Michelle Sanderson may appear to be a strong, independent woman, but on the inside, she’s still the wounded girl who fled home years ago. A young army vet, Michelle returns to the quaint Blackberry Island Inn to claim her inheritance and recover from the perils of war. Instead, she finds the owner’s suite occupied by the last person she wants to see.
Carly Williams and Michelle were once inseparable, until a shocking betrayal destroyed their friendship. And now Carly is implicated in the financial disaster lurking behind the inn’s cheerful veneer.
Single mother Carly has weathered rumors, lies, and secrets for a lifetime, and is finally starting to move forward with love and life. But if the Blackberry Island Inn goes under, Carly and her daughter will go with it. To save their livelihoods, Carly and Michelle will undertake a turbulent truce. It’ll take more than a successful season to move beyond their devastating past, but with a little luck and a beautiful summer, they may just rediscover the friendship of a lifetime.
©2012 Susan Mallery (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
The story was good, but the narrator was not so hot. it was hard to tell te characters apart and her reading would speed up and slow down. I will not be buying any more books with her as a narrator.
I usually love anything that Susan Mallery writes and although I know this is a "Woman's Novel" as opposed to a Romance, I am intriqued by the plot. What I am truly having a hard time with is the narrator's voice. She sounds the same no matter which character is talking; sometimes she talks way too fast, and her voice sounds too young for the characters.
Still reading this so not quite sure yet
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
I truly enjoy Susan Mallery. Her writing is clear and the plotline not too complicated to follow.
The characters are interesting, and the relationship between Michelle and her ex-best friend Carly has depth. It's complicated by Michelle's injury in Afghanistan - not the physical one, which will heal, but the psychic one, which will take Michelle's own will to overcome. And Carly's old heartbreaks don't help the re-establishment of a relationship. They go from needing each other professionally, to tolerance, to almost back to the love of friendship they shared.
The only criticism I really have is that the story doesn't really have a satisfying ending, because it doesn't really come to a complete closure. I suppose that's to be expected in a series, but it almost makes me wish I hadn't listened until at least the next in the series was ready.
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Narrator was great. PTSD, family betrayal, revenge and redemption.
The twisting tale of Carly & Michelle.
She brings the characters to life.
The main characters were interesting, likable and believable. I enjoyed the story and learning a little about how a military veteran might deal with her return home. I thought the issue was a bit neglected at the end but still a good story. There were 2 seemingly obligatory detailed sex scenes which were thankfully short but I would have preferred them to be omitted. The narrator was awesome! She made the story even more entertaining and a little more real.
This is a wonderful story about friendship. I would love to visit Blackberry Island. The Inn sounds wonderful. I felt like the narrator struggled with the male voices. The older ladies sounded exactly like the men. After I got used to that it wasn't as distracting because the story was great.
I am a women who served in the military and this book was great. I finished it in two days. Susan Mallery does a wonderful job with details and making you feel like the story is happening around you like you are in the book.
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This is not a book, I would be interested in listening to again. It was ok, nothing specular about the story. Michelle was an emotional wreck. The story had no balance to the story line.
yes, I listen to her some of other books they were ok.
yes, her voice was fitting to the characters
No not for me to listen to. The story was incomplete and lacking a balance of the key players.
The fact that it was more. I have been reading a lot lately and so many are same format, boy/girl loves the other-boy/girl can't love the other-something happens and love prevails.
Michele - hard work and a lot of heart
Yes, it took me a full day, but I made sure I stayed up till it was done.
So many bad comments on here about narrator- I didn't agree, I thought she did a fine job!
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