Sue Brown is known for her angst, but she is equally talented at the more light-hearted faire.
Author: Sue Brown
Narrator: Max Lehnen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
When Liam Marshall’s best friend, Alex, loses his fight with colon cancer, he leaves Liam one final request: buy a ticket to Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, and scatter Alex’s ashes off the pier. Liam is tired, worn out, and in desperate need of a vacation, but instead of sun, sea, sand, and hot cabana boys, he gets a rickety old train, revolting kids, and no Ewan MacGregor.
Liam would have done anything for his friend, but fulfilling Alex’s final wish means letting go of the only family Liam had left. Lost, he freezes on the pier… until Sam Owens comes to his rescue.
Sam’s family has vacationed on the Isle of Wight every year for as long as he can remember, but he’s never met anyone like Liam. Determined to make Liam’s vacation one to remember, Sam looks after him—in and out of the bedroom. He even introduces Liam to his entire family. But as Sam helps Liam let go, he’s forced to admit that he wants Liam to hang on—not to his old life, but to Sam and what they have together.
If you are looking for Sue Brown to rip out your heart, she has plenty of stories to offer you, but Isle of… Where? is not one. It is one of her more low-angst offerings. Despite Liam’s purpose for being in England (the death of his best friend), I never really felt the heart string tugging that could have been there. I think part of that can be attributed to listening, as opposed to reading, the story. I liked Liam, though he was a little up-tight. Sam was a riot. their insta-love was a little quick for me, but I know there are many out there that devour love at first blush stories. This would be a good one for you.
All that being said, I picked up the second story in the series as soon as I finished Where?, so obviously the characters burrowed in and wouldn’t let go.
This is the 4th or 5th book I have listened to narrated by Max Lehnen. I always know I am going to get a quality product with his narrations. This was no exception. I am not from the UK, so I can not speak to how well he did the accent for the British characters, but he slipped between the British and American accents seamlessly depending on who was talking. After the first chapter his voice fell away and left only the story.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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