Robin Miles's spot-on narration transforms this lightweight story into an engaging performance. Beth Hayes, a newly minted journalist, reluctantly returns to Island Gamble in South Carolina to house-sit the ancestral beach house while her mother goes off to teach in Paris. There Beth falls blindly in love with schemer Max Mitchell, and her life becomes a tangled web of lies. Miles authentically presents Beth's heartrending emotions, love for her family, and journey of discovery. Her narration lyrically moves from Beth's young voice to the Southern drawl of her African-American confidante. We almost hear sounds of the ocean waves and breezes that enter the haunted house. Miles's pace and intonation enhance the suspense of a story that might otherwise be somewhat tedious.
Newly graduated from college, aspiring writer Beth Hayes is elected by her family to house-sit the Island Gamble. Buoyed by sentimental memories of growing up on this tiny sandbar seemingly untouched by time, Beth vows to give herself over to the Lowcountry force and discover the wisdom it holds. Just as she vows she will never give into the delusional world of white picket fences, minivans, and eternal love, she meets Max Mitchell. All her convictions and plans begin to unravel with lightning speed. There is so much about life and her family's past that she does not know. Her ignorance and naiveté nearly cost her both her inheritance and her family's respect, but Beth finds unexpected friends to help her through the disaster she faces.
If everything happens for a reason, then Beth's return to Sullivans Island teaches her that betrayal and tragedy are most easily handled when you surround yourself with loyal family and friends in a magical place that loves you so much it wants to claim you as its own.
©2009 Dorothea Benton Frank; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
I am very embarrased to say that I almost passed this book by because of the previous reviews. I loved this audiobook, and I completely disagree with the previous reviews. The author's descriptions along with the wonderfully life-like characters make this a great book.
The narrator is very good, she captures the characters perfectly. Her voice is very enjoyable to listen to.
Not me. Even being a native South Carolinian who spent time this summer @ the Isle of Palms didn't help. The first 3 chapters were agonizing and when it didn't pick up after the 4th, I decided not to pick it back up and listen to it. Good luck.
I just cannot believe some of the junk these publishers release now a days. I can only explain this as the worst audible I have listened to. I could not even finish the book for fear that I would throw my Ipod in exasperation.
No, but I enjoyed listening to this story.
I liked the support the ladies at the salon had for each other.
First time listening to Ms. Miles, I think.
Lucy the neighbor was a hoot.
I live in Michigan and have been a member of auible since it's onset. Hobbies are photography and writing...I am in the process of formatting my first novel for kindle and I hope everyone will read it. I LOVE AUDIBLE and listen to at least 3 unabridged books a month. !
I enjoyed the first book..."Sullivans Island.
But it is hard for me to believe the same author wrote Return To........
This was a really boring book and it was geared towards finding a man and living happily ever after.....
However...no one whoreads this book would equate it with any kind of happiness eve after.......
I will not read or listen to any more of this authors work.
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