• A Love for the Pages

  • By: Joy Penny
  • Narrated by: Dawn Huestis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • 3.6 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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A Love for the Pages

By: Joy Penny
Narrated by: Dawn Huestis
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Kiss. Marry. Kill. Nineteen-year-old June Eyermann has always known exactly which of her favorite Byronic heroes goes where. She'd kiss moody and possessive Rochester from Jane Eyre and marry prideful but repentant Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, leaving obsessive and spiteful Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights to be chucked off a cliff - but no. She couldn't leave any of her heroes behind. She lives for her favorite fictional worlds.

But June is about to get a serious wake up call when she returns home for the summer after her college freshman year. Stuck somewhere between feeling like a kid again under her parents' roof and being forced to start acting like an adult with worries about her future career, June looks at the library volunteer position offered to her as a way to keep her sanity for the next few months before she can go back to school.

What June doesn't expect to find at the library is her favorite romantic heroes brought to life-all in the same man. Obstinate, prideful and even a bit rude, Everett Rockford shouldn't exactly be "dating material," even if June's heart rate accelerates whenever she's near him. But after discovering his enigmatic past and witnessing a few fiery moments of tenderness, June can't help but see Rochester, Darcy and even Heathcliff in Everett. If she's going to make it through the summer without becoming a tragic heroine in her own story, she has to separate the man from the ideals of fiction in her head. Because if there's one thing she knows about Byronic love stories, it's that they don't always end happily ever after.

©2014 Joy Penny (P)2014 Joy Penny

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A clean New Adult romance.

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A modern spin on some of the classic romances. The love interest in this book is a combination of the leading men in three of Junes favourite classic romance books, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

I enjoyed that much of the book was set in a library and that the main character loved reading. She never went anywhere without a paperback or her kindle. I loved when she pulled her kindle out of her tiny clutch bag at a formal dinner!

I found the characters likeable and hoped that June would work out what she wanted. I found the romance a bit too "classic" and old fashioned, with declarations of love when they barely knew each other. It seemed to come out of nowhere and I would have liked a bit more tension and build up.

I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator was well spoken and easy to listen to. I recieved this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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Creative love story with fun classic throwbacks

I thought this was a creative story. I have read other modern adaptations of the classics but never one that the narrator is so aware that she is in the middle of a modern adaptation. It was charming, quirky and fun. I'm excited to read more by this author.

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Cute take on old literature.

A Love For the Pages was a clean romance that referenced classic literature through out the book. The main character Jane is a huge fan of Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, etc and relates her life and those around her to the characters in the classic novels.

This was a sweet romance with little suspense but it was a refreshing read from all the drama filled books I have been reading lately. The characters were likeable but of course you had a few villains but the little drama they caused was needed.

This book was provided to me via Audiobook Boom for my honest review.

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This story was given to me via audiobook boom. This was more of a story for young adults or teens. It seemed like a coming of age story where both characters were learning what the true meaning of love is. The narration was very good and the voice went well with the story.

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very good

Loved it !! this story. the narrator is so fantastic it's like your really there!! good overall

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On othe Fence

June Eyermann is home from college after a first year of floundering. She's not happy with pursuing a business degree and is a little disjointed having to spend the summer in an internship and not a paying job. She's volunteering at the library where she fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately, has time to dream of her Bronte heroes. Everett Rockford, the library's namesake, as well as almost everything else in town, ends up working with June in the children's reading hour. June fantasizes about Heathcliffe, Rochester and Darcy, as she discovers new facets of Everett's personality, but she's sure she doesn't fit into his world of luxury. I really liked the story, but thought it came up a bit short with the character of June, and a little bit with Everett, as well. I would have liked to see June a little more secure, less spiteful and rude as she had little growth throughout the book. She believed the worst about Everett, even without proof. She didn't speak up and ask the questions she needed to, especially regarding the Kaitlyn/Everett fiasco! I am still confused about what happened between them and it seemed overwrought. June should have asked Everett about the paternity of Addy, about which Kaitlyn so eagerly informed her. The ending was a little rushed, and I still have so many questions, but it was happy.
The narration is very well done by Dawn Huestis, with her clear and dynamic voice that brings each of the characters to life.

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Sweet Ya romance

Jane, a confused college freshman, doesn't know what she wants to do with her life.
She is expected to follow her step dad and take business classes. Her life changed when she volunteered to work at the Rockford Library.
Everett Rockford is expected to continue in his family's business And marry well.
His life changed on a stormy day while going into the library, literally being knocked off his bike in a rainstorm by Jane.
Jane compares her life and romance in the classics, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, etc.
Both their love of books brought them closer together.
I enjoyed lIstening to this story narrated by Dawn Huestis

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I gave up

I gave up on this one, not because its bad or poorly written. The basic writing is okay. It's just the storytelling and character development that leave something to be desired. It gave me the blahs. There was nothing that really caught my attention, drew me in, or that I connected with. I feel like it's the same classic lit romance story I've read a thousand times, which would be fine, I love recycled storylines. However, compared to all the others available in this realm, this just isn't one that stands out at all. I don't hate it. I just also didn't get that interested enough to enjoy it or continue onward.

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Perfect for Fans of Classic Romances!

June Eyermann is spending the summer at home after her first year of college. She's getting a business degree although her true love is classic literature, especially her three favorites. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Wuthering Heights. June is roped into volunteering at the local library, where she ends up working with her not quite ex-boyfriend Singin, a boy two years younger than June.

On June's first day at the library, a man on a bicycle with a dog runs into her, recreating a scene straight out of Wuthering Heights. The comparisons don't stop there, as Everett Rockwood seems to be a hero right out of one of her favorite classics, moody, brooding, arrogant, and demanding. June doesn't find these traits very endearing in person, but just when she's written him off, he shows her a different side, sweet and sensitive. When a drama worthy of the Bronte sisters ensues, June discovers that reading about drama and experiencing it in real life are two very different things.

The mishmash of Austen/Bronte sisters/modern setting was really fun, and I loved picking out all the familiar scenes and characters in their new modern trappings. So many of the secondary characters were awesome, like Blake, Singin, and Addy. There were of course a few cringeworthy people, like Connor and Isla, only a good author can make me angry enough to hit a figment of their imagination! Connor's endless lectures made ME squirm a time or two, I just wanted June to act and be treated like an adult.

I've never been a Mr. Rochester fan because he is so cruel to Jane, especially when Blanche Ingram is visiting, but luckily Everett never acts that badly. June lacks Jane's innate calmness and outward confidence, but that's to be expected without a Brocklehurst school to mature her. Everett and June's relationship moved quickly. There's no slow buildup of friendship and romance between them, the declaration of love comes out of the blue. This threw me off for a bit until I remembered Darcy's first proposal and then it fit right in.

The narrator's voice fit June perfectly. She deepened her voice a touch for Everett's speaking voice, and it was well done. I did have trouble deciphering what June thought in her head and what she said aloud, but it didn't detract from the performance. I received a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. Overall, I really enjoyed the book, and I'd recommend it to anyone that has read and loved Jane Eyre or Pride and Prejudice.

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Enjoyable

A wonderful romantic story that has you wrapped up in the characters. A perfect book made better with the narrator.

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