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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lorna Landvik Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The View from Mount Joy, Lorna Landvik’s delightfully quirky and intensely moving new novel, is about a man, a supermarket, the roads not taken, and the great, unexpected pleasures found in living a good life. 

When hunky teenage hockey player Joe Andreson and his widowed mother move to Minneapolis, Joe falls under the seductive spell of Kristi Casey, Ole Bull High’s libidinous head cheerleader, the kind of girl a guy can’t say no to, even when saying yes guarantees trouble. Joe balances Kristi’s lustful manipulation with the down-to-earth companionship of his smart, platonic girlfriend, Darva. But it is Kristi who will prove to be a temptation (and torment) throughout Joe’s life.

Years later, having once dreamed of a career in pro hockey or as a globetrotting journalist, Joe can’t believe that life has deposited him in the aisles of Haugland Foods. But he soon learns that being a grocer is like being the mayor of a small town: His constituents confide astonishing things and always appreciate the value of a hard-to-pass-up special, a free toy for a well-behaved youngster, a pie for the best rendition of “Alfie,” or simply Joe’s generous dispensing of the milk of human kindness. For Joe, everyday life is its own roller-coaster ride, and all he wants to do is hold on tight.

The path Kristi has charged down, on the other hand, is as wild as Joe’s is tame–or at least that’s how it appears to the outside world. But who has really risked more? Who has lived more? And who is truly happy? As Joe discovers–in this dramatic, heartbreaking, and hilarious novel–sometimes people are lucky enough to be standing in the one place where the view of the world is breathtaking, if only they’ll open their eyes to all there is to see.

The View from Mount Joy is truly glorious: a warm, wonderful picture of life as seen from the deepest places in the heart.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shirley | 2/18/2014

    " I thought this book had some good twists and turns I didn't expect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Drredman | 2/16/2014

    " It took awhile before I really wanted to keep reading the book, the characters were, for me slow to develop and not real interesting. But I did grow to enjoy the story and appreciate how this author spends years with a character so the reader does get to know them pretty well. She did demonstrate complexity of the characters and that I appreciated. I always am awaiting her new releases. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenny | 2/16/2014

    " This was a great airplane read -- easy flow, light story, many likeable characters, and lots of fun references to the Twin Cities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leslie Tilleskjor | 2/12/2014

    " This was a fun book and quick read. I could relate to the era it was placed in. "

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