After her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon's Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns-a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father's wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she's not thrilled . . . even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox.
Having to fend for herself financially for the first time in her life, Parker signs on as a florist's assistant and starts to find out who she really is. Maybe James isn't the glib lawyer she always thought he was. And maybe the house isn't the only thing that needs a little TLC.
©2012 Kristan Higgins (P)2012 Tantor
I can't honestly rate the story because the narration was so annoying I quit listening after less than an hour. I returned this one!
The main character was too clingy/co-dependent on 'baby-daddy' and smothering the kid.
Female character continued interaction with her fictional characters...drove me nuts.
I love the way Kristin Higgins writes, especially her character development. In Somebody to Love, James Cahill is 5 years younger than Parker, but so wonderfully troubled and competent that you have to fall in love with him. Parker has father issues (justified in her case) and is struggling to make ends meet when she's left destitute with a 5 year old son and a decrepit cottage in Maine after her father is imprisoned for insider trading. James comes to her rescue and slowly shows Parker that he's not just one of her father's minions - the fact that she calls him "Thing 1" tickled me at first, then irritated me after he did so much to help her. Still the fact that you get involved with these fictional characters is a great tribute to Ms. Higgins' writing skills. Use your credit and you won't regret it!
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
The writing in the story is very weak, trite and silly. I listened to the whole book, and I'm really not sure why or how I did it. The reason must be I really liked James as a character and wanted to see if he got his happy ending. I am ambivalent about Parker....I didn't really dislike her but I didn't really like her either. The whole overdone sentimentality of what a great mom she is, the sad melancholy of her estrangement from her father (IMO) was sappy, unconvincing, and just not written well. For me, there were at least two elements of creepy factor in the writing...her whole relationship with Ethan (child's father) and his wife..oh, sure they're all buddy-buddy and best friends. To me it was weird and a bit "incestuous" rather than heartwarming. And, once Parker meets Vin, the conversations with her and about her sexual exploits were just gross. Horrible overuse and repetition of "ladyland" (ugh, really?), heck yeah, crickey, bugger and damn. The prevalence and overuse of these phrases was annoying and lacking in imagination. Yeah, as other reviewers have mentioned, the whole idea of the Holy Rollers characters was overdone and non-credible. I did like the other characters she met in Gideon's Cove.. (but going back to the gross-factor) the open conversations about other people's sexuality (I.E. Shantal and her "history" with James) was downright cringe-worthy. Speaking of cringe-worthy, the narration was awful. The "transition" passages between characters, and Parker herself, sound Okay, but just barely. Then when you get to any of the others characters, (mostly the male ones but some females, particularly Vin) the unaccomplished Maine and East Coast accents were awful...just deplorable! Another narrator could have done much better. I say this with no disrespect to Ms. Eyre, as I actually did like her doing the Archangel's Guild stories well enough. I did kind of like the ending, and though it was a bit cute even if somewhat rushed, considering the characters are "estranged". See, once again poor, poor writing. Sorry, I cannot really recommend this book, especially not as an audio listen.
A busy mum who doesnt find much time to read, however the beauty of ebooks is that i can listen while i drive or walk or am on my treadmill to name a few :) awesome!!
yes....no mention of holy rollers whatsoever....it brought down the tone of the whole book...if we have an inner self talking to us we usually dont have such derision for our thoughts....after all its our self conscious thoughts and inner common sense speaking..in her case it was the characters of a book she created that made her a popular author, much to her disgust.VERY damn annoying having the main character talk to them throughout the book...and they talked back!!! She would have sounded so much better without sounding so insane....and what made it worse was that they were characters from a book the main character wrote that was a so called popular seller?? Dont know how the hell why...or even why they made the main character an author...she is a privileged woman reduced to having to fend for herself when her nomadic estranged father traded all her inheritance away and subsequently was sent to jail for his crimes.....hmm it could have had some merit as an interesting plot if it wasnt for the constant rants of insanity...and the loopy dad..
see above, stupid holy rollers..(angels on skates) weird...
lovely thanks....a highlight to the story
no no no...an hell no...
I like the love story, will they or wont they.
James becuase he seems to have a big heart helping Parker with her house when he should be out looking for a job.
This book is narrated by Justine Eyre, I thought the preformance was fair however her accents were not very strong. She might do better in a accent free story.
There were a few laughs.
Yes, it was a sweet and romantic book.
Parker and James. I enjoyed how difficult it was for them to come together but once they did it was a wibderul relationship.
Viv. I thought Justine did a great job with the voices, even though many of the men all sounded similar.
Parker, he sounds like the types of friends have and would want to surround myself with money or no money.
Absolutely positively amazing
The moment they were at the altar and James stopped and exchanged vows with Nicky before exchanging vows with Parker was simply heartfelt and beautiful. Showed how much love he has for her to give her son security.
Cousin Lavinia Harrington... she was a hilarious character and Justine brought her to life. I just loved her.
Money comes and goes, but true love is what makes you whole.
I fell in love with this story in so many levels. Although there were a lot of complications and crazy curveballs thrown at Parker, she never lost faith. Determined to take care of her son on her own. She proved to us how hard work, dedication, love, family and friends, help accomplish your goals in life.
I probably would try another book from both. I "listened" to Catch of the Day and enjoyed it very much. Was disappointed in the storyline for this one.
Yes I would listen to another book by Kristan.
Actually, I liked the narrator. I though she was the best part of the book. I liked the different voices she used for different charcters.
I think the story had potential, but I thought it fell short in many aspects. Especially in areas regarding Nicky and James' family. It also lacked the humor that can make a romance irresistible.
Try listening to Catch of the Day first. Not only will it familiarize you with the characters, it is the better of the two books.
Kristan Higgins has become one of my favorite authors, by far. I find my self laughing and crying in just about all her stories. Her heros are always the best. Her stories are always filled with so much entertainment that I can never put them down. This is no exception. If I was to tell the author anything it would be to have more dialog between the hero and heroine only because its always so good. You won't go wrong with any of Higgins books.
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