Sara Summers Stanton has raised three children and works as a high school teacher at the same school she attended growing up. Her 25-year marriage is showing cracks in the facade and now she's dealing with breast cancer. In a rare moment of taking care of herself instead of everyone else, Sara takes a sabbatical and goes on the trip to Italy she has always dreamed of taking. This search for a more authentic life leads to Julia, a friend she hasn't seen since they were inseparable as girls, nearly 30 years earlier.
They reunite in Florence and their friendship continues where they left off, resulting in an unexpected attraction to each other that threatens to turn Sara's already shaky world upside down. What do you do if you fall in love with your best friend? Sara's inner conflict and subsequent choices reveal an unpredictable yet dynamic future for all the characters. Seeking Sara Summers is an emotional and lyrical novel, a timeless story about love, commitment, and transformation.
©2008 Susan Gabriel (P)2013 Susan Gabriel
"A classy love story with wonderful Italian setting"
I’ve read (or listened to) plenty of fiction in my life, everything from junky beach books to classic literature. I loved this audiobook. Gabriel is a clever, funny, profound writer who quickly takes you into the inner world of her characters, while taking you on an external journey that kept me listening. Sara’s character comes across very clearly and her transformation is inspiring. Big life changes in middle age are rarely easy and the author treats the challenges intelligently. A really satisfying story. And I enjoyed the narration a lot!
This story had me in its grips from beginning to end. I was not sure how such conflict could be resolved, but the plot was woven into a beautiful conclusion. Gabriel is a masterful writer.
"Good story not so good narration"
Really wish the author didn't attempt to read her own book. I enjoyed the premise of the story and it wasn't badly written but it was sometimes hard to get through the narration.
"Couldn't Make It"
Not sure if the story was good or not. The narration put me to sleep. Her monotone voice made it too boring to go on.
The book was very good. Nice easy read. However the narration was awful. Broken up, voice had no emotion and you could hear background noises.
"This is a lovely book"
I have low expectations for lesbian novels, as well...the standard is a little below par, however, this book was lovely. It was tender and insightful and measured and emotional. Above all, the tone was quiet and understated. The story was in the hands of a lady who can write and who does so with a 'less is more' attitude. This book touched me and stayed with me. The story isn't earth shattering or anything, but it is one of quite desperation and moments of courage and beauty. Well worth a read.
"Potentially a great book, ruined by the narration"
A seemingly prolific author, will not do well in audible if she continues to narrate her own books, award winning writing can be ruined if not narrated well.
This story, as far as I was able to tolerate the narrator seemed full of satire and dark humour, with likeable introspection. Sadly I couldn't progress beyond the 4th chapter because of the awful, monotonous, tedious voice, with sentences read so long one hears as she draws a deep breath, worse when she gulps...
This is the exact same mistake made by the author of 'Very Strange Damn Thing' who went on to write sequels read by professional narrators. In her case I was able to finish her 1st novel as it was short, but Gabriel makes her book sound depressing, even though it's not!
In contrast, Philip Pullman who narrates all the books in his trilogy makes them come alive.
Shame, it had potential, I'll never know about finding Julia unless I buy the book or it is released with better narration.
"Hard to review"
I was very much looking forward to listening to this story. However, I found the voice really difficult to listen to after 6/7 minutes. I tried several times but I could not get past the first 2 chapters. So I cannot review the story sadly.
"Simple and touching"
Touching book, perhaps because it was like my story. Listened to this book in a day. A second book please
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