Jocelyn Minton is a woman torn between two worlds. Her mother grew up attending private schools and afternoon teas, but she married the local handyman. After her mother died when Joce was only five years old, her father remarried into his own class, and Joce became an outsider - until she met Edilean Harcourt. Although she was sixty years Joce's senior, Miss Edi was a kindred soul who understood her like no one else ever had.
When Miss Edi passes away, she leaves Joce all her worldly possessions, including an eighteenth-century house and a letter with clues to a mystery that began in 1941. In the letter, Miss Edi also mentions that she has found the perfect man for Joce -- a handsome young lawyer. Joce is shocked to learn that the mystery, the house, and the future love of her life are all in Edilean, a small town in Virginia that Miss Edi never told her about. Hurt that the woman who meant so much to her kept so many secrets, Jocelyn moves to this tight-knit village in an attempt to understand the legacy that has been left to her. As she begins to dig into Miss Edi's mystery, she soon discovers some shocking surprises about her family's history and her own future - and she meets a man with his own mysterious past.
©2009 Jude Deveraux (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
Over all impression is good. I liked the story. But it felt that it was not developed enough. Found myself wanting to hear more about Edi and David. But may be it's just me, being spoiled by Diana Gabaldon's books.... Anyway, don't regret listening to it. Liked the narration.
"Story within a Story"
I really enjoyed this book, and frankly, thought the story within the story was better than the main character's story. I did feel that it ended rather apruptly though, and would have like a little more fleshing out of the relationship between the two main characters.
The story of Edilean and David.
She varied her voice well and her voice is easy to listen to. I liked her, but I thought she made the main characters sound just a tad wimpy.
yes, the end of the story of Edilean and David
On to the next chapter of the Edilean story.
"Love The Series"
I love the Ediliene Series whether it's book form or audio form. Out of the ones I have read/listened to, this wasn't my favorite, but I still love waiting to hear what's next for the characters and how they all connect to each other. But I wish that the whole series was available in audio. I'd like to listen to them from the first book to the last. Jude Deveraux is one of my favorite authors.
I really enjoyed the novel and I drove the long way home several evening just to keep listnening. I actually cried becuase the story was touching.
Jude Deveraux is extremely clever with her smart one liners and quick whit. I really wanted to like this book as much as I loved Night in Shining Armor but this fell short. I cannot say I did not enjoy reading this book but overall the story seemed very slow and not that engaging. I will not give up on JD and hopefully the next will be better.
"should have been book #2."
These books were out of order and unfortunately have different narrator's. The narrator to this book has the same voice for all the characters, I had to back up a lot because I didn't know who was talking. The narrator can't hold a candle to Davina Porter. To bad she didn't read this one. I hope book 3 has some of the same characters, but from the description it doesn't. It has another narrator change, hope she is better. The best part was the ending, a real tear jerker.
Delightful, Intriguing, Satisfying
Miss Edie was my favorite character of this story. Her mystery is uncovered layer by layer after her death, as seen through the eyes of Jocelyn, the woman whom she befriended as a young girl. Jose believed she knew all there was to know about Miss Edie, but then found that she knew very little. She is hurt by all the secrets and sets out to find the truth about this woman who was so important to her, and Miss Edie's story begins to unfold. Love, adventure, and tragedy; tears and laughter are all here. The ending is very satisfying. Barbara McCulloh's performance is wonderful.
"sweet, innocent, and perfectly suitable for teens"
The wittiness of the characters was the most enjoyable.
Slightly boring in comparison. The romance was implied yet non-existent. It was also sometimes difficult distinguishing the change of characters, because they all sounded alike.
the quick wit and personalities of the characters.
Although Ms Deveraux is one of my favorite authors, this series is not one I would follow. I'd rather the Taggert/Montgomery series.
"The ending was a disaster. I wasn't breathtaking"
I was expecting an ending with more spice between Jos e and Luke
The idea for the story was a good one but I found the book to be average at best. There is no passion or sizzle or big "a-ha" moments. While I appreciate the narrators efforts, it was very much like having your Grandmother read a bedtime story to you. No attempt to give any of characters a personality or different voice, just read the book. Relationships just "happened" .... no build up or explanation. It had the makings of a great story.
"A mystery left unsolved"
I loved the book and the story was great but the ending wasn't finished because l still wanted to know the secret between Ms Eddie and Alex; so for this reason I couldn't give the final star.
I'm enjoying the story, it is the first of Jude Deveraux that I,ve listened to. However I am finding the Narration hard going. I am looking really forward to book 2. narrated by Davina Porter she is a dream to listen to and really brings the stories alive
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