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Summary

They're the only two single ladies on the lesbian love boat. Can opposites attract?

Jeanie Brooks is a small town history teacher who sometimes looks before she leaps, but when she books a last minute river cruise for lesbian singles, she knows she'll have no regrets. Two weeks of beautiful women and glorious adventure against the backdrop of Europe's most famous cities - what more could she want? 

Eleanor Fielding is an actuarial accountant from Manhattan, and an expert at assessing risk from every angle. Analytical and reserved, the only thing worse than spending the summer floating around with a gaggle of desperate single women is the prospect of her sister nagging her for all eternity if she refuses to go. 

But thanks to a ticketing error, Jeanie and Eleanor unexpectedly find themselves the only two eligible women on the Danube. What starts as an awkward alliance to salvage some enjoyment from the trip soon transforms into something more. When it comes to love, can this odd-couple learn to dance to the same rhythm?

©2016 Miranda MacLeod (P)2018 Miranda MacLeod

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Lovely light hearted story

If your after a light hearted easy read. This is for you. I lovely story filled with understanding, fun and love

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Sweet and very funny

Waltzing on the Danube is a perfect example of opposites attract. Eleanor, a wealthy Jewish actuarial accountant from New York, needs plans and routines and to do everything by the book, literally. She gets panic attacks when things don’t go according to plans, and she’s convinced her quirks are what cost her her relationships so far. Her sister has booked her on a lesbian singles cruise, and while she loves her sister, she hates the idea. Crowds make her anxious, as does meeting new people.

Jeanie is the exact opposite. Everything she does is on impulse, flying by the seat of her pants, she loves adventures and taking risks, and she’s sure everything will be alright in the end. Because it usually is. She’s a high school history teacher and though she’s good at it, it’s definitely not her dream job. She has studied art history and was hoping to become a museum curator but life got in the way. She comes from an ordinary family and has never been able to afford traveling outside the US, so this cruise across Europe is a very big deal to her.

When they meet and realize the cruise is not what they expected at all, both women react in very different ways. Eleanor plans to spend her time alone with books on the private balcony of her expensive suite, away from the other passengers. Jeanie takes everything in stride: even if she won’t meet the love on her life on this trip, it doesn’t mean she can’t enjoy it and make new friends anyway. They (of course) end up spending much more time together than planned, and falling for each other despite everything.

I felt like Eleanor’s anxiety was dealt with in a sensitive manner, and the fact that she was able to see the humor in some of her habits made it okay for them to be used in comical situations at times. Jeanie was unexpectedly understanding and kind, and very lovable. As I wrote at the start of this review, I’m not the guffawing type but this book took me by surprise. Stephanie Murphy’s narration was perfect for it.

This was my first book by Miranda MacLeod and I’m looking forward to reading more.

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Lovely and sweet

Sweet romance along the Danube. I really enjoyed the characters and how they completed each other. The narrator did a great job.

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  • Erik Dutton
  • 15-01-19

Sweet and fluffy!

NOTE: I won a download of this audiobook in a drawing, but I would likely have read the e-book anyway at some point.

First, the good stuff: I loved the adorkable leads, and was rooting for them every step of the way! This is a genuinely sweet, fun love story with about as little angst as it's possible to have between two humans and still have a story. :) I grew increasingly amused as the "coincidences" piled up and guided them down the road to love despite their best efforts... and I also appreciated when the end twisted and put the resolution squarely back into the characters' hands.

The author still has bit of a tendency to over-explain things that could be left implied, but less so than in her previous title I reviewed (Holme for the Holidays, which was also still cute), and the reader is not my favorite (but I'm very picky when it comes to performance, so I'm probably not the best judge), but overall I'm glad I listened to it. Enjoy!

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  • JenniG
  • 06-08-21

Just Painful

Don't buy it. Story is dull along with the narrator. It felt like a 2aste of money to not finish especially since Amazon doesn't let you return anymore. So I finished it out of principle. It doesn't get better I promise.

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  • Carolyn G. Manuel
  • 01-05-21

Opposites Attract

When two lesbians are the only single people on a seniors line dancing cruise, it seems like they should at least socialize with each other. But one is a risk adverse actuarial insurance forecaster and the other a high school history teacher who plans almost nothing. Will these women find any thing in common and get together? A fun romance and relationship story and great narration. Love the author.

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  • Tammi
  • 27-04-21

The story was ok enough, but...

Personally, I struggled with the narration. The writing is good, the story is cute, but it all fell flat for me with the narrator. This may have been a better read than listen.

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  • pipsqueakreviews
  • 05-04-21

Such a fun holiday romance!

This is the first book of the Americans Abroad series but it can be read out of sequence as it is a standalone... and oh my, what a fun one this was. I'm beginning to appreciate MacLeod's writing more and more, especially her humour. The premise itself was hilarious - Two American women boarded what they had thought was a lesbian singles cruise only to find out they were the only two eligible women around because of a ticketing mishap. And I thought it was pretty clever to have Jeanie and Eleanor as complete opposites and yet at the same time have them stuck with each other for two whole weeks with literally no other dating options.

It's lighthearted and I'm glad I listened to the audiobook instead of reading this one because it was great hearing Jeanie sound so excitable about everything. And she complemented Eleanor's anxious and OCD self really well.

This is my first experience with Stephanie Murphy narrating and I got used to her pretty fast. I thought her voice suited the lightheartness of the story, though somewhere in the middle, it became a little hard to distinguish Jeanie from Eleanor.

𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘰𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘷𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸.

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  • Avril
  • 30-10-20

Loved it!

I really enjoyed this story by Miranda MacLeod. Stephanie Murphy did a fantastic job narrating this one too! It's sweet, funny, and a little angsty. Definitely an enjoyable listen.

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  • GAILE T.
  • 12-05-20

Definitely opposite attraction

Miranda MacLeod has become one of my favorite authors. Waltzing on the Danube is a bit of a slow burn with the love between Eleanor and Jeanie. Jeanie has the patience of an angel with the sometimes rude Eleanor. Stephanie Murphy, as usual, does a great job with narration.

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  • Carey Durden
  • 06-04-20

So damn Funny!

Miranda MacLeod has such a great wit in her writings! She has amazing on-line zingers! The narrator has great comedic timing in presenting the storyline!

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  • RNPride
  • 29-03-20

Sweet love story between an unlikely pair of women

This was a sweet love story between an unlikely pair of women. It was about personal growth and doing things that are important to the other person. There were a couple of twists that I didn't expect. I listened to it every chance I got because I wanted to know what happened next. That plus the fact that I love Stephanie Murphy as a narrator! I've gotten several books simply because she narrated them. As usual she didn't disappoint!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-01-20

Ending

I don’t like the ending I think it’s a coo out. It feels like there could have been at least another chapter or two about the proposal the wedding, and about finishing the degree about Eleanor finding a more challenging job etc