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The Girl in the Corner

Lu par : Amanda Prowse
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From bestselling author Amanda Prowse comes the poignant tale of a woman who has always been there for her family. But will they be there for her?

Rae-Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts. They’ve shared twenty-five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard’s larger-than-life sister. But now, on the night of their wedding anniversary, Howard reveals a shocking betrayal that leaves Rae reeling.

Heartbroken, she takes Dolly on her would-be anniversary trip to Antigua and the two women drink and dance and talk like they haven’t in years. But in the break from real life, Rae realizes her choices have always been made for her, and suddenly she’s questioning not only her fragile marriage but also her one-sided friendships. Is she really the pushover everyone else sees?

When Howard comes looking for reconciliation, Rae has a choice to make: keep the peace, as she always has, or put herself first for once and find out who she really is.

©2018 Amanda Prowse. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Sarah
  • 15/06/2019

Deep Insight -Great Listen

I was entranced from the first words and hated to put the book down. It is very insightful, told from a woman's point of view. It begins with the early stages of the relationships and shows how they evolve over the years.

Most of the book is centered around her husband's one transgression - his attempts to make amends and her inability to forgive and forget. Towards the end the story inevitably slips into Lifetime movie territory (not that there's anything wrong with that). Loose ends wind themselves up as the story approaches the end. Will Ray Valentine's recently revived hopes and dreams from her youth pull her out of the corner or will she realize the corner is where she really wants to be?

The author did a great job on narration - I would have thought she was a professional reader. She has a lovely voice and a British accent.

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  • Stephania Barthel
  • 04/01/2019

excellent

loved it. wasn't what i thought it would be. Ray is a relatable character, dealing with relatable issues.

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  • Mena
  • 25/06/2019

Lackluster Meditations on Suburban Life

While I didn't think this book was as bad as others, it was not insightful or unique. What I appreciated about the story was that it did seem realistic -- but unless you are a white, upper middle class white lady, you might have a hard time relating. This is a book about a woman somewhere between her middle-class, stay-at-home mom status and going to Eat, Pray, Love. I think it does an excellent job of going over the thoughts of what a person who has just found out something life-changing would be struggling with, and going back and forth in her mind and her actions in what she wants to do. In fact, I think anyone who's made life altering decisions has probably gone through some version of this -- really struggling with what to do next and how their decisions will affect others. It just most likely wasn't on a beach in Antigua and probably had more considerations for one's financial situation.

As a shy person myself, I did enjoy how the interior thoughts of the main character were portrayed and also appreciated that she could struggle to voice herself without going from meek to yelling at everyone. While I could appreciate this realism, it also is not particularly interesting. Let's face it -- the interior struggles of most of us are only interesting to ourselves...even our best friends don't want to hear EVERY thought in your head. There were many parts where I got frustrated with this constant rambling around. I struggled to hang on to the end and after finishing it I can definitely say I would never recommend it to anyone I know. It's not terrible but it just falls flat.

Narration: The author did an excellent job of narration with a few exceptions. There was a lot of interior narration and that made it hard to follow switching back and forth in conversations. I couldn't tell if something was voiced out loud or not. The author tried to distinguish this but she wasn't always successful and I had to pay attention to determine what was going on. The author also does not do accents. I have a hard time thinking that a Portuguese man in Antigua would have a very proper English accent. In fact, everyone had the same English accent. This wasn't a deal breaker since she was otherwise able to distinguish between characters, but after listening to so many excellent audio books, I have higher expectations.

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  • Kathleen Freeland
  • 15/06/2019

A yearly girl

Author performs book wonderfully
Interesting story with an ending with a twist
Pleasant listen for a stormy day

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  • Eileen
  • 18/06/2019

I couldn’t finish it

The narration is solid, the writing isn’t bad but the storyline just made me want to rip my ears off. Sniveling, poor me, my life has meant nothing (in the face of having everything) and on and on and on. About a quarter through I DELETED IT, my ears are so grateful! Save your credit.

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  • Marianne Withington
  • 16/07/2019

Much Aso About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing should have been the title of this story. i kept waiting for something to be revealed that would be a deeper meaning, but it's just a story about a woman who takes a back seat to everyone else's needs who then finally breaks out on her own.

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  • Heide
  • 16/06/2019

About life, love and listening to your heart

Interesting story, it’s just about life during middle years when one realizes that you’ve lived much of your life. Children leave, parent issues, family issues....the listening would have been a 5 star if Amanda would have kindly left Jesus Christ’s name as a curse word out, it’s not necessary to prove her point and it’s hurtful to ones soul. The story will make you laugh and bring you to tears. The ending was great.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19/04/2020

Great Listen

Loved this, couldn't put it down. I will be looking for other titles by this author.

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  • diane
  • 19/03/2020

I tried but hated it.

i made it through 13excruciating chapters. Couldn’t listen any longer. Boring story. Don’t waste your money.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09/02/2020

Relatable in too many ways.

I found myself consistently saddened for Rae Valentine as she would get so close to happiness or at least some level of being content only to fall backwards to her habituated self. Then I let myself be happy for her normalness, for her realistic way of thinking. Then the end. She deserves that end.