Jo and Ed are unlikely best friends.
He is the only son of wealthy parents. She was born on 'the wrong side of the tracks'. He loves sport, messing around with cars, and drinking. She's ambitious and hardworking. They are, in fact, a perfect team. They've stood by each other for almost 30 years. They've built a successful business together.
There's just one problem.
Jo is having an affair with Ed's wife. And now someone knows their secret.
It's Christmas Eve 2014.
And nothing is ever going to be the same again...
©2015 Jane Retzig (P)2016 Jane Retzig
I haven't read the print version, but I'm sure that the narration has added to the enjoyment.
The many layers and the different relationships.
She sounded natural and was easy to follow and enjoyable to listen to.
Nothing extreme. But a lot of recognition.
Just from the synopsis I was reluctant to give this story a try. It seemed to me that the intro was describing a story about a decent sort of guy who was being cheated on by his wife and best friend, who was sleeping with her just to have sex with her and no real emotional conection. This was, in reality, a very well written and emotionally stirring romance filled with hard choices and hidden wounds. My only problem was with the ending. it was abrupt and left mountains of issues unresolved.
The narrator... She was great, don't get me wrong, she had great flow, character voice, and annunciation. But, I kept thinking that her narrative voice sounding like an orator from BBC world news; All dispassionate and informative and very posh. which is great for a news person but mind numbing for a story. I kept praying for long sections of dialogue so she wouldn't be using that voice.
I hate when people don't say what needs to be said and that Ed didn't get what he
Punishment and make people say what they want instead of holding back and coddle some
one who is a drunk and didn't care for his family and her committing adultery.
It was ok. Just would have told it differently.
Think I will write my own book and make people real.
"An absorbing story which will keep you listening"
The setting and characters are so convincing that I found I cared what happened to them from very early in the story. There are many twists and turns and I was never sure what would happen next. It kept me guessing right to the end.
It has to be Jo. She is complex and 'real' and I felt I knew her. I desperately wanted her to find what she was looking for.
The greatest compliment I can give her is that I forgot that the story was being narrated and thought I was listening to the characters. Her voice was perfect for this book.
Can there be a happy ending?
This is Jane's best novel to date. I hope there will be many more.
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