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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
No. The combination of the heavy Christian slant and the voice of one of the narrators spoiled this experience for me. I might listen to another Marie Bostwick book, now that I know it's Christian fiction--I'd just tune out the heavy-handed parts, just as I do with overdone sex scenes--but I won't listen to another book from this narrator.
What other book might you compare Ties That Bind to and why?
Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street books.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Xe Sands sounds tired, bored and condescending, which results in the narrator coming across as passive and tired. If I'd noticed she was one of the narrators I would not have purchased the book.
Do you think Ties That Bind needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
I liked the characters and the story. Regular church-going choir member that I am, the heavy-handed Christian elements were quite a bit too much for me.
Any additional comments?
If a book is Christian (or any other heavy-handed religious) fiction, please state that up front so customers are not unpleasantly surprised.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
I really enjoy this series about women quilting together, sharing their faith, their joys and their sorrows . . . I am not a huge fan of narrator, Xe Sands, whose voice tends to be whiny at times, but this book, it wasn't as grating . . . the family dynamics of Mari and Margot with their parents was gut wrenching BEFORE Mari's untimely death, and even more so afterward, when Margot's father took it upon himself to fight for custody of young Olivia, despite the fact that Mari clearly left instructions that she wanted her sister, Margot to raise her little girl . . . many ethical dilemmas were presented as the family visited little Olivia in the hospital following the accident, and prepared for the legal battle over custody . . . including an unscrupulous social worker and lazy court system . . . and in the midst of the fight comes a lady pastor, as precious as can be, and a nice, nice man who catches the eye of 40-year-old Margot . . . who has recently sworn off romantic relationships entirely . . . this is a clean, Christian story . . . with a wonderful circle of quilting friends . . . and plenty of wonderful surprises along the way . . . God is good . . . all the time . . .
1 of 1 people found this review helpful