I was familiar with the phrase “A Diamond is Forever” before I even knew what a diamond was or what it truly signified. I only truly learned of its origins and the rise of diamonds as a symbol for love through this reading of J. Courtney Sullivan’s The Engagements. The history of the diamonds rise in popularity and its prominent role as a symbol for true love is cleverly interspersed throughout the story.
The Engagements is an epic tale that crosses generations and socioeconomic statuses as it follows four very unique relationships and the institution of marriage as a whole. Told from a number of perspectives, both male and female The Engagements is unlike anything I’ve read before. The cast of characters includes Evelyn who has been married the longest at forty years, Delphine who is intimately familiar with the intensity of new love as well as its alternate form of familiarity and comfort, James who always wishes he could have done better and Kate who believes in love, but not marriage. Let’s not forget Frances who was the clever advertising copywriter behind “A Diamond is Forever”.
Told in alternating perspective between the various characters and switching time periods from past to present there was a lot going on in this story. Admittedly, I had trouble following it at times, but to be completely honest, I wasn’t always giving the book my full attention and that was easily a contributing factor. Kimberly Farr is an experienced narrator with many titles to her credit and does an excellent job in bringing this story to life.
A fantastic follow up to her previous release, The Engagements is a book not to be missed. Although, if you are going to listen to the audio version make sure you can commit your full attention to the various courses it takes.
Publisher: Random House Audio
Audio Source: Sent by the Publisher for review consideration
Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
Running time: 16 hours and 50 minutes
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Teresa Krueger (Teresa’s Reading Corner)
I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember. I realized as a child that a good book can transport you anywhere you want to go. I began Teresa’s Reading Corner in early 2010 in order to share those experiences with others. Since starting the blog I’ve discovered so many new authors and genres and my excitement for books has grown exponentially. I’ve also discovered the wonder of audio books and began hosting the Audio Book Challenge in 2011. When I’m not reading, writing about reading, or reading about reading I am enjoying life with my husband, my two little monkeys and our dog.