What happens when your life takes an unexpected turn? What happens when you need to protect the one you love from the one you want to love? What happens when you lose something you never knew you wanted? Lambda and Golden Crown Literary Award-winning author Georgia Beers brings to you her long-awaited seventh novel, Starting from Scratch, a story where learning, laughing, loving, and baked goods are just a few of life’s basic ingredients. Starting from Scratch…where life is what you make it.
©2010 Georgia Beers (P)2012 Dog Ear Audio
I sit here sobbing, my heart hurting and filled with joy for Avery & Alena at the same time. I have to start by saying that with the exception of the rating with stars at the end of books, (I mean, who would care what I think of a book... Right?) I have never left a review of a book. But I have never felt so compelled to do so as right now.
I do tend to "love" almost all the books in this genre after I've finished them. But this book is BY FAR the best I've read by Georgia Beers! Idk if it was the fact that she narrated it herself or not, (which I do prefer to hear books read by the author ... Stories seem to have that, idk... lil somethin extra that you don't get when it's not read by the one who wrote it. Even the best of performers) but I have read/listened to all of Ms. Beers novels on Audible thus far & this book is...really wonderful.
Georgia Beers writes & in this case narrates in such a way that I felt I was IN the story. Maybe its how she creates real life characters with everyday conflicts & combine that with a storyline that you don't necessarily see coming a mile away, which can be difficult in this genre at times.
In my opinion this the BEST novel I've read so far by Georgia Beers, & I said that same thing last week when I finished "Olive Oil & White Bread."
At first, I was hesitant, but I like other Georgia Beers books so I gave it a shot. The narrating was different than I'm used to, and I almost stopped listening because of it. Once I accepted that just because the narration was different than I was used to, it didn't mean it was bad. In fact, it was great and I was so caught up with the characters that I found myself laughing and crying with them. The ending was bitter sweet, but felt very real. This was the most realistic love story in this genre that I've ever read.
This book is fantastic!!! I love the way it was written that I was able to connect to the the writer and the book. Also because it was read by the author gave it an even better depth.
dont get me wrong. this book is fun and exciti g and well paced. the characters had me invested. i laughed and cried. love the story just wish it had been longer.
my only real issue with the audio book is that it was read by someone whose reading drew attention to itself. she actually did a great job. she told the story well and didnt detract from it. but there is a reason voice actors do this stuff. they are really good at it and ms beers you are a great writer. i love your books. you really did a good job and delivered well. i just enjoy them more when its not you reading them. the pacing seemed off and the reading drew attention to itself so much it was distracting.
When it comes to wanting or not wanting kids, I get it: the hesitation, the reluctance, the lack of confidence in myself... If I'm this messed up, what cruelty would it be to put another, yet defenseless human through something similar... I identify greatly with Avery. ... There is something about the characters that tends to drag me in to their world. It's the author's craft. I could be wrong, but when I was was most distraught by the scenes playing before my mind's eyes, I think Georgia Beers was near tears. There's a lot of reality, just enough hesitation, as if the author is urging us all to grow up just a little bit, get to know each other, wait, breathe, really know each other before we rent that f-bomb U-Haul (so sick of that particular rental expense that can rarely be written off...) I enjoyed the joy painted and hated the pain I knew would come. The twists of fate that flow to a lovely conclusion. Well crafted characters and excellent intertwining - as Ms. Beers is wont to do!
I loved it. when the author narrates her own work, you know it's going to be great, and it was.
I like the overall story and thought they pick trail of a lesbian relationship was accurate. The intimate scenes were tasteful. But I had a problem listening to the author. I didn't care for the way it was narrated.
The author uses the word snorted (and variants thereof) LIBERALLY. It grated but that's just me.
Also a lot of stating the obvious when dialogue had already done it's job.
Whilst this isn't a literary work of art... it's a sweet little love story all the same.
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