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The Beauty of Perhaps, by Eryn Scott, is a book about the journey of a woman trying to find herself and building relationships through the world. It’s my first book by this author and though I found the story predicable, it’s by no means lacking in fun and sincerity and a bit of a Scottish flavor. I think that’s what got me and made me really enjoy this book. I liked Molly (the main character) enough, but it’s the beautiful descriptions of the Scottish countryside, the picture of Lilliebrae and its inhabitants, all the adventures she finds there, what brings this story to life and make listening to it a unique experience. Elizabeth Klett has a great range of voices for male and female characters, making all characters very easily identifiable and real in their own way, and her Scottish brogue was simply a relish to listen to. She was outstanding with the delivery of the story, improving the listener experience.
I was given a copy of the audio book in exchange of an honest review and I would recommend it to everyone, but specially fans of a good Scottish story.
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This is an absolutely beautifully written story of a woman's journey to self-discovery. Molly Baker is so determined to be the opposite of her impulsive mother that she plans every detail of her life. She has a predictable teaching job and a predictable boyfriend. When her boyfriend ends their relationship and her sister confronts her about her wasted life, Molly makes an impulsive decision and accepts a teaching job on the remote Scottish island of Lilliebrae.
The moment she steps off the boat onto the island, Molly begins to doubt herself. She thinks it's impossible to give up her plans and simply experience life. Then Gates arrives, a man her polar opposite, taking odd carpentry jobs and unable to settle in one place. Against her will, Molly loses her heart to him. But how can such different people make a relationship work?
I enjoyed every moment of this book. The writing was so detailed and descriptive I felt like I'd been picked up and plunked down in the middle of the Scottish highlands. I wanted to stay there drinking in the beauty forever. The plot was fairly drama free, all the angst arose from Molly's own insecurities and not from external forces, but the story is worth a listen just for its ability to transport the reader to Scotland.
The characters were interesting, especially the secondary characters like Alan. Molly's insecurities could be frustrating, and I felt sorry for the children she was supposed to be teaching. But by the end, I was cheering her on as she finally came into her own. Gates was a dream, he had a magnetic charm visible through the pages. I smiled through the entire chapter when he and Molly met.
There are books that are better experienced in audio form, and this is one of them. Elizabeth Klett's narration was outstanding, and that word isn't used lightly. Her accents were perfection, and made the entire performance a pleasure. I received a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I do plan on re-listening to this book soon.
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