After Andi Gordon is jilted at the altar, she makes the most impetuous decision of her life - buying one of the famed Three Sisters Queen Anne houses on Blackberry Island. Now the proud-ish owner of the ugly duckling of the trio, she plans to open her own pediatric office on the first floor, just as soon as her hunky contractor completes the work. Andi's new future may be coming together, but the truth is she's just as badly in need of a major renovation as her house.
When Deanna Phillips confronts her husband about a suspected affair, she opens up a Pandora's box of unhappiness. And he claims that she is the problem. The terrible thing is, he's right. In her quest to be the perfect woman, she's lost herself, and she's in danger of losing her entire family if things don't change.
Next door, artist Boston King thought she and her college sweetheart would be married forever. Their passion for each other has always seemed indestructible. But after tragedy tears them apart, she's not so sure. Now it's time for them to move forward, with or without one another.
Thrown together by fate and geography, and bound by the strongest of friendships, these three women will discover what they're really made of: laughter, tears, love, and all.
©2013 Susan Mallery (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"Don't expect Fool's Gold"
Susan Mallery books are among my favorites reads (listens). But if you're expecting the same tone as the Fool's Gold series you might be disappointed. I really liked the characters in this book (though not in the first book of the series) and was so involved I found myself crying all the time. That's the difference - there is a heavier or more serious tone to this book. Reminded me of Kristan Higgins' books.
"Trama, abuse, betrayal, growth"
She did a good job with different character voices. Would prefer the same narrator in series as the characters come alive. That said there was very little mention and involvement of the characters from the first book in the series so a different reader was ok.
Made me sad and depressed to hear all the abuse both physical and mental from generation to generation.
"WOW rip me open!"
This book has it all. From one extreme emotion to the next. Any woman cant help but to identfy with one of the women from this story. I know for me it covers alot of the thoughts that mothers ( esp young mothers) think and are either told not to talk about or feel ashamed that they felt that way. Brings to light that HEY I am not the only one who may feel like this.......
I think it is a must read for any woman in a relationship, trying for a new one, or is just a mother who feels like she has to fix the world for her family and the issues with being the savior so to speak. Dont forget to grab the tissues this book will make you cry and normaly I am not a cryer lol.
"Perfect beach read"
Great narrator. It's a simple, heart string, listen to on the beach type of story.
"Must Love Author"
This is my 4th book and last book from this author. All of the books I own from this author seem to be on the dark side. Life is what it is! I don't need to spend precious listening time on characters who can't get out of there own way. I am on chapter 7 and what a downer 5 of them have been.
I purchased due to reader Natalie Ross, one of my fave readers. Her male voice is great.
I had hoped due to reviewers, that this book would be different than my other reads from this author.
If this author writes on the bright side, I have not seen it.
H.E.A. endings are great, but it is the journey that makes a great listen, not just the ending.
Through Chapter 7, only the scenes with Wade were good. The rest were depressing. Gads, these poor good husbands, what a waste!
I try to stay away from weak flawed women, life has so many of "I can't or I must" women, who throw away a good man
"Easy to listen to and very enjoyable."
This is book 1 in the Blackberry Island Trilogy. Each book can be read as a stand alone. This author has written many romances which are primarily about relationships between men and women. For a change in this series she is writing about relationships between women as friends or sister-like. And I like the change. And I like that at the end of each book, the main female character also has a happy romantic ending with a guy. The main stories are about women, their friends, and choices in life, but secondary stories include their romantic life.
This is about three women who are neighbors: Andi a pediatrician, Boston an artist, and Deanna a wife-mother-homemaker who has OCD and control issues. I loved reading about Deanna who had too many rules and was over-controlling with her children and her husband. She reminded me of my ex-husband.
Natalie Ross was excellent.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: womens fiction with romance.
"I couldn't stop listening!!!"
I love the author. Susan Mallery. I took my copy of the book and followed along with the audiobook. I couldn't stop listening and reading along. The lady reading did all the voices. It was every entertaining. I loved it. I found a way to read books without tripping of words and their meaning. I suggest doing that if you have the time to spare. A Must Read!!!!!
An excellent summer read. A happy easy book to enjoy. A feel good read that will make you find the time to finish it. Will bring smiles to your face throughout.
I really enjoyed listening. It's how you wished life work. Life happens and then things get worked though.
"Hard to put down"
I loved the relationships between the three woman and how they came together. Wonderful story of neighborly love! Also a wonderful story about marital relationships.
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