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What did you like best about this story?
I really like that the story was a sweet one. There wasn't any of the relationship back-and-forth, (you know the kind... misery chasing misery before finally getting to the working it all out at the end), it was about the growing relationship. There were some great characters, and I like that though there were some people you probably never want to be friends with, there's no real "evil" except for a nasty old lady with a bad attitude. It was also nice that there were other characters in the story, with stories of their own.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Stevie Puckett?
I am actually really surprised at all of the "gushing" reviews! I have listened to a lot of books and while this narrator wasn't the absolute worst, she definitely wasn't the best I've ever heard. At first I felt like I was listening to the story in slow-motion and had to speed it up. Once I found a speed that was tolerable, 1.25 I believe, it made it much better. I didn't dislike the narrators voice per se, but there are some narrators that are true story tellers and some that are just readers. Stevie was somewhere in the middle. Like the difference between a good movie and a cartoon. LOL. Hard to explain. I definitely would not seek her out again, but nor would I turn away if I saw her.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I don't really want to give anything away, but I really liked the part where Titus Penny came to Corus house. I didn't expect him to handle it the way he did, nor did I expect Jedwin to respond to the visit the way he did.
Any additional comments?
I didn't have high expectations as the author was totally new to me and I actually really enjoyed this book. There were a lot of good parts to it. Even though the narration wasn't my favorite, I looked for reasons to do household chores just because it gave me an opportunity to listen to the book. I would listen to other of the authors book if they were on sale, or in a 2 for 1 sale.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I was pleasantly surprised that this book was a delight to listen to. It takes you on a journey from infatuation to friendship and from friendship to love. The characters seem so real with their quirkiness and flaws. The story progresses into a lovely story of small-town life of gossip & misunderstandings and a love story that features two lonely hearts who feel undeserving. It's a lovely story and worth a credit.
I loved the narration on this book. Each character's voice was unique which added to the enjoyment and ease of listening. 😁
Please Note: This book contains sexual encounters, etc.
My sincere thanks to the author for providing me a review copy of this book at my request in exchange for my honest review.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is a prime example of the effect of a cover on readers - I requested the audio version of this book through Audiobook Boom, having seen the cover showing a bicycle leaned up against a rustic wooden fence. After listening to the book I registered it on BookLikes, only to discover a pink cover with a couple encircled by flowers. I realised that if I'd been originally presented with the pink cover I wouldn't even have read the book content before passing it by. As it was, it took me a while to get into the book, as I'm not much of a Romance reader, but it was the sense of humour running through the narrative that kept me reading.
Jedwin Sparrow has decided he needs to spread some wild oats before thinking about marriage, and he reckons the best place to start is the local divorcee, Cora Briggs. She is horrified and prepares to send him packing, except for the temptation of taking revenge on the tittle-tattling ladies of the town, led by his mother.
Set in Oklahoma in 1906, there were serious implications with being involved with a divorcee; the community was fiercely judgmental and the poor young woman was labelled and blamed through no fault of her own.
Cora Briggs and Jedwin Sparrow were immediately likable characters, along with the rather plain daughter of the local vicar, Tulsa May Bruder, who I see becomes one of the main characters of the sequel, Runabout, which takes place ten years later.
The reading by Stevie Puckett was a bit drawn out and some of the women's voices rather shrill, but once I got involved with the story I became accustomed to this. I certainly had no problem with the clarity or consistency of her narration and I will keep an eye open in case she narrates the sequel.