The New York Times best-selling author of The Beach House, Jemima J, and Summer Secrets presents a novel about the pleasure and meaning of finding a home - and family - where you least expect them....
When Emma Montague left the strict confines of upper-crust British life for New York, she felt sure it would make her happy. Away from her parents and expectations, she felt liberated, throwing herself into Manhattan life replete with a high-paying job, a gorgeous apartment, and a string of successful boyfriends. But the cutthroat world of finance and relentless pursuit of more began to take its toll. This wasn't the life she wanted either.
On the move again, Emma settles in the picturesque waterfront town of Westport, Connecticut, a world apart from both England and Manhattan. It is here that she begins to confront what it is she really wants from her life. With no job, and knowing only one person in town, she channels her passion for creating beautiful spaces into remaking the dilapidated cottage she rents from Dominic, a local handyman who lives next door with his six-year-old son.
Unlike any man Emma has ever known, Dominic is confident, grounded, and committed to being present for his son, whose mother fled shortly after he was born. They become friends, and slowly much more, as Emma finds herself feeling at home in a way she never has before.
But just as they start to imagine a life together as a family, fate intervenes in the most shocking of ways. For the first time, Emma has to stay and fight for what she loves, for the truth she has discovered about herself, or risk losing it all.
In a novel of changing seasons, shifting lives, and selfless love, a story unfolds - of one woman's far-reaching journey to discover who she is truly meant to be....
©2016 Jane Green (P)2016 Penguin Audio
I liked the story, but there narration was so poor that I couldn't finish. It was difficult to listen to. I've never not finished an audiobook because of the narrator-- this was a first. Save your credit.. Recommend to read, not listen.
Jane Green should not narrate her own books. Her American accents are awful, and frankly the British accents are grating too. She has the American characters use distracting British phases. For example, I have never once heard an American say that they were going to "organize a babysitter". The characters were flat, predictable, repetitive, and downright boring. The author spent way too much time droning on and on about Emma's thoughts. How about some activity besides buying rugs and getting dressed? Rather than endless descriptions of clothing and decorating, how about an actual plot? As others have said, I used to love Jane Green's books, but not lately.
This was not one of Jane Green's best. Fortunately, I've read enough of her books to know she's a great writer but this book was slow slow slow. Nothing really happens except at the end.
The slow painful drawl that is supposed to convey an upper crust British accent is beyond grating on the nerves in its inauthenticity as she tries to twist her tongue into what is clearly not natural for her making it an annoying book to listen to which seems to drag on and on as the reader waits for the story to begin which it, unfortunately, never really does.
Even the main event at the end loses its impact because it took soooo long to get to and the slow pace did not provide the momentum needed for the reader to really feel the impact of the book's only event.
To a fellow Brit, familiar with the background from which Emma is supposed to hail, the author's attempts at portraying the protagonist as a country bred upper middle class Brit are contrived and annoying.
Also Emma's reaction to her mum when she visited for the engagement party is beyond ridiculous.
I hope this is a small glitch in what is a wonderful landscape of great literature by Jane Green.
I enjoy how this author creates her characters and how this book took the most unexpected turn. I couldn't stop listening to it. I did have to increase the speed to 1.15 because her voice was slow but this minor adjustment made it perfect for listening to. Definitely worth listening to.. Solid writing.
While listening to the first two thirds of this book, I had written it off as a nice, but entirely predictable, romance with enjoyable characters. The conflict seemed too mild to be compelling. The main characters are from different worlds -- Emma is from an affluent family in England, Dominick a handsome working class guy from small town Connecticut. Emma's snobbish family questions whether they can make the relationship work. Dominick's ex-girlfriend emerges from the past. And so on.
Then the story took a complete turn I wasn't expecting that bumped this one up from a standard romance to a truly heartfelt story. I won't give any spoilers, but it's worth listening to the end.
Jane Green is a pleasant narrator. I could listen to her English accent all day and she handles an American accent pretty well too. If you like a love story, give Falling a listen.
With the exception of the child, the characters were bland and unlikable. I genuinely didn't care what happened to them.
The plot twist at the end was ridiculously out of tune with the rest of the book.
And the narration was ghastly.
The characters seem cut from central casting - the upper-crust British gal with the oh so snobby parents. The Italian-American blue-collar guy who doesn't seem to have a fault other than the fact he has no ambition and stinks as a carpenter. Yet, the two love each other. I kept waiting for the big conflict...the thing that would challenge their relationship.I could list the missed opportunities but I'm not a huge fan of spoilers...let's just say I enjoy a bit more drama.
When the "drama" finally occurred it seemed a bit over the top. I definitely didn't see the ending coming and left feeling very dissatisfied.
It was too repetitive which eventually became tedious.
I liked the story but I didn't like hearing about Emma's thoughts about Dominic because they were always the same. She loves him, he loves her. I get it.
They were all well done. I did get a kick out of Emma's Mom.
I liked her message and felt it was presented rather well.
Rich characters, an interesting storyline, and genuine emotion make this a lovely listen. So few authors can narrate their own books successfully but Jane does a beautiful job of making her words come to life.
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