- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 4 hours and 12 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Kristy K. James
- Audible.com Release Date: August 13, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013YMOGH8
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
A Fine Mess Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
In this case, Kristy has overcome that, and has created a very believable story about real individuals.
Annie Blake, a Christian, marries Ian, who is not a believer, in a marriage of convenience to save her father from jail. But, she finds herself in a quandary, since Ian wants to end the marriage after 5 years, and as a Christian, she does not believe in divorce.
Against this scenario, her mother has cancer, which brings many emotional moments to the story. Contrasting that, there are many funny moments as the backgrounds of Annie and Ian come together ... Including his first opportunity to help out with babysitting, which ends in a hilarious disaster.
Since my sister is a cancer survivor, I know much about the heartbreak of treatments, hopes, and fears, and I found myself touched deeply by the story. While it is intended as a romance, it is much deeper than that. In fact, at the end of the book, I found myself wanting more.
As a top reviewer, Kristy provided me with a copy of the book, so that I could read it and decide if I was comfortable reviewing it. I receive many offers from authors, and am happy to have accepted this one, and can recommend the book to friends as well as here on Amazon.
What I liked:
No graphic sex, violence, cursing, witchcraft, etc. It was a clean read that I'd hand to my preteen daughter interested in romantic novels. The plot was very predictable, so I didn't mind setting it aside to take care of meal prep or the laundry, nor did it keep me awake at night.
What I didn't like:
It was so very predictable. I felt there were several twists and turns that were missed that would have made it better.
Lack of a good editor. There were grammatical and structure errors that should have been caught. It's a pet peeve of mine, and makes me very skeptical of trying indie authors.
As another reviewer mentioned, the ending felt rushed, as if the author was in a rush to finish it.
Best bits: Well-paced, with lots of sweet and/or funny moments to keep it enjoyable. Annie is clearly devoted to her parents and willing to sacrifice for them. She loves to cook, enjoys teasing Ian, balks when Ian is overly bossy, and tries to be a good Christian witness for him. Ian is totally ignorant about pretty much all aspects of home and family life and Christianity, but ends up taking to it all with a childlike wonder and enthusiasm. This was actually a pretty stellar example of presenting the gospel without seeming forced or super preachy. Ian's seeking and questions seemed genuine and a natural result of spending time with Annie, her mom, and the Bible.
Issues: Lots of typos, both spelling/incorrect words and punctuation. And "Bible" needs to be capitalized! A good proofreader would help a lot. I'm a little leery of the whole covering up a crime bit, and the implied possible cure for cancer through the fasting regimen. I’m also skeptical that someone could really make it 33 years without ever seeing anyone cook anything. And it truly seems unlikely for someone raised by a man as harsh, unloving, and impersonal as Ian’s dad to be so nice and so innocent.
She is a believer and he is not, follow their journey towards love and finding God's have and forgiveness to a possible happily ever after.
This is my first experience with Kristy James but it defiantly won't be my last!
There were some errors. Here are a few I noticed:
"...for Annie and I."
"God sure answered my prayers quick."
"...with Annie and I."
"The guy who does that will get take care of that this afternoon."
"Well" was used for "we'll."
"mint pink shirt" (I've only heard of mint green, not mint pink)
It was a squeaky clean novel, and I appreciated this, but it seemed unrealistic that Ian liked Annie, they lived in the same house, and never once did he wish they could have a physical relationship. All these are miniscule problems in the big picture, however. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel.