★★★½✩ I had a difficult time rating this one. It has been years since I’ve read a book by Ms. Edwards, and I did so now because it was a “pick an auth★★★½✩ I had a difficult time rating this one. It has been years since I’ve read a book by Ms. Edwards, and I did so now because it was a “pick an author for me” read. Usually, CE writes Native American Indian stories; however, this one set in Australia. Due to the “fair use” of expired use verses plagiarism charges against this author in 2008, I didn’t want to purchase any of her books; however, this one was free at OpenLibrary.org, so I went with it.
It is so nice to read a “road trip” book that is technically so well written. With the proliferation of self-published writers today, it is enjoyable to read something written by someone who has the technical skill of a writer. However, the romantic set-ups between the heroine, hero, and villain are just so cliché, making the book feel dated (from 1990). It is a bit of a “bodice ripper,” written when they were on the wane. Not that I didn’t want to see what happened! LOL!
From a shark attack (view spoiler)[I don’t think you chum the water with blood! (hide spoiler)], to a sinister villain who is only interested in the heroine because hero is (view spoiler)[and, thankfully & conveniently, has no interest in sex with the heroine due to a physical impairment (hide spoiler)], to fake marriages, to kidnappings, to not revealing secrets to save a sister, to dingo attacks, to eating kangaroo (eep!), to swan eggs hunting, to multiple bad guys, to Aboriginal tribes saving the day, and miraculously avoiding rape multiple times… it was a little much. Still, traveling across the Australian bush was interesting, as the land becomes a character in its own right.
The heroine, Thalia, was a little too passive and “Oh, Ian!” at times; it took forever for her to tell the hero, Ian, she was in a fake marriage, but Thalia eventually discovers a bit of the spitfire within. I liked that the hero wasn’t an über-alpha, and was tender with Thalia, which is not often the case in this sub-genre. I like a bit of a beta hero at times, but really, he is more of a good guy than beta. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I liked JoBe Cerny’s first person narration of Searcy Roberts; she has a nice voice and good southern accen★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I liked JoBe Cerny’s first person narration of Searcy Roberts; she has a nice voice and good southern accent. The rest of the cast are good, too, except I didn’t enjoy the voice of the man who did Luke.
As far as the story-line goes, let me preface by telling you “chick-lit” isn’t a genre I indulge much. For that reason, I only listened to it while I was in the car, where I was a captive audience; therefore, it took me awhile to get through.
The synopsis says Searcy is pretty much the Southern Carrie Bradshaw – a character on a show I never got into. (Gasp!) Searcy is amazingly self-centered. For someone who grew up relatively poor, she sure embraced the “princess” life-style. Man-oh-man! Talk about “high-maintenance.” For the most part, the book takes place in the week or two Searcy “recovers” from the final break-down of a marriage that has long been dead. Even though I knew she needed to face reality and get over her denial, she spent a little too much time on Alton, Alton, Alton, her to be ex-husband. I would have liked a little more pie shop and less of her failed attempts to get him back, plus an analysis of what went wrong. Although, at a time like that, it is best to exam one’s side of the relationship.
Those of you who do like the “chick-lit” genre will probably rate this book higher. Still, I thought this book was going to end up getting a three star rating, but I enjoyed the last forth of the book so much more, I increased my stars. The author developed Searcy into a character I actually liked. Amazing, that.
I received and audio copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Wonderfully narrated by many of the stars from the movie, reading their contributions. I did miss Billy Cry
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Wonderfully narrated by many of the stars from the movie, reading their contributions. I did miss Billy Crystal and Mandy Patinkin’s voices, but it is still a wonderful listen.
Even if you only liked The Princess Bride, and didn’t love it like I did, you'll enjoy this book. CE said he wrote it from his heart, and that comes through on every page.
Sorry... can’t write more, I’m off to re-watch the movie.