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I've been reading/listening to so many love stories this past month that just had the usual ending...blah
Barefoot in Lace is a book I completely forgot I downloaded & thought last night was the time to read/listen. I was up all night...I finished this morning. It was touching, emotional, and a true gut-wrenching, see right through the person you want to know for a life partner...love story.
It wasn't ’bubblegum’ or sex on every other page, mind you there is sex, but not literally every time they see each otger. Sure, the sex was discussed, lingered verbally about, but its what a couple that's totally infatuated with each other does, flirt and then some. Hence the word infatuated with..’Gussy’ is a true energetic almost 30 yr old that doesn't want her heart broken but in reality, can't let down her past that she's hiding from. She meets Tom, a by himself raising his niece Alex because his sister had just died. He is a famous photographer & travels all over the world. Alex cannot be reached through her ’mask’ & basically doesn't want to be living with Tom.
’Gussy’ has a bridal beach business with her friends & basically bumps into Tom in the street. She hooks up with him later because she needs a photographer. He likes her energetic, bouncy self and she likes his gorgeous tattooed body...total infatuation...until...all 3 of them need their ’masks’ taken off in order to be free.
I do have to admit I wanted to knock a bit of sense into Alex, she just wouldn't & couldn't let Tom in, she loved ’Gussys’ personality because she acted like a kid, Tom needed that, but they soon need more from each other.
I adored I mean truly adored Jessica Almasy as the narrator! She was Gussy! She was Tom! Her voice was whoever she took on, and that's why I listen to books! I want to feel like I'm there, in the story and imagining the narrator taking the entire book on, not just certain parts.
One more thing, this book is about taking our ’masks’ off. We all have thsm, they're hidden wherever we want them, and if we don't want to change we’ll always remain the same...FYI from me. 👍
I highly recommend and it's a true 5+++++stars..just beautiful.
The story was so intriguing I was able to bite the bullet and finish but if Jessica Almasy is narrating your other books, I won't be buying them.
Her voice is shrill, she runs on between characters so you don't know who is speaking unless the writer had indicated the speaker, and sometimes speech turned out to be thoughts but also in a manner so it appeared the character was speaking until they contradicted what was said and it was revealed to be only their thoughts. Just overall horrid.
I will definitely read the other books from this author, but I will be noting Jessica as a "definitely won't buy any audiobooks she narrates".
Would you consider the audio edition of Barefoot in Lace to be better than the print version?
In this case the printed version of the book was far better than the audio version
Who was your favorite character and why?
All the characters were equally favoured, which is the sign of good penmanship
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator speaks way too fast, as if she is on an express train, and can't wait to finish the story, it diminishes the romance of the story. Roxanne St Clare is a great author but this audio has been spoilt by the narrator.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?
Please choose narrators carefully, when trying to sell these books to an English audience, use English narrators
I have listened to, and loved, the first book in this series. I am currently enjoying listening to the third. But I could not finish this book, the second book in the series.
I am sorry to be so critical but the narrator is awful. She speaks so fast that sometimes you could hear her almost tripping over her own words. The h’s voice was like a pre-pubescent teenager, and the H’s voice was murmured in such a low tone I had to keep adjusting my volume control to hear what he said. Emotional scenes were stripped of all feeling as the narrator spoke so rapidly that any sentiment or feeling was lost in the rush to get to the end of each paragraph. I got as far as chapter five and gave up. Very,very disappointing. The rest of the series is great. This one I will buy on my kindle and delete the audio version. Annoying waste of a credit.