New York Times best-selling author Robyn Carr is beloved for her charming, romantic fiction. In this touching work, four women—all writers—come together after a painful loss. Recently deceased Gabby Marshall leaves behind a letter asking her friends to complete her unfinished manuscript. Taking vacations from their own lives, the ladies settle at Gabby’s home and get to work.
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“Carr offers a well-written, warm-hearted story and a genuinely fun read.” (Publishers Weekly)
This is such a good story. Very different from anything I have read from this author. I appreciate the attention to detail in this book. I just loved it. Good to know another facet of Ms. Carr. Appreciated the narration. Thank you Ms. Carr & Audible.
This is such a good book that it needs to be in regular fiction, not in romance. Robyn Carr is a good author, her Virgin River series is comprised of books with interesting characters, plots and places, but her dialog from the male characters is so flawed that I am constantly reminded that they are "romance novels"
The main characters of this book are women, fully developed characters. Read it you will love it.
West Sunbury, Pa.
I love books by Robyn Carr. This is a stand alone story, and I laughed and I cried. The only problem with the book is the amount of off color words, and the swearing. I had to keep turning it down when my grandkids came into the room. Since I told you about the language, I recommend this book highly.
Robyn Carr doesn't deal with torture and really grotesque murder. I love her characters but I felt this narrator did a horrible job with the male voices. She made them totally without feeling and I didn't appreciate it. This won't deter me from future Robyn Carr stories. I only discovered her a few months ago and I read all of the Virgin River stories. They're light and they offer the perfect escape that I long for with these books.
Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
a really enjoyable listen. I loved all the characters and the deep friendships they shared and all the different aspects of all their lives. I have read a lot of Robyn Carr's books but this is the first one that was not in one of her series and it was so different from her series that i was pleasantly surprised. the story line was very interesting and it held my attention and i also learned a few things about some of the pit falls in the literary world.
The narrator was extremely good doing an excellent job in giving all of the friends different voices and personalities but my favorite by far was Ellie and i hope to listen to many more books in the future narrated by Christina Moore. I also hope to find other books by Ms. Carr that stand alone not being a part of a series even though those are good too but this one i will remember.
I am familiar with Robyn Carr's Virgin River Series. You would never realize that this book was by the same author as it isn't a romance. It is a great read because the different female characters had interesting lives. I feel that the author gave a lot of insight into their development and you will find yourself thinking how you know someone like them, or feel that you can identify with some of their situations. It was a wonderful story of how these women all came to be in each other's lives. I also liked the book publishing thread that was woven into the plot.
Spinster non-fiction writer and college professor Ellie, fabulously successful but ultra-private bestseller Sybil, struggling romance novelist and beleagured mother of 4 mostly-grown men Barbara Ann, and introverted, timid mystery writer Beth struggle to cope with the loss of their best friend and fellow writer Gabby while juggling challenges and changes in their own lives. Over the course of a summer the women come to terms with the biggest obstacles in each of their lives while they work together to pay tribute to Gabby and culminate her life's work in a fitting and indelible tribute to her talent, passion, and the love that elevated and transcended both. I laughed out loud at Barbara Ann; ached, raged, and rejoiced for Beth; shed a little bittersweet tear for Ellie; and gave a fist-pump and a cheer for Sybil. It's chick lit in the best sense and a reminder to call your best friend, your sister, and your college roommate just to keep the connections fresh and whole.
One of the best.
The unfolding secrets and struggles of the individual friends and how they all supported each other through the days after the unexpected death of their friend.
The emotions shared between the friends.
Sable's visit to her little boy's grave.
After being a fan of the Virgin River books, this book was an unexpected departure from that genre and such a lovely surprise.
I work in the field of scientific research by day, and I write the rest of the time. My nonfiction historical articles appear in numerous magazines. I am presently working on a contemporary and a paranormal romance.
I'm a perennial fan of Robyn Carr's romance. "House on Olive Street" is more a pure women's fiction of the highest quality. A hidden treasure, this title was most enjoyably narrated by Christina Moore.
I would and I have! I love the narrator, the different voices she used for the characters, I just loved that! I really enjoyed the relationships between the women and the author did a really good job of developing each character. At some points, the dialogue was very plain spoken and I had to laugh out loud; the characters are older and periodically would say a cuss word or two and it was just entertaining to hear. I had never read a Robyn Carr book before and plan to read more of her books in the future.
Probably Thursdays at Eight by Debbie Macomber. Same concept, friends who keep in touch and there relationships with each other. I just enjoy books like this and the idea of having that select group of friends you can share with and be yourself with.
I really enjoyed the scene where the friends compiled Gabby's papers and realized she was writing about her life and the great love of her life. The friends took turns reading from the manuscript and then realized who the story was about and all that came together at the end, no spoiler here, but it was so wonderful!
Well, I always have that desire to listen to my books in one sitting but alas, I commute to work so I only listen on the 30 minute drive to and from and that usually means, none on the weekend.
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