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I kept waiting for something interesting to happen in this story but it never did. Quick synopsis: Couple meet each other at a costume ball, instant attraction, lose each other at ball, no idea of each other's name or face as they were wearing masks. Both turn up in the same small town, eventually realize they were the people from the ball. Then nothing; lots of talk about tomatoes, basil, and goats. There is a sub story of the main characters sisters troubled marriage, and about some clothes found in the attic of the library. (who could have possibly made these clothes) That's the extent of this story; resolving who made the clothes in the attic, the eventual getting together of the main characters, and the sister and her husband talking it out. BORING!! No action, no real dialogue between the main characters.
I would not waste a credit, just buy it if you want a sweet insipid story. This must have been one of her first stories written.
The narrator is very good, she was the only thing positive about this book.
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What would have made That Night on Thistle Lane better?
There is no story here--the previous book, The Lost Summer was OK and, set this book up. The author, however, repeated the story line from the first book over and over and over and over again ad nauseum.
Would you ever listen to anything by Carla Neggers again?
Never. I enjoy reading books set in places that I have lived, so I gave this series a try. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Boyce?
Narrator was terrible. One might give the excuse that she had very little to work with, but in both this book and the first book, The Lost Summer, the narrator mixed up the names of the female characters and used the wrong female character name in at least one scene in each book! The narrator was probably so bored she was not following the story either.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from That Night on Thistle Lane?
If I could play book editor, I would fire the intern that worked on this book. Unless this was done as an editorial project by someone still in training I have no idea how a real editor could let the wholesale recollection of scenes from the author's other book dominate this one. The editor needs to go back to school.If I could play audio editor I would consume massive amounts of caffeine and stay awake long enough to hear the narrator mess up the names.
Any additional comments?
If the review program would allow no stars for the story, that's what I would have rated it.