Now and Then Friends

Hartley-by-the-Sea, Book 2
Series: Hartley-by-the-Sea, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After her father left, Rachel had to dedicate her life to managing her household: her two younger sisters, her disabled mother, and her three-year-old nephew. When Rachel's not struggling to look after all of them, she makes her living cleaning the houses of wealthy families - including the Wests, where a surprise now awaits her....

A lifetime of drifting in other people's currents has finally left Claire high and dry. First it was her parents, then the popular crowd in school, and finally her fiancé. Now she's returned to Hartley-by-the-Sea to recover. But running into Rachel brings back memories of past mistakes, and Claire wonders if she now has the courage to make them right.

Soon Claire's brother, Andrew, asks Rachel to keep an eye on Claire, which is the last thing either woman wants. But as their lives threaten to fall apart, both Claire and Rachel begin to realize what they need most is a friend. The kind of friend they once were to each other and perhaps can be again….

©2016 Kate Hewitt Limited (P)2016 Tantor

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Narration is oddly slow

I loved this story. One suggestion is that narration seems oddly slow. I ended up listening to it at 1.25 speed because it was driving me nuts at normal speed.

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Wrong narrator for this book

I loved the first book in the series with a different narrator. So I’m really disappointed that I can’t even finish this one because the narrator just destroys the book.

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Listen to this book on 1.25 narration speed

I have enjoyed both of Kate Hewitt books in this series. It’s refreshing to have layers of depth in the characters Kate portrays in her stories. Real world problems set in a quaint seaside setting offers the perfect mix between escape and realism. The narration was painfully slow, but when sped up to 1.2 speed it was perfect.

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Couldn’t even finish it!

The narration is horrible! The narrator puts emphasis on bizarre words. Her inflections are so flat! The conversations are so halting and unnatural that I sometimes checked to see if the book had somehow paused, before the next line would come! And with a slow-moving story, this narration makes it difficult to get past the irritation and get into the characters. Very unpleasant!

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Ugh! This narrator may be the worst one yet. I bet the story was good, but she made impossible for me to finish the book.

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Did not like Narrator!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I am not sure

What do you think your next listen will be?

I am searching for something that will hold my atttention

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She spoke so slow and flat. No character

What character would you cut from Now and Then Friends?

The Mother, Megan and the overbearing parents

Any additional comments?

Dull book