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What would have made Up in Flames better?
I am SO horribly disappointed in this much anticipated series finale. The characters are shallow. The dialogue is repetitive and whiny. The story is confusing, unbelievable, and ridiculous. The entire plot is one big hole. In much of the book, Nan herself isn't sure if she is dreaming. The entire 'crime family' story line, which began in When I'm Gone, seems both contrived and unnecessary, and there is no resolution for plots and characters from previous books. This book does NOT live up to the precedent set in the rest of the series, and as a series finale, it is completely unsatisfactory.
Would you ever listen to anything by Abbi Glines again?
Yes. I own 25 of her books, and I have loved all but this one.
Would you be willing to try another one of Sophie Eastlake and Jeremy York ’s performances?
Yes. I didn't love Sophie Eastlake's 'male' voice, and I didn't love Jeremy York's differentiation in the male voices, but these factors did not make the listening experience any worse. The book was just bad overall, so I would be willing to try both narrators again.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Up in Flames?
Too much needs edited/added in this book, so I can't adequately answer this question.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No. I am a die hard Abbl Glines fan and still find it hard to believe she wrote it.
What was most disappointing about Abbi Glines’s story?
The story didn't really have a solid plot. It is messy and disjointed. Truly disappointing.
What does Sophie Eastlake and Jeremy York bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
They are both awesome narrators. They did a fine job with what they had to work with.
Do you think Up in Flames needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No. Rosemary Beach is done.
Any additional comments?
This book just makes me sad. I always look forward to Abbi Gline's latest releases and it was a struggle to finish this one.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Nan was the character you loved to hate but even she deserved a HEA. We knew her childhood was one lacking in love and other than her brother she was everyone's second choice. I loved her imperfect/ perfect love story with an equally imperfect/perfect Cope. Another Rosemary beach novel that will stay with me for days. Simply fabulous Abbi 5stars.
Well. I've been waiting for what seems like forever for this final instalment of the Rosemary Beach series and what a finale! Loved Nan's story so much. Nan has a heart, at last. Major is a totally self absorbed a%#hole, and Cope is a God. I had no idea where this story was going to take me, and never in a million years would I have guessed. I loved the softer side of Nan and I loved now she still kept her inner bitch. Fantastic story with so many little twists and turns that I did not see coming. Beautifully written in multi POV. I also loved the little insights we got into the lives of the rest of the the Rosemary Beach clan.
Of all the books in this series this last one's story line had me caught up the most....Until the ending and all I can say about that was it really took away from this fabulous story, it was almost like the author was out of inspiration. It's still a sweet read and I would recommend it to anyone who has love Abbi Glines previous work