• All About Evie

  • By: Cathy Lamb
  • Narrated by: Hannah Cabell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (125 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Set against the natural beauty of the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest, acclaimed author Cathy Lamb's latest novel tells the emotionally compelling story of one woman's life-changing discovery about her past....

As a child, Evie Lindsay was unnerved by her premonitions. As an adult, they have become a simple fact of life - sometimes disruptive but also inescapable, much like her quirky, loveable family. Evie's mother, Poppy, and her aunts, Camellia and Iris, are well known on San Orcanita island for their free-spirited ways and elaborately decorated hats. Their floral shop and Evie's bookstore draw streams of visitors all summer long. This season promises to be extra busy: Evie's sister, Jules, is getting married on the island.

As Jules plans her unconventional wedding, she arranges to do a DNA test with her mother, sister, and aunts, to see how much accepted lore about their heritage holds true. The results blow apart everything Evie has grown up believing about herself and her family. Spurred on by the revelations, Evie uncovers the real story of her past. But beyond her feelings of shock and betrayal, there are unexpected opportunities - to come to terms with a gift that has sometimes felt like a curse, to understand the secrets that surrounded her childhood, and to embrace the surprising new life that is waiting for her....

©2019 Cathy Lamb (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Great story

Very satisfying! Makes me want to move to the island and hang at bookstore. Loved it!

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Characters lack depth.

The story itself was interesting. However the somewhat juvenile treatment of sexual interests and characters I found tiresome.

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Can Cathy Lamb just get on with the story?

I only have 4 hours left, but I can't believe that I am still listening - I guess I didn't want to waste the credit. The same things about the characters (cats knocking over books, aunts and mom that are crazy, their hats.... UGH) are retold and retold chapter after chapter when it comes to Evie.... I am so bored. Cathy Lamb is trying to create suspense, but she's only boring the reader. I really liked Henry's Sisters that she also wrote but this is AWEFUL.

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Book was so-so

The character “Jules” was extremely annoying in that she literally talked of nothing besides sex, anytime she spoke...and her voice was very babyish. There was also a racist remark against white men that was disappointed to hear. I wouldn’t recommend the book, although it wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read.

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Loved every moment and love Evie

Love the characters. How the story crosses over
The history and the happy ending. Amazing

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I’m fat from all the desserts

Sweet book. Literally.
The author must have a sweet tooth.
The constant justification for how and when and why Evie ate all her desserts, gave me a sugar overload. That got kinda old.
Besides that, the story is good. Not great but certainly not a waste of time at all.
I even found the narrators lisp rather sweet.
Pun intended.

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Slow and redundant storyline.

Three of my favorite books are by Cathy Lamb (What I Remember Most, No Place I'd Rather Be and Henry's Sisters). These three are exceptional books! I keep reading more of her books as they are released on Audible to find more that are that good, but sadly, I haven't found any that match the caliber of writing that those three have. This book's storyline was very dragged out and redundant, I don't need to hear the names of all of her extensive animal menagerie each time the main character, Evie, goes here and there or passes them by. . .it got very annoying. The book was extremely slow and drawn out and very repetitive with the same visions replayed over and over. However, when I got to the end of the book and things were finally explained, it was done in a hurry with very little detail, almost as if the author had had enough of the book and couldn't wait for it to end either. Also, I think the storyline was a little immature, at least for my taste. I will probably pass on any other books by this author, at least for a long while.

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Too wordy

I loved the story line . The narrator was great. BUT there are so many unnecessary words and descriptions. “I hugged her , she hugged me” “ she laughed and then I laughed too.”
It made the whole book seem very “simple”
Oh and the sister?? ...

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sooo...

Is it just me, or are Cathy Lamb's books super cheesy? Sometimes I get sucked in despite the fact that they're so poorly worded, but ive just realized that listening to them on audio is just too much. No character ever seems believable or unique, and no narrator is ever able to make the story real. All of the characters throughout ALL of her books, have the same voice. The same awkward, out-of touch, way of speaking. I wanted this new one to be different, but...it isn't. Sadly, I think I've given up on this author.

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Different and interesting

Liked the characters especially the main character with her special powers. More interesting than the run of the mill romance books. Touched on some heavier topics such as adoption, ptsd, etc.