Mackensie Elliot's experience with her broken family has convinced her the only way to make happiness last is to take a picture of it. She does just that at Vows - where her photos, Laurel's cakes, Emma's flowers, and Parker's almost frightening organizational skills combine for a flourishing business. As a bonus, the four friends are able to live on the grounds of Parker's sprawling family estate, where the weddings and other events are staged. Sometimes it means dealing with drama - but even the worst mother-of-the-bridezilla can't compare to Mac's own manipulative mom. Every time Mac talks to her she winds up drained - and so does her bank account.
What helps distract her is slightly-geeky, slightly-klutzy, but oh-so-cute English teacher Carter Maguire. Mac's enjoying the vibe with him - and has no intention of ruining it by making the same mistake her mother makes again and again: getting married. But as the women of Vows band together to score a major client, and Mac nears the breaking point with her mother, she begins to wonder if it's time to come out from behind the camera, and put herself in the picture.
©2009 Nora Roberts; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
The story is so boring, I can't imagine anyone enjoying it. But worst than the writing, is the voice of the narrator, it is very irritating and mono toned. I have to advise anyone not to waste your money on this audio book....
I am having trouble listening to this book. No offense to Ms. Durante, the narrator, but her lisp can be distracting. I was sorry in the beginning I used my credit. I continued to listen as I did not want to waste my credit and eventually you get used to the lisp and become more involved in the characters. All in all, not Ms. Roberts' best effort. Just okay. I am not sure if it was the narrator or content.
I love all of Nora's books but seeing some of the reviews for the narrator Emily Durante, I was hesitant. Well I loved her! She made the characters come alive and I could just "see" them as if they were in the room with me. Great job!
Colorado Springs, CO, United States I particularly enjoy romance/fantasy books, management books, and YA fiction.
Yes! I loved it! Most of my girlfriends are engaged or in serious relationships and a love story about close friends, a wedding business, and love? What more could we want?!
As much as I love Mackenzie, Laurel is definitely my favorite character. In terms of personality she is most like me.
I have not heard any other Emily Durante performances.
YES! I could not get enough of it. I listened to it in the car so I didn't get to listen to it all in one sitting, but I would have loved to!
I didn't hear the lisp other reviewers are talking about. The only complaint I have about the narrator is I wish she made more of a difference in the 4 main women characters. It was hard to tell who was speaking. Other than that though, I really enjoyed the narration. I'm glad I didn't let the negative reviews keep me from listening to this book. The story is classic Nora Roberts so it's excellent--of course. Really enjoyed this book & look forward to reading/listening the the rest of the serire.
I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.
I have to agree with the others who didn't like this narrator. She does has a slight lisp, and it was very difficult to know which character was speaking since they all sounded so similar. Setting that aside, the book was a great listen that will have you smiling nearly the whole time. Thank GOODNESS they switched to another narrator for the rest of the series!
The story is incredibly inane. I understand the genre is not meant to be great literature, but the characters are so incredibly cliché and uninteresting. Imagine a young professional who pushes away an amazing man because she has a bad track record with men, and then she and all her girlfriends banter about it, using sexual innuendo that sounds like junior high boys.
The relationship is propelled forward by the fallout from encounters with her narcissistic mother,
That's the book.
Feels hollow - even for hollow characters.
Frustration - how does such a bad story get published????
I have read Nora Roberts in the past, and found some guilty pleasure in it. Maybe I've outgrown that, or maybe the writing is just that bad.
Good story. Nora Roberts does a great job of character development. The narrator has a very young voice that would be excellent for books other than romance. The narrator of the other two is better suited for this content.
This series is my all time favorite. I have read it and listened to it multiple times, but this narration is lacking. It does not give the attitude and personality to the characters that Nora Roberts so carefully crafted. Still, I would recommend it for the fabulous story!
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