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Nobody Tells Lia Anything: Laugh Out Loud Paranormal Chick Lit

Spooky Matchmakers, Book 1
Narrated by: Rosie O'Toole
Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
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Summary

Lia needs ANSWERS from beyond, NOT matchmaking! 

When 20-something Lia’s grandmother dies, her life is knocked upside-down. In order to satisfy the terms of her inheritance, Lia is forced to move to the family’s apartment complex in the scenic mountain town of Applebarrow, leaving behind her dead-end job and long-term boyfriend, Jason. While she’s happy to fulfill her Granana’s unusual dying wish to play social director to the eclectic group of tenants, she’s surprised to discover they are not what she was expecting.  

Her days as an RA in her college dorm were inadequate preparation for personalities such as a jealous librarian who names her Thanksgiving turkeys, a charmingly naive mechanic who thinks New Wave is beach music, and a volatile menopausal woman who claims to be a delicate flower. 

To add to the mayhem, she meets Logan, an attractive young bartender with a penchant for rescuing her from absurd antics, such as losing her phone to a raccoon and thinking Long Island Iced Teas contain little alcohol. As Jason’s behavior becomes increasingly suspicious and erratic, Lia can’t help being drawn to Logan’s thoughtfulness, wit, and intense blue eyes. 

As she adapts to her new community, secrets and lies emerge, and Lia wonders what the deceased, AND living, people in her life are hiding. Working to uncover the evidence, Lia hopes a wacky, unexpected visitor from beyond will provide the answers she craves - before she loses her grip on reality, and the love of her life.

Nobody Tells Lia Anything is Book 1 in the Spooky Matchmakers series.

©2019 Carol Maloney Scott (P)2019 Carol Maloney Scott

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A cute Romance.

Its a fun story not too deep. It misses falling into tropes I hate. But the story is perhaps a bit long and the ghostly aspect over played in the blurb.
Ultimately a nice way to fill your commute.

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  • KK
  • 12-10-19

Fun

The story line is gentle and funny, not necessarily laugh out loud, but definitely involves a lot of quiet chuckles.

It starts with Lia's receiving a bequest from her grandmother, whose ghost adds an additional level of interest and chaos , as she makes no bones of her opinion of Lia's boyfriend, but can't tell Lia why because of certain restrictions on what ghosts are allowed to do, breaking these rules results in Lia's grandmother getting on the wrong side of celestial law.

I enjoyed the fact that much of the story includes people's complex relations, and no i don't really mean everyone jumping into bed with each other as in a farce, or maybe I do. I mean the silly hangups, likes and dislikes etc of a group of people that you quickly start to feel you really know. Poor Lia spends a lot of time trying to make sure the tenants in the apartment complex are happy and getting on together while having no idea of their quirks and friendships, with hilarious results.

The narration is very american, and why not, the narrator has no problem bring the different characters to life .

Having heard this audio book, I will definitely be reading and listening to more books from the author.

Read it, preferably while holding a Long Island Iced Tea, I think you will like it .

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest review

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  • Laura
  • 10-03-20

Okay - but a bit long

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

The book is advertised as "Laugh Out Loud Paranormal" - I did not find this to be true. I smiled a few times but no laugh out loud moments for me. At times, I found this story to be very tedious. Lia has a boyfriend Jason- and Lia is told on numerous occasions that he is not right for her - and Jason behaves on numerous occasions like he is not right for her. Lia is told on numerous occasions that her neighbor and bar owner Logan is perfect for her - and Logan is shown on numerous occasions that he is perfect for her. Yet, Lia complains about Jason and daydreams about Logan - over and over again. I get Lia's reluctance on not wanting to quickly give up on a long-term relationship - but, I'm sorry I just got tired of her wishy-washy behavior and every time it happened - Jason bad, Logan good - I audibly sighed. I think this would have been better had it been shorter.

The narrator, Rosie O'Toole, did a very nice job. She provided various voices for the different characters.

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  • glendaleona
  • 24-02-20

Yes I laughed out loud

Oh my goodness ‼️. I definitely laughed out loud, snorted, etc and was glad I was alone in my vehicle😂😂. I enjoyed this book tremendously.

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  • jennine.
  • 11-01-20

Fun ghostly will

Well told fun story that was quite entertaining that is clean and suitable for anyone.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-01-20

Funny

This book was funny and engaging. I am not usually into books with hauntings but this meddlesome ghost is a hoot.

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  • JLH
  • 22-11-19

Keeps You Interested, but a Little Long

If you're looking for a light, easy read this one fits that criteria. It's entertaining and keeps you interested enough to read to the end so you can find out what Jason is hiding, although I did think it dragged on a little longer then needed and felt the ending could have used a little bit more...but other then that, I did enjoy it.

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  • RBfrom RJA
  • 26-09-19

Surprisingly engaging.

Never saw the twists and turns of the plot before the ending. it was good listening to and enjoying the story.

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  • vanita Thornton
  • 25-09-19

this book was given to me at my request for review

this book was written with enthusiasm and was super entertaining. loved the way the grandmother kept coming back as a ghost to talk to her granddaughter.

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  • Aurora Dawn
  • 12-09-19

A Ghostly Granana Rom-Com

This was definitely one of the most entertaining reads I've had this year. In fact, I had so much fun with the printed version that when I saw there was an audio version available, I couldn't wait to give it a listen. I was definitely not disappointed with this thoroughly amusing story.
Whatever genre you prefer you should be able to find something in this one: paranormal, mystery, rom-com, family issues, small town living, wealthy heiress ... there's a little bit of everything wrapped up in a laugh- out- loud funny story that keeps delivering chuckles and surprises from start to finish.
Scott has created a full cast of characters I recognized from my own life, from the naive and trusting heroine to her melding Granana, hunky and ever helpful Logan, manipulative Jason and the whole gang at the Pentagon Place apartments. They're quirky, sometimes obnoxious and often self-absorbed, but together they are a community- even an extended family, and I came to love them all during the course of the book.
If you're looking for a light-hearted, sweet story for a vacation ride along, you can't go wrong with this one.

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  • Melissa
  • 05-09-19

Great characters, Living and dead!

Love Carol’s stories. I was thrilled to see she had another series starting and this included some ghosts.

Lia’s grandmother passes away and leaves her the estate... with one condition. Lia must move into an apartment complex and become the property manager / social director for the tenants. Confused by the request, Lia obeys and moves to Applebottom, VA to fulfill her Granana’s wishes. She leaves her boyfriend back in Richmond. As the story unfolds, Lia has to figure out what she really wants out of life. Does she want to move to Europe or does she want to stay in this small town? And who does she see this happening with? And how can she do this with her Grandmother’s ghost occasionally showing up? The cast of characters is hysterical. They are from all walks of life and have such distinct personalities. Can’t wait to see where the next one goes. The narrator did very well differentiating between so many people with so many distinct accents. It was easy to follow who was speaking. She seemed very enthusiastic about telling the story as well. Loved it. Def laugh out loud!

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  • Dee
  • 03-09-19

Interesting book one

No matter what I say after this, I did enjoy this book. Very much.

Okay, paranormal chick lit is a new genre for me. I must confess though - I did not care much for Lea. This book was more about Lea being an idiot than people not telling her anything. I mean, she was in a five year relationship and did not see it for what it was. Ugh.

Her move to "the Pentagon" was a good one for her, even if she was prompted to do so from the grave. I must add that I loved all of the characters living in the residences. They really elevated the story.

The narration was my favorite part. There were a host of characters with a host of ages and they all came across beautifully.

This is the first book in a new series and there was enough good stuff in it to make me come back for book two (especially if Lea is not the main character.)