Boiled down, this is the story of a famous violinist Caroline returning to small town Mississippi and falling for millionaire playboy, Tucker Longstreet. The romance was lackluster and This was not a favorite of mine. Please note that race tensions are an aspect of the story and some characters use the N word. When Edda Lou turns up dead, her father takes a dive off the deep end and goes after Tucker. I haven't read the book, but boy did I watch the movie.
My poor little head hurts. So what does that portend for Cy? Since I live in the heart of the deep south, I got a chuckle out of some of the scenes in the book. Overall, an excellent romantic suspense novel with great characters and ambiance. The romance was lackluster and I figured out pretty quickly who the serial killer was. Whether the truckers are going on strike, or those dimwits up in Washington are going to fuck up again and shuck us into a depression.
At the very end, she has a strong,emotional scene once the killer has been revealed. Tucker Longstreet is the hero and one who loves a good nap and when the mood strikes willing woman with no relationship complications. Tucker I enjoyed getting to know him, a true onion of a character. My only complaint was there are sooooo many characters involved at times it was confusing and I would have to stop and remember who's who. He is not one to get worked up for many things unless it is needed or pushed to it and many underestimate him. While listening to Stechschulte's excellent narration of Carnal Innocence, I was struck by the rich details Roberts includes in her book.
Because there's just one small problem with her new romance: Tucker is the leading suspect in the killings. While listening to a book on audio the reader is forced to listen to all the description and not skim. I enjoyed this book but I didn't love it. Giving up on my library copy, I was delighted when my friend offered to loan me a copy. Caroline and her new puppy, Useless. They didn't make this movie to win any awards.
Which is a bit disappointing - I actually wanted a valid reason! But the violent crime rage is far from over. He did so many different voices well. Various conflicts are well done. Almost didn't finish it, but wanted to see if I had the villain pegged yes. Oh yeah, the name of the small town is Innocence. But Innocence has something else to offer Caroline: a man named Tucker Longstreet. As I said, I did like Tucker and Caroline, but I didn't fully buy into Tucker falling so hard and fast for her.
By the denouement of the killer, this hokey hamlet has been condemned to a miserable future, full of hatred, hurt, and so much guilt. But the violent crime rage is far from over. Caroline Waverly has fled to Innocence Missisippi to escape the burdens of her high stress career as a famous violinist and the pressure her mother imposes on her. The town seems to be nicely integrated and with the exception of a black man being beaten up in one scene, all people seem to live in harmony. It takes place in a town called Innocence. I really did enjoy this new to me narrator, and he brought the rating up a bit.
The Narrator: Stechschulte, or Tom easier to spell! Roberts has written books I don't care for, but when she's on, she's amazing. The unabridged version is almost 18 hrs. But the suspense plot added a thrill that shows Nora Roberts has a nack for incorporating various storythreads into a flowing, exciting read! Tucker's new neighbor, retired concert violinist Caroline Waverly, initially mistrusts him, having just moved in to her recently deceased grandma's house, but soon appreciates his charms and generosity, even to Austin's abused boy Cy, and becomes his lover. With her descriptions of the town, the people, the main characters and the tidbits of history, I had a crystal clear impression of the world this story took place in. I didn't laugh once, and rarely smiled.
She meets Tucker Longstreet, who seems to be a lazy, well off guy who doesn't do much except womanize. A world-famous violinist has escaped to Innocence to find herself and her roots. Number of sex scenes: about 9, but most were vaguely referred to with no details. My poor little head hurts. The relationship between Caroline and Tucker developed slowly and unfolded very nicely.