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It's not very often that you come across a book that has everything, mystery, love, good flow, and an amazing narrator but this one has it all! I decided to get this book on a whim, not having read anything by the author before or knowing much about the storyline. I can only stand amazed at the beauty of this book. Time travel romance has been getting popular in the past few years but it is hard to find books that have good enough flow to really convince the reader. Outlander and The Time Travelers Wife both were able to do this beautifully, and now the Overseas story is going to join those prestigious ranks. This story is wholesome without smut although I was a little surprised by the amount of cursing due to the fact that the author was very conservative for the love scenes. None of the love scenes were described in much detail, just the before and after but it does flow nicely. Leaving the details to the imagination of the reader/listener. I, myself usually like a nice steamy love scene and although I was a little disappointed none were included I still enjoyed the reading. The story is classically romantic and the narrator is absolutely AMAZING! January LaVoy has the ability to really bring this story to life. I think it was the first time I've been able to really feel the teasing affection between to characters in such detail. I was very impressed with her, the writing was excellent but January LaVoy really made the story live and breath. I highly recommend this book for anyone that likes classic romance without a lot of detailed love scenes.
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Move over, "50 Shades", there's a new Twilight fanfic in town! I'm really surprised that no one has mentioned this yet but Julian is basically a British Edward Cullen. He's an overbearing, filthy rich piano prodigy who is so beautiful that Kate can't stop talking about it. Kate is Bella Swan. She's a swooning damsel-in-distress who is gorgeous but doesn't realize it and although book smart, does a ridiculous number of frustratingly stupid things. That's not to mention how many plot points seem to be a direct rip-off of events from "Twilight". I won't list them out to avoid spoilers but trust me, it's true - especially in the first half of the book.
Other than "Twilight", it also reminded me of "The Time Traveler's Wife" and "My Name Is Memory" mixed together. I enjoyed how descriptive it was (all of the gushing over Julian's looks aside) but the plot is pretty iffy. The impetus for the time travel is farfetched and bizarre at best. And while it was nice that everything wrapped up neatly, it was annoying that it all happened via a conversation between two characters.
I seem to be in the minority here but I didn't like the narration at all. The voice she does for Alicia seems like it would have fit Kate better. Kate sounds a little too old. And her male voices are terrible. Charlie sounds like a surfer. Julian sounds a little stodgy - definitely nothing like the leonine god he is described as over and over.
Overall, this was an OK listen. If a sequel came along, I might give it a shot although I'd definitely read it rather than listen to it if the narrator remains the same.
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You keep shifting timelines in this. Kate and Julian are getting it together, but they seem to have met before in France. Is it a case of past lives or time travel? I can't give too much away without spoiling the plot.
I would say that the English accents were pretty dodgy and this book is a case of 'maybe the abridged version would be better'.
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