narrator.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie Salt Lake City, UT, United States 02-26-13
    Valerie Salt Lake City, UT, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2014

    OD

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    "The narrator is driving me crazy..."

    While the story is okay, the narrator drives me nuts. Ms. Fielding doesn't show any of the emotions that are described and doesn't even try to do the male or female voices. It's driving me nuts. I don't think I'll get the rest of the series. I wish they would use Tayna Eby to do the series over again!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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