Starting From Scratch

Narrated by: Georgia Beers
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.5 out of 5 stars (765 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What happens when your life takes an unexpected turn? What happens when you need to protect the one you love from the one you want to love? What happens when you lose something you never knew you wanted? Lambda and Golden Crown Literary Award-winning author Georgia Beers brings to you her long-awaited seventh novel, Starting from Scratch, a story where learning, laughing, loving, and baked goods are just a few of life’s basic ingredients. Starting from Scratch…where life is what you make it.

©2010 Georgia Beers (P)2012 Dog Ear Audio

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Better than expected

At first, I was hesitant, but I like other Georgia Beers books so I gave it a shot. The narrating was different than I'm used to, and I almost stopped listening because of it. Once I accepted that just because the narration was different than I was used to, it didn't mean it was bad. In fact, it was great and I was so caught up with the characters that I found myself laughing and crying with them. The ending was bitter sweet, but felt very real. This was the most realistic love story in this genre that I've ever read.

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Simply Wonderful!

I sit here sobbing, my heart hurting and filled with joy for Avery & Alena at the same time. I have to start by saying that with the exception of the rating with stars at the end of books, (I mean, who would care what I think of a book... Right?) I have never left a review of a book. But I have never felt so compelled to do so as right now.

I do tend to "love" almost all the books in this genre after I've finished them. But this book is BY FAR the best I've read by Georgia Beers! Idk if it was the fact that she narrated it herself or not, (which I do prefer to hear books read by the author ... Stories seem to have that, idk... lil somethin extra that you don't get when it's not read by the one who wrote it. Even the best of performers) but I have read/listened to all of Ms. Beers novels on Audible thus far & this book is...really wonderful.

Georgia Beers writes & in this case narrates in such a way that I felt I was IN the story. Maybe its how she creates real life characters with everyday conflicts & combine that with a storyline that you don't necessarily see coming a mile away, which can be difficult in this genre at times.

In my opinion this the BEST novel I've read so far by Georgia Beers, & I said that same thing last week when I finished "Olive Oil & White Bread."
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Great Book!!

I really enjoyed this book, I think the author did a great job with the flow of the book. I will read others of hers ;-)

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Good story

This book was entertaining and genuine! A Very sweet story that I didn't want to end.

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Probably enjoyable if parenting interests you!

If you could sum up Starting From Scratch in three words, what would they be?

Children, parenting, tee-ball (and a small portion of lesbian romance)

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have focused more on the romance part. The plot deals mostly with parenting issues and with kids in various forms. I don't have much interest in parenting or kids and find this book kinda dull.

If you could rename Starting From Scratch, what would you call it?

Dating a woman with a kid

Any additional comments?

I have read both "Too Close to Touch" and "96 hours" which are great books. If you are as disinterested in parenting as me you should read those instead. If parenting interests you I think you'll like this book.

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  • 01-19-16

Beers captures the reader

This book is one of my favorites of Georgia Beers. It's a treat to enjoy the audio version because she's narrating.

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Narration hindered the story

The story was neat, characters pretty interesting, but the narration was very choppy. . No offense to the author, but maybe she should stick to writing and let the voice talent do the reading. It may have been a money saving measure, but it was nearly a story killing measure.

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great book, read by author not amazing

dont get me wrong. this book is fun and exciti g and well paced. the characters had me invested. i laughed and cried. love the story just wish it had been longer.
my only real issue with the audio book is that it was read by someone whose reading drew attention to itself. she actually did a great job. she told the story well and didnt detract from it. but there is a reason voice actors do this stuff. they are really good at it and ms beers you are a great writer. i love your books. you really did a good job and delivered well. i just enjoy them more when its not you reading them. the pacing seemed off and the reading drew attention to itself so much it was distracting.

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Another great book!

I love Georgia Beers' work! This on resonates personally. The characters are real. They have flaws and are quite easy to relate. I've read this book many times and now I listen to it on Audible. Definitely recommend.

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This book is fantastic!!!

This book is fantastic!!! I love the way it was written that I was able to connect to the the writer and the book. Also because it was read by the author gave it an even better depth.

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  • Sandy
  • 11-04-15

Snorted!

The author uses the word snorted (and variants thereof) LIBERALLY. It grated but that's just me.

Also a lot of stating the obvious when dialogue had already done it's job.

Whilst this isn't a literary work of art... it's a sweet little love story all the same.

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  • Mandy
  • 02-20-19

Amazing

This book is amazing. I loved the characters and the storyline touched me as I'm still raw from greif. The music was nice and comforting and the narrator was great. would highly recommend this book.

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  • Billie
  • 11-29-17

Another great listen

I have to say that this was one of the most enjoyable books I've listened to in the last few weeks can't wait for the next book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-17

it grows on you

I'll be honest the stories good if a little predictable. it's sweet and made me feel all fluffy inside.

well read too, though originally I was hesitant about Georgia Beers narrating, I think it worked well, like I said, it grows on you.

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  • Rachel
  • 04-07-16

Emotional journey of love, loss, and family

I have had this title in my library for a little while and didn't get to it straight away as the synopsis was less than thrilling to be honest. But lets face it, it's Georgia and she always does right by us. I was also thrilled to note that she is the narrator and did a wonderful job and i have to say it made it a little extra special as i knew each tone and voice was presented as the author intended. It really did make a difference.
What a wonderful story of the journey for these two girls to find their happy ending (no spoiler intended - you knew it was going to be) I love the honesty between Avery and Alena and Georgia drawing you into their world so completely. I could be biased as i'm sitting here in tears having just finished it, but not needing more as the story was so well done and well rounded. I have laughed out loud, giggled, sympathised and cried through this one, Georgia is just that good at sweeping us along with her.
WELL WORTH THE CREDIT. I will read this one again and again. Thanks Georgia Beers.

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