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WOW! There’s a lot of one and two star reviews on Amazon but I, personally, found this book wonderful. While Olivia hadn’t a clue what the heck she was doing when it came to Annabelle she was willing to learn. She was so afraid that if she gave Annabelle to someone else in the family, someone with kids that knew what they were doing, she would be failing her sister, that’s why she hung on so hard. I could also see why there was a push-pull situation with Brad.
I love second-chance stories, and Brad and Olivia’s story was awesome. They loved each other unconditionally when they were teenagers. AND the sexual tension between the two of them couldn’t have been written any better. I LOVE sexual tension. Better than the sex itself. If all authors who write sex in their books would learn how to write sexual tension all romance books –with sex- would be so much better.
A word that really bothers me when reading reviews on these kinds of books is “predictable.” Really? If you’re read a simple love story, no mystery, no suspense, no murder, no real drama to speak of, how would it not be “predictable.” Boy and girl, how they meet, or met again, they fall in love and have a HEA. Yeah, that’s pretty “predictable.” It’s every love story out there, just the story has changed. That’s why I’ve started reading romance mysteries and romance spy books. I was getting so tired of page after page of a love story, sometimes 300 or 400 pages of angst and misunderstandings and more pages of filler in order to bring the page count up that high. Simple romance novels just aren’t that entertaining anymore. However, this one was a free read-free listen so I decided to give it a chance, and it only has 210 pages. AND I thought it was really good.
Overall, this was a nice “predictable” love story with great secondary characters, Alex, Tom and Meg. Even Trish and Kevin sounded like a really nice couple, even though they were dead from the beginning of the book.
There was swearing and the F-bomb was said 3 times.
As to the narration: I absolutely love Amy McFadden’s narration. She has so much emotion when she reads. Men sound like men and that’s the most important thing for a female reader to know how to do. And when you add emotions to it it doesn’t get any better than that.
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It sounded like a decent premise. Woman returns home to raise her niece after said niece was orphaned only to potentially rekindle an old flame. Unfortunately, there are too many things wrong with this book and the narration.
I'm not sure why but the tone Any McFadden chose to use was freakishly close to vocal fry. Between the purposeful grinding vocal and the tempo she used it came off as both snobbish and incipid. Imagine having Kim Kardashian read to you this book and you'd be pretty close.
As for the writing itself there is an issue with the style. A lot of the book is internal dialogue. Great books show and don't need to tell. Added to this issue is the thoughts being expressed, the characters vacillate on almost every subject expressed by the internal dialogue. So far the dad of our protagonist was my favorite character just because he didn't get any internal dialogue by the time I had to quit the book.
Also this is a tale about learning how to be a mom and yet so much of this book lacks the baby actually being in the scene or any references to who is watching it or at least there being a baby monitor around. Suspension of disbelief was already difficult with how the characters acted but who leaves a baby alone for that long with zero means of making sure it is still okay?
I gave this book three stars because I couldn't finish it. It might get better but I'm not willing to find out.
I persevered with this novel because I knew that it would all end well, but to be honest, it is one of the least credulous tales that I've listened to in years.
As far as chick lit goes, I think that the author has misjudged her audience. This is probably best suited for gullible pre teens or young teenagers!
I can't fully explain my incredulity without offering up a spoiler, so suffice to say that, notwithstanding the romantic ending, I don't actually think that Olivia would actually be a suitable mother to her niece…
I listened to this book as part of my Kindle Unlimited subscription. I wouldn't pay for it otherwise, I don't feel that it's worth the investment.