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
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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
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.
This is an easy listen, and a fun book for anyone doing heavy lifting with complex books.
Audible Addict. My iPod is my security blanket.
Daisy wasn't strong (enough). Not a typical Crusie female character.
Would have liked Daisy to dig in a little more. She gave in too easily.
It was OK.
Sure, it was a fun story.
The ending is telegraphed from the beginning of this book, the "crisis" bringing the characters together has been done 1,000 in chic lit. That being said, it was a cute book -- I good diversion on a hot summer day in the garden.
This story had promise but it is written as if the author had other things on her mind and just had to "throw something together". It needed to be at least twice as long to do the story and characters justice. Not worth the money at any price.
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