In 1948, 21-year-old Shannon Lyons immigrated to America, and was hired as a waitress at The Crater Lake National Park Lodge in Oregon. That same summer, an Italian bus boy, Johnny Marino, is returning for his third summer. It takes some time for Johnny to work up the nerve to ask the beautiful new waitress out on a date.
A few dates, hikes, and picnics later, the two are celebrating Shannon's birthday and take a sunset drive to see Phantom Ship Island. Everyone has one summer in their life that stands out above the rest. For Johnny and Shannon, the summer of 1948 was one of those summers.
This was a short, pleasant story that had me wishing it was longer.
I found that the narrator did a good job telling the story, but I do wonder why one would choose to have a British narrator for this story? It is set in America, and the main character is Scottish. And two supporting characters are from Brooklyn and the southern US - both of which would have very distinct accents, neither of which were done well by an otherwise pleasant narrator. I did find that distracting.
Would you listen to Always Kiss Me Goodbye again? Why?
A quick easy listen Audiobook
This story is set just after world war two and is about Shannon, a Scottish immigrant that takes a summer job waitressing in a holiday lodge in Oregon. USA. While there she meets Johnny, an Italian immigrant and romance ensues, which of course, has its ups and downs. The performance and story are both good and will keep you listening to find out whether the couple will go their separate ways at the end of the summer.
Well worth a listen.
What about Alice Parsloe’s performance did you like?
Good performance and character voices.
One of the great things about audiobooks is when you get to hear the book come to life. Accents, when warranted by character, should be present. It's the essence of an audiobook.
The main character in this novella is the epitome of 'fresh off the boat' and yet that never comes across in the narration. That was disappointing.
The story was sweet and not too intricate so it lent itself to a light weekend read. I just wished my main female character was presented as the just-arrived-from-Scotland-young-lass that she was.
I loved the romance in this story, it was beautifully contrasted by the dating that Shannon's roommates were doing. I also really enjoyed the glimpse into life post WWII in both America and Scotland.
The narrator did a fantastic job with the accents and character voices and helped me fall in love with Johnny as much as Shannon did.
The setting was beautifully described and the whole story was enjoyable.
I haven't read the other books in the series but that didn't seem to matter, I will be adding them to my wish list though.
I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.
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Always Kiss Me Goodbye is a sweet romance set in Oregon in 1948. Shannon comes to the United States, from Scotland, in hopes of a better life. While working as a waitress, she meets Johnny, an Italian-American. This is their story.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
I loved this book. It’s a light, sweet romance that is very well written. The narration was good, too. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.
Always Kiss Me Goodbye is a sweet, short listen coming in at just under two hours. This is the story of Shannon, who has recently traveled to the US from Scotland to work as a waitress at the Crater Lake National Park lodge, and Johnny, a nice Italian boy from New York, who is coming back for his third season of work there.
Alice Parsloe did a decent job narrating, though I much preferred her regular reading voice over Johnny's weird accent. The accent used for Shannon wasn't bad though. It wasn't anything that kept me from listening and I didn't find myself being distracted from his accent. I would definitely listen to more performances from her if she reads as she did when reading the regular narration though!
The story itself was sweet and I would definitely consider listening to more of Ms. Riva's books in the future. There is nothing at all that should offend even the most modest readers, and I can definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a sweet, quick listen. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.