In a hospice in Bury St Edmunds, Daniel is slowly fading away. His friend Maggie sits with him every day and listens to the story of his life, to his regrets and secrets. He tells her about the children he has never met and never will. Lydia, Dean, and Robyn don't know each other yet, but when they slowly find their way into each other's lives, everything starts to change....
©2011 Lisa Jewell (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd
As usual Lisa Jewell never fails to engage & impress me with her quirky yet meaningful writing.
I loved this title & have listened to it several times.
One of the best, definitely top 10
Very easy listen, great story
Narration ok, but slightly odd accents in places
I have read all of lisa's books, and would like to put this one top on my list! The story is both happy and sad and the characters are adorable. Enjoy! I certaintly did.
"You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend."
Intriguing, unrealistic, fun
I really enjoyed the meeting of Lydia and Dean for the first time. I thought it was an interesting idea that two such lost souls could feel found by meeting their genetic sibling.
I thought her voicing of the characters was excellent and gave them great depth.
Lydia's discovery of the truth of her past. Tragedy after tragedy affected her life and shaped the woman she became and the unravelling of the sad truth was hard to listen to.
I really enjoyed the book and it was a great listen, but I found it somehow unbelievable. It seemed that none of the characters experienced any negative consequences from opening the Pandora's Box of their conception which I found quite difficult to believe.
I live in the Cotswolds with my wonderful husband, I'm semi-retired and enjoy reading, walking, gardening, knitting and sewing.
I listened to this book in 3 days, it was a real 'page turner'. I love how we are introduced to each character and they are instantly likeable. Lydia, Robyn and Dean have something in common from the start. Their journey is gripping. Recommended!
This touched me. I have never really appreciated how lucky I am for my brother and sister, and being the youngest, I've never known any different. This has made me view them in a whole new light, and I don't think I will ever under appreciate them again.
Have always enjoyed this authors books but found this one so predictable and very boring . Not sure I will even manage to listen to the end !
this is the first book I have llistened to by lisa jewell and I really enjoyed it. well drawn characters which gets you involved with their lives as the three siblings try to find each other, what they have in common (apart from their father) and discover who they are and what they can become.
gabrelle glaister performed the book really well giving depth and feeling to each character.
Review: I just love Lisa Jewell's writing. The way she phrases things, the comparisons she draws and the sentiments that she expresses through her writing are all just wonderful. I could list sentences I have enjoyed, phrases that have made me smile but that would be boring so I'll move on. I listened to this book on audiobook. I do have the lovely paperback with this very cover, not the other cover but i decided to go for the audiobook version as my eyes are very tired at the moment and I enjoy being read to! The audiobook was an excellent performance and so that really made this lovely writer's words come alive for me!
The premise behind this book is just wonderful and such a brave topic to cover,. This is another thing that this lovely author does so well, finds the topics that need exploring and explores them through her novels. I had never imagined children of donor parents actually finding each other and meeting up, discovering new brothers and sisters, such an original idea for a book and told in such a powerful way. Jewell is sensitive to what these children might be going through and really thinks about the ins and outs of the emotional roller coaster that they will all be riding throughout the novel. The ending is also well-written, not everything is wrapped up neatly and not everyone is happy but everyone feels they have moved forwards in some way and achieved something so the ending felt ultimately satisfying!
The Characters in this novel are real people and are a really nice mix. They could all be people you've met in your life, although I don't think I've ever come across someone who has become a millionaire through inventing odourless paint, but who knows-maybe someday! I think the character I liked most was Dean because he had the furthest journey to come through. He is real and he is measured but he was incredibly endearing and i found myself wanting to sit him down and tell him it was going to be OK. I liked the relationships between the main charaxcetrs and the minor characters and I really liked how Maggie brought everyone together. She was an understanding woman and someone i would love to meet in real life!
There are some sad moments in this book it is definitely an emotional read, although i didn't cry, but even if this is the first novel you've considered by this author, you should definitely give it a go. It is a book that makes you think, a book that teaches you something and a book that will leave you feeling satisfied and fulfilled. There are a few comedy moments but on the whole it is a thought-provoking serious read but one which is put across in a non-threatening way to make for a very enjoyable read. This writer's way with words is just a gift and so i would definitely recommend picking up this novel and giving it a go!
Wonderful story with love and sadness-- and it lacks the predictability of so many similar books. Loved it.
Excellent story, kept me up way past my bedtime
Love the uplifting feelin provided by the end of the story. Wanted to go hang out with Lydia and Robin
My first Lisa Jewell and I am hooked!
Really easy listen
I liked Robyn
She was easy to listen to
It makes you feel a little sad in parts but not cry
My favourite scene/s were when the mystery of the other potential siblings were being discovered.
Daniel was my favourite character. Without him, non of the others would be there!
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