Evening Stars : Blackberry Island

  • by Susan Mallery
  • Narrated by Cristina Panfilio
  • Series: Blackberry Island
  • 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery returns to Blackberry Island with the poignant tale of two sisters on the verge of claiming their dreams.
Small-town nurse Nina Wentworth has made a career out of being a caretaker. More "Mom" than their mother ever was, she sacrificed medical school - and her first love - so her sister could break free. Which is why she isn't exactly thrilled to see Averil back on Blackberry Island, especially when Nina's life has suddenly become…complicated. Nina unexpectedly finds herself juggling two men - her high school sweetheart and a younger maverick pilot who also wants to claim her heart. But as fun as all this romance is, Nina has real life to deal with.
Averil doesn't seem to want the great guy she's married to, and doesn't seem to be making headway writing her first book; their mom is living life just as recklessly as she always has; and Nina's starting to realize that the control she once had is slipping out of her fingers. Her hopes of getting off the island seem to be stretching further away…until her mother makes a discovery that could change everything forever.
But before Nina and Averil can reach for the stars, they have to decide what they want. Will Averil stay? Will Nina leave? And what about the men who claim to love them? Does love heal, or will finding their happy ending mean giving up all they've ever wanted?


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Customer Reviews

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This was ok, but not as good as the first 2 books

The audiobook narrator was ok but I prefer other narrators.

This is book 3 in the Blackberry Island Trilogy. Each book can be read as a stand alone. This author has written many romances which are primarily about relationships between men and women. For a change in this series she is writing about relationships between women as friends or sister-like. And I like the change. And I like that at the end of each book, the main female character also has a happy romantic ending with a guy. The main stories are about women, their friends, and choices in life, but secondary stories include their romantic life.

Nina is the older sister. She was forced to be the responsible one raising her younger sister Averil and her stupid flaky flighty mother Bonnie. Bonnie is like Peter Pan - never growing up. Nina has to go out of her way and spend all kinds of time and energy to fix things when her mother does stupid things. It was like having a toddler as a mother. Toward the end of the book Bonnie did something terribly stupid causing all kinds of grief for Nina and others. I was angry at Bonnie.

Averil annoyed me with her flakiness. She is married to a great guy, but she leaves him to stay with Nina and her mother for a few months. She can’t explain why she is there. She keeps saying she needs time to think. She doesn’t know what she wants to do. She wants to write a novel but has never been able to start. She resents Nina being the responsible mother figure but still loves her. I was tired of Averil’s wishy washiness. She talks to her husband every day on the phone. They love each other. He wants to be with her. But she doesn’t know why she is staying away from him.

This book has more romantic relationship development than the previous two books. Nina and Dylan dated in college but broke up for vague reasons. Now Dylan has moved to the island to work with his father - both Doctors. He and Nina do some things together. Their relationship is “friends.”

Meanwhile Kyle comes to town, a jet fighter pilot in the Navy. He is four years younger than Nina. He was infatuated with her when he was 12 and he still is. Nina hasn’t had sex in ages so she has a fling with Kyle. He’s great at sex and is extremely devoted to her. At one point she describes Kyle as being with a puppy - playful and wanting to play.

For readers hesitant about romantic triangles:
Nina is having a sexual relationship with Kyle and a friend-type relationship with Dylan. I don’t want to give away the ending, but Nina ends up with one of them.

Cristina Panfilio’s voice sometimes irritated me - kind of strident. I prefer a softer tone. She used a weird voice for Kyle. Her tone for Dylan didn’t feel like a guy.

Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: womens fiction with romance.
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- Jane

Just dont know

I just don't know. Something was missing from this book. I can normally relate to or connect with the characters in Susan's books but not this one. This book started off interesting but quickly lost all interest in it. If this was a show on tv or a movie I would of turned it off. But since I bought it, I finished it. Something was lacking, just not what I have come to expect from a Susan Mallery book. Nothing seemed to really get fix, or come to a conclusion. Everyone in the book just said oh Hey this is my problem, problem solved. Nothing was really worked threw or talked about like you would expect from a book. I would of thought this was an abridge version.
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- R. Smith "For as much as I read and listen you would think by now that I would know how to spell lol. I read at least 5 books a week there are times I have gotten up to 10 in a week."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio