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Kentucky was only ever going to be a summer job. Come fall, Blue Riley would be back in North Carolina, in college. But one job led to another, one town led to another, and one woman led to another. Now, after twenty years Blue faces the hardest question of all - is it time to go home?

©2014 Wynn Malone (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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A touch too much melodrama in the narration

Really, this book centers around the main character. If you like her and stay with her through-out the journey, you will find if great. The writing is fine. It doesn't get in the way with cliches or clunky metaphors. It does it's job nicely and unobtrusively.

The narration is overdone at times. It's the first time that I've heard a narrator appear to cry when reading a sad part of the story, and I found that...unnecessary.

The book spans the story of the main character, a free spirited lesbian, from her early college years right though to her 40/50's. Now, the first half of the book describes a haunted, hurt, 'running away from herself and others' character. I really liked this character. I thought she was warm and humane and non-judgmental. The second half of the book sees the character try to 'get her life on track' as she sees it and you know, settle down, get a meaningful relationship, career etc and here is where the book and I parted ways. I flat out didn't like the woman she became as she began to fight for what she wanted. Towards the end, I found myself truly hoping she wouldn't get what she was fighting for (trying not to give spoilers) as I wanted to see her get her comeuppance!


However, this doesn't mean the book was bad. I just didn't like the character. If you like the character, you'll get along fine with this book.

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  • Jd
  • 30-04-18

Fantastic

You don’t have to be a lesbian to enjoy this journey. Beautifully crafted. A gentle love story

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Very well written!

This has been the best book I have read in a long time. It actually made me cry.
Fantastic story, amazing ending *****

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  • Delennish
  • 29-01-15

The Passage of Time feels undefined.

First person narration across years presents a challenge to authors that this one just doesn't quite meet. The book spans more than 25 years in Blue's life, but the writing fails to show the changes in the characters in an authentic way. We are told rather than shown the passage of time. The narrator seems to feel this or adds to the problem. She doesn't mature the voices from 20 to 45+. When Grace reappears, she speaks and sounds as if no time has passed. When it was over, I felt as if Blue had gone on an odyssey of a few years instead of 25.

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  • Sondra A., Cobb
  • 28-01-21

why did I wait so long to get this book?

maybe it was the length of the audio book that made me put off listening to it for so long... or maybe I was afraid the southern accents wouldn't sound good to me? I really liked the book a lot! the NARRATION WAS INCREDIBLE! she was so good at so many voices/accents. take time and enjoy this one :)

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  • Katrin
  • 11-04-15

Too Glum for my fancy

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I really liked the part where she stayed with Mary and Preacher and decided to stop running from her feelings. The least interesting part is Blue's pining for Grace.

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It's a well written book and I see why it would appeal to a lot of readers but I didn't appreciate it. It's too glum for my fancy.

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  • Meghan Morales
  • 20-02-21

Wow

Best book I have ever listened to. Just WOW. I laughed and cried. What a Journey

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  • Kelly Hatfield
  • 02-02-21

Good story

I liked this story and would definitely read or listen to other books by this author. Accents from the narrator were not my favorite. I feel it's best to have a narrator from the region present the story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-01-21

It's worth it if you have patience.

There are no words that fully represent the journey this story takes you on. Just know it's a trip, not your ordinary romance. I loved it.

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  • Kenzi P
  • 04-01-21

The narrator

The narrator voice was so dull lol Grace sounded excited about everything, even the sad moments. I think I would've liked this book if the narrator had more life in her voice, I felt no emotions with any of the characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-12-20

Grace is right!

Wow. This novel is exactly what I needed. My one love/heartbreak story is tied up in Western North Carolina. Listening to this helped me a little more on the forgiveness. I don’t imagine that it may not be complete until I see her again, I am have no illusions it will turn out like this novel. Yet listening to this has been very cathartic. What I like about this novel is that it is well-written and like the epic lifetime stories that straight folks get. This is novel is worthy of us. I highly recommend it. So heart-opening. Thank you, Ms. Malone! I feel like you are my private “Preacher” mentor.

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  • D. Crocker
  • 15-11-20

Forever Love

This is a wonderful story of love. It is for a true romance reader but be prepared heartbreak. It is a book I will listen to more than once. I hope Wynn writes many more.

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  • Tiffany
  • 12-11-20

Absolutely amazing!!

I couldn’t stop listening to this book!! Everything I did I had to multitask because I was completely consumed by it!! The narrator omg she did a wonderful job. Hearing the strain in her voice when Blue was trying not to cry ughhh had me tearing up. This felt so realistic, Wynn Malone you’re amazing!!