From Sunday Times best-selling author Santa Montefiore comes a novel about losing yourself, but finding your future....
Ellen Trawton is running away from it all - literally. She's getting married to a man she doesn't love, her job is depressing, and her mother is getting on her nerves. So she escapes to the one place she knows her mother won't follow her - her aunt's house in rural Ireland. Once there, she uncovers a dark family secret - and a future she never knew she might have.
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"Santa Montefiore is the new Rosamunde Pilcher." (Daily Mail)
"A gripping romance... It is as believable as the writing is beautiful." (Daily Telegraph)
Selecting narrators that could speak at the same speed as each other and could narrate in good Irish accents. the characters slow speech made it sound as if they were speaking to children.
Not sure that the author could have done anything about the narrators.
The main narrator in the book has a very good speaking voice, however the character voices were slow, and a very poor reflection of the Irish accent. Ellen's voice sounded as if she was straight out of a Walt Disney children's film.
I have read and listened to many Santa Montefiorie books, but I for me, this is the weakest, and the audible experience was so poor, I had to buy the book in order to finish the story.
Yes. The narrators were good to listen to and the story was really good, kept me enthralled. Best of all the description of the scenery was so good I could really imagine myself there.
Ellie because it was so easy to empathise with her because of the way the story was written.
Superb, you always knew which character was speaking.
A more contemporary approach by the readers
I liked the peripheral characters far more than those at the centre of the story. Ellie was just annoying. Where had the rebellious girl of her youth gone (running away doesn't count)? She behaved more like a teenager than a woman of 33...
It's true that the readers made it easy to tell the characters apart but why, oh why did Connor - the vibrant, exciting, sexy man of 44 - have to sound as if he was a ponderous ancient and Ellie like a Woman's Weekly heroine, circa 1965??
I plodded on, determined to hear how things panned out, but have to admit to adding a few comments and expletives of my own in the second half as I listened. Goodness knows what my fellow dog-walkers thought!
It's been asked before, but how are the readers chosen? This wasn't quite total ruination for me, but I have to work hard now to remember why I thought, despite this, that this was really a good story.
Grandson of a poet and scholar, brother of some of the greatest wordsmiths on the planet - and did I mention I have composed the odd ode?
Predictable with numerous petty flaws with a wee bit of O'irish stereotyping to boot.
Not my cup of tea.
There probably wouldn't be any difference since this narrator doesn't make each character stand out so that you never know which one is speaking.
Choose a Narrator with a bit of life in their voice.
Chosen somebody else to narrate it
Knowing the after life!!
The story was fairly good but as I have already said you needed someone with a bit of life in their voice to narrate it. Although do you really want o know what the after-life feels and thinks and also maybe choose a different sex to read the after life voice as it is very difficult to decipher which voice is reading which character to keep a track on the story. As quite often you had to rewind it and listen again.
I liked the story and the going back and forth between the first and third person narrator.
It's similar to some past-present books, as it has a present story and one that happened in the past. I was kind of reminded of Kate Morton, but with a paranormal twist.
My knowledge of accents isn't very good, but I wish I could have seen a little more distance from the irish to the american one.
Love can makes us do powerfull things
I would not try another book by this author - clearly not for me. The narrators largely did a good job job - although I found Ellen's voice to be very annoying - she was made to sound like a naive teenager.
It was incredibly predictable. I was shouting at loud in the car at some points and it was very annoying that the reader was miles ahead of the any of the characters in the book!
Ellen was very annoying - but not sure if that was deliberate or not - it certainly did not make me warm to her and Connor sounded awful too.
Ellen and Connor - so not much of a book left really.
I thought I'd try something different, but this was just very dull and predictable. With no liking for the main characters I really didn't care what happened. I don't why I struggled on with it. I think I was hoping that there must be more to it than there was, but I was wrong.
Poorly written with predictable story line. In the audio book the male Irish accents were very irritating.
Predictability and quality of writing.
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