Sophie Honeywell always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one who got away. He was the perfect boyfriend, but on the day he was going to propose, she broke his heart. A year later he married his travel agent, while Sophie has been mortifyingly single ever since. Now Thomas is back in her life because Sophie has unexpectedly inherited his Aunt Connie's house on Scribbly Gum Island - home of the famously unsolved Munro Baby mystery. Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret.
Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger. And dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it's about time she started making her own decisions. As Sophie's life becomes increasingly complicated, she discovers that sometimes you have to stop waiting around and come up with your own fairy-tale ending.
"A stunner several shades darker than typical chick lit... Moriarty's prose turns from funny through poignant to frightening in an artful snap." (Publishers Weekly)
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The Narration is Lovely!
As a general rule, I don't make on-line comments. However, there was so much negative feedback about the narrator that I almost didn't buy this VERY enjoyable book. I rather wondered if the power of suggestion started an avalanche of negative comments?
I thought that Heather Wilds' work was every bit as good as the other Moriarty narrators. The book itself isn't quite up to "Big Little Lies", but then it was written 10 years earlier.
I think it would be a real shame if Moriarty fans missed out simply because they'd gotten swept up in the commentary about the narration. Like all things in life, we need to open our minds to new voices and interpretations!
Such a disappointment after "Big Little Lies"
The best part of this book was the storyline of the character, Grace. The WORST part of this was the performance. The narrator was absolutely terrible. Her dreary voice made me so depressed, and cast a web over the story that made it impossible to smile through. I cannot believe after the success of Liane Moriarty, that the producers could not figure out a better performer for this title. Wow! HUGE mistake!
Yes, because I love her books. The story here isn't that bad. It does tend to drag on a bit toward the end, and I wasn't exactly thrilled with some of the plot twists, but it was entertaining.
Caroline Lee is THE BEST reader for Liane Moriarty's stories, hands down. Because of this performance, I will likely never listen to Heather Wilds again. I can't imagine her reading anything in an appropriate manner.....except a eulogy at the world's longest funeral.
If I had something else I was really dying to read, I probably would have stopped listening, and returned the book.
I was just REALLY disappointed with the performance here. The story was just okay, but the performance could have definitely made a positive difference on the overall quality. I cannot believe that anyone purposefully made the choice to use this performer as opposed to Caroline Lee, who does such a fantastic job on Liane Moriarty's works.