The only place Suzanna Peacock finds comfort is her shop, which provides a haven for the misfits in town. But she is forced to confront events of the past and her family that have been haunting her for so long. And she discovers that the key to her happiness may have been in front of her all along....
©2004 Jojo Moyes (P)2005 W.F. Howes Ltd
"A rich chocolate box of a novel." (Good Housekeeping)
I tend to use audible like you would use a book shop. I browse most days and delight in finding a new author or series of books.
I always look forward to a new Jojo Moyes book as her past books have been beyond expectations and were 6 star ratings if that was possible. This book was enjoyable but did not quite live up other previous books. It will not stop me downloading future books straight away when they come out. It must be difficult to keep up her usual standard all the time.
You really have to stick with this book. I almost gave up but glad I didn't as it's a lovely book with lots of stories within the story. it comes in from different angles and jumps backwards and forwards in time but all makes sense in the end. Beautifully written and it's possibly one of my most enjoyed books recently so stick with it and enjoy it as much as I did.
I kept on listening hoping it would improve, but for me it didn't. Having read several Jojo Moyes books I really wondered if she actually wrote it! I found it boring and disappointing.
This is a good solid story with aspects of romance and class differences.
The plot was revealed gradually enough to make me keen to keep listening.
However it was completely spoiled for me by the narrator's terrible attempt at the Suffolk accent. Ipswich is NOT in the West Country.
I would have therefore enjoyed the book far more by reading it.
Yes, I like her other novels I have read so far. So I was surprised at how much this novel differed. Of course I would read future novels. I know how good she can be.
The performance was adequate.
I found none of the characters likeable so could not engage with the story because I didn't really care what happened to them. Suzanna was particularly objectionable, whiny, disagreeable, horrible to her husband, lacking in vitality, no interesting features whatsoever. She was one of life's victims, always feeling sorry for herself. Her love object was the typical clichéd Latin lover. Her stepmother came into her own after spending her life as a doormat, which took away from any sympathy one might have had for her husband, Suzanna's father, another spineless victim.
The grandmother was the only character that made me laugh. Cliched as she too was, she reminded me of my late mother-in-law.
Have not researched the dates of Jojos's novels but wonder if this is one of her earlier works. A little guidance from her editor might have improved this story.
"Slow start but good"
I love Jojo Moyes books! It was slow to start but ended excellent! Totally recommend!
"Loved the book; hated the main character"
I've read most of Jojo Moyes books so in my eyes, she can do no wrong. I haven't liked (or even reviewed) all of her books but she does have a way of creating a realistic world with realistic people and she does so again with this one.
I loved this listen! I hated Suzanna. In fact, Suzanna's HEA pissed me off. I suppose Suzanna had reasons for being the way she was, and the author does not portray her as anything but troubled and searching, but the bodies she bowled over in the quest to find herself made me want to smack her. And poor Neil.
At it's core, this book was about love. The long-suffering kind. The loving a child that's not yours kind. The hold on no matter what cost kind. The I love me more than you kind. The if I can't have you no one else will kind. The don't leave me kind.
In the end, some trains collided, some didn't.
I don't get the "slow start" some people have said about this book. I thought the narration was excellent and the books rhythm moved right along for me.
"A lovely, moving book"
After a bit of a slow and confusing start, the book got hold of my heartstrings and moved me both softly and fiercely. So many lives and so much we dont get at a glance. Lovely read, very good job!
"I guess I was in the mood for it."
I remained curious about the characters the entire time and although they were represented as real people with all of the challenges of life, they seems genuine to me. I wasn't triggered or irritated by any of the characters (like I often am with other books) and the entire story seemed believable- as if it were actually a true story.
I liked how real this story seemed to me.
Not sure if I have listened to other books narrated by Judith Boyd but I was very happy with the narration of this book.
I didn't have any extreme reactions to this book- unlike "Me Before You" where I cried a lot during that audiobook. This was more of an easy listening book but still interesting and I really like the way it was written.
I like Jojo Moyes as an author. I have listened to 4 of her audiobooks and I can not tell they are all done by the same author (unlike other authors I have read where you can tell who wrote it). Sometimes I am struck by her writing style and find it quite pleasing overall. One Plus One was the only book that irritated me by Jojo but I'll save my comments on that!
"Main Character unlikeable"
I LOVE Jojo Moyes' other books, and her writing is just as good in this book, but Suzanna, the main character is so terribly unlikable that it ruined the book for me. the other characters and plotlines in the book were wonderful, but Suzanna, selfish and self-involved, was so unlikable that it spoiled the rest for me. I still love Jojo though. ;)
"Boring, slow, dreary, unlikable characters"
You could not convince me that this same autho who wrote Me Before You. terrible.
"Enjoyed every minute"
a slightly boring start but the book gets better and better until its just wonderful!
"JoJo is always a good read."
I wasnt sure I loved this book as much as some of her others, it was a bit long and began to get a bit predictable. I did like the characters and found the last chapters filled in all my questions with that bit of surprise we associate with Moyes' writing style.
"Not jojo's best"
Hard to connect with the main character. The book was all over the place and I found myself wondering who we were talking about. Was hoping Suzanne was going to jump off cliff.
"Just couldn't get into it."
I only got about a hour into it but it was just so slow and not attention grabbing.
More meat, less fluff. Loved Me Before You and other Jo Jo books
Didn't get far enough into it. Just couldn't keep listening.
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