I almost never, ever, will write a disparaging review for a book. It is hurtful, plain and simple. But this one sort of pissed me off, and most of the angst is at myself for continuing to listen to it.
Bleh! Bleh! If you like amazingly predicable books, writers who sound exactly like Jodi Picoult, bleh, and anything narrated by Cassandra Campbell, you will love this audio. Campbell STILL can't pronounce the most common Italian words, and in this book, there is only one. (Referring to Very Valentine here.) Like any Picoult book, this one needed an editor desperately to knock out the constant repetitions about aging, body shapes, faces/makeup and the CT Gold Coast Wifes.
Now, admittedly, the book kept me weeding and walking, but that is because I didn't have another downloaded. Bleh!
Not a terribly compelling story. Told all in third person.
I really enjoyed this book! The characters were great and I enjoyed the story line. Enough of mystery to keep me on my toes!
I'm a Jane Green fan but this book disappointed me. It was boring. The characters were rather flat in personality, the plot and character actions seemed contrived and too many things just happened to fall into place.
I got the idea that she was thinking "hey, I'm the writer" so I can put this piece here and this piece right next to it and force them to fit together. Nope.
Not to mention, and very major pet peave of mine, is that since she is writing about Americans and putting an American "voice" with the story then she needs to have the "lingo" correct. It was very weird to hear the British terminology she used and was rather out of place. As an editor myself, I'm thinking her editors should have caught that disparity.
Beach Road was such a treat that I was expecting a whole lot more from her.
This book had been on my Wish List for at least 8 months, so I was really excited to receive the notice that it had been mailed and was on its' way to me. I really don't like writing negative reviews, however, I was very disappointed in this one!
The characters were at times annoying. I just couldn't 'warm up' or relate to any of them. The author's writing style just felt kind of 'blah,' which surprised me as I've read other books by Jane Green and enjoyed them! I felt that certain important scenes lacked the emotion that should have been described more in detail and it left me feeling like someone other than the author must have written it.