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Publisher's Summary

From the author of If Wishes Were Horses comes a novel of long-buried secrets and self-discovery, showing us that sometimes what goes unsaid is more powerful than words....
Chelsea Enright never expected to inherit her grandmother's lakeside cottage deep in the Adirondacks - a serene getaway that had been mysteriously closed up decades ago. This is no simple bequest, however, because when Chelsea finds her grandmother's World War II diaries, she's stunned to discover that they hold secrets she never suspected - and they have the power to turn her own life upside down.
Even more surprising is the compelling presence of local doctor Brandon Yale, and Chelsea soon finds her "short stay" has stretched into the entire summer. She cannot put this cottage and her family's past behind her easily - and the more she learns about the woman her grandmother truly was, the more Chelsea's own life begins to change. And nothing will ever be the same again.
©2012 Robert Newcomb (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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2 out of 5 stars
By Patti on 02-04-14

Oh Lordy

I do wish I kept track of why I purchase what I purchase. I have no clue about this one. The story is awful enough but the narration makes it even worse. I went back to see what else I have listened to by this narrator. She was sappy in them as well, but not so bad as in this story.

Granted, both of my grandmothers had died before I was born so I know little of the joy of having one in my life. But this was too far fetched, even for romance novels. I will warn readers I am about to do a spoiler alert.

Generations do differ but not to the point in this story. War time made things very different. So Grandma fell in love while hubby is off at war. Then when he dies, she consummates the love. And then she leaves him, and they both suffer forever ...apart. And this is devastating to granddaughter? Really? And what was all the big deal about this devastating car accident that was irrelevant to the plot.

And granddaughter convinces next door neighbor guy to read it with her? And he is as excited about the suspense (not!) as she is? Oh come on. And of course he has a horrific love history that he gets over oh so quickly for her. And this relates how to Grandma's story?

I could go on and on but others have expressed these faults well. The whole book was really awful and made worse by the terrible narration. She distinguishes characters nicely. But everything is so sugary, sappy sweet!! Yuck!!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Simone on 07-01-13

Barfety Barf Barf

Holy Moly that was one bad book.

I was expecting something along the lines of a WW2 intrigue based on quotes like this in the description: “when Chelsea finds her grandmother's WWII diaries, she's stunned to discover that they hold secrets she never suspected . . . and they have the power to turn her own life upside down”.

I never suspected it was a romance! I thought she’d discover her granny was a spy or worked in a secret government department during the war and lead rescues attempts or was a hidden Nazi! Something INTRESTING! Nope, I was duped. (I really have to learn to read more customer reviews before buying!!)

I hate romances; they are just not my thing. I find them boring and slow and melodramatic and cliché… is it just because I haven’t read a good one? I decided to give this one a go because I was fairy certain I could get through it in one day and I don’t have anything else downloaded right now that I’m dying to read.

I really hated it. The start was just blatant exposition, I didn’t care about any of the characters; I found them all stupid, the dialogue was sappy “She urgently wanted him to leave yet desperately wanted him to stay”. Barf. Everything felt set-up and contrived and dumb and predictable... you could basically guess the next steps in the story as you read along, it’s was all so cliché and unoriginal!!

The basic plot made no sense me: If someone bequeaths you a cottage and gives you secret letter with instructions that leads to the discovery of a secret journal are you REALLY going to PURPOSEFULLY delay reading the journal? Are you going read the entries slowly over the course of a few days? NO. You’re going to rip into it on the spot and devour it in one sitting - don’t tell me otherwise. I think even the author suspected readers might think the same thing and that’s why he makes a point of explaining and justifying Chelsea’s intention to read the journal this way. Ridiculous.

In addition, she really needs to see cardiologist. Evert 5 minutes something is tugging at her heart… that might be serious.

The narration only gets one star from me because of my #1 irritation (I am quoting myself from previous reviews): a narrator who doesn’t have a knack for foreign languages or accents. In this case it was French. It was terrible.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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