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  • Just in Time

  • By: Marie Bostwick
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith, Kate Marcin, Carol Monda
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

When Grace Saunders vowed to take her husband for better or worse, she meant every word. She and Jamie are solid, mutually supportive, and certain of their future together. And then, on a hiking trip for their 15th anniversary, an accident leaves Jamie in a coma, unable to move or communicate. As months pass, Grace is in limbo - still married, yet utterly alone and burdened with responsibilities that threaten to sink her. Meeting Nan and Monica, unlikely friends who need Grace almost as much as she needs them, makes life bearable, if not quite happy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favorite

  • By ypsiabby on 03-31-18

Not my favorite

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-18

I've read everything Marie Bostwick has written and I must say this is not my favorite. While it is well written, the story line just seems to be lacking something.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule

  • By: Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

In 1844, Missouri belle Julia Dent met dazzling horseman Lieutenant Ulysses S Grant. Four years passed before their parents permitted them to wed, and the groom's abolitionist family refused to attend the ceremony. Since childhood, Julia owned as a slave another Julia, known as Jule. Jule guarded her mistress' closely held twin secrets: She had perilously poor vision but was gifted with prophetic sight. So it was that Jule became Julia's eyes to the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar

  • By Connie on 06-10-15

Disappointed with how the story line was presented

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-16

Would you be willing to try another book from Jennifer Chiaverini? Why or why not?

Probably not now. I used to love reading all of the books in the quilting series. They each were written very well and were easy to follow along with the story. I feel the new style of writing makes the story hard to follow. I'm reading for enjoyment. It shouldn't be an effort to read a book.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

Jennifer ... please go back to your old style of writing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Christmas Bells

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

In 1860 the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow family celebrated Christmas at Craigie House, their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The publication of Longfellow's classic Revolutionary War poem, "Paul Revere's Ride", was less than a month hence, and the country's grave political unrest weighed heavily on his mind. Yet with his beloved wife, Fanny, and their five adored children at his side, the delights of the season prevailed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I had a hard time following the story line

  • By ypsiabby on 05-27-16

I had a hard time following the story line

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No. I've enjoyed most of the other books by this author but not this one.

Would you recommend Christmas Bells to your friends? Why or why not?

Only if they are already familiar with the author.

What does Christina Moore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her narration brought the story to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

While the story was interesting, I did not like the way the story was presented. I was disappointed and may not get any more by the author.

Any additional comments?

I hope the author goes back to her older format for writing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful