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Fresh Tracks

Narrated by: Natalie Duke
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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Summary

Seven women, seven days. A lot can happen. There are three things that Amy Forrester loves most in the world: Jo, her wife of 15 years; spending time with her closest friends; and her cabin in the woods. What better way to spend the week between Christmas and New Year's than having all three!

When she invites her three best friends to join her and Jo in their mountain hideaway, all she expects is good food, fine wine, and lively conversation. Unfortunately for Amy, there are three things that she doesn't count on: her best friend's relationship is falling apart; her two other friends share a secret that causes nothing but conflict and discomfort; and the arrival of Jo's fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants niece Darby, who has a habit of leaving broken hearts in her wake.

Childhood friends, new lovers, and old rivals share beginnings, endings, and the uncommon bonds of friendship in a story filled with romance and possibility.

©2006 Georgia Beers (P)2016 Bold Strokes Books Inc

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  • Sandra
  • 22-06-16

Great!!!

I couldn't put it away. I had to know what happened next. I love those types of books.

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  • Livi12
  • 19-09-16

loved it

the storyline was great. You can fly love yourself along the line. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-06-16

Breaking Darby's fingers

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I can't tell you how many times that I started to smile like an idiot while listening.

What other book might you compare Fresh Tracks to and why?

Not sure.

What about Natalie Duke’s performance did you like?

I really enjoyed it. I think that you could tell who was talking just by the voice change and that isn't always the case with audio books.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

"I see you." Loved that moment.

Any additional comments?

I don't know that I have disliked a really sweet character as much as I did Darby. I hated that it, to me, crossed a line. That moment upset me during the rest of the book. I needed blood pressure medication at one point. LOL That is honestly why I didn't give it 5 stars. That moment just made me angry. Which a good writer sometimes has that effect. However, other than that, I really enjoyed it. Love all the relationships.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-19

Darby sucks

I loved all of the girls. except Darby. she was infuriatingly disrespectful. Great story though.

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  • karen C.
  • 24-05-19

Fresh Tracks

Good story and we'll read. Just read another book by Beers. I was captivated the whole time.

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  • J. Otero
  • 09-03-19

Not her best

I'm going to start this off by saying, generally speaking I like Georgia Beers' work, this however was not her best. It's been on my wishlist for a while because having so many main characters in a book, especially a romance book , makes it very hard to get attached to the characters. If it were a much longer book, maybe a series of books and you had time to get to know them, then maybe you'd feel invested in the characters. However, much of the time I was listening to the book wondering "wait, which one is she again?" Also there's a lot of youth bashing in the book, so if you're younger than ... 40? You might be offended.

***Spoilers Ahead***

Pros:
Jo and Amy. Healthy, loving relationship, that didn't seem overdone or overly mushy.
POC character (which the author refrained from referring to as 'exotic')
Cute dog.
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Cons:
Pretty much every other character?
Darby, the 20 something character which sort of just felt like an embodiment of 'everything that's wrong with these damn kids these days! *shakes fist*' tbh it felt like the author was pissed at some youngin' while she was writing this book and instead of blaming the character for having faults she took the easy way out and just blamed her age/generation.
Dated. Blockbuster? A good place to work? ...Where does Darby work now? Toys r us?
The workaholic g/f (who I can't remember the name of) was clearly suffering from panic attacks, anxiety, that never gets addressed.
The one POC character saying: In this day and age I'd probably be more criticized for being gay than being black. (paraphrasing obvs.) ... bro... no... that's just.... no.
Also the author played it a little free and loose with the word "dyke" which I know some people don't mind, but I cringe every time I hear it.

I'm going to wrap this up by saying if this is your first Georgia Beers book, don't judge all her work by this one. Choose a different starting point. She's done much better stuff than this.

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  • Ann Hartman
  • 07-03-19

Nice read.

I enjoyed this book. The narrator did a very good job with all 8+ voices. The story was decent and had more potential, I thought. But it was dragged down with cliché lesbian drama. One thing missing, I believe, was an epilogue. It would have been great to know was up 3 months down the line for the other 5.

Overall, a good read.

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  • Desmond Clark
  • 16-03-17

Another Beers Gem

Wow another beautiful story! I mean Ms Beers is a true writer and story teller -- this was a most unique and plot twisting story ever! I want a sequel!! Just keep on writing -- and I'll keep one reading! Another memorable story with characters I want more of!! Loved this book! The reader was awesome!!

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  • Rox
  • 02-10-16

Not good at all.

I don't know what was worse, the story, or the narrator trying, and failing to do believable voices for the characters. There wasn't a single likable character here at all. One of the married couples in the book made such poor decisions, I'm not sure I'd like them if they were real people. None of the characters had anything beneath the surface.

One redeeming quality was that the author added a woman of color to the mix. However, that redemption is short lived because the romance/chemistry between her and the other woman was so boring, I hoped they'd continue to hate each other! Then to give them such a lame sex scene?! Come on! Why! Lol. Geesh.

Nothing was good here because it lacked so much. No sexy sex, just eh sex. No drama to distract from how boring it is. No spark between the characters. No nothing. 7 hours and 56 minutes I can't get back. I believe this was my first ever Georgia Beers book. It will likely be my last!

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