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By Anne on 28-08-15
A Bit Disappointing
This wasn't a bad novel, but Robyn did a lot of "telling" instead of "showing." There were lots of lectures and long descriptions of things like training for triathlons and and caring for ALS patients. Lots of long, introspective internal conversations in breathy dialogue About the time, the story got going, she would interrupt the story with a long lecture or internal "conversation." She stopped so many great storylines to lecture and "tell."
There were moments of genuine humor and pathos which I appreciated. The four babies tied the various storylines about the non-central characters nicely together.
It's an OK read but it's just not up to Carr's usual wonderful storytelling standards (although, admittedly, she has set a very high bar of expectation over the years!)
Plummer, who is my all time favorite narrator, was a little gushy and breathless in this one. Still my favorite, however.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
By sharktail on 11-09-15
Not One of her Best
The story just seemed lacking something, which is unusual for Ms. Carr (her books are always so spectacular). After the first half, I began to wonder if, may be the recording skipped a few parts (not sure how to describe it, sort of incomplete). For one, it seems as if there is some dialogue missing from the story, such as Charlie's father's story; it just ended without discovering anything really about him. Next, was Sue Lynn and Blake's make-up, just didn't fit her character. There were many parts that didn't fit (Norm and Gwen, etc.). Then, (almost) no info about Graces' child birth and it goes on and on. Not sure, I can only repeat that it was not Robyn Carr's best (may be if she left off with.... to be continued?). On the other hand, the plot was ok, but lacking the traits and descriptions, I've come to expect from the author. I do wish I could have given it more stars.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful