Daisy Flattery is a free spirit with a soft spot for strays and a weakness for a good story. Why else would she agree to the outrageous charade offered by her buttoned-down workaholic neighbor, Linc Blaise? The history professor needs to have a fiancée in order to capture his dream job, and Daisy is game to play the role. But something funny happens on their way to the altar that changes everything. Now, with the midnight hour approaching, will Daisy lose her prince, or will opposites not only attract but live happily ever after?
©1996 Jennifer Smith; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks America
I am a Jenifer Cruisie fan but her last couple of books have been off the mark for me. Maybe she is writing to a different audience. I loved Fast Women, Welcome to Temptation, Bet Me, Manhunting, Faking It, Agnes and the Hitman, these are my favs, I have listen to them numerous times. I miss the style she previously wrote in. Great characters, intriguing story lines, funny, interesting relationships. This book is entirely forgetable.
Over the last few years when I have been in the mood for a fun, easy read, I turned to a handful of Crusie books I happened on in the local library and was delighted by her light-hearted romps with their gutsy, witty and sexy women. But this one was very disappointing. The two main characters didn't feel work for me at all; and there was little of the edgy humor found in the other (newer) stories that I had read. As the conclusion approached I couldn't wait for it to end. Afterwards I looked at the actual publisher's date--1996; perhaps it was an early work and Crusie's writing and storytelling skills were still immature. There was nothing really wrong with the reader, but somehow her interpretation of Daisy just made the character that much more...well, flat. Not recommended.
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Sweet love story .starts out as an arrangement but quickly turns into something else. Nice ending
Daisy. At first, I thought she was a little silly, and I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy the book. However, she grows throughout the book, and I felt like I really got to know the character. She was fun and interesting.
This book is a fun, quick listen that made me laugh and cry.
The characters are not one-dimensional. I was really cheering for them. Narration was not bad or distracting. Not a waste of time.
I have enjoyed Jennifer Crusies's work for a long time and this book did not disappoint. Daisy is a wacky artist, struggling to make ends meet when she makes a "Cinderella Deal" with her handsome & disapproving upstairs neighbor, college professor Linc. She agrees to pose as his fiancee for 24 hours, while he goes to an interview at a college. Of course, this college is in the perfect town, with the perfect people, setting up the perfect life that Daisy really cannot have -- or can she?? No more spoilers, but I bet that you will enjoy this romantic, funny story as much as I did. I put my kids and husband on hold and listened to the nearly 6 hours over the course of one day and it was well worth it. Narrator Susan Boyce does a great job, too.
Overall, 5 stars!
We have recently started reading Crusie books (5 so far) and are hooked. In this story she creates a pair that are impossible to imagine together and through a wonderful story in which each of them discover truths about themselves, they find they can create a perfect Cinderella ending. Can't wait to read more books buy this author with a wonderful sense of humor with great characters.
Even though this story was quite predictable, it had enough of Jennifer Crusie's trademark humor to give it a good rating. It actually made me laugh out loud more than once. If you want a light romp of a story, this one is fun.
I like Jennifers books. This one is fun and fast. Some of it is very easy to figure out where it's going. Still, It was worth it.
I kept asking myself if I liked this book, the way the author chose to tell the story, how the characters were being developed and how the story was unfolding. But all while I was evaluating the crafting of this novel...I was becoming emotionally invested in the characters.
The storytelling is not what I would call conventional. It moves from the mental dialogue of one character to the mental dialogue of another character -- telling much less of the story through actual conversations between characters than I normally expect. It felt like being carried down a swiftly flowing river without a float to hold onto. I was not in my comfort zone, but the journey was not unpleasant.
I found the last chapter where Daisy has an encounter with her father to be one dimensional and not worthy of the rest of the book, but there is one moment in the story when Lincoln comes out of his room and asks if it is midnight that truly tore me up. It pulled all kinds of feelings to the surface; I suddenly liked Lincoln, I cried for Daisy and I wanted the romance to work.
I imagine that another reason that I liked this book is that secretly harbor the hope that someday a man might appear in my life as unconventionally as Lincoln arrived in Daisy's. I guess all girls hope love will find them after the clock strikes midnight.
As a general rule, I love this author. I felt this one missed the mark. I didn't laugh out loud once which I don't think has ever happened with a Cruise book. All the usual quirky pieces were there in the story but it felt muted. None of the characters ever sparked to life.
If you want just a pleasant adequate read/listen, this will serve but it's nothing special.
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