The Brighter the Light Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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From the bestselling author of Honeysuckle Season comes an evocative dual-timeline novel detailing one woman’s journey to discover the hidden stories of her family’s seaside resort.
When a shipwreck surfaces, old secrets are sure to follow.
Or so goes the lore in Ivy Neale’s hometown of Nags Head, North Carolina. When Ivy inherits her family’s beachfront cottage upon her grandmother’s death, she knows returning to Nags Head means facing the best friend and the boyfriend who betrayed her years ago.
But then a winter gale uncovers the shipwreck of local legend—and Ivy soon begins to stumble across more skeletons in the closet than just her own. Amid the cottage’s clutter are clues from her grandmother’s past at the enchanting seaside resort her family once owned. One fateful summer in 1950, the arrival of a dazzling singer shook the staff and guests alike—and not everyone made it to fall.
As Ivy contends with broken relationships and a burgeoning romance in the present, the past threatens to sweep her away. But as she uncovers the strength of her grandmother and the women who came before her, she realizes she is like the legendary shipwreck: the sands may shift around her, but she has found her home here by the sea.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 43 minutes|
|Author||Mary Ellen Taylor|
|Audible.ca Release Date||July 01 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #84,771 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,936 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#7,029 in Domestic Life in Women's Fiction
#9,930 in Family Life
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The backdrop, something out of a dream for me, having never lived or vacationed near anywhere similar.
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A lovely cover on my copy.....it is a pretty good story but take it from me, you need to REALLY concentrate as there are a lot of characters and differing timelines and trying to figure out who was related to who and remembering who lived where in which timeline is hard work, so you do have to pay attention. I did and still had to flick back 'n' forth quite a few times to remember who was who and who they were married to, etc....Also, some secrets never did get resolved, which I guess you can choose to do yourself, but I'd prefer the author tied up all the loose ends.
But the errors I happened upon really should have been tidied up by any decent editor. She writes french not French, more than once, venders not vendors (my gasping moment) and cord not chord.
She wrote about a rearview mirror in a car catching a nervous smile but the other person wasn't sitting in the back, as all their worldly possessions were there, we were already told. The dialogue on the same car journey from a 4 year old didn't ring true, either. I don't have kids but I don't know any child that young who is that voluble but makes sense !! A couple of characters, such as Ivy's mum, didn't even get a namecheck till we were quite a ways in (255 pages), which also irritated me a little.
I needed to Google sticker shock as I'd not heard of it. It sounds a lovely area, the Outer Banks and she certainly described it well to us and took us along for the ride. The sea-wreck was fascinating, in that it often disappeared for decades. We have one on my local beach but it only disappears beneath a high tide, and is always there at low !!
I think I'd read another by her but not again if I happened upon howlers like I saw here.