On the eve of her wedding in 1978, Shay Garrett peers into the antique mirror in her family's longtime home, the famous Victorian Gingerbread House on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado and falls unconscious only to wake in the body of her own grandmother Brandy on the eve of her wedding in 1900. The virginal Brandy, in turn, awakes in Shay's body in 1978 to discover herself pregnant. What follows is a fascinating look at how two women - and their families - cope with this strange and even humorous situation. A classic tale of two women lost in time...
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"Fun time travel"
Low expectations when it started but I the interesting premise made it a good read. What was nice is that it felt like historical fiction of the good but not terrifically highbrow kind. Something perhaps locally published that you might find in the gift shop of say, the Boulder History Museum . The food for thought was the well presented case that life 80 years earlier while harder was perhaps better in some ways -simpler, more personal accountability and less bland.
Maybe a bit too much fainting but I suppose it comes with the genre.
Lynda the narrator. I liked her voice and dramatization but this sounded like it was recorded in her den with occasional mildly distracting background noises.
"Save your credits and read the book."
Having a different reader. I hated the way it was performed, the reader was simply awful.
Having someone else read the book. I don't have anything positive to say about the performance. I am not a negative person & I try to find good in everything, however I have nothing good to say about this performance.
I read this book many years ago and I loved it. I have since lost my copy and when I saw Audible had it available I was very excited. My excitement immediately turned to disappointment and anger that I wasted a credit. I normally listen to a sample before purchasing , however I let my excitement at finding the title take over and purchased without listening. I don't normally take the time to write negative reviews , but this is so bad I felt like it was my civic duty to warn others.
"A beloved book, not so great recording"
I remember reading this book when it was first printed, and since it is not available in electronic format I was looking forward to the Audible version of an old favorite. Alas, there is a lot of background noises that makes me wonder where it was recorded, and many errors in the narrative. Still, I will most likely listen to it again, because I enjoy the story.
"Very Superficial - Wish It Had More Depth"
I was hooked on 'time-travel' after reading the Outlander series and hoping for something with just a hint of those books. While this book was okay, I found myself wishing it would go into more depth. I felt the characters were flat & wooden and the events in their lives were quickly glossed over without any fleshing-out. As by a reviewer before me, the book seemed to have been recorded in someone's home. There were distracting background noises (conversations, water running, possible a TV, etc). This was the first of many, many books where I've encountered this. If you're looking for a romantic time-travel type book, try the Outlander series and also Ferney by James Long (which isn't quite time travel, but similar).
Probably not. The performance leaves a bit to be desired. Lynda Evans, although she may be a good screen actress, is not a very good narrator.
Brandy Harriet McCabe is my favorite character. I love her sense of morality.
Not really. And her inflections, pauses and timing were not always appropriate.
I've read this book many times and it's one of my favorites.
"Love the story - hate the recording"
I read this book many times when I was younger and loved it. On a whim, I checked to see if it was available as audio and instantly used one of my credits to buy it when I found it on Audible. Didn't anyone listen to this to edit and correct before it was released? Even if I didn't know the story almost by heart from reading it so many times, I would have caught the glaring mistakes in narration. What should have been Madden was spoken once as Maddox, Merrick became Mark, 1890 was read as 1980, on and on until it became really annoying. If I did not already know the story so well, I would have had a hard time following the character dialogue because the narrator didn't create enough difference in each character's voice to tell them apart and often lost what little difference there was until everybody sounded exactly the same - like she was too tired to make the effort. The quality of the recording itself was really unprofessional. You could hear pages turning and other background noises. Also the beginning of each chapter (announcing chapter one, two, etc) was tacked on as an afterthought and sounded like it was recorded at a different time - maybe even a different studio. I gave it a 4 overall only because I was so delighted to find it in audio and I really do love the story.
"lost another credit :("
I was told this was a good book. I didn't like it. Still trying to get through it. Not a good time travel book at all.
"Good Story, Audio ... Not So Much"
The story was good & kept me engaged. Unfortunately, the quality of the recording wasn't very good & was a distraction at times. Also, the narrator probably should avoid doing accents in the future. I am familiar with Cornish accents & I didn't even realize that the accent she was doing was supposed to be Cornish. Even so, overall it was worth listening to.
"Good Story ok performance"
The story was very good but the only fly in the ointmint was that sometimes you could hear the narrator turning the page.
Way up there
The performance seemed a bit flat. Good job between men and women, but not so much between Shea and Brandy. The female voices were a little confusing at times.
A cracking good story. This time travel story fully explores characters, while offering an insight into history.
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