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Almost Heaven This book surprised me I wasn t totally sold on the premise and I actually put it down for several weeks when I hit the 20% or so mark, but I picked it back up yesterday and had a very hard time putting it down I loved both of the lead characters and solidly believed in their HEA I m sure I ll be coming back to this one. I normally enjoy Meagher s work, and have rated some 5 stars But this one didn t do it for me It was a bit of a chore to read, largely because I didn t believe the premise or that the characters would behave the way they did.Cody Keaton is a hillbilly who wins millions of dollars in lotto Normally broke, but working hard to trade what she can collect and hunt in the local forest, this offers a huge change for Cody and her family As a result of the win, she walks into a bank for the first tim I normally enjoy Meagher s work, and have rated some 5 stars But this one didn t do it for me It was a bit of a chore to read, largely because I didn t believe the premise or that the characters would behave the way they did.Cody Keaton is a hillbilly who wins millions of dollars in lotto Normally broke, but working hard to trade what she can collect and hunt in the local forest, this offers a huge change for Cody and her family As a result of the win, she walks into a bank for the first time and has to discuss how a bank works, and how to deposit and withdraw money, etc This, frankly, wasn t at all believable It is like Meagher believes that the people who live in them thar hills are highly functional animals who don t engage at all in normal society Cody walking into the bank forces the local bank manager, Maddie Osborne, to have to instruct Cody in how to manage even the most basic of banking services, and thus positions two very different lesbians in the same vicinity in time for the romantic aspects of the book.Normally Meagher s characters are really well written, and the plot works well to serve her characters The Crush is a ripper read This time, however, I didn t believe that either of the characters would do what they did in the book, or that the bank manager character who loves the city would choose to stay in the hills It felt like Maddie was used as a plot device to show us how different this knuckle dragging hillbilly Cody is to the rest of us, as Maddie has no friends, almost no contact with family with whom she gets on well , and therefore no reason not to completely abandon all her dreams and plans for her future.I was really disappointed with this book 2.5 stars A book I reread at least once a year One of my all time favorites Still love this book, even if I was a bitfrustrated with Cody the second time around. This was a fun read with some poignant examples related to economics, family, and love Although some stereotypes were perpetuated, I thought some realism and situations that make you think were offered as well. There is a lot to like here Really brought to light the plight of many in deep rural areas a whole alternative universe whose rules of behavior are foreign and secretive As unbelievable as the descriptions of day to day life, family loyalty, and codes of behavior were, this part of the book rang true, as least in my experience BUT, the strong and independent protagonists, Maddie and Cody, were too far apart in terms of education, interests, aspirations, and life experiences to EVER believe t There is a lot to like here Really brought to light the plight of many in deep rural areas a whole alternative universe whose rules of behavior are foreign and secretive As unbelievable as the descriptions of day to day life, family loyalty, and codes of behavior were, this part of the book rang true, as least in my experience BUT, the strong and independent protagonists, Maddie and Cody, were too far apart in terms of education, interests, aspirations, and life experiences to EVER believe they could take the leap into total lifelong commitment I mean Maddie didn t even like the outdoors So while winning the lottery was far fetched, it wasbelieveable than Maddie and Cody making a life for themselves I loved this book, though I would not hold it in the same light as some other favorites I ve read It s sweeter and deeper than much pulp fiction, and certainly farthan just erotica At the same time, it s simpler than some of my other favorites though it would be a disservice if it were any other way.The narrative, told in limited third person, follows the pattern and flow of the two protagonists When focused on Cody, the storytelling allows the reader to feel like the simple girl from I loved this book, though I would not hold it in the same light as some other favorites I ve read It s sweeter and deeper than much pulp fiction, and certainly farthan just erotica At the same time, it s simpler than some of my other favorites though it would be a disservice if it were any other way.The narrative, told in limited third person, follows the pattern and flow of the two protagonists When focused on Cody, the storytelling allows the reader to feel like the simple girl from the hollows of West Virginia With Maddie, the story flows a bitsmoothly, following the thoughts of someone raised in the suburbs of Washington D.C and with longing forin life than the middle of nowhere The result is a story that can be stuttering and staggering to begin with, but creates a narrative that reflects the state between the two women agitated when there is turbulence between them, smooth and silky when they are at peace.I love this book for what it is, and thoroughly recommend it for those looking for a good story that happens to include erotic components which are splendidly written and add to the texture and weave of the story, rather than subtract It can be painful to read at times by virtue of the reader s third person perspective and thus, dramatic irony , but it uses this to reflect the emotional states in the book and draw the reader in should you let it Cody Keaton truly believes that money doesn t buy happiness She believes this so strongly that when she hits big in the lottery she considers throwing the ticket away Once she talks herself off that ledge she vows to use the money only for security, a decision that she honestly believes she can follow She s not going to be one of those people who blows it on houses and cars and loses it allHer aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family don t share her view but most of them itch to share her moneyThe local bank manager, Maddie Osborne, quickly sees that Cody s going to be in a world of trouble if she doesn t make some tough financial decisions Given that Cody s never been inside a bank, her learning curve is steep Maddie finds herself drawn to protecting the unsophisticated woman from the people who are trying to separate Cody from her fortune even her nearest and dearest [PDF / Epub] ☉ Book Lover Author Jennifer Kaufman – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk a decision that she honestly believes she can follow She s not going to be one of those people who blows it on houses and cars and loses it allHer aunts ★ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector PDF / Epub ✪ Author Delores Fossen – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk uncles ➥ [Epub] ➟ Kholodovs Last Mistress By Kate Hewitt ➯ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk cousins and extended family don t share her view but most of them itch to share her moneyThe local bank manager ❮Télécharger❯ ➺ Wicked Sinner (Regency Sinners 7) ✤ Auteur Carole Mortimer – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Maddie Osborne [KINDLE] ❃ If the Stiletto Fits... ❧ Wendy Etherington – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk quickly sees that Cody s going to be in a world of trouble if she doesn t make some tough financial decisions Given that Cody s never been inside a bank [Download] ➺ What Phoebe Wants (Harlequin Flipside, By Cindi Myers – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk her learning curve is steep Maddie finds herself drawn to protecting the unsophisticated woman from the people who are trying to separate Cody from her fortune even her nearest and dearest This story was very well written Susan is a very good writer, and the characters were very original But but I was bored to tears I stuck with it, hoping it would change but it was just flat out boring When I say original characters I mean that I ve never read about a hillbilly and a bank manager lesbian relationship but all in all they didn t have much of a personality Cody was frankly here i go again BORING BUT it was a good romance book if you focus just on the relationship This story was very well written Susan is a very good writer, and the characters were very original But but I was bored to tears I stuck with it, hoping it would change but it was just flat out boring When I say original characters I mean that I ve never read about a hillbilly and a bank manager lesbian relationship but all in all they didn t have much of a personality Cody was frankly here i go again BORING BUT it was a good romance book if you focus just on the relationship it wasn t half bad An extra star for original characters.


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