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Ella Quent

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I wish I could be positive

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Unlike the majority of other reviewers this latest book in the series did not leave me wanting more.
First a disclaimer I am a huge fan of this series, have listened to all of the previous books multiple times and have recommended the series to many, many others, that said, had this new narrator been the original voice of Georgie I would never have gotten past book one. How someone whom we have been told is actually english can manage to sound (at times) as though she is putting on an english accent is beyond me. Her voice characterization for Georgie jumps all over the place, often sounding much too posh and then often when Georgie is channeling her great grandmother where it would be appropriate strangely not.
Ms. Blacborow's voices for Darcy and Queenie are quite good but sadly Belinda and Claire are lacking the brittle worldliness that defines their characters in the books, the voices of Binky and Figg are forgettable at best and hearing the narrators mispronunciation of Rannock made me cringe.
Then there's the story itself. This is book 12 and Georgie has been involved in MULTIPLE murders and mysteries. It is inconceivable to me that she could have experienced so much and not become a more suspicious and aware person. In this novel things keep happening that a six year old would find odd and yet Georgie seems continually willing to accept the flimsiest explanations. Not to mention that once again Georgie is sure that Darcy is being unfaithful, something that has happened countless times throughout the series and has truly lost its effectiveness as a plot device.
Hopefully now that Georgie and Darcy have reached wedded bliss the series has reached a conclusion. I for one will re-listen to Katherine Kellgren's wonderful work on the previous books and purchase any future episodes in paperback format.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

Disappointed

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-16

I love Connie Willis but must say that I wanted to smack the lead character and yell at the narrator. I realize this is a rather extreme reaction but seriously when the narrator can't even pronounce the lead characters name properly it is nothing but irritating

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

A tired rehash

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-16

Mary Kay needs to take a break and find some new characters and scenarios. Disrespectful spoiled daughter - little bitty lies. Feckless lying cheating husband - little bitty lies, ladies night. Small island with golf cart transportation - deep dish, save the date. Misunderstood hero who has loves the heroine but only gets her in the end - ladies night, deep dish, summer rental, beach town etc, etc, Heroine who is supposedly intelligent but acts clueless half the time especially as regards the aforementioned hero - pretty well all of them. I've listened to so many MKA books but I think this will be the last unless they release Hissy Fit and Savannah Breeze in full (not abridged) versions.

Almost funny but...

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-16

This book can only be recommended if you enjoy a heroine that is an egocentric, shallow and generally stupid. While I have enjoyed many of Katie MacAllisters books, this one just annoyed me. I don't know if I want to waste another credit on the next book in the series.

Ya Gotta love Atticus and Oberon

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-15

This is a great start to a great series I downloaded the audiobook after having read it originally and listens to the rest of the stories from audible. well worth the credit Luke Daniels does a terrific job as always

What's not to love?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-15

Georgie gets to America and as always is surrounded by all the rest of the characters we have grown to love. She accompanies the divinely self-centered Claire Daniels who desperately needs a divorce and is not surprisingly followed our favorite sponge Belinda who is possibly the world's champion at fitting in to any situation. The divine Darcy is along for the ride and there are a host of new characters enlivening the Hollywood of the 1930s. As usual, once I was finished I started longing for the next book in the series! Please Rhys don't keep us waiting too long.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Wishful Thinking

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-15

If only I could somehow remove this book from my library I would be thrilled that I would never again have to scroll past it and remember how truly awful the narrator was not to mention the thematic of " oh I've lost my dead boyfriend so my life ain't worth living and I might as well kill myself". If this is what we want young women to aspire to then it's no wonder teen suicide is on the upsurge.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

If only they had...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-15

I must admit to being a Mary Kay fan and have may of her books in my library. This one is a lot of fun and left me with only one wish - Please, Audible, Please get an unabridged version with the same narrator who is great! I read the paperback long after I had listened to the audio version and can't for the life of me figure out why they would abridge it in the first place. All the bits that were chopped out just make a good story better. Still is a great listen if a bit short.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sadly

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-14

i found myself so irritated by the narrators breathy style of reading that I couldn't get past the second chapter and have returned the book. Won't be listening to any other titles narrated by Susan Duerden

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

Save your credit

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-14

Let's be clear I have a lot of Mary Kay Andrews books in my library and I have enjoyed most of them BUT not, sad to say, this one. A lead character who is spineless, whiny and wildly inconsistent does not a good story make. The listener is left wondering how the lead character Cara ever managed to build up her floral business to the point that she is overwhelmed with business but still is not successful. And when true to all cliched romance formulas the amazingly hot guy that she intensely dislikes at the start falls in love with her, she chases him away because he apparently wants to dominate her JUST LIKE HER FATHER does. Of course he's not anything like her father but hey she somehow assumes he is??? I made it through the entire book as the narrator is quite good but let's hope that Mary Kay takes a bit more time before she churns out another book and finds her way back to being the decent writer she once was.