Pie GirlsWritten by: Lauren Clark
Narrated by: JoBe Cerny,
Mary Hollis Inboden
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
Publisher: Camellia Press
Publishers SummaryPrincess, Southern belle, and spoiled-rotten social climber Searcy Roberts swore on a stack of Bibles she'd never return home to Fairhope, Alabama. After marrying her high school sweetheart and moving to Atlanta, Searcy embraces big-city life - Carrie Bradshaw style.
But now, Searcy has a teeny, tiny problem. Her husband's had a mid-life crisis. He's quit his job, cancelled her credit cards, and left her for another man.
Searcy returns to Fairhope, ready to lick her wounds. But when her mother falls ill, she is thrust into managing the family business; only to discover the beloved bakery is in danger of closing its doors forever.
Enlisting the help of the adorable bike store owner next door, an array of well-heeled customers, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Searcy hatches the plan of the century to save Pie Girls.
©2014 Lauren Clark (P)2014 Lauren Clark
My reviewWell, the publishers summary holds a bit of a spoiler really, in that Alton left Searcy for another man! Of course, the listener knows this but Searcy is left in ignorance. Now, he didn't really leave her destitute, but she could no longer finance her self indulgent lifestyle.
Thing is, she may well have grown accustomed to the high life, but the author has provided her with an upbringing which has equipped her to deal with the normal, hum drum existence of life, just like everyday people!
Just as well really, as she had to go home to Mother, drag the bakery back from the brink, accustom herself to her husbands' new lifestyle and find herself a new man.
I found the first part of the story hard to stick with, I mean, the mother in law, are there really people like that? What about Searcy? So heartbroken, yet attracted to another man with a funny voice!
Altons boyfriend, would he really, when nobody YET knew he existed, really show up and out Alton like that? Yet nobody seemed to mind his awful behaviour, surely he would let Alton ..... Oh well, never mind. And what about Searcy? Who on earth would try to sell expensive jewellery and designer clothing at a yard sale, especially when in need of top dollar!I also admired how clothing and furniture in an apartment in one city was all packed up and flown to another in what seemed like a couple of days. Yes, some inexplicable storylines here!
AND YET .........
Despite all these gripes of mine, I did get involved in the story and actually found it enjoyable, it seemed to me that once Searcy got home, rolled up her sleeves and got on with it, the real, entertaining and interesting story began.
It's very difficult to rate this story, but because I enjoyed the second part so much, I really would like to hear more stories about the Pie girls
NarratorsI think Mary Hollis Inboden would have made a far better job of it on her own, the male voice, particularly when acting Alton, sounded telephonic and creepy. The whole production sounded as if the narrators were in separate studios to each other, the characters they portrayed never sounded as if they were in the same room. I hated Luke's voice, he sounded like a simpleton, surely no woman could fall for a man with a voice like that!
Mary Hollis Inboden did a good job of her parts, I love her voice and her accent, could listen to her forever, but JoBe Cerny, I'm afraid that, to me, he sounds like the man in the TV ads for cars or something, he didn't work for me at all.
If I had to allocate stars for narration, Mary Hollis Inboden would get 4 and JoBe zero