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"There are plenty of fireworks among the three and the strong supporting cast as old secrets come to the surface in this absorbing family drama." (Publishers Weekly)
"The Irish setting and warmly described family relationships will appeal to fans of Maeve Binchy." (Library Journal)
disappointed novel fan
the story is good - characters are largely well drawn (although kate is a bit of a cartoon character) but the book really comes alive in the parts dealing with hong kong in the 50s. In my opinion Moyes is at her best in dealign with the war/post war era (this book is probably not as good as ship of brides but still worth a listen).
Where the book is weaker is in the reading - the actress in question can come across as a bit one dimensional . That said it is still a good listen.
Will read anything within reason.
This is JoJo Moyes' earliest novel and does suffer in comparison with her later works. The story is a fairly standard family drama based around upper middle class colonial types living a life of decaying gentility in rural Ireland and nursing a few bitter secrets. I must admit I didn't really warm to the fox hunting horsey theme and was slightly aghast that a North London vegetarian teenager could change her principles quite so easily. Her mother is irritatingly daffy and the grandmother is very hard to love, but despite this the story is reasonably interesting and I stuck with it to the end. The narrator was good but I did get a bit weary of the plummy accents. If you haven't read a JoJo Moyes book before, I recommend you don't start with this one.
I would definitely listen to it again as it was such an entertaining story and I could really identify with all of the characters
Too many to choose from!
She brings warmth and fun to the telling of the story. She interprets the characters of the story superbly.
Both....I balled my eyes out when the old horse died!!!
I have loved all of Jojo Moyes books that I have listened to. She is a superb storyteller and keeps you hooked the whole way through her books. I have listened to every one of her books on Audible now and am looking forward to some new ones coming through.
Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true
This is right up their with the best of Jojo's books.
The narration was excellent!
Yes, I didn't want to put it down.
No there would be many others further up the list. The characters were a tad flat
Not her at her best out of the 4 I have read this would de at the bottom
I loved the audio version, beautifully read and portrayed by Judith Boyd.
Sabine was my favourite character I loved the way she changed and matured at the end.
Her wonderful way of characterising each person, so you know who is who.
A lovely family saga which spans from Hong Kong to England and then to Ireland
Very good story by Jojo Moyes. One of her best.
Author of My Walks with Alfie - A Journey into the Light
it was an ok listen but I found Kate the main character a little irritating and at times the story wandered and I wasn't sure where it was heading. but overall it was ok and I listened to the end
Having just loved Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind, I couldn't wait to hear this story. But I'm afraid I was disappointed. I found the characterisation somewhat shallow and the story a little trite. I also found the narration rather patronising and glib. Maybe this was what spoilt it for me to some extent.
I love Jojo Moyes I've never read (or listened to) any of her books and not enjoyed them. I also enjoy it when two stories run alongside each other; in this case past and present. I thought the narrator was very good and the different voices and accents were excellent. Keep up the good work Jojo!
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