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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Daisy Flattery is a free as it can be character. Makes you want to be her. I love the way she is so giving, free-spirited and willing to take on a challenge. Even if the challenge to save her apartment is to pretend to be engaged to her obnoxious neighbor Linc Blaise.
Linc on the their first meeting thought what a space cadet. She dresses like a flower child of the 60's. She is not the type of girl he would ever consider dating let alone be engaged to. However, he needs someone of her caliber to pretend to be engaged to him to land a huge job offer at an university.
Upon receiving his dream job he realizes that he has to keep up the charade until they can play up a breakup. What Linc was not counting on is the infectious personality of Daisy. Will faith take over his heart or will he keep to a deal and that is the end of it?
All I can say is that Jennifer Cruise has such a cute way of writing these fairy tales of love. This was one of those stories that you just want to see as a Hallmark or Lifetime movie. Susan Boyce was a delight as she performed the characters throughout the book making them all come to life and add to the personalities of each of them. Draws you into each scene as it takes place.
From Daisy being her flaky, giving self to Linc's somber this is the way is should be demeanor. To the town's folk that she brings into their lives. I like this story so much this is one that I actually did listen to 2 times.
I guarantee that this will be on your fav list of romance comedies.
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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.
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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.
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