The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 3
For four of the best summers of his young life, Luke Harris was in love with Sydney Donovan, a wealthy seasonal visitor to Gansett Island. Then Sydney went off to college and never came back. She married another man and had two children while Luke remained on the island, working at McCarthy's Gansett Marina and wondering what had gone wrong between him and the only woman he ever loved. Fifteen months after Sydney suffers the tragic loss of her husband and children, she's returned to Gansett to figure out what's next, and that may very well be a rekindled love affair with the one man from her past she’s never forgotten. But is she ready for a second chance at love?
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Characters come to life
I have read all of Marie's book & I am a huge fan but listening to her books makes the characters come to life & helps my housework go so much quicker. The narrators do a fantastic job with the different character's "voice", never monotone but with depth & emphasis! Love them all, Marie... Keep them coming!!!
- J. Varieur
Lukewarm story, flat delivery
I usually go through series one after the other especially if/when the price is right (books that are whispersync enabled) - case in point my all time favorites, Kirsten Ashley, Kristen Proby, Susan Elizabeth Philips, and to some extent Marie Force. So there is usually a reason why I would skip books in series or why I don't listen to the series one after another. It's taking me awhile to go through this series and I now remember why - there's too much going on. I get that Marie introduces the next characters in the current book, but the stories sometimes gets discombobulated. Luke's and Syd's story didn't seem to grasp my interest that much - they have a luke-warm relationship even the supposed to be hot scenes seem uninteresting (unlike Hoping for Love, Book 5 which I liked the best). I guess there was a reason why I skipped 3 and 4 and read 5 after reading 1 and 2.
thought Luke and Syd's story would be too hard to listen to because of Syd's loss, so I prepared myself to listen to it. I was ready for some angst -darnIT. But there was no angst - just a couple walking on eggshells and the narrator reading about a bunch of unhappy people. I don't know what it is, but I don't think Holly Fielding was able to project the varied emotions that was needed for the story. If felt like Syd and Luke were always sad - even the love scenes had the same cadence no excitement at all. All in all this book is SAD (yes I mean disappointing) because the couple walked gingerly around each other for most of the book and the narrator's delivery was flat. I feel like I wasted my time on this.