Tons of highly anticipated books finally hit the shelves over the summer including The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner, I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson and The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. But, for our audio book lovers who are unaffected by a little book buzz, we have a less-hyped, hidden gem (and not to mention award-winner) for you to check out. People may not have lined up for this one…but they should have.
Juliet in August by Dianne Warren uncovers the incredible drama that can be found at the root of a seemingly quiet town. The story is set in the picturesque town of Juliet, Saskatchewan. Over the course of a single night and day, we are introduced to the overlapping lives of several of the town’s residents, each struggling with life in different ways, from a rancher afraid to take on the responsibilities his adopted parents left behind to a shy couple uncertain of their true feelings for one another. The story melds together perfectly as each of the characters’ paths intersect, but each character’s story is so beautifully written and carefully developed that they could almost stand alone.
Cassandra Campbell perfectly captures Dianne Warren’s lyrical writing style through her pensive narration, allowing the beauty and harshness of the story to shine through.
This audio book is warm and witty but it does take a while to build momentum, so patience is required. The longer you listen, the more you will become completely immersed in each character’s struggles. You will laugh with them, cry with them and come away feeling like you have a new set of friends and neighbors that you care deeply for. If you don’t believe us, take it from some pretty esteemed book critics who had this to say about the book:
“This is powerful writing—gut-wrenching and inspiring. Its drama is quiet, but in the end you hardly know what hit you.”
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