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Publisher's Summary

Meet the Fletchers of Dare Island

Ambitious Meg, the daughter who never looked back

Steady Matt, the son who stayed

And rebel Luke, the Marine who thought he'd never return

Meg Fletcher spent her childhood dreaming of escaping Dare Island - her family's home for generations. So after she landed a high-powered job in New York City, she left and never looked back. But when she loses both her job and the support of her long-term, live-in boyfriend, she returns home to lick her wounds and reevaluate her life. Helping out her parents at the family inn, she can't avoid the reminders of the past she'd rather forget - especially charming and successful Sam Grady, her brother's best friend. Their one disastrous night of teenage passion should have forever killed their childhood attraction, but Sam seems determined to reignite those long-buried embers. As Meg discovers the man he's become, she's tempted to open her vulnerable heart to him. But she has no intention of staying on Dare Island - no matter how seductive Sam's embrace might be....

©2013 Virginia Kantra (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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I wasn’t smiling but it kept my interest

2 ½ stars.

I did not enjoy Meg. I did not enjoy being in her head with her doubts and concerns. She’s irritated at everything. She always wants to get away, to leave. She’s rude.

I did not get to see a relationship develop. They’ve been apart for 18 years. She comes to town and Sam is always there, as if he’s always been in love with her and waiting for her to come back. It was too automatic. I don’t know why he liked her or how he grew to love her. She treated him bad. I did not like the way Meg held a grudge for 18 years. She had a crush on him in high school. One night he was drunk and she seduced him. After that he did not call. She acts like he committed a major crime. It’s not a crime if a guy is not into her. That wasn’t the case. He had different reasons but nothing worth a grudge. I was irritated that Meg kept her anger/grudge going so long - a mountain out of a molehill.

There were two sex scenes. They were short, not much detail, if that matters. The first sex scene happens in a hotel. Afterwards Meg says we have to leave. She didn’t have to leave, but this was the way she acted throughout the story. Apparently she enjoyed it but she stopped it. The reader doesn’t get to enjoy love and pleasure now that they’re together because Meg won’t. It was the story’s emotional vacancy.

The best part was Meg’s wonderful loving family. Family things were more interesting than the Sam-Meg relationship.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
The narrator Sophie Eastlake was good for women and general narration, but not men. I did not like her weird male voices.

Genre: contemporary romance

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Southern Bitch

After reading some of the other reviews on Carolina Girl, I was amused to see how many listeners did not like Meg Fletcher, an out-spoken, assertive, intelligent and sometimes bitchy attorney. Evidently, male alpha jerks are socially acceptable but women possessing the same aggressive qualities are not.

I never really understood why Meg had such a chip on her shoulder, considering she was raised in a warm, stable home by parents who loved her. It seemed incredible that she spent so many years living with a pretentious asshole in NYC, but I loved her spunk and dedication to her family. I thought Meg and Sam made an good match, very different yet complimenting each other.

Surprisingly, I thought the Fletcher parents (maybe late 60s)) had the most interesting relationship, still loving and passionate after decades of being married and raising children. He was devastated when she almost died in an accident and was ready & willing to take care of her until she recovered.

I enjoyed the romantic elements, family dynamics and low-key drama, with only occasional strong language and mild sexual content. Sometimes it's just nice to escape reality with a light, warm and entertaining novel.

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Is Meg Misunderstood?

I really liked this book, and in love with the series. Meg is a career woman who underneath a prickly exterior is really soft and fuzzy. She is hard working and grew up in a family were the children had to contribute to the family's income. As a result, she develops a strong work ethic and high ambitions. So why all the snark?

I liked Sam a lot too but he definitely played the field when he was younger. In my humble opinion, Meg might have some difficulty being a witness to that, especially in high school. Therefore, trusting Sam maybe an issue for her.

Once again, Sophie Eastlake delivers a great performance. I love her voice and I think she does a great job. I am always happy when I see her narrating!

This series is wonderful and very creditworthy.

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I kept thinking "I kind of love this book"

Believable characters, relationships and engaging story. Well worth the credit. Interesting use of point of view that clarifies characters and their motivations. Nice.

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Carolina Girl

What did you love best about Carolina Girl?

I liked the family dynamics... and Sam.

What did you like best about this story?

I like when a character thinks she knows what's best to do in life and goes for it but then realizes it's not what she wants to do.

What does Sophie Eastlake bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I liked how she voiced Sam.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

That's never an option unless I'm traveling. If I had the chance, sure.

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I had an EXTREME Dislike For Meg, the Heroine!?!?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This is Meg & Sam's story, I would change out Meg from this book completely. I hated her. There were no redeeming qualities to her.

What could Virginia Kantra have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Up to the very last sentence of this book I wanted Meg to get run over by a big MAC truck!She'sa miserable, self absorbed, abrasive, selfish, greedy, rude, non empathetic, very uptight and I actually felt compared to her other family members ... Very disloyal!

What does Sophie Eastlake bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I have always enjoyed Sophie Eastlake, her voices are perfect.

Do you think Carolina Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

There is a book after this one and it's called Carolina Man. I hope I enjoy the next one and I hope Meg gets run over by that truck. ;-)

Any additional comments?

This unfortunately was part of a series and if you skip it you may miss some of what's happening for book three. Sorry.

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Southern Accent sounds all wrong

What made the experience of listening to Carolina Girl the most enjoyable?

I like the story. I read it first and then purchased the audio version once it was released

What did you like best about this story?

The sense of family, and the journey of the hero and heroine

Would you listen to another book narrated by Sophie Eastlake?

Probably. I live in the South, and her southern accent didn't sound authentic to me. However, I know that I have listed to other books by her and enjoyed them

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several sweet moments. I think Ms. Kantra writes heart-felt relationships

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Nice continuation of book one!

It was a pleasure to listen to. I found the characters believable and human. It kept my attention and had a few chuckles and aha's in it. There are differences in how you come to think of life at different ages. Your past informs the fiyure!

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Enjoyed book

Delightful story, good performance, easy to follow, very engrossing, enjoyed the characters & will look for more books by this author.

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  • 07-29-15

I LOVE This Series-Not Typical Romantic Patterern

This is the second in the Dare Island Novel series.

I don't think it contains any spoilers but if you plan on reading the series in order you may want to skip this one until you read the first one.

Meg Fletcher moved away from the tiny island as soon she graduated from high school. She went to the best schools and now has a job at one of the premier companies in New York City.

She learns that her mom has been in a car accident and goes home to help out as much as she can during the initial trauma. But it is going to be a long road ahead for her mom, Tessa. So she goes back to work until it is time for her to go back to prepare their family home for accessibility. Meg is going to stay for a few weeks, helping with her mother, as she is out of physical therapy and rehab at the hospital. Or so she thinks.

The first day she goes back to for work she is fired because her position is redundant. Her live in boyfriend encourages her to take a break from the city and go home today, right now, to Dare Island.

Sam Grady, her brother's best friend from high school, picks her up at the airport. She and Sam had a one night romp in the hay when she was in high school and he in college. She had stars in her eyes and he was drunk – it did not go well.

Now she must deal with Sam as he pursues her relentlessly. What will she do? Where will she live?

Virginia Kantra writes another romance that is outside the cookie cutter, tradition that a lot fall under. This is filled with charm, family history, a few surprises, lots of twists and turns as we follow Meg's journey.

Sophie Eastland is perfect as a narrator. She does the female voices with ease (a 10-year-old, a grand mother and several in between those ages) and her male characters are believable as well – each have their own unique voice.

After reading the first book I immediately put the other three on my WishList. I waited until I was able to redeem my credits to get the last three. Credits well spent in my opinion. This is something that holds your interest, I hope you feel the same.

Note: A few mature scenes

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