Thursday 17 November 2022

Audio: How to excavate a heart

Narrated by: Hope Newhouse

Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins

Release date: 11-01-22

Publisher: HarperAudio

YA fiction romance to review

 It looked xmassy so I thought it would fit the soon season to be.

Shani is still getting over a bad breakup. She took an internship in DC over the holidays to get away.

And then she meets May. Friendship, feelings, and the start of something new. All while she is trying to come to terms with the feelings of her old relationship.

Not an xmassy book in that sense, since she does not celebrate it. But you know the whole December feeling and with a snowstorm that gives some forced proximity.

I enjoyed the book. Short, easy and with something that will turn out just right.

Good narration with a new to me narrator. She did well with different voices and moods. An easy voice to listen to and one I would listen to again

It all starts when Shani runs into May. Like, literally. With her mom’s Subaru. Attempted vehicular manslaughter was not part of Shani’s plan. She was supposed to be focusing on her monthlong paleoichthyology internship. She was going to spend all her time thinking about dead fish and not at all about how she was unceremoniously dumped days before winter break.

But when a dog-walking gig puts her back in May’s path, the fossils she’s meant to be diligently studying are pushed to the side—along with the breakup.

Then they’re snowed in together on Christmas Eve. As things start to feel more serious, though, Shani’s hurt over her ex-girlfriend’s rejection comes rushing back. Is she ready to try a committed relationship again, or is she okay with this just being a passing winter fling?


  1. Score for the Bingo card, too! Sounds cute.

  2. A snowy winter book is good and a narrator who can mark the different voices is the best.

  3. A good winter book for sure, but I think too bland for me...except for the part where she almost runs her over!

  4. Looks like a nice romance for the season!

  5. Looks like a nice romance for the season!

  6. I don't think that I have listened to this narrator yet. This sounds good!

  7. Replies
    1. Well one of characters is Jewish so it makes sense



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