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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,151 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeanne Ray Narrator: Jeanne Ray Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597107389
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With a ringing phone, Jeanne Ray's charming and amusing novel gets off to a rollicking start that never lets up. Not for a minute. On the other end of the phone is Caroline's daughter, Kay, a public defender like her father, sobbing at the improbably good news that the richest, most eligible boy in Raleigh, North Carolina, has asked her to marry him. While Caroline and Tom are trying to digest this, the other phone, the "children's line," rings and it is Caroline's sister, Taffy, hysterical over her husband's decision to leave her for a woman two years younger than her daughter. Soon Taffy is wending her way up from Atlanta to seek solace in her sister's home, even though the two have been separated by more than just geography for the past forty years. With her is her little dog, Stamp, who has a penchant for biting ankles and stealing hearts. Tom and Caroline quickly realize that the wedding their future son-in-law's family is envisioning for nine hundred-plus guests is their fiscal responsibility and, to top it all off, the foundation of their home is in danger of collapsing and their contractor and his crew have all but moved in. It's a thundering whirlwind of emotion that finally boils down to Who is in love with whom? and Who's going to get the next dance? Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tressa | 2/19/2014

    " I thought this was an enjoyable story. I loved the conversations between Caroline and Tom as well as the other characters. I did think the ending was pat, but logical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 2/15/2014

    " A quick, cute read that I read on an airplane ride. Step, Ball, Change is the story of a couple who are getting ready for retirement and looking forward to their empty house and lifelong plans, only to have a series of setbacks fill their house back up again. This was a nice story about marriage and family that spotlighted the dynamics of a healthy, happy marriage which is rare in books. The drama comes from the relationships between the couple's siblings and children and how they respond and support one another through difficult decisions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana | 2/10/2014

    " Fun and easy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/9/2014

    " cute easy read. . . "

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

    " This is my favorite Jeanne Ray book! I laughed out loud so many times! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor Werner | 2/5/2014

    " This is a charming book that keeps readers wanting to see what is coming next the entire book. There are many funny events that occur that make you feel bad for the characters and simply roll your eyes. I enjoyed this book as it was an easy and fun read that kept me entertained. The series of events that occur in this novel are hilarious and very relatable. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a good laugh and remind themselves that everyone experiences crazy family members and a never ending string of events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/19/2014

    " Enjoyed Funny Light "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/17/2014

    " It was ok. It was similar to Eat Cake where the main character had relatives come to live at their house. Goes into detail about the ups and downs of someone new living at the house. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 12/25/2013

    " This was a fun, quick read. There was humor & romance; it's a great curl up in a corner & finish in a day or so kind of a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 12/25/2013

    " Feel good, easy, sweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 12/3/2013

    " Cute book! Would have been perfect for an airplane. Easy read, funny, with some decent insights on marriage and parenting. Nothing deep. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 11/27/2013

    " Mom recommended this one. I liked it. Not what I'm usually into but it was a sweet romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/2/2013

    " A good light summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kammy | 9/12/2013

    " This is a fun quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helene | 6/17/2013

    " An entertaining "chick Lit" read. About an extended family; dad and kids either lawyers or in law school; mom is dance teacher. Her sister comes to stay when her marriage fails and on and on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 6/9/2013

    " This was a great book about a 60+ couple dealing with a rash of family drama. Funny and entertaining! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessie Henninger | 5/30/2013

    " An odd thing to react to I suppose, but there just wasn't enough conflict. I didn't care enough about what happened to any of the characters to finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen Gallagher | 5/28/2013

    " book club read. don't bother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregandemy | 12/17/2012

    " I just enjoy these books. Its nothing complex nor will they ever be on a list of must read classics, but I really like them. Well written, fun to read, and my favorite- they revolve around people in healthy relationships who love their spouse and their family. such a nice change.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Lampe | 10/31/2012

    " I remember this being a good story but not as light as her prior book. Still quite enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 8/21/2012

    " Funny. If you have a sister, you'll like this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leah (packfan20) | 6/4/2012

    " This book was a whole lot of nothing. Lots of dialogue and no action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 5/5/2012

    " This was charming - a light, beach read about people my age and everyday situations. I read it on the beach in Florida in December. I had "traded" a book for it from the "library" at Silver Lakes RV Resort between Marco Island and Naples. I am adding Jeanne Ray to my list of fav authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 4/11/2012

    " Another great one by Jeanne Ray! This one deals with a relationship between sisters, which I loved, since I have sisters. :) Again - laugh out loud funny, but also very real. She has a way of capturing the ridiculous in real life that is just great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrislin | 3/19/2012

    " charming good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 7/30/2011

    " Just a funny story of an older couple hoping to enjoy their time alone. Just when they think all is well everything happens at once and their home becomes like a highway. Cute clean book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 6/25/2011

    " i thought her views on marriage were interesting, i would have preferred to learn more about the main character's marriage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 6/20/2011

    " This is a quick, easy, fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 4/30/2011

    " A light, fun book dealing with love and family relationships.
    When I started reading this book I thought I knew exactly where it was going. I was pleasantly surprised when the author chose to go a different way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 4/24/2011

    " This is my favorite Jeanne Ray book! I laughed out loud so many times! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 3/1/2011

    " Great story about how life comes full-circle at times! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/12/2011

    " A most charming little novel about a 62 year old woman dealing with her children's engagements and her sister's divorce. a well-done, quick, easy, fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/31/2011

    " i think this was the best of her books. funny and poignant yet totally believable. a very good read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merissa | 1/8/2011

    " Fun book, but I didn't love it as much as Eat Cake. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 12/30/2010

    " Mom recommended this one. I liked it. Not what I'm usually into but it was a sweet romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marguerite | 12/16/2010

    " I love her Julie and Romeo books. I'm hoping this one is just as much fun

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    This was such a good book. It was a quick read, but there was alot packed into those pages! It was funny and sad and witty and realistic. I love Jeanne Ray's writing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tinker | 11/4/2010

    " Easy read, great for "waiting rooms". rather like many large families, can identify ...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 H?i | 11/2/2010

    " good enough. I find everything I want in this book. Not too much drama, not too much tear. soft and relax, I think "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coyla | 9/6/2010

    " My favorite Jeanne Ray book so far and I have absolutely loved them all "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 7/29/2010

    " After a spate of dreary and depressing novels, this is a refreshing relief. Clever and good-spirited, it's a perfect summer read. What's not to like about a book that blends tap dancing, dog training, wedding planning and home renovations? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 7/7/2010

    " fun,light reading- great for summer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrieuoregon | 7/6/2010

    " Very much like this author and her characters. "

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About the Author

Jeanne Ray is the New York Times bestselling author of Julie and Romeo and four other novels. She worked as a registered nurse for forty years before she wrote her first novel at the age of sixty. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and her dog, Red.