Second Star to the Right by Mary Alice Monroe audiobook

Second Star to the Right

By Mary Alice Monroe
Read by  Mary Alice Monroe

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Sometimes fairy tales do come true… As a single mother of two, Faye O'Neill has no time for fairy tales. She's not even certain she believes in luck. Practical, smart, and desperate to escape a shadowy past, Faye takes a job at a top advertising firm in London where she hopes she and her children can find a fresh start. When she finds the beautiful two-story flat for rent in a stately old Victorian complete with a neglected but tumbling English garden, she can scarcely believe her good fortune. But it isn't long before Faye realizes not everything in the old home may be as peaceful as it seems. A strange light begins to appear in her children's rooms at night, and then there's the reclusive elderly tenant, Crazy Wendy, her landlady warned her to steer clear of, the woman who spends her evenings spying on Faye's children from her garret-room window. The woman who believes she is Peter Pan's Wendy. To make matters worse, Faye, who has sworn off men, discovers her downstairs neighbor Jack is a disturbingly handsome professor with a talent for charming women and children alike. Before she knows it, Faye has embarked upon a whole new adventure into a world where anything might be possible, where broken hearts can be healed by a kiss, and where Neverland may not be a place of fables but a forgotten land one can still find if they are only brave enough to follow the second star to the right.

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Summary

Summary

Sometimes fairy tales do come true…

As a single mother of two, Faye O'Neill has no time for fairy tales. She's not even certain she believes in luck. Practical, smart, and desperate to escape a shadowy past, Faye takes a job at a top advertising firm in London where she hopes she and her children can find a fresh start. When she finds the beautiful two-story flat for rent in a stately old Victorian complete with a neglected but tumbling English garden, she can scarcely believe her good fortune. But it isn't long before Faye realizes not everything in the old home may be as peaceful as it seems.

A strange light begins to appear in her children's rooms at night, and then there's the reclusive elderly tenant, Crazy Wendy, her landlady warned her to steer clear of, the woman who spends her evenings spying on Faye's children from her garret-room window. The woman who believes she is Peter Pan's Wendy. To make matters worse, Faye, who has sworn off men, discovers her downstairs neighbor Jack is a disturbingly handsome professor with a talent for charming women and children alike. Before she knows it, Faye has embarked upon a whole new adventure into a world where anything might be possible, where broken hearts can be healed by a kiss, and where Neverland may not be a place of fables but a forgotten land one can still find if they are only brave enough to follow the second star to the right.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The magic of innocence and the romance of hope will charm the reader.” Nora Roberts
“I laughed, I cried, and I felt like a kid again, experiencing the magic of an unforgettable love story. Mary Alice Monroe has won a fan for life with this spectacular book.” Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author
“For all those who love Sir James Barrie’s classic tale, [Ms. Monroe] provides a sparkling new twist that is guaranteed to delight and charm.” RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
“Mary Alice Monroe breathes new life into the timeless legend of Peter Pan—and the result is nothing short of magical. Second Star to the Right will whisk you away at the whim of this masterful storyteller.” Signe Pike, bestselling author of Faery Tale

Reviews

Reviews

by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
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A Fairy Tale

This book may seem like it’s a romance or fantasy, but it’s really neither. Certainly, the romance that buds between Jack and Faye fits into the romance formula. Just don’t go looking for a steamy sex scene. In terms of fantasy, there are never any blatant fantastical elements, but rather allusions and aftermath of such encounters. This book is best described as a fairy tale for adults, but not the naughty kind so popular over the last decade plus. This is a wholesome story from beginning to end.

Faye and Jack are rounded out well, but the remainder of the characters feel like cutouts. Most all the characters sound as if they’re taken straight out of Downton Abbey. As someone who watches a fair share of BBC programming, I wasn’t sold on the depiction of all the British as uppity and proper. There were also tons and tons of sunny days in this book. And fireflies in London…? Okay. I guess. It is a fairy tale after all.

The character of Faye is pretty difficult to handle. I’ve known people like her in the past, and they are tough to be around. Why Jack was so into her when the book provided little reason why, is beyond me. Perhaps, it’s because he’s the type of person who likes a challenge. And making Faye smile? That is a hard-won task that he delights in achieving.

Overall, I feel this book would have made a better Lifetime movie than a novel. The imagery and scenes are vivid and the characters have just enough depth for the small screen. What I find most surprising is the quality of narration. Rarely does an author read their own book as well as a professional narrator. Mary Alice Monroe fits right in with the likes of such acclaimed readers as Cassandra Campbell and Marguerite Gavin. And she does a pretty decent British accent, to boot.

Author

Author Bio: Mary Alice Monroe

Author Bio: Mary Alice Monroe

Mary Alice Monroe is the author of nearly two dozen novels, several nonfiction titles, and award-winning children’s books. Her body of work reflects her commitment to the natural world through literature. She has served on the faculty of numerous writer’s conferences and retreats and is a featured speaker at events, both literary and conservation. Her books have achieved several bestseller lists, including the New York Times, SIBA, and USA Today, and are sold worldwide. She has been awarded the SC Center for the Book Award for Fiction, the International Book Award for Green Fiction, the Career Achievement Award for mainstream fiction by RT Book Reviews, and the South Carolina Book Festival Literary Excellence Award.

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Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Romance
Runtime: 11.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English