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"If I want to get married and have a family (and I do), it's time for a plan!" (From Hallie McCarthy's diary)

The alarm on Hallie's biological clock is buzzing away. She's hitting the big three-0, and there's no prospect of marriage, no man in sight. But Hallie's an organized, goal-setting kind of person. She gives herself a year to meet Mr. Knight in Shining Armor. But all her dates are disasters. (There's the cheapskate and the sex fiend and - well, never mind.)

Too bad she can't just fall for her good-looking neighbor, Steve Marris. He's definitely not her type. Anyway, Steve's busy trying to win back his ex-wife, Mary Lynn, who's busy getting married - but not to Steve. Life would be so much simpler if he could fall for someone else. Like...Hallie.

They're friends, though - and sometimes friends become lovers. Sometimes friends become more....

©1997 Debbie Macomber (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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enjoyable

Pleasant story, likeable characters, enticing story. I was pulled in immediately and although I could predict some of the story line I couldn't keep from listening, until the end.

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Great story but disappointing content

I will buy any book with Debbie Macomber's name on it because I know it will be good and will be free of sexual details. Hence the reason this story was a little bit disappointing. Content was not explicit and was minimal but really not necessary. Macomber's work is a refreshing change from the majority of romance fiction out there. I feel like this book compromised the integrity of her work. I will continue to be a Macomber fan however I hope she holds strong to her beliefs and doesn't succumb to the pressure of sexual content to sell books.

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The speaker was not great.

The story was interesting but it seemed like it was spoken, in spots, by a computer. It was hard to get into the story because I kept thinking about it.

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Not bad, but definitely not great

First of all, I can not express how much the narrator’s voice grated on me. Her voice was basically robotic, and her version of the male voices were horrible. The way that she conveyed the character’s conversations had a very unrealistic feel to them too. She simply read the story (and didn’t do that well), she didn’t perform it as a good narrator does.

In terms of the story, it was just okay. It did hold my interest for the whole book, although it was predictable. I don’t mind that though, as long as I “enjoy the ride” so to speak, in getting to the end. Some of the vocabulary and terms the author used, I found to be a bit cringe worthy in their goofiness (real people don’t talk that way), but I got past it.

At the end of the day, I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more with a different narrator. Having said that, I will give another one of Debbie Macomber’s books a try.

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fluff

great summer listening, unfortunately it was a little long and a little too much fluff.

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Predictable

Not one of my favorite Debbie Macomber books!! The book was LONG the performance was grating on the ears after awhile, if an abridged version is available I would recommend getting it.

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Loved this book!!

My husband and I were so into this book. We kept discussing what we thought would happen. It definitely kept our attention!

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Emotional and Fulfilling

What a great read! I was laughing so hard at times. Once again Debbie created such a great get away and yet so much reality that you can't help but get emotionally attached. I loved it!

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Great book

Narrators seem to struggle with voice tones for multiple characters. Very good story but it sound forced and I love Debbie McCumber books.

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Love Debbie Macomber

This is another book by Debbie Macomber that I find hard to stop until I'm done. Debbie writes books that I wouldn't worry about one of my grandchildren getting hold of and get they aren't so marshmallow that I would lose interest.