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The Used World | [Haven Kimmel]

The Used World

The Used World Emporium is the sprawling antique store where Hazel, Claudia, and Rebekah pass their days surrounded by dusty furniture, cast-off clothes, and ancient housewares. But with the unexpected arrival of two babies and the unfolding of not one but three love stories, each spanning generations, their formerly used world becomes new again.
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Publisher's Summary

The Used World Emporium is the sprawling antique store where Hazel, Claudia, and Rebekah pass their days surrounded by dusty furniture, cast-off clothes, and ancient housewares. But with the unexpected arrival of two babies and the unfolding of not one but three love stories, each spanning generations, their formerly used world becomes new again.

Heartrending, hilarious, and inspiring by turn, The Used World is the book that Kimmel's loyal fans have been waiting for - and it is certain to win her legions of new ones.

©2007 Haven Kimmel; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America

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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 12-11-07
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 12-11-07 Member Since 2003

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    "Just...Okay."

    I liked the detailed, evocative descriptions of The Used World Emporium. I could catch the vibe of the various rooms full of furniture, books and oddments, now warehoused like inmates at a senior center. I could imagine their former glory and prestige as they decorated the human world.

    However, I thought the actual characters in the story lacked
    luster and definition, and I found some parts of the story to be
    quite sad, an impression not helped by the deep, low pitch of the narrator's voice. On the other hand, there were some unusual pairings, which added to the book's appeal.

    So, on balance, although I almost stopped reading this novel several times, I did manage to follow its twists and turns and enjoyed the experience.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    scarlett Fayetteville, GA, United States 10-02-13
    scarlett Fayetteville, GA, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Too much description"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    YES - I love an author who can give good description....enough for you to get the picture. This author gives so much description on things that have little to do with the story, but doesn't go into description for more things that DO pertain. Many wasted words.


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    01-25-10
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    "Unique confusion"

    This author skips back and forth in time in a rather confusing manner (you really have to go a few minutes before you know who is speaking and in what time frame). Despite this, the character development is very good. These women are all flawed and this makes them realistic. I recommend for a different kind of read.

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    Melissa Frazier Park, CA, USA 07-15-08
    Melissa Frazier Park, CA, USA 07-15-08
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    "If you're not ADD yet, you will be after this"

    Similar to randomly flipping through a book and reading a few sentences her and there. It's hard to follow and jumps around all of the time, making the story incredibly slow and seemingly pointless. Ok for a time filler.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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