At Seventeen

  • by Gerri Hill
  • Narrated by Carly Robins
  • 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Madison Lansford and Shannon Fletcher met when they were 10 years old. Madison - daughter of wealthy parents and Shannon, daughter of their live-in maid and cook - became fast friends, yet both knew their place in life. There was never a doubt that they would become lovers... there was also never a doubt that Madison would marry and maintain her social standing in the community. Little by little, they grew apart, their love affair ending with Madison's marriage and pregnancy.
Now, years later, Shannon returns to her old hometown to care for her ailing mother. Can they rebuild their friendship? Or will their new-found closeness bring back memories of their long-lost love? Travel through the years with Shannon and Madison and watch their love unfold as they move from teens to young women and into adulthood.

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unbalanced, but developers emotional engagement

I say unbalanced because I felt the start was too long (or needed more depth to sustain it) and it didn't really hook me into the story. The first ten or so chapters being different encounters as the childhood friendship then love grew until Madison is married. I think I didn't like this so much because the character interacts included very few normal activities. I understand this is because of their situation, but I would have liked more life events above the intimacy, e.g. a bully or at school, dealing with a crises at home, saving a raccoon from a ... I don't know.

The middle was more interesting as with the main characters getting on with their lives, and facing up to fears, confronting each other. But end felt rushed and it was odd how her friends for many years were rejected. There were moments where I felt listening to the writer creating the story rather then the story itself; by I mean, there were passages when I felt the they where there to resolve something in the prose rather then be part of the story.

That being said I rated it overall a four, higher then I would normally. This is because Gerri Hill, is a bit of a master of the tear jerker, and brings a lot of emotion into the novel, which she carries forward to a happy ending. The reader's strong emotional engagement and sweetest of the characters marks it up.

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- Alice

Rich girl...Poor girl!

Any additional comments?

I have read all of Gerri Hill's books, now I am listening on Audio. 'At Seventeen' has a great story-line, and quite heart-rending. A story of rich girl Madison Lansford, and poor girl Shannon Fletcher, with some exceptional secondary, but not unimportant, characters in the form of Shannon’s mother, who is the housekeeper, and Madison’s young, and very wise, intellectual son Ashton. Madison is controlled by her mother who dominates her life, planning her marriage from a young age, and overwhelming her very essence. Madison's husband takes over the role after marriage. Madison and Shannon have loved each other since childhood but it has taken years for Madison to come to terms with who she is, and who she wants that it is heart-breaking the time that is wasted between her and Shannon. I really enjoyed this Audiobook and all of Gerri’s work. Gerri knows how to draw her readers into the story....Carly Robins was outstanding as narrator.

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- issymac

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-02-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios