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Iris is More than Okay

By: Natalie Cooper
Narrated by: Jenna Coleman
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Publisher's summary

A dazzling Audible Original written by Natalie Cooper, performed by Jenna Coleman (Victoria, The Cry)

Iris Nightingale is more than okay. She has her life planned out to a perfect schedule. Work, run, sleep, repeat. She spends her quiet Friday nights sitting alone on a bench in the park, trying to push back the memories that no amount of running can help her escape.

But one evening, there’s someone else on her bench - Hunter. Tall, wry and infuriating: everything about him gets under Iris’s skin. Little does she know that he's about to upset more than just her routines...

Hired as a consultant at the firm where Iris works as engineering manager, Hunter has a knack for knowing just what to say to irritate her, and Iris can’t help rising to the spark in his eyes each time.

Sent away on a work trip together, Iris is taken out of her comfort zone. As their connection deepens, will Iris finally be able to face the memories that have been haunting her for years? Can her blossoming relationship with Hunter survive some brutal truths?

Only one thing is certain: The spark between them is beyond Iris’s expertise, and there's no running away from it.

©2024 Natalie Cooper (P)2024 Audible Ltd.
About the author- Natalie Cooper

About the Author

Natalie Cooper grew up in a small village, building dens in the woods and developing a love for the great outdoors. Natalie studied psychology and criminology at university before going on to obtain a master's. When she isn't reading or writing, she can usually be found running or walking in the countryside with her family.

About the performer- Jenna Coleman

About the Performer

Jenna Coleman is best known for her BAFTA-nominated performance as Clara in Doctor Who and for playing the titular role in ITV’s Emmy-nominated series Victoria. She most recently starred in Wilderness for Amazon alongside Oliver Jackson-Cohen and performed the lead role in Sam Steiner’s Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons at the Harold Pinter Theatre, opposite Aidan Turner.
On screen, Jenna starred as Marie-Andrée Leclerc, a lead role in the hit limited series The Serpent for BBC/Netflix opposite Tahar Rahim, alongside starring in Neil Maskell’s feature Klokkenluider, the critically acclaimed miniseries The Cry for the BBC, and Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman for Netflix, opposite Charles Dance and Tom Sturridge. Jenna also starred in All My Sons at The Old Vic alongside Bill Pullman and Sally Field.

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Good story line

Good story, I enjoyed the female narrator but wished Hunter had a different voice, at times it was hard to follow who was speaking.

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This was truly excellent

I read/listen to a lot of romance. This was truly excellent. The writing is clever and fun and as others have mentioned, the banter between them is great. But it has many twists that I never saw coming and issues that added a LOT of depth to this book. Will def check out more by this author.

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Amazing love story

I loved that it was an amazing love story . Of loss, friendship & love , and of course a happy ending. And most importantly , there was not a lot intimate sexual description

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A personagem da Iris

O desfecho é inesperado já
que Iris e seu amado passaram muito tempo sem contato após sua noite juntos

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great story with excellent narration

loved this book but found myself getting frustrated with Iris. Her stubbornness made her unlikeable at times but in the end she redeemed herself.

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Was not expecting that

I love it when a story takes me by surprise. If I say anything more it would give it all away!

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Always Take a Chance on Happiness

I was looking through the plus catalog and this caught my eye. I went in without reading the synopsis and overall it was an entertaining listen. The more serious moments were balanced well with humor and the romantic subplot was very cute. I loved the banter between Iris and Hunter and their slow burn build up was well done. Hunter's small gestures of care throughout were so sweet and I appreciated how he gave Iris time to reconcile her feelings. The book falls more into women's fiction than romance though, since the heart of the story is about Iris and her journey.

Iris's history is revealed slowly over the course of the book, but it was hinted at pretty heavily and I figured out the twists early on. This unfortunately made the book drag for me especially in the second half, since I was waiting for the official reveal. It was an intriguing twist for sure, but it lost some of the impact because of this. I also felt the ending was very rushed in an effort to pull everything together and I'm never a fan of the miscommunication/refusal to communicate tropes. I still appreciated the conversations about complicated grief, forgiveness, and chasing happiness though. The narration by Jenna Coleman was great, but I do wish that she would have had a bit more variation in the voices she used.

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CW: divorce, complicated grief, dementia (secondary character), alcoholism (past), anxiety, suicide (past), embezzlement, death of loved ones (past), gambling addiction, depression

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Excellent narration!

This was a sweet, mostly uncomplicated love story, with a unique twist, I have to admit I anticipated the twist. It was a pleasant listen while driving to and from medical appointments.

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Great story of loss and love

A well read, unique story that was surprisingly predictable! you will get caught up in twists of fate.

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Feel Good Story

Predictable but then a twist. And then another twist. Really good story about love, loss and taking care of yourself and trusting yourself. Told with sarcastic characters that make it a fun read.

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