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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,307 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Dave Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781423320043
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Three years ago, Emmy Everett made the painful decision to call off her engagement and leave New York City behind. Since then she has been hiding out in Rhode Island working at a bait and tackle shop and haphazardly shooting a documentary about fishermen’s wives. July 4th weekend has rolled around again and Emmy is mustering up the courage to return home to New York (the site of her own failed romance) to celebrate her brother Josh’s wedding.

En route to his bachelor party, Emmy is shocked when her typically resolute brother confesses that he is having serious doubts about getting married—and he may even be in love with another woman.

Emmy is determined to help her brother face up to this decision—the one she fled from herself. With less than twenty-four hours to go before the wedding, she takes Josh on a road trip to find this mystery woman. Along the way, Emmy embraces her own hard-earned lessons about romance, commitment, and what happens when we refuse to let go of the past.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 2/18/2014

    " I just grabbed this at the library - who could resist this title? Delightful book. Frustrating that this is her first, and recently published - how long will I have to wait for another? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 2/2/2014

    " I picked this up in a South Beach bookstore when on my honeymoon basically because it had a favorable blurb by Melissa Bank, one of my favorite girl authors who writes about complicated relationships, and I was not disappointed. The main character, Emmy, goes home for her brother Josh's wedding, and is not looking forward to it, basically because she has ran away from her life and her now ex-fiance, and is not exactly living up to her career dreams. Once there, she is quite shocked when her with-it brother is having doubts about his imminent marriage, and she embarks on a journey wiht him to seek out a mystery woman from his past. Of course, Emmy learns a lot about herself on the way, and about her brother, her family, and what the future holds for her. I remember thinking, "Wow. This is exactly how I felt before I met Kevin. This book gets what it's like to be 20-something and lost, unsure, and searching." I was enthralled! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 1/22/2014

    " Really nice story with a really nice moral:-) Good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxanne | 1/22/2014

    " Another Laura Dave winner. Really well written as always, and a nice story about waiting for love at the expense of one's present life. Lots of insight as always....Laura Dave is a master of thought provoking ideas!!! Great read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 1/18/2014

    " Cool book. Strange title and strange cover art on the version I read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 1/10/2014

    " I wish books had ratings, kinda like movies. So you could choose to read a book with vulgar language thrown in at the end, rather than happening across it. It just ruins everything for me... as much as I was enjoying the story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/7/2014

    " One of my favorite books ever. Emmy's relationship with her brother is lovely, and Beringer is just...I love him. The writing is wonderful - simple but effective, with one-liners that will make you "mmhmm" out loud. I re-read this often, just to remember what it feels like to fall into a book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hilary | 12/15/2013

    " Typical Chick Lit - was just okay. Couldn't get behind the main charecter so I had a hard time with it. Was a book club book and was a hung jury - some loved, some didn't. I was rather ambivilant. You will read it and forget about it instantly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steph | 12/2/2013

    " This is one of the most insightful books that I've ever read. It made me look at myself differently and definitely make better decisions. OR at least try to. If you haven't read it, get to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 11/15/2013

    " This book is cute and quick read. You can tell it is the author's first book as i found myself skimming parts that were overally descriptive...ie about all 107 wives. It is a fun book with a couple of twists and worth the read...good beach book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen Pence | 5/9/2013

    " Plot kind of slow but held my interest with an intriguing question. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Lange | 5/8/2013

    " I read this book while on vacation and really liked it. The pacing is good and the characters drew me in, but the ending is a bit predicable, so it made for a great beach read. It reminded me of Melissa Bank's The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole | 1/22/2013

    " I don't recommend starting this book before you go to sleep because you won't want to put it down. You'll read later than you should and you'll wake up early to find out what happens next. A tale of love, knowing when to say goodbye, and how to start again. Romance ~ gotta love it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janssen | 11/9/2012

    " This book was completely unmemorable. I found the main character fairly annoying and the story a bit trite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 10/6/2012

    " Fun and mindless read. I think they are making it into a movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicki | 8/31/2012

    " This was a great book and a super easy read. I even cried a little towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 8/26/2012

    " The title is the best thing about this book, unfortunately. An easy read, but I quickly became a little bored with the main character's hapless state and the story's breezy-yet-earnest tone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 8/14/2012

    " Easy, enjoyable tale of the bond between adult siblings who both face life changing decisions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ak | 8/4/2012

    " Laura's first book--loved it! A wonderful exploration about finding 'the one' and what leads you there. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tiffany | 3/22/2012

    " I was looking for a light read and got suckered in by the RI connection, but this book was about as well-written as Sweet Valley High. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 2/12/2012

    " a different take on love... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crysta | 12/31/2011

    " Very breezy, quick read - and yet thoroughly entertaining and engaging. I've been in the breaking-off-an-engagement boat, so I related to the story and yet cringed at the way some of the characters handled themselves. Still, a very interesting story about trying to find your direction in life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/26/2011

    " This is a fun read about a young adult and her brother who have both approached their wedding days (3 years apart) with much trepidation, ensuring a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S. | 6/29/2011

    " I liked the plot but was disappointed with the writing. Some paragraph's didn't quite make sense. Luckily they weren't integral to the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 4/7/2011

    " This book is cute and quick read. You can tell it is the author's first book as i found myself skimming parts that were overally descriptive...ie about all 107 wives. It is a fun book with a couple of twists and worth the read...good beach book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 4/3/2011

    " A little obtuse in places, but redeemed by moments of insight and the very human sound of the narrator's voice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 3/14/2011

    " This was a good book to listen to but I'm not sure I would have found reading it as enjoyable. The reader had a good voice with a little accent that was not annoying but gave the story some realistic characteristics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 1/20/2011

    " this was a really cute book. i was alittle confused about the title, but it all becomes clear at the end of the book. I was very entertained! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margherita Dolcevita | 11/14/2010

    " Carino, si legge volentieri e piacevolmente. La storia non è delle più originali ma il punto di vista è almeno un po' diverso dai soliti. Il titolo resta la cosa più degna di nota comunque. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 SMZ | 10/1/2010

    " So-so..not sure I would recommend. Does contain bits of knowledge about wedding traditions, geographical references, etc. The story line is good, the story itself is so-so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 9/28/2010

    " a different take on love... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 9/11/2010

    " Listened to the book on CD. Interesting plot. Parallel lives between the narrator and her brother - one chose a different path - or did he/she??? Very thought provoking story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isaac | 8/30/2010

    " I actually liked this more then I thought I would. It's a very breezy and light read and I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 mabel | 8/8/2010

    " Bought this book when it first came out because I thought the title was interesting. I quickly related to Emmy because I was going through the indecisiveness phrase in my life. A very enjoyable read and established Laura Dave as one of the writers I look out for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 7/21/2010

    " The title is the best thing about this book, unfortunately. An easy read, but I quickly became a little bored with the main character's hapless state and the story's breezy-yet-earnest tone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/12/2010

    " Didn't actually read this novel, it was a book on tape that I listened to while driving.
    Not bad. Jumped all over the place, not a book I would have picked up to read. "

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About the Author
Author Laura Dave

Laura Dave is the author of the acclaimed novel London Is the Best City in America. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Glamour, Self, Redbook, ESPN the Magazine, and the New York Observer. Cosmopolitan named her one of the “Fun and Fearless Phenoms” of the year in 2008. She currently lives in California.

About the Narrator

Renée Raudman is an actor and multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. She has performed on film, television, radio, and on stage and can also be heard in several video games and hundreds of television and radio voice-overs.