The Way Life Should Be

A Novel
Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
4 out of 5 stars (129 ratings)

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From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Orphan Train comes a novel of love, risk, and self-discovery.

Angela can feel the clock ticking. She is single in New York City, stuck in a job she doesn't want and a life that seems to have somehow just happened. She inherited a flair for Italian cooking from her grandmother, but she never seems to have the time for it - these days her oven holds only sweaters. Tacked to her office bulletin board is a photo from a magazine of a tidy cottage on the coast of Maine - a charming reminder of a life that could be hers if she could only muster the courage to go after it.

On a hope and a chance, Angela decides to pack it all up and move to Maine, finding the nudge she needs in the dating profile of a handsome sailor who loves dogs and Italian food. But her new home isn't quite matching up with the fantasy. Far from everything familiar, Angela begins to rebuild her life from the ground up. Working at a local coffeehouse, she begins to discover the pleasures and secrets of her new small-town community and, in the process, realizes there’s really no such thing as the way life should be.

©2007 Christina Baker Kline (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Simple story

The story was interesting. there was some language and sexually explicit content that did not need to be there with less detail would not have taken anything away from the story Personally I feel if you can do without the extra language and details then you should.

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Mainely the Best

The Way Life Should Be is the best book I have read this year. Of course, I may be prejudice since I grew up near Mount Desert Isle Maine and now live in New Jersey - the opposite journey of the main character Angela.

While this novel contained a few sex scenes, I wouldn't consider it a romance; more like Angela's life story with family drama, career decisions, new friendships and dating adventures. I could relate to Angela, a mature twenty something who wanted a more rewarding life, not just a husband and/or wealth.

I was sad when the book ended and hope there is a sequel in the future.

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eh

ut starts out slow and disappointing but had a strong middle and ok ending. I had much higher hopes after reading her last book. seemed like different authors

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Liked!

St first was disappointed but as story developed I could really enjoy it. Thank you.

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Well done but a little slow

Light on much suspense or anticipation in the plot. But it was well narrated pleasant to listen to.

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Yummy

I loved the story line but also the way the author weaves in the impact the grandmother had in her life. It also makes me want to take an Italian cooking class.

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Didn't want the book to end

I loved this book, loved the narrator. I got so involved with the characters that I didn't want the book to end.

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The narrator is awful

I was expecting more from the story. It's a delightful easy story but lacks the depth of the Orphan train. Not sure I will read any of her other books now
The narrator is terrible. I couldn't get past her improper pronunciation of the TT sound think mitten her pronunciation? mih-en Even some single Ts - Latin - La-in she mispronounced. Even espresso! She said expresso. It's a regional pronunciation so I looked up thinking she was an amateur but she has an MFA and has narrated 80 audio books. Unfortunately for me it took me out of the story with every mispronounced word. Probably won't bother others

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Eh...

The narrator drove me a bit batty; her accents and pronunciations were off. Nice story but a bit predictable.