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Love and Devotion Audiobook

Love and Devotion

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Publisher's Summary

At the age of thirty two, Harriet Swift thinks she has the perfect life - a satisfying career, her own flat and a new boyfriend who respects her need for her own space. But when tragedy strikes and her only sister is killed in a car crash, Harriet is forced to give up her well-ordered life and to help her parents look after her orphaned niece and nephew. Moving back to her childhood home and sacrificing so much doesn't come easy and before long Harriet discovers things about her family she never believed possible...

©2004 Erica James (P)2005 W F Howes Ltd

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    Love audio 12/10/2013
    Love audio 12/10/2013 Member Since 2014

    I love my audio, as a child Jackanory was my favourite. these days I have detail work and my eye get too tired to read books:-(.

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    "Great easy listening with substance...loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Just what it says in the tittle, enjoy!
    How life can change in an instant.


    What about Jilly Bond’s performance did you like?

    Great voice.


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

    No, when cooking.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ella HOOK, United Kingdom 14/12/2013
    Ella HOOK, United Kingdom 14/12/2013
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to Love and Devotion the most enjoyable?

    Written well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept me gripped and wanting to read more.


    What does Jilly Bond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Read so well with feeling.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me feel so much empathy and understanding with the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Would fully recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs BAKEWELL, United Kingdom 27/03/2015
    Mrs BAKEWELL, United Kingdom 27/03/2015 Member Since 2016

    Audible books help me slip into a different world whilst cleaning our holiday cottages. Thank you, a tiresome job is made more interesting.

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    "Enjoyed the story and the narrating."

    If you enjoy easy listening, slightly predictable, heart warming, novels. You will enjoy this. Well narrated, with good character voices.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mandy 07/07/2014
    Mandy 07/07/2014
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    "Escapism on paper"
    What did you like most about Love and Devotion?

    Although some may say that this is a predictable 'chick lit' I found the characters and emotion of each believable and engaging. Each morning, as I sat on the bus, travelling to a dreary job, I lost myself in the world of Harriet, the children and Will. The sub-plot regarding the brothers and Harriet's sister was predictable but it was the situation that Harriet found herself in. As the book progressed she developed more and more. What started as an awful situation for her ended up being her 'saving grace'.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will - he was down-to-earth, honest and caring.


    Have you listened to any of Jilly Bond’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I am unsure if I have listened to any other of Jilly Bond's performances. If the narrator is good (which Jilly obviously is) I tend not to hear the narrator but hear the characters instead.


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

    No - I enjoyed listening to an hour each day - I looked forward to the dreary bus journey knowing I had another instalment of Love and Devotion.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book to escape into. Narration is excellent and I loved most of the characters (found the Dad a little tedious).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JoBev Birmingham, United Kingdom 10/08/2015
    JoBev Birmingham, United Kingdom 10/08/2015 Member Since 2009

    Enjoy most Audible books on route to and from work.

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    "Love it!"

    Brilliant easy listening. Really enjoyed this book and will be "reading " other books by this author. Only issue is that I will have to save for my holiday as I could not put this book down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cookie Monster E Yorks, UK 06/08/2015
    Cookie Monster E Yorks, UK 06/08/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Likeable characters and easy listening"

    I listened to this book while decorating and it passed the time very nicely.
    The story had enough substance to keep me interested without being taxing.
    The narrator was very good and the voices well done without being irritating.
    Would recommend and will listen to more by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Toby Ulster 02/08/2016
    Toby Ulster 02/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this book"

    This book kept me interested until the very end. It dealt with sensitive issues really well and yet was enjoyable.
    Just about to start another Erica James audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. M. S. O'neill Ireland 11/07/2016
    Ms. M. S. O'neill Ireland 11/07/2016 Member Since 2016

    tech mama

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    "kept me in the garden"

    Just love a story that you don't want to end, kept me working in the garden till it was dark. Kind of guessed the secret early on but it didn't spoil my enjoyment .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Lymp. 02/02/2016
    Jon Lymp. 02/02/2016 Member Since 2016

    Retired soak up books of all genres . Used to read . Audible is excellent for Me now has my eyes ache with to much Reading...

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    "Excellent"

    What a marvellous collection of inter relating characters
    And story lines. Throughly enjoyed this book and will be
    Looking for more by the author .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J S Stonemam 19/09/2015
    J S Stonemam 19/09/2015 Member Since 2013

    Retired, live in Spain, enjoy golf and bridge, I listen to Audible when doing counted cross stitch.

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    "entertaining"

    very good, no boting bits, just a nice gentle love story,, will read more by this author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • richard/sharon
    great falls, va, United States
    18/06/14
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    "Engrossing, complicated story"

    I don't know what those wishy washy reviews are about. This book was totally absorbing. It's rather long so I found myself alternating between being very productive and sitting motionless waiting to see what was going to happen next. You've read the description and the plot does revolve around several characters' ways of dealing with grief. It's also about self discovery. The reading performance is wonderful. I especially like the children's voices. Erica James - a no brainier with book selection. I haven't read all but generally she delivers!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marj
    Prince Albert, SK, Canada
    05/06/14
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    "Harriet was a strong independent woman."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I liked the storyline and the main character, that's what got me stuck into the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love and Devotion?

    The honesty of the children and their comments and impressions were priceless.


    What does Jilly Bond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love the accent and she also has fantastic delivery in reading her characters.


    Who was the most memorable character of Love and Devotion and why?

    Harriet, as I said, a strong independent woman who took on her responsibilities inspite of the personal cost.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leisha
    AUST
    28/09/14
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    "Good reviews but not for me .. bit dull"

    I know this book has received great reviews but i found it quite dull. Ive had a poor run lately in my picking of audio books so was determined to give this one every chance but it was an effort. Im not saying it was bad, i just found it boring .. no "what going to happen next" or "cant wait to resume where i left off". I just listened to the lives of the characters and waited for the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Melissa
    Boca Raton, Florida
    23/04/14
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    "From sad to hopeful."
    Where does Love and Devotion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I can not even rank it because I have listened to so many. But I have to say I listened to this book after reading a book that was really heavy and somewhat sad. I thought this would be a serious book but a little lighter than the one I had just finished. It was lighter but it had a definite direction and storyline.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character were the children. They were adorable and sensitive at times.


    What about Jilly Bond’s performance did you like?

    She was good and kept it interesting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh at times and there were times where I was close to tears. its difficult because I listen to it during my commute so I couldn't just cry while driving but I did tear up a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a good book, its not a happy go lucky story. It has some dififcult moments but they all make sense within the story line. Its was a quick listen as well. And that's a compliment because I have purchased books that I have had a difficult time listiening to and finishing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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