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At Seventeen

Written by: Gerri Hill
Narrated by: Carly Robins
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins

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Madison Lansford and Shannon Fletcher met when they were 10 years old. Madison - daughter of wealthy parents and Shannon, daughter of their live-in maid and cook - became fast friends, yet both knew their place in life. There was never a doubt that they would become lovers... there was also never a doubt that Madison would marry and maintain her social standing in the community. Little by little, they grew apart, their love affair ending with Madison's marriage and pregnancy.

Now, years later, Shannon returns to her old hometown to care for her ailing mother. Can they rebuild their friendship? Or will their new-found closeness bring back memories of their long-lost love? Travel through the years with Shannon and Madison and watch their love unfold as they move from teens to young women and into adulthood.

©2013 Gerri Hill (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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  • Kalipall
  • 2016-08-28

I liked it by the end.

I was reluctant to listen to this story, because I knew going into the book that Shannon and Madison had a relationship that ended, and now they're encountering each other again after many years apart. I don't usually enjoy stories like this. The whole first part of the book is Shannon relating the story of her first love to her best friends before she moves back to her home town. This may have been one of the sweetest stories about first love that I've ever read. And it was torture, because we knew it would end, and how could it end well? I kept hoping I'd get to that point soon, because the sooner we knew their pain, the sooner they could meet again. I wanted to rip the band-aid off and get to the good stuff already.
I didn't have much sympathy for Madison. We're talking about someone who's almost forty years old who is still allowing decisions that she doesn't like to be made for her. Grow a pair! And part of me thinks Shannon was a doormat for just taking it. But beneath the cynic within me beats the heart of a romantic, so I loved when Madison finally woke up and took a good look around.
One final thing that I didn't like was the fact that Shannon let her friendship with Charlotte and Tracy go so easily. If you were good enough friends to tell them things you've never told another living soul, I wouldn't expect you to just tank the relationship like it didn't matter in the first place.
At the end of the book, I found that I enjoyed it, and that's a tribute to Hill's skill at telling a tale, because I didn't expect to like it much at all.

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  • zenabuff
  • 2015-03-15

Hill is Magic for Romance Novels and Lesbians!

What did you love best about At Seventeen?

That the story started with the girls when they were 17 then made them come full circle to adult woman and all they were dealing with, I loved that Madison had to deal with her parents, her estranged husband, her son, the growing feeling toward her childhood lover and she did the smart thing and decides she doesn't want to just have an affair, friendship is welcome but until her divorcee is final she is only interested in friendship because that is all she can manage at the time. And it's fair to ever one. Madison knows she needs to get act together before she can give her heart 100% to another. And that the only way she wants it.

What did you like best about this story?

Mostly what I said above, but that there was a lot of background on each girls families. I liked learning about Madison's super smart young son off at college, I liked the picture of her mother (Jerk 1) Husband (Jerk 2) and her father, I liked learning about Shannon and mother and brother. It was nice to have family support in a book. Not just those books with, you family hates because your gay, you must make your own family and never have a mother/brother/uncle or aunt show up and embarrass you in a story, It was refreshing.

Which character – as performed by Carly Robins – was your favorite?

Madison- I related to her the best, what it;s like to not be able to say no and to do it for so many years it just builds up. Only for me it was at work not at home but I could totally relate and to have someone telling you what to do every second of the time until you can't breathe, been there done that, not fun.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Two woman separated by time and circumstance, Brought together by love and chance, will they take the leap, or live in hell.

Any additional comments?

Hill is to me the second best lesbian romance writer topped by only Radclyffe, and then only just. Hill is amazing, she can make the same old story sound new, and the new sound amazing. In this jumping back and forth from 17 to the present, she wines and dine us on gourmet food. all the while making you want to eat more and more. Save room for dessert.

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  • Lisa C.
  • 2015-03-21

Good Story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would. It was a well written story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to listen in one sitting but appreciated being able to listen over a couple of days.

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  • Kris
  • 2017-06-29

what a wonderfully written book

I have to say i hated Madison for everything she put Shannon through, but that wouldn't be right. I've had friends who's lives were controlled that way. This book will bring out lots of emotions, from frustration, sadness, heartache, laugh out loud moments, smiles, happiness, lots of yeh about time moments.
The flow of this long story is great. There is a wonderful assortment of Characters that the Narrator did an amazing job bringing to life. Just a hint for anyone wanting to read this, like me, I was on the fence for months about it.. still not convinced I was gonna like it because of Madison and her mom. I finnally gave it a shot and I was so glad I did.... and trust me so will you. However, you will hate Madison's mom for sure...
Gerri Hill once again knocked it out of the park with yet another book.
This is a must read.

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  • Mizzt49
  • 2019-06-21

At Seventeen

Wonderful story. I was teary eye the heartbreak and the reunite both were very emotional.

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  • Lamaria
  • 2019-06-10

wow, just...wow

I'm speechless. I've read several of Gerri's other novels bur gosh, this one was just so tender and beautiful. Shannon and Madison's youthful attraction and angst for each other really hit home on a personal level. I am IMMEDIATELY replaying this one.

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  • Monica Lopez
  • 2019-04-11

Full of Tenderness

Heart warming and lovely, intense and emotional..I enjoyed the narrator very much...I didn't expect the character to hold me to every word.

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  • Sage Emshell
  • 2019-03-31

Wow

Was not expecting this story to be this good! And I say this even after having read a few books from this author, knowing she's pretty fantastic. This is definitely a fave!

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  • A. Lauren
  • 2019-03-31

Wonderful love story.

I hate that I barely just finished this. Instant favorite. I’m a romantic person so very little angst and or drama and a totally cute (albeit not perfect) love story that spans 18+ years is pretty perfect. It’s a little sad but nothing cut too deep. The beginning is fantastic and the second part is that cute slow burner. Love it.
I honestly hope one day this becomes a movie.

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  • Jacquelyn Bautsch
  • 2019-01-26

Could have listened forever.

Must read!! I feel so emotionally drained but I want so much more! Not to mention... hot danm!