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Summary

When Lila Moore inherits her grandfather's house, she finds herself in a small Midwestern town where margarine is never an acceptable substitution for butter, a coveted family recipe can serve as currency, and the friend who will take your darkest secrets to the grave will still never give you the secret to her prize-winning begonias.

Lila is charmed by the people of Auburn, from the blue-eyed lawyer with the Southern drawl to the little old lady who unceasingly tries to set Lila up with her grandson. But when strange things begin to happen, Lila realizes some of her new friends are guarding a secret like it's a precious family heirloom. It's a dangerous secret, and it has come back to haunt them. Lila is caught in the middle, and her life may depend on uncovering it. But even if she can, can she stay in Auburn when not everyone is what they seem, and even the house wants her gone?

©2014 Jessica L. Randall (P)2016 Jessica L. Randall

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Great Start

Lila inherits her grandfather's house, in Auburn Nebraska, upon his death. Lila stays a while and meets the people of the town. One old lady keeps trying to set up Lila with her grandson, Max. I liked the characters in this book, I really liked Lila. She seems so relatable. I like books set in small towns, you get to know more about the characters. I love that everyone knows everyone and they're business. This is my first book by Jessica Randall and I'll be sure to finish this series.

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Don’t judge this book by its cover

I enjoyed this audiobook but I feel it was rather let down by the terrible narration. The narrator is monotone, and pauses in random places, to say nothing of her high-pitch squawking. The book also does not match the cover; the cover suggested a historical piece, or one for an older audience, or with an older main character, it didn’t fit at all.

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  • Chris
  • 04-03-18

Fun and quirkiness fills this story cover-to-cover!

This story takes place in a quirky small town in the South. There is little time to ponder in this story, it moves quickly and includes a young woman who inherits her grandfather’s home after his death, a bevy of older women who see themselves as Jessica Fletcher-style sloughs, and an old house full of mysteries. After you have read The Obituary Society, you will surely consider and ponder the many characters, twists and turns. Top-notch performance. Excellent read.

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  • M.Lee Fox
  • 16-09-17

Decent read.

The story was decent, stupid at times, but mostly enjoyable. There were many characters for the narrator to keep track of, which she did with well, but with accents leaving something to be desired.

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  • Lilly
  • 25-02-16

I loved hearing this book. it's really fabulous.

great nostalgia and suspense. I also laughed out loud many times. the imagery was nice too. hope she does many more. good for a road trip or commute.

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  • Sara Landon
  • 23-01-21

Darkly mysterious and quirky fun at the same time

Lila has inherited her grandpa's house in a small Nebraskan town. Grandpa moved away many years ago and Lila didn't know why. After moving back to restore the house, she connects with her aunt and her group of lady friends called the "Obituary Society" and she slowly learns that there are secrets hiding in her house and in the town. This was an enjoyable story, with fun characters and a mystery and conclusion that I didn't see coming.
The narrator did an excellent job with the characters and with the narration in general.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Dee
  • 13-08-20

Decent story.

This was a decent story with a decent premise but it had some confusing elements that I never quite settled into it. Well, I did, and then a character would pop up and their existence was never quite explained. And what was the deal with the dreams/supernatural. And that ending was just plain, well, silly.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 19-06-20

Good

Living in a small town can be challenging, there is a wrong way of doing or using things. Like with the margarine, that is a no. The secrets that have been around for generations, Interesting plot, and good narration by Clark which I enjoyed. Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion