- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 5 hours and 27 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Kristy K. James
- Audible.com Release Date: June 2, 2016
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GGN4I48
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Laying Low in Paradise: Casteloria Series, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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The writing, however, was a bit uneven, and especially the dialogue involving the kids. Just didn't seem natural most of the time. And Sam was just too good to be true for his age. Yes, he was supposed to be ultra responsible due to his father's untimely death, but no pre-teen boy acts like this.
I also had a problem with the men next door being able to see right into Laura and Sam's place so clearly that they knew exactly what was going on in their house (without the use of binoculars), but Laura and Sam didn't seem to have the same ability to see them watching.
Occasionally there were unnecessary descriptions (like hand washing, etc), and there didn't seem to be enough to do on this beach, so people kept having to get hurt. Laura was there to write, but we see nothing of her writing, which might have been interesting.
Her reaction to Cameron's news seemed over the top and kind of silly, and the prologue was one of the worst written prologues I've ever read (I nearly stopped right there). In trying to be too mysterious, it ended up being just a jumble of nothing we could get a grip on.
As another reviewer stated, the big action we were waiting for happened from the perspectives of people in hiding, so it fell very flat. And while the prologue was too short and confusing, the epilogue was too long and too detailed.
Some of this book really worked, so I hope the author keeps writing and improving.
I am surprised this book isn't more popular, because it really is a well written and engaging piece of writing. The main character Laura was very relatable; I love the connection she has with her son (especially in the beginning of the book). Love interest Cameron helped Laura move on from the trials and tribulations of her life. Cameron has a secret though, that I was in no way expecting.
Sam (the son of Laura) and Brendan (the son of Cameron) really kept the laugh factor in this book. I think all of the characters were well developed, and they all added something unique to the story. I do recommend this book, and am very glad I got the chance to read and review it.
*I bought a copy on amazon.com for my kindle fire, and also got a copy from the author for an honest review.*
Especially loved the interaction between the boys having raised 5 kids myself.
So yes there's suspense and a love story but so much more, characters you'll like, humor and people not afraid to laugh at themselves and people who have faced some really tough times but have picked themselves up and kept going until they found true love and happiness again.