Twin sisters Waverly and Charlie Talbot have drifted far apart as they pursue opposite dreams of stardom and service to the poor. On an astonishing journey across Central Europe, they must come together to face their fears, find their courage, and fight for what they love.
Celebrity chef Waverly Ross has built a successful career with her home-entertaining show Simply Perfect. Yet she and her husband, Andrew, have never been able to realize the true desire of Waverly's heart: to become a mother. Meanwhile Waverly's twin sister, Charlie Talbot, buries her bitter disappointment and shattered idealism beneath a life spent serving others as an international aid worked in Budapest, Hungary.
When the beloved aunt who raised them passes away, Waverly and Charlie come together in their grief after years of living on separate continents. Struck by a fierce desire to bridge the distance between them, Charlie offers Waverly and her husband the selfless gift of surrogacy.
But soon the sisters find they are each in danger of losing their jobs, seemingly putting their dreams on hold once again. When Waverly shows up unannounced in Budapest with a plan to rescue Simply Perfect, the sisters embark on an adventure across Central Europe that could save them both from occupational hazards. Though the twins haven't had to rely on each other since childhood, an unforeseen dangerous turn in their journey across Europe forces them to stand together to save their careers, the baby, and each other.
I endured this book out of sheer hope. The implausible storyline was almost laughable. I don't enjoy neat & tidy resolutions that border on miraculous.
The narration was so monotone it was like listening to someone reading a shopping list. The male voices & accents were non-existent. It was so bad, I will never purchase a hook narrated by this person again.
I can't say this strongly enough: just don't.
The world as we know it is changing, hopefully with permanence, for women in general, and for women at risk and in peril specifically.
There is the #MeToo movement. There is the #TimesUp movement. Easy to remember, catchy names for incredibly valiant efforts to right the terrible and mostly silent transgressions of sexual predators.
But there is no hashtag for a deeper, more opaque version of even more systematic sexual harassment and abuse: the worldwide pandemic of sexual slavery and human (mostly female) trafficking.
Rachel Linden’s Becoming The Talbot Sisters will cast for you a bright, painful, searing light on this issue, and illustrate clearly how it could happen to anyone, at any time. Even someone you know and love.
In her debut as an audiobook narrator, Madison Lawrence delivers this heartbreaking story with the patience, pathos and gentle precision that echoes the storytelling abilities of a veteran narrator. She paints scenes and draws characters in a rich and detailed fashion, yet never calls undue attention to that talent: she simply lets Linden’s words do the heavy lifting, and the story shines because she does.
I highly recommend you listen to this book. Hopefully, it will move you to higher awareness and action.