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The story was what I wanted- something light, entertaining and Christmassy. I really disliked the narrator- her voice did not match the age or personality of the main character, and the voices she put on for the male characters was just plain odd. Her use of emphasis changed the character of the story. She also read it ridiculously slowly, and ruined the rhythm of the story.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Franklin?
If this book were a film would you go see it?
Well, where should I start....
First, this story is very British. That's not a complaint, but something you might want to consider. British pronunciations, British references, most you can figure out easy enough, some might leave you wondering.
Frankly, the writing is a notch above most of the Christmas romance books I have read. There's character development, sub plots, real feelings. That was nice.
And then the big one. This does take place at Christmas but for me it didn't &amp;amp;quot;feel&amp;amp;quot; as Christmasy as other Christmas romance books do. I could forgive that. What I can't forgive is that it isn't really a romance book. The main character has a boyfriend/partner, and as other reviewers have mentioned, and as the main character repeatedly mentions, he's a great guy. Their connection is great. But.......
As a reader, and I'm male but I'm not sure that matters, I don't want to read about my partner...who repeatedly claims I'm wonderful...being so easily swayed by someone else just because they're richer than me or more attractive. Characters in romance novels are frequently shallow, and I'm okay with that because the goal of the story is the romance, the attraction, but in this story the main character is already attached, seemingly happily attached. I cared for her, I cared for her partner, I cared for the two wayward lads her partner was mentoring and trying to save. I would have been happy if that was the whole story...but it wasn't.
I didn't hate this book. I actually kind of liked this book. But I ended up not really liking the main character, and feeling sorry for the author who doesn't seem to have the right feel for what romance is.
Narration was fine.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Yes this is predictable, feel good, easy listening chick lit - but I loved it! I think I knew where the story was heading from the first few chapters but this did not spoil my enjoyment of it. Carole Matthews creates such likeable characters that it's easy to become involved in their lives and the story. Julia Franklin narrates this perfectly, her friendly, empathetic tone is perfect for family dramas. A perfect Christmas listen!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
While I'm not the kind of guy that reads much 'chick lit' I could certainly appreciate the plotting of this unashamedly Christmassy read. My favourite sections were set at the Young Offenders unit and that sub-plot.
Julia Franklin does a great job at narration, although this somehow highlights the amount of repetition in the novel as the heroine umms and ahhhs, or even just re-caps her situation which I found unnecessary.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful