Then - In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom. Eleanor never came back. Now - The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organizing a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing. When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface.
I liked everything about this book.... the tone, the flow, the story and the narrator. I like to be kept thinking. Thank you!
Inheriting her grandparents' island estate on Florida's Gulf coast is a special kind of homecoming for thirty-one-year-old Charity Baxter. Raised by a narcissistic single mother, Charity's only sense of a loving home comes from childhood summers spent with Gramps and Grandma. But piercing her fondest memories is her sharpest grief - the death of her beloved grandmother, when Charity stopped believing in the magical healing power of the weeping willow that still casts a shadow on their property.
What disappointed you about In the Light of the Garden?
I saw so many good reviews that I thought I really needed to check this one out. It is one of the slowest moving, most predictable books I've read in a long time. The author over explains almost everything. If you don't read a whole lot you may like it. I read & listen to a lot of books so I prefer one that I don't know what the character is going to say or do every step of the way.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Not sure. Have several on my wish list.
Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Landon’s performances?
It wasn't the narrator. She was fine. The book itself was just too slow & contrived.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I guess the overall message was a nice one.
Britt-Marie can't stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the morning because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But at 63, Britt-Marie has had enough. She finally walks out on her loveless 40-year marriage and finds a job in the only place she can: Borg, a small, derelict town devastated by the financial crisis.
This quirky woman really captures your heart. She’s just learning how to be her own person in her mid sixties and it is endearing. She’s just a woman who wants to be heard for the first time because she might have something to say.
Loveday Cardew prefers books to people, and her job in a York bookshop is her refuge. If you look carefully, you might see the first lines of the novels she loves the most tattooed on her skin, but there are secrets Loveday will never share. Into the bookshop come a poet, a lover, a friend and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories she wants to forget. Turning the pages of her past will be the hardest thing Loveday has ever done. Can she trust those around her?
I tried hard to like this but it took forever to get to the place we all knew it was going.
Milly's mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school. But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother's trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.
Top 5 books I’ve listened to so far. Love the story and the narrator! Didn’t want this one to end.
Eve Fletcher is trying to figure out what comes next. A 46-year-old divorcée whose beloved only child has just left for college, Eve is struggling to adjust to her empty nest when one night her phone lights up with a text message. Sent from an anonymous number, the mysterious sender tells Eve, "U R my MILF!" Over the months that follow, that message comes to obsess Eve. Before long, Eve's online fixations begin to spill over into real life, revealing new romantic possibilities that threaten to upend her quiet suburban existence.
I saw so many great reviews on this that I thought I would check it out. I'm not really sure why it needed to be written. In my opinion the characters were forced. Whoever read the Amanda character was the worst. It sounded like she was just reading a script. There was no inflection in her voice ever. Then the ending comes around and it also seemed forced. It was like everyone needed to wind up with a happy ending all of a sudden even though that was never the theme of the book. I must have missed something or maybe this just isn't the right fit for me.
Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.
Well written, well executed. Great story. Lots of twists. Will definitely look into other books by this author.
It's the early 1930s, but Cora Scott is walking in stride as a career woman after having inherited her great aunt's wedding shop in Heart's Bend, Tennessee, where brides come from as far away as Birmingham to experience her famed bridal treatment. Meanwhile, Cora is counting down the days until her own true love returns from the river to make her his bride. But days turn into months and months to years. All the while, Birch Good continues to woo Cora and try to show her that while he is solid and dependable, he can sweep her off her feet.
The overall story isn't bad. It's actually pretty decent. I just had a hard time with the narrator. I almost stopped listening to it a few times because it was so difficult to tolerate her. She has no inflection in her voice. You can definitely tell she is reading. She doesn't draw you in to the story. It almost sounds like it's her first time narrating. There is also a heavy religious aspect to the book. I don't mind some of it but in places it felt it was just jammed in to get it in the book. I did really like the parallel lives of the two women who lived during different time periods.
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A happy workforce is a productive workforce. At the moment, the Wizard's employees are neither. The goblins are upset with their working conditions, the dragonslayer has thrown a hissy fit over his medical insurance (or lack thereof) and everyone is upset about the terrible canteen coffee. Yet the Wizard hasn't got time to worry about revolution in the workplace - he's about to see his brilliant business plan (based on entrepreneurial flair and involving one or two parallel worlds) disrupted by a clueless young man.
This book was suggested because of my love of Christopher Moore's books. I thought I had found a new writer to get into that was into the quirky but this just wasn't it. It had all the bones to be great but it just didn't get there. Not sure if it was because the story was just too slow or because of the performance but it just didn't do it for me.
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Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: She works for a nonprofit and takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal - or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.
I have to say I only made it through 10 chapters. It has yet to capture me. Story is very slow. The woman who reads Willow's part sounds like she is stopped up and makes for a hard listen. Think I've got to call it quits on this one.
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