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Carolina Girl: A Dare Island Novel | [Virginia Kantra]

Carolina Girl: A Dare Island Novel

Meg Fletcher spent her childhood dreaming of escaping Dare Island - her family's home for generations. So after she landed a high-powered job in New York City, she left and never looked back. But when she loses both her job and the support of her long-term, live-in boyfriend, she returns home to lick her wounds and reevaluate her life. Helping out her parents at the family inn, she can't avoid the reminders of the past she'd rather forget - especially charming and successful Sam Grady, her brother's best friend.
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Publisher's Summary

Meet the Fletchers of Dare Island

Ambitious Meg, the daughter who never looked back

Steady Matt, the son who stayed

And rebel Luke, the Marine who thought he'd never return

Meg Fletcher spent her childhood dreaming of escaping Dare Island - her family's home for generations. So after she landed a high-powered job in New York City, she left and never looked back. But when she loses both her job and the support of her long-term, live-in boyfriend, she returns home to lick her wounds and reevaluate her life. Helping out her parents at the family inn, she can't avoid the reminders of the past she'd rather forget - especially charming and successful Sam Grady, her brother's best friend. Their one disastrous night of teenage passion should have forever killed their childhood attraction, but Sam seems determined to reignite those long-buried embers. As Meg discovers the man he's become, she's tempted to open her vulnerable heart to him. But she has no intention of staying on Dare Island - no matter how seductive Sam's embrace might be....

©2013 Virginia Kantra (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 02-01-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I wasn’t smiling but it kept my interest"

    2 ½ stars.

    I did not enjoy Meg. I did not enjoy being in her head with her doubts and concerns. She’s irritated at everything. She always wants to get away, to leave. She’s rude.

    I did not get to see a relationship develop. They’ve been apart for 18 years. She comes to town and Sam is always there, as if he’s always been in love with her and waiting for her to come back. It was too automatic. I don’t know why he liked her or how he grew to love her. She treated him bad. I did not like the way Meg held a grudge for 18 years. She had a crush on him in high school. One night he was drunk and she seduced him. After that he did not call. She acts like he committed a major crime. It’s not a crime if a guy is not into her. That wasn’t the case. He had different reasons but nothing worth a grudge. I was irritated that Meg kept her anger/grudge going so long - a mountain out of a molehill.

    There were two sex scenes. They were short, not much detail, if that matters. The first sex scene happens in a hotel. Afterwards Meg says we have to leave. She didn’t have to leave, but this was the way she acted throughout the story. Apparently she enjoyed it but she stopped it. The reader doesn’t get to enjoy love and pleasure now that they’re together because Meg won’t. It was the story’s emotional vacancy.

    The best part was Meg’s wonderful loving family. Family things were more interesting than the Sam-Meg relationship.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    The narrator Sophie Eastlake was good for women and general narration, but not men. I did not like her weird male voices.

    Genre: contemporary romance

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Cornelius, NC, United States 07-07-14
    Erin Cornelius, NC, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2008

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    "I had an EXTREME Dislike For Meg, the Heroine!?!?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is Meg & Sam's story, I would change out Meg from this book completely. I hated her. There were no redeeming qualities to her.


    What could Virginia Kantra have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Up to the very last sentence of this book I wanted Meg to get run over by a big MAC truck!She'sa miserable, self absorbed, abrasive, selfish, greedy, rude, non empathetic, very uptight and I actually felt compared to her other family members ... Very disloyal!


    What does Sophie Eastlake bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have always enjoyed Sophie Eastlake, her voices are perfect.


    Do you think Carolina Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There is a book after this one and it's called Carolina Man. I hope I enjoy the next one and I hope Meg gets run over by that truck. ;-)


    Any additional comments?

    This unfortunately was part of a series and if you skip it you may miss some of what's happening for book three. Sorry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Conway, AR, United States 12-19-13
    Leigh Conway, AR, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Southern Accent sounds all wrong"
    What made the experience of listening to Carolina Girl the most enjoyable?

    I like the story. I read it first and then purchased the audio version once it was released


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sense of family, and the journey of the hero and heroine


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sophie Eastlake?

    Probably. I live in the South, and her southern accent didn't sound authentic to me. However, I know that I have listed to other books by her and enjoyed them


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several sweet moments. I think Ms. Kantra writes heart-felt relationships


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