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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

Kentucky was only ever going to be a summer job. Come fall, Blue Riley would be back in North Carolina, in college. But one job led to another, one town led to another, and one woman led to another. Now, after twenty years Blue faces the hardest question of all - is it time to go home?

©2014 Wynn Malone (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Too Glum for my fancy

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I really liked the part where she stayed with Mary and Preacher and decided to stop running from her feelings. The least interesting part is Blue's pining for Grace.

Any additional comments?

It's a well written book and I see why it would appeal to a lot of readers but I didn't appreciate it. It's too glum for my fancy.

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  • Delennish
  • Atlanta, GA United States
  • 01-29-15

The Passage of Time feels undefined.

First person narration across years presents a challenge to authors that this one just doesn't quite meet. The book spans more than 25 years in Blue's life, but the writing fails to show the changes in the characters in an authentic way. We are told rather than shown the passage of time. The narrator seems to feel this or adds to the problem. She doesn't mature the voices from 20 to 45+. When Grace reappears, she speaks and sounds as if no time has passed. When it was over, I felt as if Blue had gone on an odyssey of a few years instead of 25.

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  • Lira D.
  • El Paso, TX United States
  • 08-30-18

Such a great read/listen!

Loved this story and how it was weaved together! The pace was perfect. I never got bored or felt like the author was feeding us details just for filler. It was so good. Blue was a great character and storyteller. I liked how it followed her through different chapters in her life, dropping us in, sometimes in the middle of that chapter, sort of like we were old friends being retold a story we'd heard before. I was most moved by the chapters with Preacher and Mary. And the narrator was phenomenal! Especially when the story would get overall emotional- her voice cracking and changing, on the verge of tears- so convincing. She was so good! highly recommended overall package. I enjoyed it so much I teared up at the end because it was over and I was sad to see the story end. So I immediately restarted the story.

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Long but worth it!

At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to stick with it but after a while I just couldn’t quit listening. The characters are awesome and I know some of these people in my real life and can identify with them on several levels. This book brings a great range of emotions we all can relate to. I highly recommend it.

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  • LL
  • Evanston, IL United States
  • 01-21-18

A beautiful story that expertly performed

I don’t know if it was the writing of Malone or performance by Benson that moved me to tears or outright laughter, I suspect it was both.

I’m so glad I found this gem!

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Best Book Yet!

This was a marvelous book. So much love. Blue and Grace so perfect together.

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Southern Charm Never Seemed So Good

I had this book on my wish list for a long while and always hesitated because I'm not a fan of stories set in the South and usually the southern twang annoys me, but I sure am glad I took a chance on this one. The story of Blue Riley; her failures, successes, loves and losses, as she makes her way through life, is so beautifully written and captivating. The story spans about 25 years of Blue's life. She travels throughout the country trying to find herself in a way, that I think a lot of people can relate to. She finally makes her way back home and finds peace with the life she lived and the decisions she made, which gives her the strength to fight for what she deserves. I hope Wynn Malone writes another book soon! This was truly wonderful.

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Great lesbian novel with lots of southern charm

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

Definitely .... especially since I am from Charlotte, NC .... and Asheville, Winston Salem, New Bern and Highlands, UNC, NC State all play a big part in my life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Blue and Grace ,,,, but all the secondary characters were great too ,,,, Especially Preacher and Mary

What about Amber Benson’s performance did you like?

She did a good job, but sometimes the accents would come and go ,,, and I'd have to go back and re- listen to see who exactly said what ,,,,

Who was the most memorable character of Finding the Grain and why?

For sure Preacher and Mary

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Absorbing

A story along a deep and emotional journey for a woman. Truly absorbing. Will look for more by Wynn Malone. The story was sent even higher by widely talented Amber Benson. Will catch up on both writing and characters brought to life by Benson.



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  • Pam
  • St Petersburg FL
  • 04-14-16

Fantastic!

I loved everything about this. The story, the narrator and the fact that I did not know which way the ending would go. I cried and in this genre that is rare to have strong feelings either way.

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  • Oscar
  • 01-11-15

A touch too much melodrama in the narration

Really, this book centers around the main character. If you like her and stay with her through-out the journey, you will find if great. The writing is fine. It doesn't get in the way with cliches or clunky metaphors. It does it's job nicely and unobtrusively.

The narration is overdone at times. It's the first time that I've heard a narrator appear to cry when reading a sad part of the story, and I found that...unnecessary.

The book spans the story of the main character, a free spirited lesbian, from her early college years right though to her 40/50's. Now, the first half of the book describes a haunted, hurt, 'running away from herself and others' character. I really liked this character. I thought she was warm and humane and non-judgmental. The second half of the book sees the character try to 'get her life on track' as she sees it and you know, settle down, get a meaningful relationship, career etc and here is where the book and I parted ways. I flat out didn't like the woman she became as she began to fight for what she wanted. Towards the end, I found myself truly hoping she wouldn't get what she was fighting for (trying not to give spoilers) as I wanted to see her get her comeuppance!


However, this doesn't mean the book was bad. I just didn't like the character. If you like the character, you'll get along fine with this book.

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  • Jd
  • 04-30-18

Fantastic

You don’t have to be a lesbian to enjoy this journey. Beautifully crafted. A gentle love story

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  • SeeTurtle
  • 01-10-15

Very well written!

This has been the best book I have read in a long time. It actually made me cry.
Fantastic story, amazing ending *****

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