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To Hear You Smile (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Gina Rossi
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Disillusioned and dumped, London girl, Olivia Sinclair, hides out in the English countryside, unaware that handsome local stranger, Zachary Jordan, is a world class athlete. Deeply attracted to his intuitiveness and apparent sixth sense, Olivia nevertheless shuns him when he scares her badly on a date and, worse, when she finds out he has stolen something precious from her. Then she discovers the devastating truth about Zac. He's blind, and somehow, in their brief encounters, she hasn't noticed. She's determined to make amends, but Zac, crushed by her carelessness, doesn't want to know, and Olivia faces a gruelling uphill battle to win his respect and love


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1.0 von 5 Sternen Very unrealistic 29. März 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
This book is written very poorly in terms of blindness. A blind man would never be able to move as freely as Zac. It is totally unrealistic. Also, the book is lengthy and between Zac and Olivia happens far too little. it is also impossible not to recognize a guide dog. who have a harness and will not be taken on a leash. It also falls on people vouchers if someone is blind. I have never read such a bad book. Shame about the money.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing 29. Oktober 2012
Von DevoGirl - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
I really wanted to like this book. The English countryside setting, the backdrop of the 2012 London Paralympic Games, and a blind guy character who's actually nice, not bitter and angry, all seemed promising, and the prose styling is pretty good. So then it was even more of a disappointment to find the plot and characters so poorly realized.

One major problem is that it takes Olivia about 2/3 of the way through the book to realize that Zac is blind, even though it is completely obvious from the title, the summary, and the first moment he appears. Dragging it out so long made for a frustrating reading experience, and made Olivia seem colossally stupid. It's also completely unrealistic that Olivia would not notice. Maybe the first time they meet, ok, I could buy that. But after she talks to him in the pub and goes back to his house, no way.

There are so many inaccuracies in the way Zac is depicted. He's constantly described as looking right at her and expressing emotions through his eyes. He never ever uses a cane, and his guide dog does not have a harness, only a leash (two more reasons it would be impossible for Olivia not to realize he's blind). It's mentioned several times that he doesn't own a TV--blind people do watch TV! The description of how he runs is also way off. He only runs with a guide sometimes? He "visualizes the finish line"? He claims to be able to taste colors--what? Maybe that was meant as a joke but it's hard to tell. It's obvious the author has never met a blind person, or done any research about blindness or blind events in the Paralympics.

Those inaccuracies might have been bearable if the characters were at all appealing, but they aren't. Olivia is a Bridget Jones type: clumsy, unpolished, and prone to jumping to conclusions. But she lacks the self-awareness that makes Bridget Jones charming; instead she just comes off as a shallow social climber. She's mainly interested in Zac for his looks, but dismisses him as "fey" "unambitious" and "sensitive." Nothing but perfection and manliness will do for her. So how is she going to accept a disabled partner? His friend basically tells Olivia to take pity on Zac because he is blind, and she holds all the cards because she is sighted.

And Zac is even more lacking in development. It is not at all clear why he falls in love with her. After talking with her for half an hour, suddenly she's his soul mate. Yeah, I would be running away too. This is a novella, so there isn't a lot of space for their relationship to develop, but there has to be something, some reason he is attracted to her. But no, she's rude and insensitive, so why does he like her? He tells her that she inspires him to be more giving. I guess coaching kids in disabled sports and being a top Paralympic hopeful can't compare to the selflessness and world-changing potential of owning your own chocolate boutique in a small but wealthy village.

There is great potential for a romance novel about the Paralympics, but sadly, this isn't it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A light, fun, and sweet read 22. Oktober 2012
Von Ruth Madison - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
Oliva is ready for some time away from London, so she leaps at the chance to dog sit for a friend in the village of Chapel Hill. Her friend tries to mention the cute boy who lives down the road, but Olivia is off men and not interested in hearing about him. When Oliva does meet Zac, he comes across as gorgeous, but creepy. There's something odd about him that she just can't put her finger on and by the time she realizes what it really is, she's already knocked him out with a teacup to his head.

The writing is great: it's charming and sweet. Olivia is endearing and easy to relate to. A lot of the characters around Chapel Hill are hilarious. It makes me want to pack up and move to a little English village!

The only trouble I had with this book is one element that stretches credibility beyond the breaking point for me personally. The author wants to keep the reader as much in the dark as Oliva, hence the very vague and unhelpful book description, so this is a bit of a spoiler. DON'T READ ON if you don't want to know!




{Olivia does not realize that Zac is blind. How is that possible? I don't know. I can't really imagine any way in which this could ever happen in real life. The first time they meet he isn't wearing sunglasses or anything. They even go on a lengthy date and she never figures it out (well, it felt lengthy to me, but I have a hard time imagining that you could spend thirty seconds with a blind man and not know it. I could be wrong. Perhaps there are people who would not figure that out, but it's just very difficult for me to buy that). She describes his eyes as looking into hers at times, but I don't think it could ever appear as though he were focusing on her eyes. But that's the entire tension in the story, so without that conceit there is no plot.}

Overall, I enjoyed this story and I will be reading more from this author!
5.0 von 5 Sternen Gina Rossi fan 16. Januar 2014
Von Keith Watkins - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
I am an unashamed admirer of Gina Rossi's writing and I await her next release as eagerly as I did this one.
I recommend the book to all readers of light hearted romance.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyable reading 23. März 2015
Von C. Higginson - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I was getting into the story and getting to know and care about the characters when the story ended. I was enjoying the setting and the author's love of the English countryside.
Please add some more chapters when you can ?
4.0 von 5 Sternen I enjoyed 3. Januar 2015
Von Shon C Allen - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved reading this book. Zac and Olivia's story was an enjoyment. The confusion in the beginning made the story interesting and charming.
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