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A magical novel about love and rivalry among the lobster pots. 

On two remote islands off the coast of Maine, the local lobstermen have fought savagely for generations over the fishing rights to the ocean waters between them. Young Ruth Thomas is born into this feud, the daughter of one of the greediest lobstermen in Maine. 

Eighteen years old, as smart as a whip and irredeemably unromantic, Ruth returns home from boarding school determined to throw her education overboard and join the 'stern men'. As the feud escalates, she helps work the lobster boats, brushes up on her profanity and eventually falls for a handsome young lobsterman. 

A funny, sparkling novel of unlikely friendships and family ties, Stern Men captures a feisty American spirit through this unforgettable heroine who is destined for greatness despite herself.

©2000 Elizabeth Gilbert (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Long and drawn out. Terrible narrator

50% of this book was filled with pointless conversations that did nothing for plot or character development. It was a chore to listen to this and the terrible narrator didn’t help. I persevered because I have loved Gilbert’s other work and kept waiting for it to get better. It did pick up towards the end somewhat but overall very disappointing.

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Brilliant story

This story is a true gem. Pity about the narrator with her terrible accents. Still enjoyed it despite the cringe worthy performance.

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slow burner, worth the time

Was worried it would just fizzle, I was attached to the characters, deeply satisfying ending

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