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Dull and contrived

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Reviewed: 08-07-17

What was most disappointing about Susie Kelly’s story?

It was clear that Susie was looking for material for a book. She's no more a natural story teller than she's a natural hiker, and fails to bring the countryside, the people or the experience to life in her descriptions. There are some mildly amusing moments but honestly she moans a lot. Way too much. She didn't do her homework with the preparation and planning of the route, and she doesn't even know how to read a compass. Her smartphone would show her where she is when she's 'hopelessly lost' (which she is a lot), but I'd be surprised if she has one, let alone knows how to use it. Conversations portrayed the book sound stiff and unnatural. I'm 3/4 of the way through and am giving up, because I can't take Ann-Day's ridiculous French accent anymore.

What didn’t you like about Anne Day-Jones’s performance?

The thrust of the story was read well but her American and French accents were a painful distraction. Her French accent in particular was, frankly, laughable.

Do you think Best Foot Forward needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Absolutely not.