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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-18

A real story about real size people and their struggles.

I actually cried listening to the excellent narration (Xe Sands is my favorite) of this wonderful story about the stigma placed on fat people, who through no fault of their own become addicted to food as a substitute for love. Yet the main characters manage to overcome what haunted them. Also the cultural obsession with body perfection, mental stability , and people with anger issues is touched upon. A REAL romance novel with all the terrible situations life throws at us. The characters find the will to go on.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-18

Another good story in the series

I really enjoy the interconnected stories of the Chesapeake Diaries. The characters are full bodied and each plot is different. I sill really miss narration by Xe Sands. She made voices much more authentic than Joy Osmanski does. The poor narration takes a little something away from my enjoyment. The characters’ voices all sound the same.😕

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Good story,awful narration

I have enjoyed the Chesapeake Diaries series. However,I sorely missed the excellent narration of Xe Sands. Joy Osmanski could read well, but didn’t even come close to lending the right tone or accents of the characters,especially Ruby and Grace. The story was as good as previous in series, but the poor narration took away from the books’s enjoyment. I’m looking forward to the release of book 12,,but unfortunately it is to have the same narrator.👎

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Indiana Jones on steroids!

I really enjoyed the non-stop adventures and thrills of the three characters. The narration was good. I thought it was more inventive than Dan Brown’s books. I love the possibilities they evoked and especially the good triumphs over evil endings!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-18

Dysfunctional families and real characters.

Too often in today’s Facebook world where everyone posts pictures of Norman Rockwell perfectly smiling children and smiling adults, it’s a breath of fresh air to discover Anne Tyler’s quirky characters with dysfunctional families and characters who don’t fit into a cookie cutter mold of happiness. I can relate to Willa who grows up with a kind father but a seemingly bipolar mother and little sister who grows up devoid of feelings.As Willa grows, she tries to please everyone-2 overbearing, insensitive husbands, two self absorbed sons. Until she meets an endearing cast of characters through a misunderstanding leading her to Baltimore and finally her sel awareness. Thank you Anne Tyler for always keeping it real!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-18

Terrible narration

Could have been a decent story, but the narration was horrible- terrible southern accents, and the characters’s voices all sounded the same.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Russia -a tragic nation

To learn of the innocence of the Romanov sisters,I find Russia a horrible country filled with tragedy. The last czar was almost naive of the suffering of Russia’s people. World War I and their people’s deaths in the millions, sparked by starvation and misery, it is no wonder there was a revolution. That one, especially the British, came to the I imperials aid is all the more criminal. Corruption, violence and brutality continues today. How sad.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-18

Second chance

I really liked this book. Perhaps I’m about the same age as Marcy and could relate to her issues of stale long marriage, empty nest, and passing of parents. Marcy is lucky to have good kids and friends. She is also lucky to have a second chance to live her life as she really wants after numerous stressful changes. She is a smart, plucky character with a snarky sense of humor to which I could relate. I found her awful husband’s business of ladies’ lingerie funny.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-18

A book every parent of today’s teens should read.

We live in a world of fast paced technology and social media. Many parents have no clue how destructive social media and instant videos can be. I wouldn’t say I enjoyed this book because its subject matter is so disturbing. It’s a story with deceptive characters whose money greases their path of selfish greed and horrible behavior. It is also the story of characters with strong moral sense and fortitude to stand up against lies and hurtful behavior. Character is lacking in today’s society. This book reminds us there are still good people.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-18

More complex than Girl on a Train

Gripped me from the beginning. It’s not often that I’ve had a book with a character with agoraphobia brought on by complications. She is under treatment, but this shines the light on the difficulties suffered by anxiety disorders-self-medication, hit or miss medication prescribed by therapists who rally do not understand the paralyzing effects of mental illness. Add a psychological thriller aspect to the novel and I was riveted. I did guess at on plot twist, but did not see the end coming. Moral-never judge a book by its cover. The film noir references were spot on, paralleling the plot.

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0 of 1 people found this review helpful