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What did you love best about Twice in a Lifetime?
This was Clare Lydon's first foray into an American setting, and as an American, I can tell you she did a great job. I loved the going back and forth from teenage years to adult years as this couple found their way back to each other. The thing I liked best is that the characters were very likable with wonderful families who were supportive and everyone did a lot of learning along the way. The writing was top notch and I always hurried back to find out what was going on in New York and Chicago.
What other book might you compare Twice in a Lifetime to and why?
I recently read London Calling, also by Clare Lydon, and the characters and family were terrific there as well. In that case the couple find each other for the first time and the obstacles are many but as with this title, love wins out. Both books are terrific and narrated to perfection.
What about TJ Richards’s performance did you like?
The narration for this book was stellar. I used Whispersync to read the ebook and listen to the audiobook and at first reading in the Kindle app I had trouble distinguishing the characters but once I moved into the audiobook the nuanced narration by Richards for the two main characters allowed me to differentiate perfectly. I prefer audiobooks to eBooks or paper, but if the narrator is subpar, then I move to the Kindle app. Once I started listening, I never went back to the Kindle, Richards was that good.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The sex scenes were steamy but very well done and I found them exciting. I enjoyed the book immensely and as Spring is here I'm looking forward to splashing in the pool and will remember the scenes at the lake. Not to be missed!
Any additional comments?
You can't go wrong with a Claire Lydon book in any form. I'm glad she is moving heavily into the audiobook format which only makes reading her work more enjoyable for me. I love the London, Australia and American locales which are all well researched and authentic. Lots of secondary characters who are well drawn as well - pay attention as any of them are apt to be in a future Clare Lydon book! Highly recommended!
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Once again, Ms. Lydon brings us a book about two very lovely women who decide to take the leap of faith and choose love over the "what ifs". What I really enjoyed about this book is that it is a "coming of age" story and a "second chance" story all rolled into one.
Both Harriet and Sally have reasons to be wary of relationships especially as they had been each other's first loves which ended badly when Harriet went off to college and broke things off with Sally. This book finds them seventeen years later. They are smarter and wiser now and when they run into each other by chance, they realize that for them, their first loves were also their soul mates. The question is, can Sally trust Harriet with her heart for a do-over?
I liked Twice in a Lifetime when I read it, but I loved it as an audiobook. I have read all of Ms. Lydon's books and this is the only one set in The United States. Well, it wasn't until I listened to the audiobook that the characters felt 100% relatable. I had been thinking of them with British accents because, you know...Clare Lydon is British. My hat is off to Ms. Lydon because she really captured how often and easily we yanks drop the "F Bomb".
TJ Richards did an amazing job with this audiobook. She really captured the wistful quality of the flashbacks and the vulnerability of each of the main characters. Her Aunt Paula was hysterical and had me giggling while I was doing my Spring cleaning.
This is definitely worth a listen.
My favourite so far! I have read almost all of Clare's books and this was the best so far.
I found the story so relatable, as we can all remember our first love and that all encompassing emotion that comes with it. Although I knew there would always be a happy ending, I found myself gripped to the story and the other characters outside of the main plot. I couldn't stop listening and finished the whole thing in a couple of days.
The narration was fantastic, and it really brought the book and the characters to life for me. Particularly the setting in America.
Overall I loved it, and you will too! a great audio book, give it a listen!
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This is the 4th audiobook I have listened to from Clare Lydon and I can certainly say it's one of the best ones. The romance between Harriet and Sally ( yes bit cheese) is very sweet, kind of very feel good romance. The fun is all down to aunt's Paula, my favourite second character ever.
The narration was very good,if anything the MCs voices could have been more distinctive, but overall great