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When Life Happened

Narrated by: Tia Rider Sorensen
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (158 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Parker Cruse despises cheaters. It might have something to do with her boyfriend sleeping with her twin sister. After a wedding day prank involving a strong laxative, that ends the already severed relationship between the twins, Parker decides to grow up and act 26. Step one: Move out of her parents' house. Step two: Find a job. Opportunity strikes when she meets her new neighbor, Gus Westman. He's an electrician with Iowa farm-boy values and a gift for saying her name like it's a dirty word. He also has a wife. Sabrina Westman, head of a successful engineering firm, hires Parker as her personal assistant. Driven to be the best assistant ever, Parker vows to stay focused, walk the dog, go to the dry cleaners, and not kiss Gus - again. Step three: Don't judge. Step four: Remember - when life happens, it does it in a heartbeat.

©2017 Jewel E. Ann (P)2017 Jewel E. Ann

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  • Cyndi
  • Beautiful Michigan
  • 09-10-17

✫✫ 3.5 Stars ✫✫

This is a hard book to review! I loved a lot about it but I didn't love a few things too.
I'll start by saying I loved the basic story line. The author did an amazing job telling this story. I loved Parker when she first met new people, she was snarky, honest and fun. The time line in this book is what I think made it hard for me. If this story took place over a few years I would have LOVED it but it was really only a few months and that made it very hard for me to get on board with the love story. I do not like insta-love and this book has it times 2!! About 4 hours into this book I was wondering if it was supposed to all about the shock value. Because yes, there is "I didn't see that coming" in a huge way but I couldn't see where the book was going from there with 5 hours left to go. I found this book to be pretty depressing most of the time. And don't get me started on the sex scenes lol I was getting whiplash, either you have closed door sex scenes or you have details, you do not have graphic details then SLAM the door closes, that was a little odd for me.

I think if I had known before starting it that this book was sad and it had a shocking moment I would have loved it and like I said above If it had a longer timeline I would be screaming from the rooftops about it but instead I was left feeling a little unemotional about the characters because I couldn't get on board with the love they had for each other and after a huge WOW moment in the middle, the rest of the book fell a little flat for me.

The narration was great, She was perfect for all the characters and spot on the entire time!

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  • Misty
  • Washington
  • 07-30-17

Excellent writing

My first comment is about the writing because my review about the storyline is going to take some time. So the writing is excellent. The plot and characters are intelligent and well thought out. Jewel E Ann painted such vivid scenery in my mind, I was so impressed. I thoroughly enjoyed the flow and pace of the book as well.

When thinking about the meat and potatoes of the story, I have a lot to say that might save the next listener from the surprise, shock and awe I experienced while I listened. While the blurb and the little one liner on the front of the book talk about falling for the neighbors husband... it's kind of misleading. If you were to take like 50 steps back, yes. I can see how it is about that. But up close and personal, no. Not really. I won't go into detail what it is about, but just be prepared for there to be so much more.

Also, be prepared for about 70% of the book to be sad. There are some pretty intense highs and happy moments but mostly it's navigating through a lot of pain. I was really surprised, necessarily in a bad ways I just wasn't expecting.

Tia Rider Sorensen did an amazing job. This is a straight third person book, which means that Tia always had to be on. The sound quality was good with no outside noise or swallowing or popping. I really was impressed with the narration, all the way around.

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Okay

I love the story itself but seriously could have done without the gratuitous sexy scenes.

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"Today is my Favorite Day"

Okay. So this book took me on a roller coaster. I hated it, but did not want to stop reading it. I had such a mix of emotions. I thought that Jewel did a great job in her writing. She build this life between all the characters that your felt invested in knowing what happens next. The book drew me and and held my attention until it was done. I loved how the story was so intertwined. Great story!

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Loved it

What an amazing story. When Life Happened was an emotional, heartbreaking story that will have you hooked from start to finish. The story was filled with angst and emotions and so many twists and turns, it will leave you in shock.
The narrator Tia Rider Sorensen did an excellent job with the characters and brought the story to life. I loved this novel and would highly recommend it.

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Wonderful

This story is full of struggle, emotion and full of twists and turns. It’s also full of forgiveness and so much love!

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Torn

This has been on my tbr forever. I am torn at how it turned out. I get the plot, but dang it sure is heartbreaking. I will definitely be reading more of her work.

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Awesome book with amazing narration

This story was everything I didn’t know I was missing. I thought it was one thing and it was a completely different thing. I loved this book. Worth every second of my time!

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HEA with surprises

Well written story about love and life - it has colors and textures that bring both joy and tears.

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So good!!!

OMG! I FLOVE THIS BOOK! This is a first read for me by Jewel and I can't wait to read more. I would highly recommend going in blind reading this. DON'T READ ANY SPOILERS, it's not what you think. The narration I got used to since I felt when Tia was monotone at times in the book, but otherwise I got over it.