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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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.
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!
I had high hopes for this book. The storyline seemed intriguing however I found it fell flat. The characters were shallow and inconsistent. Our main character was intelligent yet utterly oblivious. The whirlwind romance seemed rushed and I found the whole thing ridiculous. *spoiler alert!*
In an attempt to add twists and turns to a lackluster plot it became improbable. Her wealth, good looks, handsome man, "fabulous personality" (I found obnoxious) were all too much; not to mention 2 sets of fake parents???
The narrator did attempt to do more than simply read the text. I do not care for her reading style and would not choose a book read by her again.
Addicted to Audible! I'm always listening to something.
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.
Authors I enjoy are Susan Mallery, Robyn Carr, Debbie Macomber. Will probably listen to something from one of them.
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.
Not sure any need to be cut. The characters just need a lot more depth.
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.
Someone who likes trite dialogue and whiney poorly accented narration.
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.
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.
There were no extra characters. Just poorly created and written ones.
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.
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.
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.
I think I was put off by the narrator, something about her voice never held my interest very long.
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Silly plot and shallow characters, not what I was expecting from Fern Michaels. Kept waiting for it to get better but no luck.
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