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.
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Listened for Fun (Audio)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 3.50
First Thought When Finished: This was a cute, short read with some really great characters.
Story Thoughts: I thought the story was cute but it didn't wow me. It was a quick read though that will leave you grinning. Yes the story is predictable but the characters (which I will talk about in a minute) were delightful. The setting, town, and situation were just quirky enough to be believable and enduring at the same time.
Character Thoughts: This is where the story shined. I really loved Daisy and was a little upset at people's perception of her. Yes she was a tiny bit flighty, a whole lot flower child, but she was wildly talented and smart. It took awhile for me to warm up to Linc but when he started melting towards Daisy, I started melting towards him. The last 3 chapters I really fell in love with him and was so happy how this story wrapped up. Their love made me smile! (Not a spoiler--it is a romance after all)
Narrated By Susan Boyce at a Running Time 5 hrs and 57 mins
I thought Susan did a decent job with the audio. The pacing was excellent and the voices were pretty well done. I wasn't a huge fan of some of the women's voices but overall it was an easy listen.
Final Thoughts: This wasn't my favorite Jennifer Crusie book but it was still cute. It would be great for a sunny afternoon on the porch with some ice tea
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