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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 2014
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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

    5 of 6 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 2012

    Audible obsessed!

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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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    Sandy Modesto, CA, United States 01-24-15
    Sandy Modesto, CA, United States 01-24-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Easy listening"

    The story was cute, and moved along nicely. Characters were fun and the story was a easy listening story.
    I have listened to it two or three times myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lucky W 11-26-14
    lucky W 11-26-14
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    "very enjoyable read"
    Where does Carolina Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I found Carolina Girl one of the most enjoyable books The characters were very well written that they felt you could relate to their emotions that went through out the story I had purchase the book on the sale buy 3 and pay for 2 and I have gone back and bought the other books in the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam I think we always thinks as the women with the deep emotional feelings and a lot of the love story are written from that perspective but he has deep feelings for Meg and although he was afraid to express them at first he was able to open up and let his feelings be known and take the chance of being hurt


    Have you listened to any of Sophie Eastlake’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I enjoyed her narration very much


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

    When Sam flew to Raleigh to pick up Meg and she got off the plane and he was waiting and just gave her that funny smile


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend the series to anyone looking for a enjoyable listen that revolves around a family and the different problems that life brings to a family dealing with love, divorce, single parenthood, second love and marriage. The family unit in today's society

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ruffian Madison, MS USA 11-17-14
    Ruffian Madison, MS USA 11-17-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm semi-retired at 67 and a recent Cancer survivor.

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    "The Lure of Dare Island"

    The second book in this marvelous series is my least favorite, mostly because I was not riveted by the female lead, Meg. I mean, she's a strong willed woman with a razor sharp wit and tongue who THINKS she knows exactly what she wants and how to achieve it. Life, however, doesn't see it that way and she is thrown for a complete loop. Her reaction, recovery and realization that the heart is a better guide than a fat paycheck is the thrust of this book. Her relationship with Sam Grady, who spent one night with her many years ago is re-kindled, put out and re-lit. Worthy and lovely read. Again, Sophie Eastlake powers through another excellent narration bringing everyone to life.

    The Flectcher family is everyone's ideal so it's nice to have that strength to latch onto as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K 11-01-14
    K 11-01-14 Listener Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Easy Reading 1"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author should revise her templates relating to "save me," "junior high mentality sexual encounters," and overuse of the same phrases by multiple characters.


    What other book might you compare Carolina Girl to and why?

    I don't have a comparison of books by other authors because it was on a whim that I purchased this book. (It was on sale, cheap.) Normally, I don't read this category of books.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, the reader performed well.


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

    There is a follow up book; this is the first book in the series, all with the same major characters in the same geographical setting. It's a bit like a soap opera.


    Any additional comments?

    I read all of the books in the series. The series has a good story line but would have been very burdensome if I had been unable to fast forwarded through the downright silliness of "save me's" and juvenile mentality of sexual encounters (we're talking 7th grade, here). The "save me" component of every main female character conjured up cartoons of Snidely Whiplash tying women to railroad tracks, only to be saved by Dudley Do-Right. (And I thought perception of women had progressed in the last 50 years-- especially by other women.) I became frustrated with the template used throughout the book series about the (exceptionally wonderful, spectacular, amazing, sensational, miraculous!) smell of shampooed hair. Ugh. The narration was disappointing in that every male character sounds exactly the same (stereotypical tough, but good, guy), as does each female character (help me! help me!). By that I refer to both the phraseologies used, as well as voice tones and inflictions. I could only tolerate these type issues in exchange for an overall good story line and setting. Otherwise? I would have dumped the first book and certainly not have purchased the remaining books in the series.

    0 of 0 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 2014
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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