From the New York Times best-selling author of Me Before You and One Plus One, a surprising and moving romance set in an old-fashioned seaside town on the verge of unwelcome change.
Liza McCullen will never fully escape her past. But the unspoiled beaches and tight-knit community of Silver Bay offer the freedom and safety she craves - if not for herself, then for her young daughter, Hannah. That is, until Mike Dormer arrives as a guest in her aunt's hotel.
The mild-mannered Englishman with his too-smart clothes and distracting eyes could destroy everything Liza has worked so hard to protect: Not only the family business and the bay that harbors her beloved whales, but also her conviction that she will never love - never deserve to love - again.
For his part, Mike Dormer is expecting just another business deal - an easy job kick-starting a resort in a small seaside town ripe for development. But he finds that he doesn't quite know what to make of the eccentric inhabitants of the ramshackle Silver Bay Hotel, especially not enigmatic Liza McCullen, and their claim to the surrounding waters.
As the development begins to take on a momentum of its own, Mike's and Liza's worlds collide in this hugely affecting and irresistible tale full of Jojo Moyes' signature humor and generosity.
©2014 Jojo Moyes (P)2014 Penguin Audio
It took a while to get into the story. At the beginning there was a little to much emphasise on the lives of whales, dolphins and whale watching trips. I gave up for a few months but tried again and the story did pick up around half way into it and it got a bit interesting after that.
I liked the narrators, they gave the story a life.
Its an weird thing but my favourite genre to read is murder/mystery books but when it comes to audio books, I love ChicLit! Odd I know!
I didnt get too far into this book so i shouldnt judge .. maybe 4 chapters ... but i just couldnt get into it. I wasnt use to the Aussie accented narration (even though i am one!) and i found the story boring.
Disappointed as i have loved all of Jojo's. Other books
Let me start off by saying that I like Nicolette McKenzie as a narrator, and have read Jojo Moyes' other books (I immensely enjoyed "me before You" and "The Ship of Brides"). Moyes either writes really well - even for beach reads - or her books are just predictable and a bit frustrating. Unfortunately, Silver Bay is not up to Moyes' talents, and having two narrators voice 5 or 6 characters was just a bit too much.
Probably not. Usually love anything JoJo writes but this fell a little short.
The underlying storyline about the preservation of our precious sea life.
I feel the narration was at the core of what ruined this book. Why there was a man narrating so much when most of the characters were female is beyond me. And a mature man should never try to do an adolescent girl's voice. It was very distracting for me.
No...actually I found it pretty mundane.
Usually if I don't care for a book I will just stop reading and return it unfinished...something I do now because there is so much out there to read. I kept going with this book though because it was a Moyes book and she is one of my favorites. I am glad I read it through but was also glad when I was through.
The non-soccer mom
I liked the story. Very classic Jojo Moyes. But I must say that I found much of the narration super annoying. I listen to a lot of books and normally adapt to men reading as women and vice versa. But in this audio book, the voices really grated. Same for the voice of Hannah. It definitely detracted from the book.
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