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Living

By: Lise Gold
Narrated by: TJ Richards
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

During her morning exercise, yoga instructor Cam Saunders finds herself rescuing a young woman who has walked into the sea, seemingly intent on taking her own life. When the woman in question turns out to be a famous actress, Cam promises to keep her secret safe.

Six months later, America’s sweetheart Ella Temperley is working hard to get her life back on track, grieving the loss of her twin sister and fighting a deep depression. Despite her fame, she feels alone in the world and keeps thinking of the woman she owes her life to.

After Ella shows up in Cam’s life again, the two become closer than they ever imagined possible. But what happens when friendship turns into attraction? Living is a slow-burn coming-out romance about loss, love, and life.

©2019 Lise Gold Books (P)2019 Lise Gold Books

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Highly recommended!!!

The story was a completely new take on a celebrity romance. After reading the plot I kind of expected the story to be sad and heavy but it wasn't. It was very sweet and funny and left me feeling good about life.
Lise Gold wrote an exceptionally great book and TJ Richards did an amazing Job narrating it.

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Wonderful story, great narration

Living is one of my favorite books this year, probably in my Top 5. I wouldn’t have read it again so soon since I remembered a lot, yet when the audiobook came out, narrated by TJ Richards, I couldn’t wait.

There’s something about Lise Gold’s books, some sort of inherent hope that makes even the most seemingly desperate situations feel like they can be overcome. Ella lost her twin sister to an accident two years ago. Her life has felt meaningless and empty since, and she’s convinced she can’t pretend anymore. Cam rescues her right in time. Not only does she take care of her, she doesn’t care that she’s famous, which makes Ella feel even safer, and, later on, loved.

There are many layers to this novel. It’s a reflection on mental health and how important getting help and finding the right therapist is but it’s also a celebrity romance, with Ella being a famous Hollywood actress who has to deal with an almost complete lack of privacy.

I really like TJ Richards’ narration style, and she did a great job here, once more. I never had any doubt as to who was talking (which happens too often), she had very distinctive and fitting voices for all the characters, especially the main ones. And there are small things that make the narration stand out, the way the characters breathe, the hesitations in their voices at times, very subtle details that make it really excellent. It’s especially true for Ella, I think.

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Thought Provoking

Lise is one of those author's who can put the reader in the characters situation. It is Ella Temperley, a famous Hollywood actress, birthday. Having lost her twin she has decided to end it all by walking into the sea.

Cam Saunders, a Yoga instructor, watching this from her patio doors had other ideas. This is a touching story showing how 2 people who work in total circles can help each other with their problems. This is a slow burn romance but during the process we see how each character desks with their loss and how the outcome would impact on friends and relations.

This is a must read book that shows that if you do feel lonely and feel as though no one cares that you should talk to someone and seek help.

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  • 23-10-19

great story. you won't be disappointed

You will probably read many good reviews and see many 5 and 4 star ratings for this romance. Please believe them all. If you like a really moving & gripping story, populated by relateable, loveable (and some hateable🙄) characters, you will love this.
I listened to one Lise Gold book before this one, and I really liked it. But this is just in another league. If you like writers like Kris Bryant and even Georgia Beers and Melissa Braden, please give this a try. It is so well written, ,sweet and hot and I found that I didn't want to miss a word. Never listened to this narrator before, but I am now going to look out for anything else she does. What a find 😎

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  • Emyrinth
  • 06-11-19

Wow

That was a beautiful story. I really needed a story like this in my life. Happy, sexy, serious, silly, sad. Enough happy, sexy, and silly to make dealing with the serious and sad worth it and leave me smiling and giggling more often than not. TJ Richards did an amazing job as always. I could easily differentiate who was speaking at any given time, her voice is pleasant to listen to, and her pacing is on point.

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  • 31-10-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this story

Lise Gold has written a wonderful story that grabbed my attention from the first word and TJ Richards has done a fabulous job of bringing the characters to life. The way Lise brings in the subjects of depression, suicide, mental health and shows that with therapy someone can come back from the brink of suicide and learn to live again and be happy.

I could easily distinguish between characters and that is a big thing for me. If I'm constantly trying to figure out who is suppose to be talking\thinking then it's tough to follow the story. Well done TJ Richards.

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  • Molly
  • 29-01-20

Just Eh.

The story line was decent, the characters believable for LA. The second half of the book was just so-so. the plot was predictable. The narrator had a little Canadian accent that made it hard to believe with the setting in Los Angeles.

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  • 14-02-20

Engaging beginning

Started out strong with an interesting story and likable main characters. Here and there it lost me though and had me rolling my eyes at the over the top sweetness. However, kudos to the author who impressively handled the topics of depression and suicide with so much respect. Despite the heavy subject matters, the book kept things light for the most part.

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  • DB
  • 10-02-20

So many excellent reviews...

And the one review that panned "Living" is the one I resonate with the most. It is an ok listen/read but it didn't pull me in. The premise is interesting and the kismet kept me listening but overall it wasn't enough. In fact, with three hours to go I think I'm done. Those who loved it REALLY loved it; take those reviews into consideration. For me, the characters didn't feel like 20 somethings in this day and age...maybe back in the late 80s (but not from the Valley!) Even the dialog felt dated. Had they been in their 40s it might have felt more congruent. I liked the premise, I loved the therapist and some of the references to spirituality and love but in the end it didn't pull together for me. And the narration was more of a distraction than something that made the story flow better.

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  • Crissy
  • 27-01-20

Read this book.

I usually do not write book reviews, I only rate them. I’ve search for a GOOD lesbian fiction. I’m really glad I found this book! The performance was great, the characters were very distinct! Their development was excellent and I became vested in their stories. There were some moments that were classic lesbian fiction, but overall it was just a super good read! I’m picky and am very glad I picked this book.

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  • Marci H.
  • 26-01-20

Very entertaining

It was a good book and worth the price. It gives you a good idea of celebrity life and dealing with loss.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-01-20

Very captivating

Loved the storyline so much. I related to Ella more than Cam but they were both amazing characters. The narration was great as well.

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  • WoodPhoenix
  • 06-12-19

Great Use of Dialogue

Ms. Gold really knows how to make her characters sound real. I typically like faster paced stories but I decided to take my time with this one and am so glad I did. Just sit back and let a good story teller take you away. And someone please tell TJ Richards that someone in Texas has a horrible crush on her reading skills. And thus her voice. Just sayin'...