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This is the story of Aurora, divorced mom of a male toddler, trying to find love again using a dating website with the moniker of Strawberry Mom.
I didn’t like this book. The choice was a bad option for my taste, unknowingly. I don’t like books with diary entries or the like. In this instance, it’s email entries on a dating website. I don’t like stories where characters read things they have written. I didn’t know this book had portions of this when I bought the book, otherwise I wouldn’t have purchased it. This book is comprised of a significant number of those entries at the start of the book, and those type entries are rarely used well in a book. It’s something easily overdone. Aurora is either talking to herself or thinking aloud or reading her email entries. There was no actual dialogue until approx. 20 minutes into the book.
The narrator didn’t help improve the telling of this average book. I very, very, very quickly drew tired of all of Aurora’s yawns and sighs (quite over-exaggerated by their narrator) and the placement and reading of “ha!” in her email entries which were also overdone. The narrator completely overdid many aspects of the story like when she was supposed to be Aurora’s friend, Kelly, laughing and talking while eating or saying “hell-looo!” It was HORRIBLE and chalkboard-screeching irritating. And the voice of Aurora’s son, Liam, was also unpleasant. The narrator doesn’t do a 4-year-old boy well AT ALL! It was also overdone and not natural-sounding either.
As a result, I skimmed and forwarded through much of the book. And, unfortunately, it was easy to pick up anywhere, which is telling about what type of book it is when you don’t even miss anything critical if you forward. There were sex scenes in the book between Aurora and 2 (I think) of the men she met, which also mattered little to me; that’s uncommon, generally. But they didn’t improve the book for me and were done with the same degree of average-ness as the rest of the book.
This book was hard for me to finish. So, overall, a disappointing read by an author that I will not chance again and a narrator I will avoid if at all possible.
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What did you like best about this story?
I loved the suspense of not knowing what was going to happen within the lines. It was a book that will keep you on your toes and dying to listen so find out what's next!
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I wouldn't say it was just one moment! I would say it was the whole book. The author wrote a story that could happen in real life! These situations aren't heard of often but between the author and the narrator, this story has been brought to life.
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