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Summary

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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epic

romance novels are usually half as long and cover a short period of time, the beauty of this book is covering a lifetime with all the stories in between , there is only one love and mostly it's messy to get there to keep it or lose it, 2nd chances are rare grab it. our heroine is saddened by loss and wanders trying to remind herself, Wyn Malone captures the soriety girls conflict and her incomplete life, and Amber Benson narrates with humour passion and defines the characters in accent/emotion. it's sad but money really can't buy love we all struggle with it. Great book I will read again often.

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Wonderful epic story

I love this book. I love the decades it took to tell. There are heartbreaking moments and I cried, but seeing someone come back from years of running and finally finding their place was worth every tear drop. The narration of the audiobook was wonderful and at times I believe the lump in Amber Benson’s throat must have been real. I would recommend this to everyone.

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An epic lesbian love story

Spanning the decades, Wynn Malone's excellent novel tells the story of a love that is lost, the hurt this causes and the bravery needed to find it again. The wide ranging cast of characters are brought skilfully to life by Amber Benson who, to my British ears at least, convincingly utilises an impressive number of regional US accents to achieve a well narrated audiobook.

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  • 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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Brilliant story

This was a great listen. Well written and beautifully performed. This one is a story I’d happily revisit.

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A story you can really get into.

The narrator is the perfect voice for making this story come to life. The plot is compelling and unpredictable. The characters are relatable and it's so easy to root for them.

My only objection is the last few sentences of the ending. I wanted a little more.

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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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  • Lisa Reads
  • 17-06-21

This is a SMART book

If you’re looking for the usual love story with a dash of drama and tons of sex, move along. This is a story of a woman’s life of love and pain. A story that is painfully real.
Aside from the narrator randomly dropping accents, it was 5 star all the way.

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  • Misty Barnes
  • 01-05-21

Depression

If you like that lonely never settled feeling this is for you. 12 hours of sadness and only one hour of sorta happiness. The ending it just well ended.

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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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  • Kat
  • 16-05-22

Even better the second time!

Amber Benson's voice is full of emotions I missed the first time. I could be Blue, being just a few years older than her, and having wandered for years before finding myself.

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  • JJ
  • 09-05-22

Wonderful

Great book from beginning to end. Worth the read and has so many life lessons. I highly recommend this book. It is one great love story.

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  • Saluta
  • 06-05-22

Stunning! The story and the narration

This is some of the best writing I have ever listened to in all my time enjoying audiobooks. The narration brought to life not only all of the characters but the South in an amazing way. The gorgeous descriptions of feelings, locations, people and events captivated me and lead me through a whole range of emotions. I cried, I laughed, I gritted my teeth in frustration and I absolutely just loved Blue and Grace. I cannot recommend this book enough, it is absolutely stunning!

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  • Hilda
  • 06-03-22

I listen to every audio book LGBTQ+ book I can!

The story is good, even though it uas some holes... But good overall, it's happy, sad and everything in a normal life searching for connections.
The Performance is Incredible! ( I really listen to every single LGBTQ+ book I can find) THIS TIME I WAS SO MOVED! I was happy and sad with her!!! I felt her !!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-22

Is this a love story?

It became a personal challenge to finish all 14 hours of this book. The back and fourth between Blue and Grace is annoying. I don’t think the relationship between the two was as important as the author meant it to be. They seem very incompatible besides enjoying each other in bed. Blue made better connections with women along her journey without Grace. And honestly Blue was just selfish and sabotaging herself the whole story and blamed Grace and the world the whole way. This story could’ve been told in much fewer words.