What if a woman, tired of broken hearts and bad choices, traveled a thousand miles to the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, and spent a night forgetting her past in the blues clubs of Beale Street? What if a man who lost his wife to cancer ventured to Beale Street’s social scene for the first time in over a year? And what if they met and realized love was still possible for them both? Dakota James and Ethan Meriweather have both given up on finding happiness in a relationship. When they meet in downtown Memphis, at a crowded nightclub, neither has romance on the brain. But as the evening unfolds, and small talk turns to the stuff of hopes, dreams, and shared loss, a kinship grows that surprises them. Before the night is over, though, Dakota’s past will catch up with her in the form of a violent ex-boyfriend. As dawn approaches, and tragedy threatens to tear Dakota and Ethan apart, both will have to make a decision that could change their lives forever. Is new love worth putting your life on the line for someone you’ve just met?
©2008 Alison Miller (P)2010 AudioLark Audio Books
I started listening to this book with high hopes. I liked the plot and having grown up in Memphis (and go back to Beale St and Mud Island for a mini-vacation every July), I was excited to read about some of the local atmosphere. I thought the book was good right up until Dakota arrived in Memphis. First, I wasn't impressed with this narrator. Instead of the Tennessee southern accent, the characters just sounded lacking in intelligence. I wasn't impressed with the New Hampshire accent either. For the second criticism, it concerns Dakota at the 3 a.m. Beale St scene. You might call this a SPOILER so reader beware!!
There is a crisis and when Dakota goes for help all she can do is yell "help" to someone 3 blocks away, look for her missing purse, and then sit down and cry? Really? How about screaming at the top of her lungs for a minute or two. Then when the police do arrive, tell them what's going on in the alley right away instead of going into a long story.
Basically, this book started out at 5 stars and then one star was subtracted for narration and another star was subtracted for the stupidity of the main character. But for a $2.95 book, it wasn't bad.
Most audio books I really enjoy, (unless the narrator is awful) but this book was terrible! I would not recommend it!
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