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Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins
Narrator: Xe Sands, Laural Merlington, Amy Rubinate, Graham Winton
Published by Berkley, Recorded Books on June 9, 2020
Genres: Life Fiction
Length: 12 hours, 58 minutes
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The Frosts are a typical American family. Barb and John, married almost fifty years, are testy and bored with each other...who could blame them after all this time? At least they have their daughters-- Barb's favorite, the perfect, brilliant Juliet; and John's darling, the free-spirited Sadie. The girls themselves couldn't be more different, but at least they got along, more or less. It was fine. It was enough.
Until the day John had a stroke, and their house of cards came tumbling down.
Now Sadie has to put her career as a teacher and struggling artist in New York on hold to come back and care for her beloved dad--and face the love of her life, whose heart she broke, and who broke hers. Now Juliet has to wonder if people will notice that despite her perfect career as a successful architect, her perfect marriage to a charming Brit, and her two perfect daughters, she's spending an increasing amount of time in the closet having panic attacks.
And now Barb and John will finally have to face what's been going on in their marriage all along.
A new novel of heartbreaking truths and hilarious honesty about what family really means.
I really enjoy the Life Fiction stories this author is writing. They are more authentic with more details and development of multiple characters than one finds in regular romance titles. But there is often romance in the story also.
Always the Last to Know features a family with two daughters. They are authentic and flawed so they are understandable. I found it easier to like Juliet as she is a hard worker, trying to please everyone. I relate to her insecurities. Barb is also highly competent and takes on a lot. I feel for her situation but she wasn’t as likable. Sadie is likable but she also wants her own way without compromise. I felt for their troubles. John I didn’t like but he found a way to help himself, too.
We see each of them deal with emotional blows and changes in circumstances. Each women grows and learns through her choices. I love how they grew and found ways to be happy with their lives.
I really enjoy getting Kristan Higgins books on audio because often one of the narrators is Xe Sands and I am a big fan of hers. I loved her in this performance. The other narrators were new to me but it was wonderful to have more of a cast. There were four narrators, one for each family member – John, Barb, Juliet and Sadie. Each chapter was told from one of the four points of view, but it felt like Sadie told the largest portion of the story. I was able to listen at my normal 1.5x speed.
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