Pros - The characters developed in the first book, carry over and are well developed. If you've listened to the first book, you'll already care about..Show More » the characters and what happens to them.
Cons - First, too much time is spent referencing the events of the first novel. While I agree it was necessary to help the reader understand what some of the characters have been through and how that effects their motivations, actions, etc., it was simply overdone.
Second - Far too many scenes simply re-hashed information already given to the reader without moving the story forward. For example, most of the scenes in Nick's Diner only summarized the prior events and did nothing to advance the story. I honestly got the sense that I could have come in at the middle of the novel and know everything that had happened prior as soon as crowd at Nick's had lunch.
Third - The character inconsistency in Vanessa was kind irritating. She's feels convicted of her sinful relationship, yet has no problem deceiving her parents and the authorities in relation to her trips to the park??
Bottomline.. If you enjoyed the first book (which I did), you may want to listen just because of the characters. But Kathy Herman has got a lot of work to do on her storytelling.