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Letters From Wishing Rock is a 2013 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree.
What would happen if everyone in town lived in the same building? Ruby Parker is about to find out. Her fiancé has left her and she needs a fresh start, so she moves to Wishing Rock, Washington, a small town on Dogwinkle Island in the waters near Seattle, where she meets a quirky cast of characters who quickly become family. Letters between the neighbors and their friends chronicle the twists and turns of the characters’ daily lives. There’s Jake, a handsome and charming first-year medical student who catches Ruby’s eye from the start, despite his being over a decade younger. Millie, a Wishing Rock resident for 40 years, runs the town’s library, post office, newsletter, and grocery store, knows everyone and everything, and shares the history of the area with her playful wit. World traveler and psychic Alexandra bestows insight and wisdom with humor and compassion, and Ruby’s Gran heads to the United Kingdom, heeding her own advice to seize the day. And then there’s Ed; if something fun is going on, the grandson of the town’s founding father is likely at the center of it. Amidst all this action, Ruby manages to find passion and companionship, but will she be able to open her heart to love?
Online dating, a group trip to Scotland, a discussion about dogwinkles, a fateful hoedown, and friendships old and new, all interspersed with recipes from some of the town’s best cooks, make Wishing Rock come alive in this delightful and insightful look at life, love, relationships, and community.
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By Elizabeth L. on 10-23-14
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Letters from Wishing Rock is the story of Ruby. She moves to the island town after a break up with her fiance. Wishing Rock is unique because the entire town's population lives in one building. Through emails, news letters and texts, we learn about life in Wishing Rock.
I really enjoyed the concept of this book. Each character in the book is able to give their own spin on situations and events that happen during the story. The personality of the characters are well developed. Ruby and Jake were my favorite tho Gran was close on their heels.
Ms. Williams' narration was a great addition to the story. She read each email, text and news letter in the voice of the person writing it. She also drew me into the story and I couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next.
I would recommend this book to my friends.
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By bec on 01-30-15
Not for me
This just did not work for me, I don't believe this book works as an audiobook, why not?
To start with, the emails, I found it so annoying when the narrator, instead of just saying "re" would pronounce it as "Are Eee". OK, maybe my annoyance was irrational, but nevertheless, annoyed and irritated I was. As the book is all about emails, my irritation like Topsy, just growed and growed until I could listen no more!
Then the recipes, all in American of course, "a cup of this a stick of butter plus one tablespoon", conversion is not normally a problem, but having to keep rewinding as it were, in order to transcribe the recipes, well just too much trouble really.
These annoyances prevented me from actually listening to what may well be an interesting story, indeed, the book editions have some very good reviews so don't let me put you off.
Other than the "re. v Are Eee" business, I thought the narrator did a good job, pleasant voice, good gender changes and characterisations.
I would not normally post an unfavourable review, however, this audiobook was gifted to me specifically for a review in exchange.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful