Pelicans Landing by Gerri Hill was a delightful find. I am a member of audible, so once a month I get to go pick out an audiobook – it’s fantastic – and if you GO HERE you will get TWO free audiobooks with a FREE one month trial (so go try it).
But I am getting sidetracked, back to Gerri Hill and her oh-so-cute romance. The story is about Jordan, a high powered career woman who returns to her hometown in the Gulf Coast. Her brother has died in a car accident and Jordan is returning so that she can help her family and handle the little souvenir shop that her brother ran.
At the shop she meets Annie a pretty, insightful and hardworking woman who is divorced.
Cue the romantic music as the two women spend time together and grow closer.
Jordan is a tough business woman and she ends up having some scenes early on when she is quite unforgiving of staff who are lazy and late for work. Personally, I liked that because it rings true, however some listeners may find her overly harsh.
Neither of the main characters were super deep or dramatic, but that’s okay because this wasn’t a super deep or dramatic kind of story. This was just a sweet romance meant to make you feel happy that they get together in the end.
The Writing Style
I liked it. The story isn’t complicated and yet it kept me entertained. This is the kind of story you want to listen to when you want something light and sweet.
Great narration by Carly Robins. The story flowed nicely, it was easy to understand and easy to remember who was who.
A great audiobook that is the perfect listen for a vacation, road trip or even just after a long day at the office.
A lovely listen. Absolutely brilliant for those moments when you aren’t looking for life changing, just entertaining and happy.
Excerpt from Pelicans Landing by Gerri Hill
Jordan Sims drove slowly, her gaze drawn again and again to the bay, its bluish green water shimmering in the bright morning sunlight. She should have come out here earlier in the week, but she wanted to at least wait until the funeral…wait until her brother was laid to rest before invading his beach house.
Oh, sure, it was still her parents’ old weekend place, and her grandparent’s house before that. But Matt had made the small house on the bay his own once her parents had stopped spending time there. Of course, she hadn’t been around then. She’d already left home, escaping to college and then to Chicago.
And she hadn’t been back. Not really. In the last fifteen years, she could count on one hand the number of times she’d been back to Rockport. A few days at Christmas, mostly. And once, her mother had talked her into a week over Thanksgiving. God, that had been endless.
Yet here she was, taking a leave of absence from her job, intending to stay on the Texas coast “as long as you need me,” as she’d told her parents. The restaurant, they could handle. Matt didn’t have a hand in it. But the store? No, that was Matt’s baby. He’d turned their little souvenir shop into a thriving business. All because of Fat Larry.
She shook her head but smiled nonetheless. The pudgy pelican had become a fixture in Lockport. everyone kew Fat Larry. In fact, if you asked directions along Austin Street, Fat Larry was the landmark the locals used.
“Go two bucks past Fat Larry. Can’t miss it.”
“If you get to Fat Larry, you’ve gone too far.”
Fat Larry was a ten-foot-tall plastic pelican-purple, no less-with a bright green T-shirt advertising the store – Sims’ Treasures. Of course, all the locals referred to the store as Fat Larry’s. Her brother, with not a single hour of college credit to his name, had a knack for marketing. And it all started with Fat Larry.
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Bits and Bobs
- ISBN number: 9781594934506
- Publisher: Bella Books
- Audio Book Publisher: Audible Studios