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Halfway There

A Paranormal Women’s Fiction Novel (Midlife Mulligan, Book 1)
Narrated by: Nicole Poole
Series: Midlife Mulligan, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
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Summary

A paranormal women's fiction novel for anyone who thought adventure and magic stopped at 40. Guess again, it's just the beginning.  

I never expected I'd be one of those people who had a midlife crisis. Sure, I'm over 40 and married, but my kids are grown and moved out. Life is steady, if predictably boring.  

That all changes when my husband asks for a divorce and my whole world crashes. Everything I thought I knew, everything I am, gone in an instant. But I am not about to give up. After all, at my age, technically, I'm only halfway there. 

I am ready to tackle my do-over; my chance to become the me I've always dreamed of. Starting with moving into my late grandma's cottage and adopting a new kitten. 

However, my new life is a little odder than expected. Old books suddenly appearing in my house. Neighbors going missing. A supposed lake monster and a strange man who likes to skulk around with an axe. 

I'm going to need to lean on my friends, new and old, to help me navigate my midlife crisis. Together maybe we will find a way to beat the family curse ruining my second chance at life. 

Contains mature themes.

©2019, 2020 Eve Langlais (P)2020 Tantor

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  • Valerie
  • 09-07-20

Very Unsure

First a public service announcement. Never try to kill yourself by sticking your head in a gas oven, unless you want to take your neighbors and anyone entering the house with you. Unless you're found right away, your heirs won't have to worry about burial costs. Messy, very messy. Second, why do all these mid-life books have to have incredibly mean SOBs as husbands? It gets to be too much. I will say that the author has either researched well or had life experience re abuse, since she drops some true information about effects and treatment into the story mix. Third, I'm ambivalent about the narrator. Her words are always running full tilt. I'm not sure if that detracts from the story or adds verisimilitude to the narrator's state of mind. Fourth, I don't know why I'm reading all these suddenly appearing mid-life novels. I'm nearer to the end of life and know that a character entering her forties is facing her best years. She's even starting to peak sexually. Just saying. Fifth, why didn't I know this was a cliff hanger? I don't buy cliff hangers. If I were to pursue this series, I'll definitely wait until it ends and probably buy the last book. This is not to say it's boring. It starts out very boring then becomes interesting. However, I don't like cliff hangers.

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  • Coffeegirlk2
  • 05-07-20

Naomi was dealt a bad hand but she is just to much of a scatter brain for me.

The main character is a nice person who was dealt a lot of crap-tastic things in her life but instead of building her up, she has let it break her down. Her level of anxiety is too much. Also, I have a issue with the flow of the story. There are too many contradictions. For instance at one point Naomi ask’s what happened to the old mill and a character says that it shut down 10 years ago or so. However, later on in the book Naomi who hasn’t been to the town in 20 years says the last time she was at the mill was right after it shut down. If she was there after it shut down and that was 20 years ago, why would she ask someone what happened and they say 10 years ago it shut down. It is a petty thing but there is more than one of those little quirks in the book. The story isn’t bad, it’s very slow in the beginning and gets a little better but all in all there is no real spunk or suspense and it is hard to relate to Naomi when she is so over the top about everything.

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  • zafire11
  • 12-07-20

Disappointing!!

I love this author. But this book was horrible. I hate with passion the main character, Naomi. She is a naive, weeping, pathetic and weak character. The story lags and the ending is anticlimactic. I strongly DO NOT recommend this book.

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  • neichan
  • 05-07-20

Liked it...but

The ending puzzled the heck out of me. Nearly marked it down for that little weirdness. But I liked 99.99% of the story, so... I liked the narrator. Will follow with the next book, no doubt.

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  • Perkykeri
  • 01-07-20

Great story

I really liked this story. A little magic, a little mystery and some really good comedy.

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  • Danielle Bastian
  • 30-07-20

Unfortunately Disappointed

I was really hopeful for this book. I am obsessed with Nicole Poole and, as ever, she didn’t disappoint in her narration. I love Eve Langlais and have loved this new genre coming out of kick butt women who give no f****s and who know that midlife is not the end of life, but this one fell flat for me. Primarily because the leading lady kept her head so far in the sand that it got embarrassing. This is fine for me normally, but it was through the ENTIRE story. If I wanted a clueless heroine who chooses to play small and be willfully obtuse, I would choose a different genre since that is everywhere. I kept hoping she would wake up to the truth, or have it shoved in her face, or something! Alas, it wasn’t to be. Hopefully the next books will give the heroine some redemption, but I don’t know that I’ll be spending the points to find out.

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  • Cathy M
  • 25-06-20

disappointed :(

I wanted to really like this book but the first 5 hours were really just a pity party by the main character. The last 2 plus hours were setting up for the next book. Aside from the main character, the others were interesting. The whole thing was just too slow moving for my taste. However, as usual, Nicole Poole was an excellent narrator and brought everything she could to the characters.

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  • Marti DeGregorio
  • 17-08-20

Sadly Disappointed

While I enjoy this author's books normally, I must admit that by the fifth and sixth chapters I was literally frustrated with the whining, moaning, and frankly weak main character. It’s fine to have doubts and moments of weakness ... but seriously? With a verbally abusive POS husband of 20 years, you’d think maybe she might find some dignity after awhile. I kept hoping. There are 10 year olds with more sense and maturity. The storyline (as far as I got before I couldn’t listen any more) had potential and the narration was as good as one could be when whining and insecurity is all you have to work with. I’m just so disappointed. I really looked forward to this series. Now I will be exchanging both books. Teach me to buy more than one at a time. 😢

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  • Travellover
  • 17-08-20

Midlife magic fun

Either Midway or halfway as you choose to look at it...this is a fun listen. Nicole Poole as always is fabulous. The story is a bit slow at the start but then it gets more interesting. Clearly a series. Lots of mysteries to unwrap. I love that adult children come into the story. Also I’m glad to see a character in the story is LGBTQ friendly. Definitely will read/listen to other books in series.

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  • kimberly self
  • 24-06-20

So good

Wow what a start loved it and Nicole did an awesome job on narration you need to read

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