Narrated by Tanya Eby
I have to preface this review with the fact that I usually love the author’s works. There was a time when I was first introduced to her that I binged the books with ferocity.
If the ominous beginning was not obvious enough, this was not the book for me. The author did her usual great job of bringing the characters to life, and the narrator was very good as well, but the story itself was not my cup of tea.
First, there were three characters of different ages and with various issues, which is something I usually enjoy, but I did not ‘feel’ the usual camaraderie. First, we have the owner of the titular Boardwalk Books. She has been burnt by love, familial and otherwise, and now is wary. Her behaviour felt a little off. The eldest of the trio, a happily divorced mother of two, was probably the most realistic of the people I encountered, but I thought it dragged a little. I thought I would like the last character the best because she had her finger in so many different pies, but that was not to be.
I hold the author in high esteem and usually think of the characters as being well-rounded and interesting. It is probably because of my previous experience with her books that this felt a little flat. I kept hoping for something to hook me in and listened to it all the way through. Sometimes things do not click. I am always sad when it is with something I usually enjoy.
I know that many think that books like this cannot be deep, but I love the ones that manage to do just that in this genre. I would still recommend this to those who like experimenting with this genre because I cannot be sure if my high expectations are the main reason for my experience here. I would still pick up another book by the author if given a chance.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own listening experience.