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A violent prison riot breaks out, and Nat rushes to save the life of a mortally wounded guard whose last words are: "Tell my wife it's under ...

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Overview

Natalie Greco loves being a teacher, even though she can't keep her students from cruising sex.com during class. She loves her family, too, but her boyfriend fits in better with the football-crazy Grecos than she does. Then a colleague, handsome Angus Holt, talks Nat into teaching a class at a local prison, and her world turns upside down.

A violent prison riot breaks out, and Nat rushes to save the life of a mortally wounded guard whose last words are: "Tell my wife it's under the floor." Nat delivers the cryptic message, but before she knows it, she's suspected of murder and hiding from cops and killers alike. She is forced on the run to solve the riddle of the dead man's last words and to save her own life—and find real love.

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The unlikely heroine of this Lisa Scottoline thriller (which follows 2006's Dirty Blonde), mousy University of Pennsylvania assistant law professor Natalie "Nat" Greco, finds herself in way over her head when an unintended visit to a minimum-security prison in nearby Chester County puts her in the middle of a deadly uprising -- and places her at the center of an elaborate plot that involves an incarcerated crime boss and more than a few improbable conspirators.

Greco's classes at Penn Law -- the History of Justice, for example -- aren't nearly as well attended as those taught by charismatic and handsome prof Angus Holt. Greco herself is far from immune to Holt's charm, so when he asks her to accompany him to Chester County Correctional Institution to lecture to inmates involved in an externship program, she quickly agrees. But the professors' visit soon turns deadly; a riot erupts, and amid the chaos Greco finds herself alone with a dying correctional officer who has been stabbed through the heart with a metal shank. His last words are a cryptic message to his wife: "It's under the floor." Soon thereafter, Greco is inexplicably set up for the murder of a state trooper and is forced to become a fugitive from justice while she tries to unravel the mystery of the dying man's words…

While not as sexually supercharged or frenetically paced as Dirty Blonde, Daddy's Girl derives its power from the subtle and compelling coming-of-age of protagonist Greco, a sheltered and socially naïve woman who, when faced with the ultimate adversity, discovers herself. Paul Goat Allen
Maureen Corrigan
… [anyone] who needs a good laugh, should scuttle over to the nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of Scottoline's latest, Daddy's Girl.
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
The undistinguished academic career of Natalie "Nat" Greco, a mousy and naOve law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, takes an unexpected turn at the start of this less than compelling legal thriller from bestseller Scottoline (Dirty Blonde). When an attractive male colleague, Angus Holt, convinces Nat to accompany him on a teaching assignment at a nearby prison, a sudden riot puts them both in peril. Nat finds herself desperately attempting to save the life of a guard, apparently stabbed by an inmate during the fracas. The dying man asks her to pass on his last words to his wife, but possessing knowledge of this cryptic message proves dangerous. Nat finds herself accused of murder and must evade the law while also tracking down the bad guys. Her methods more often resemble that of Nancy Drew than an Ivy League professor, and the plot suffers by comparison with Peter Abrahams's gritty End of Story (2006), which makes better use of a similar theme. 11-city author tour. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly

Scottoline's breathless new thriller doesn't make it easy for a female reader. The male-heavy cast of characters, including heroine Natalie "Nat" Greco's overly protective daddy and her sports crazy brother, have Rosenblat gruffing up enough to fray even the most flexible vocal chords. She must also keep readjusting her pacing as Nat stumbles from a quiet life as a law professor into a chaotic nightmare filled with prison riots, murders and life and love on the run. The fun and suspense begins when Nat is smitten with Angus Holt, a fellow prof who seems to be the antithesis of the men in her testosterone-filled family. Rosenblat gives the thoughtful, ponytailed Angus a voice so mellow you can almost smell his patchouli incense. Nat follows him to a teaching class at a local prison where a riot breaks out. A dying prison guard's whispered secret places Nat in ultimate jeopardy. From there, the mousy brunette law professor transforms herself into a blonde survivor who can dodge bullets, homicidal truckers and dogged lawmen. Scottoline provides the physical and psychological changes, but Rosenblat makes the metamorphosis credible by subtly replacing Nat's timid voice with one full of strength and determination. Simultaneous release with the HarperCollins hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 18). (Mar.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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Edgar Award-winning author Scottoline's new legal thriller features Natalie (Nat) Greco, a University of Pennsylvania law professor with a knack for history and storytelling and a firm belief in justice. It is this commitment that compels Nat to accompany a colleague to a prison-held legal aid clinic. When a riot breaks out, Nat becomes the witness to a dying man's last words, which causes her life to spiral rapidly out of control. In a quick succession of events, Nat stands accused of murder and finds herself living as a fugitive. Unfortunately, Daddy's Girl is not as compelling as previous Scottoline novels, but the writing remains fast paced and full of appropriately placed humor. And, fortunately, reader Barbara Rosenblat again gives an amazing performance of the author's work, conveying a distinct personality and voice for each character. The audio production flows well and is of good quality. Recommended, but not an essential purchase; particularly suited for public libraries with general fiction and/or mystery collections and for those that include previous Scottoline titles.
—Nicole A. Cooke

Kirkus Reviews
Still another untested female member of the Philadelphia bar undergoes baptism by fire when a routine prison visit erupts in violent death. Unsure of her skills and status as an assistant professor at Penn Law, Natalie Greco reluctantly accepts her scruffy, charismatic colleague Angus Holt's invitation to join him at the legal clinic he runs at Chester County Correctional Facility. Their visit to the minimum-security prison goes fine until a riot breaks out. Amid the call to lockdown, three inmates are killed. So is correctional officer Ron Saunders, who dies as Nat is struggling to administer CPR. She's too late to save his life, but not too late to hear the last words he's desperate to pass on to his wife Barbara: "It's . . . under the floor." Contemplating her boyfriend Hank Ballisteri's likely reaction to the cuts and bruises she got when she was attacked during the melee, Nat is glum. But the worst is still ahead. First, Barbara Saunders disclaims any knowledge of what might be under the floor; then her house is burgled; finally, minutes after Nat leaves her, she's shot and left for dead, with another murder right around the corner, just waiting to be pinned on Nat. Seasoned fans will eagerly anticipate the obligatory developments that follow. Nat and her lawyer talk the police into letting her go; new evidence makes her look guiltier than ever; and, in the tale's most absorbing pages, she takes it seriously on the lam, showing all the resourcefulness of Scottoline's other Philadelphia lawyers (Dirty Blonde, 2006, etc.) in disguising herself, boosting a new set of wheels and evading pursuit en route to a clever and well-prepared surprise. On the down side, Nat's relation to hermale-dominated construction family, despite the emphasis promised by the title, is less compelling than usual, and the lead criminal is easily spotted by readers less starry-eyed than Nat.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060833145
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/13/2007
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling author and serves as president of the Mystery Writers of America. She has won the Edgar Award, as well as many other writing awards. She also writes a Sunday humor column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, titled "Chick Wit," with her daughter, Francesca Serritella. There are thirty million copies of Lisa's books in print, and she has been published in thirty-two countries. She lives in Pennsylvania with an array of disobedient but adorable pets.

Biography

Most authors admit that they need to work in silence in order to get into the creative process. For them, writing is serious work that requires the utmost peace and concentration. Of course, most authors are not writing the kind of whiz-bang, sharp, wild, and witty works that Lisa Scottoline is producing. Scottoline's unusual working methods and desire for all things pop culture have helped her to create some of the most unapologetically entertaining and compulsively page-turning novels in contemporary popular fiction.

Scottoline's initial impetus to become a novelist was not quite as joyful as her novels might suggest. She had recently given up her position as a litigator at a Philadelphia law firm to raise her newborn daughter at the same time as she was breaking up with her husband. While the birth of her daughter was an undoubtedly happy moment for Scottoline, she was also thrust into relative isolation in the wake of her separation and the end of her job. To keep herself busy (when not tending to her daughter, that is), she decided to write a novel, the provocative story of an ambitious young lawyer whose hectic life becomes even more manic when she learns she is being stalked. Three years after beginning the novel, Scottoline sold Everywhere That Mary Went to HarperCollins a mere week after taking a part-time job as a clerk for an appellate judge—her first job since beginning the book. While her transition from lawyer to novelist may seem abrupt to some, Scottoline asserts that it was law school that gave her the necessary tools to spin a compelling yarn. In a 2005 interview with Barnes & Noble.com, Scottoline asserted that the job of a lawyer is surprisingly similar to that of a good writer: "Take the facts that matter, throw out the ones that don't, order them in such a way in which a point of view is created so that by the time someone is finished listening to your argument or reading your book they see things completely in that point of view."

Scottoline's sure-handed way with an intriguing narrative has led to a string of bestselling thrillers and a popular series revolving around the women of Rosato & Associates, an all-female law firm in Philadelphia—the author's own beloved hometown. Jam-packed with humor, mystery, eroticism, and smarts, her novels are published worldwide and have been translated into twenty-five different languages.

Good To Know

Lisa Scottoline is definitely no TV snob. She feels no shame when revealing her love of everything from Court TV to Oprah to The Apprentice to I Love Lucy.

One of the reasons that Scottoline is such a fabulous writer may have something to do with having a particularly fabulous teacher. While studying English at the University of Pennsylvania she was instructed by National Book Award Winner Philip Roth.

Don't try this at home! Scottoline completed her first novel, Everywhere That Mary Went, while she and her newborn daughter lived solely on $35,000 worth of credit from five Visa cards, which she'd completely maxed out by the time she completed the book three years later.

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    1. Hometown:
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 1, 1955
    2. Place of Birth:
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1976; J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1981
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Chapter One

Nat Greco felt like an A cup in a double-D bra. She couldn't understand why her tiny class was held in such a huge lecture hall, unless it was a cruel joke of the registrar's. The sun burned through the windows like a failure spotlight, illuminating two hundred empty seats. This class filled only nine of them, and last week the flu and job interviews had left Nat with one very uncomfortable male student. The History of Justice wasn't only a bad course. It was a bad date.

"Justice and the law," she pressed on, "are themes that run through William Shakespeare's plays, because they were central to his life. When he was growing up, his father, John, held a number of legal positions, serving as a chamberlain, bailiff, and chief alderman."

As she spoke, the law students typed on their black laptops, but she suspected they were checking their email, instant-messaging their friends, or cruising the Internet. The classrooms at Penn Law were wireless, but not all technology was progress. Teachers didn't stand a chance against sex.com.

"When the playwright turned thirteen, his father fell on hard times. He sold his wife's property and began lending money. He was hauled into court twice for being usurious, or charging too much interest. Shakespeare poured his empathy for moneylenders into Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice. It's one of his most complex characters, and the play gives us a historical perspective on justice."

Nat stepped away from the lectern to draw the students' attention, but no luck. They were all in their third year, and 3Ls had one foot out the door. Still, as much as she loved teaching, she was beginning to think she wasn'tvery good at it. Could she really suck at her passion? Women's magazines never admitted this as a possibility.

"Let's turn to the scene in which Antonio asks Shylock to lend him money," she continued. "They agree that if Antonio can't pay it back, the penalty is a pound of his flesh. By the way, future lawyers, is that a valid contract under modern law?"

Only one student raised her hand, and, as usual, it was Melanie Anderson, whose suburban coif and high-waisted Mom jeans stood out in this clutch of scruffy twentysomethings. Anderson was a forty-year-old who had decided to become a lawyer after a career as a pediatric oncology nurse. She loved this class, but only because it was better than watching babies die.

"Yes, Ms. Anderson? Contract or no?" Nat smiled at her in gratitude. All teachers needed a pet, even lousy teachers. Especially lousy teachers.

"No, it's not a contract."

Good girl . . . er, woman. "Why not? There's offer and acceptance, and the money supports the bargain."

"The contract would be against public policy." Anderson spoke with quiet authority, and her French-manicured fingertips rested on an open copy of the play, its sentences striped like a highlighter rainbow. "Antonio essentially consents to being murdered, but murder is a crime. Contracts that are illegal are not enforceable."

Right. "Anybody agree or disagree with Ms. Anderson?"

Nobody stopped typing emoticons to answer, and Nat began second-guessing herself, wondering if the assignment had been too literary for these students. Their undergraduate majors were finance, accounting, and political science. Evidently, humans had lost interest in the humanities.

"Let's ask some different questions." She switched tacks. "Isn't the hate that drives Shylock the result of the discrimination he's suffered? Do you see the difference between law and justice in the play? Doesn't the law lead to injustice, first in permitting enforcement of the contract, then in bringing Shylock to his knees? Can there be true justice in a world without equality?" She paused for an answer that didn't come. "Okay, everyone, stop typing right now and look at me."

The students lifted their heads, their vision coming slowly into focus as their brains left cyberspace and reentered Earth's atmosphere. Their fingers remained poised over their keyboards like spiders about to pounce.

"Okay, I'll call on ¬people." Nat turned to Wendy Chu in the front row, who'd earned a Harvard degree with honors in Working Too Hard. Chu had a lovely face and glossy hair that covered her shoulders. "Ms. Chu, what do you think? Is Shylock a victim, a victimizer, or both?"

"I'm sorry, Professor Greco. I didn't read the play."

"You didn't?" Nat asked, stung. "But you always do the reading."

"I was working all night on law review." Chu swallowed visibly. "I had to cite-check an article by Professor Monterosso, and it went to press this morning."

Rats. "Well, you know the rules. If you don't do the reading, I have to take you down half a grade." Nat hated being a hardass, but she'd been too easy her first year of teaching, and it hadn't worked. She'd been too strict her second year, and that hadn't worked either. She couldn't get it just right. She was like Goldilocks and all the beds were futons.

"Sorry," Chu whispered. Nat skipped Melanie Anderson for the student sitting next to her, class hottie Josh Carling. Carling was a tall twenty-six-year-old out of UCLA, with unusual green eyes, a killer smile, and a brownish soul patch on his square chin. A Hollywood kid, he'd worked as an A.D. on the set of a TV sitcom and he always wore an Ashton Kutcher knit cap, though it never snowed indoors.

"Mr. Carling, did you do the reading?" Nat knew Josh's answer because he looked down sheepishly.

"I didn't have time. I had a massive finance exam to study for. Sorry, for reals."

Damn. "Then you're a half-grade down, too," she said, though her heart went out to him. Carling was in the joint-degree program, so he'd graduate with diplomas from the law school and the business school, which guaranteed him a lucrative job in entertainment law and a spastic colon.

Nat eyed the second row. "Mr. Bischoff? How about you?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2008

    First of Lisas books i read

    This book was soo good. I bought it for a road trip and figured I'd read a few here and there and sleep most of the way. Well I couldnt put this book down!! I finished it in the 1st 2 days of our road trip!! I will have to check out more from this Author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Loved It

    I bought Daddy's Girl for all the wrong reasons. I loved the cover, it was short and it was on sale. I didn't even read the description, and I never heard of Lisa Scottoline. Sorry. However--I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. Seldom does a book draw me in where I find myself making time to read it. This book did. I so thoroughly enjoyed it that I was deeply disappointed to find that it was the only novel with Nat. She reminders me very much of my wife, height and all, and like Nat she doesn't always express the confident she greatly deserves. I ended up randomly buying four more of Lisa's books, and can't wait to see what mysteries await!

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    Impressive writing, and a fiction thriller that manages to make readers to like the main character.

    Scottoline's Daddy's girl is brilliant, Lisa Scottoline manages to deliver a suspenseful thriller, filled with a few but great twists, and a surprising ending, that readers may not see coming.

    The brilliance of Daddy's girl lies in the fact, that underneath this great thriller, Scottoline delivers a noble message. " A single person could change the world, if he had justice on his side" In this matter, through the works of fiction and history, in Daddy's Girl, Lisa Scottoline accomplishes this and more.

    Scottoline's signature is present on Daddy's Girl. Enter Natalie Greco, an unlikely heroine, that is difficult to like in the first few chapters, however, the author manages to ignite interest in her character, making readers to actually enjoy the ride along the main character.
    Having herself being caught in the middle of a prison riot, Natalie witnesses the last dying words of one of the correction officers, in his last breath he whispers a message for his wife. A message that will change the comfort of Natalie's affluent life. In that process Nat has become collateral damage in a murder, and in the unfolding of that she becomes the primary suspect on the death of a police trooper. Now on the run from presumed killers and from the law, professor Greco will use her book smart skills to uncover what she think hides a conspiracy and the ones pulling the strings behind.

    I really liked the way the author presented the story, the developing and unfolding of the events was eloquent, not over the top, but just right. The transformation of Natalie's character throughout the book was credible. Scottoline was great in cementing a background for her, and all the supporting characters. I was even extremely satisfied that she named a cat " jelly."

    Mrs. Scottoline deserves respect for incorporating those special elements, " I am not supposed to mention" in her story. But is this fact I will tell readers, and her talent of natural writing what makes this book to deserve an "A" in this class.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    A Page Turner

    I've read all of Lisa Scottoline's books and there is one thing you can always count on. Her characters are compelling and draw you in quickly. This book is one of her best. It's suspenseful, funny, and charming. The plot keeps things moving at a rapid pace, which keeps the reader engaged. I couldn't put this one down. Great read!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Stop

    Trival text stop this is for book reviews use your stupid facebook or worse yet twitter

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Hmm

    That sad moment when u go to the review part of the nook store and realize that people are using it to chat/email eachother personal stuff instead... :3+

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Vanessa annn eaves

    Because not feling well sence yesterday trowing up all foods and drinks this proble is a bad thing loseig pounds what kind of medcine do i gibe her pills or liqwide 10 years old i think pills she is watching sponge bob she is laughting going home soon i sudenly dont feel good ilove you thank you for letting me go home erly thanks alot love vanessa can i take my pad thank you so much

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

    Bad Reader

    Beware for those who buy this audiobook. The reader has a diificult time modulating her voice. She alternately yells and mumbles so I was forever adjusting the volume. Skip the CD and buy the paperback.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent thriller

    Though a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Natalie 'Nat' Greco hides from the world by strictly adhering to routines. Thus it is a bit surprising even to her that she steps out of her safety net regimen and agrees to accompany associate Angus Holt on a seminar at a prison even if he is a hunk with a glib tongue that persuades her to come with him.---------------- However, the assignment turns dangerous when an ugly riot breaks out with the two visiting professors trapped in the middle of the chaos. Nat tries but fails to save the life of a guard, apparently stabbed during the melee. However before he dies, he asks her to tell his final words to his wife. Rescued from prison she sets out to complete her death bed vow, only to find she is the mouse chased by lethal cats who want the message and by the cops who think she is a killer. Breaking out of her cage for a short outing into another cage has turned her life upside down as she seeks to uncover the identity of the criminals, understand the enigmatic final words, and prove her innocence while also eluding the guys she seeks.---------------- Nat is a fascinating protagonist who takes a small step beyond her normal world only to find that stride is into an abyss as she lands in a prison riot and from there into a conspiracy in which she is expendable. Readers will appreciate her exploits as she investigates who wants her put away and why. Though this Ivy Leaguer¿s exploits are fun to follow more realistically inside the prison, readers will have problems accepting her as an active amateur sleuth charging into a conspiracy. However fans of Lisa Scottoline will still enjoy the adventures of ¿The History of the Law¿ professor who is the legal mouse that roared.---------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted June 15, 2014

    Excellent, edge-of-your-seat, page-turner!! I read this a few ye

    Excellent, edge-of-your-seat, page-turner!! I read this a few years ago, and I still remember it was so engaging and full of unexpected twists! Lisa is an excellent, entertaining story teller!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    Game Guide and co.

    We walk in. "It feels so good to be human again!" I said.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Art

    Here

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

    Barnes and Noble is the BEST!

    Quick to ship, careful packing, never any problems, only pure satisfaction!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Momo

    Ttyl....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    enjoyable rreading

    I don't remember why I gave this a B.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Good.

    Once it got going, became a food page turner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Ok

    Not one of her best books but it was ok.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Awesome book

    This book was great. Couldn't put it down. Love the twists in the plot. One of my favorite books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Highly recomnend

    This kept me enthralled. I read a ton of books but Lisa isvonecof my favorites. Think it may be best so far!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Not great, but I liked how it ended.

    I haven't read many books by Lisa Scottoline, but I thought the overview sounded interesting. I got the audio book (CD) so the reader may have influenced my opinion. The story moves along at a good pace and is good if you're looking for a light read. The characters were too cliche in my opinion (the good girl, the boring but safe boyfriend, and the wild, bohemian "other man", the overbearing brothers...). I was also prepared to really dislike the book because of the over-the-top coincidences in the story line, but I'm glad I listened to all of it because I was very surprised and pleased with the way it ended because I was not expecting it. if the author wrote a sequel I would probably read it.

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