Sophie Honeywell always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one who got away. He was the perfect boyfriend, but on the day he was going to propose, she broke his heart. A year later he married his travel agent, while Sophie has been mortifyingly single ever since. Now Thomas is back in her life because Sophie has unexpectedly inherited his Aunt Connie's house on Scribbly Gum Island - home of the famously unsolved Munro Baby mystery. Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret.
Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger. And dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it's about time she started making her own decisions. As Sophie's life becomes increasingly complicated, she discovers that sometimes you have to stop waiting around and come up with your own fairy-tale ending.
©2005 Liane Moriarty (P)2014 Tantor
"A stunner several shades darker than typical chick lit... Moriarty's prose turns from funny through poignant to frightening in an artful snap." (Publishers Weekly)
The best part of this book was the storyline of the character, Grace. The WORST part of this was the performance. The narrator was absolutely terrible. Her dreary voice made me so depressed, and cast a web over the story that made it impossible to smile through. I cannot believe after the success of Liane Moriarty, that the producers could not figure out a better performer for this title. Wow! HUGE mistake!
Yes, because I love her books. The story here isn't that bad. It does tend to drag on a bit toward the end, and I wasn't exactly thrilled with some of the plot twists, but it was entertaining.
Caroline Lee is THE BEST reader for Liane Moriarty's stories, hands down. Because of this performance, I will likely never listen to Heather Wilds again. I can't imagine her reading anything in an appropriate manner.....except a eulogy at the world's longest funeral.
If I had something else I was really dying to read, I probably would have stopped listening, and returned the book.
I was just REALLY disappointed with the performance here. The story was just okay, but the performance could have definitely made a positive difference on the overall quality. I cannot believe that anyone purposefully made the choice to use this performer as opposed to Caroline Lee, who does such a fantastic job on Liane Moriarty's works.
Moriarty's books are such a pleasure to listen to because of the brilliant narration of Lee and Lovatt-Smith in particular. The Australian accent is most of the fun!! This narrator lacks the rich accent and that is a real let down. Lee and Lovatt-Smith give such gifted performances. This new narrator is just not the right fit at all. Disappointed.
I truly enjoy Liane Moriarty. She's clever and in touch with ordinary women and their lives. Her stories have depth and humor and heart. They probe issues women face on a daily basis, but... Heather Wilds ruined the story. As another reviewer said, her voice is funereal. She drags the last few words of each sentence down as if she's mourning. As a result, subtle humor becomes not humorous at all and often her tone or inflection does not match the words she's reading. I'm not ordering the next Liane Moriarty book just because Heather Wilds is the narrator.
Both Tamara Lovatt Smith and Caroline Lee were delightful to listen to, and matched Moriarty's writing well.
I wondered about this book because it was written in 2005 and not turned into an audiobook until 2014 (timed with the release of the author's new novel). Thought perhaps audiobooks had ignored it because it was not a very good example of the author's work...and almost ignored it myself. So glad I did not! Like in every Moriarty novel, the story is populated with everyday people who have to deal with highly unusual circumstances (two sisters find an abandoned baby and raise it as their own; an old lady leaves her island house to her grandson's ex-girlfriend...). Moriarty uses her unbelievable knowledge of human nature to make all the characters come to life with wit and compassion--and you feel like you know each and every one. The ending of all her novels are always a little sad simply because you have to say good-bye to the 'people' in them.
The narrator reads in a kind of tense flatness distorting what seems like an odd, unappealing story. I did not get very far into the book. Cannot tell if a different narrator would have made the story more palatable.
Love anything by Liane Moriarty
No - I found her voice irritating after only a few minutes of listening
Wish Caroline Lee read this Liane Moriarty book.
I enjoyed the setting of the book, the premise, and how the mystery was gradually revealed. Enough humor to keep things bubbling, and many surprises along the way. The only down side to this listen was the narrator's haughty tone, which made all the women sound bitchy and unlikeable. Once I figured out that they weren't actually like that (not all, anyway), I was able to ignore the tone and just enjoy the story. Liane Moriarty has a gift for capturing domestic details, and there was enough variety in this story to cover all the bases.
I've enjoyed three of Liane Moriarty' s other books very much. This wasn't her best story, though it was still good. What ruined it for me was the narration. Other reviewers compare her to a GPS voice or their phone - that's exactly right. But it's not just her voice, which is actually lovely, it's her inflection. She uses the same strange pattern of inflection throughout, regardless of content. It was extremely distracting. I became used to it more than halfway through the book, but I still found myself having to think hard about the words that were being spoken at times; her inflection was bad enough as to interfere with meaning. I enjoy audiobooks because as a working mom, I like to have the story simply flow through my mind without the 'work' of reading. This narration did not accomplish that, it was exhausting. I noticed she narrates another of Moriarty' s books... I'll put in the effort to read that one instead.
High School Math Teacher, Avid Reader, Homemaker
Moriarty writes women's issues: infidelity, struggles with weight, infertility, post-partum depression, mother issues, spousal abuse. In her different books she revisits these same issues from different points of view. I enjoyed the perspectives in this book and would recommend it--especially to newlyweds who may not realize they need to set boundaries to protect their marriage, and who may not know as much about what post-parting depression looks like. If you know, you can name it if it comes along in your own life.
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