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Forget Me Not | [Fern Michaels]

Forget Me Not

Illustrator Lucy Brighton loves her work. Her animal characters Izzy, Bizzy, and Lizzy have their own comic strip, card line, and children’s cartoon, and their popularity has given Lucy financial stability and freedom. Yet none of that quite erases the lingering ache of a cold, lonely childhood. Then Lucy receives a call to say that her mother and father have been killed in a car crash. While settling their affairs in Florida, Lucy begins to realize how little she really knew about their lives.
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Publisher's Summary

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels, beloved worldwide for her heartwarming novels, comes a story of family secrets, friendship, and second chances, as one woman is confronted with the shocking truth about her past.

Illustrator Lucy Brighton loves her work. Her animal characters Izzy, Bizzy, and Lizzy have their own comic strip, card line, and children’s cartoon, and their popularity has given Lucy financial stability and freedom. Yet none of that quite erases the lingering ache of a cold, lonely childhood. Sent away to boarding school at ten, Lucy spent little time with her parents afterward, and her few visits home only seemed to widen the gap between them. Even though she still lives in the New Jersey house where she grew up, Lucy has had little contact with her parents since they moved to Florida five years ago.

Then Lucy receives a call to say that her mother and father have been killed in a car crash. While settling their affairs in Florida, Lucy begins to realize how little she really knew about their lives. She has no way to explain the mysterious safe in their bedroom, with its cache of fake passports, cash, and weapons. Everything in the house is neat, scrupulously clean, almost too picture-perfect. What secrets were the Brightons keeping? Were they even who they claimed to be?

When Luke Kingston, the developer who helped build her parents’ home, calls to pay his respects, he and Lucy strike up a friendship that promises more. But before Lucy can explore a future with him she knows she must uncover the truth—even if it changes everything she once believed about her parents, and about herself.

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 04-16-15
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 04-16-15 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Light, Feel Good Story . . . Good Listen"

    Every once in a while I need an audio book just like this one . . . it just "hits the spot". It's not particularly deep . . . it's not exactly realistic . . . but it's oh, sooooo good . . . it's escapism at it's best . . . wish there was a sequel. Forget Me Not is a joy to listen to!

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    Dawn 04-11-15
    Dawn 04-11-15
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    "Great idea for a story, horrible writing and narration"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes trite dialogue and whiney poorly accented narration.


    What was most disappointing about Fern Michaels’s story?

    The author over explains things as though she assumes the reader can't imagine anything. Both the dialogue and the narration of the main character and her best friend comes across as whiney. The main characters "fall in love" when they've only met twice, before they have even had spent a moment alone or know anything thing about each other. Apparently the author has decided to skip the whole actually writing a story and just put events to page rather than create a believable character study. Just horrible plot development. I'd like to read a book by the person who wrote the description of the book that sold me on it. That person can actually use words to entice the reader. The author tells us what a fabulous person the main character is but writes almost nothing that shows it. Also, the conflict in the story is that something has happened to the main character's parents and she believes they are not the people she thought they were. (Not a spoiler, that's given out very early in the story) The way this is resolved seems like the author couldn't come up with a satisfactory way to deal with those characters so she took the ridiculously easy way out.


    What didn’t you like about Emily Durante’s performance?

    Whiney whiney whiney! Both the main female character and her best friend's dialogue was spoken in a whiney horribly fake New Jersey accented voice. If any person actually sounded like either of these women no one could stand to be around them for 10 minutes much less fall head over heels in love for no apparent reason as in this story.


    What character would you cut from Forget Me Not?

    There were no extra characters. Just poorly created and written ones.


    Any additional comments?

    I will never waste my time or money on anything by either this author or narrator. Because the idea of the story was good and I wanted to know what happened to the parents of the main character, I suffered through it but frankly, I'd like those 7 hours of my life back.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mary 04-11-15
    mary 04-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyed it!"

    This had a a good good blend in in it. It made me laugh out loud at times. I enjoyed the characters in the book and hope there will me more like it.

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    Amazon Customer 04-06-15
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    "Juvenile & Boring !!!! - Don't wast your time"
    What would have made Forget Me Not better?

    Basic story line was interesting, but the writing was not up to what I expect from Fern Michaels. It took over 2 hours of listening to even feel like I was getting into the story. Those 2 hours the main character went over her childhood, could easily have been covered in less than 15 min. It needed a lot more intrigue, suspense, and content. I felt like I was listening to a story written for pre-teens.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Authors I enjoy are Susan Mallery, Robyn Carr, Debbie Macomber. Will probably listen to something from one of them.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I'm sure I've heard anything ready by Emily Durante. This reading came across so juvenile. The female characters came across as very weak and dependent. Her reading make them seem like most of the characters (male & female) had no backbone at all. The male characters came across somewhat better, but still seemed weak.


    What character would you cut from Forget Me Not?

    Not sure any need to be cut. The characters just need a lot more depth.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book when it was on sale, glad I didn't waste a credit. I felt the book was so boring, I speed up the listening speed several times just to get through it. I wish I would have paid more attention to some of the reviews. I've always enjoyed Fern Michaels, but not this one. As previously mentioned there was little suspense or intrigue. Also lacked romance. This book had little to with any building romance between the two supposedly main characters. My advice - don't wast your time or credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L.B. 04-02-15
    L.B. 04-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Too unrealistic"

    There really is not much depth to the story, Predictable, simplistic and not believable in too many places. Plus what is the title all about?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    purplecowlover 03-29-15
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    "Good Romance"

    Interesting story line, but the romance was very predictable. This does not detract from the fun of reading this well written story.

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    joan t. meyers DOVER, DE, US 03-20-15
    joan t. meyers DOVER, DE, US 03-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing"

    The premise of the story was good. However the dialog and narration was overly dramatic and sophomoric. Did not actually seem as if it was written by a writer of Fern Michael's ability.

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    Sandi 03-03-15
    Sandi 03-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "It's just ok."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have not read or listened to a lot of Fern Michael's books but this one seems real slow to develop. I found I had to concentrate too much to keep interested. The premise of the book caught my attention but I just couldn't stay interested. And I never related to the characters.
    I felt my time would be better spent elsewhere. In fact I only made it half way through the book before I decided go return it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I think I was put off by the narrator, something about her voice never held my interest very long.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


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    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 04-11-14
    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 04-11-14

    Avid reader for 45 years

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    "Forget this book"

    Silly plot and shallow characters, not what I was expecting from Fern Michaels. Kept waiting for it to get better but no luck.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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