We all hide things, some more than others...Mia Channing appears to have an enviable life: a beautiful home in the village of Little Pelham, a happy, stable marriage, a job she enjoys and three grown up children to whom she's devoted. But appearances are deceiving; the truth is that it's all a precarious balancing act.
When the family gather for her son's thirtieth birthday, Daisy, her youngest daughter, drops a bombshell in the way only Daisy can. Once again Mia finds herself cast in the role of peacemaker. It's a role she's tired of, particularly since her husband refuses to believe he's responsible for the problems they're facing. Not surprisingly, Mia longs for escape. For Owen Fletcher, buying the Hidden Cottage was the fulfilment of a lifelong dream and provides the perfect escape for him. When Mia meets him, she must decide whether she has the courage to do something for herself for a change. And if she does, can she ever go back to the life of compromise she had before?
Read by Clare Corbett. Clare Corbett has had a successful career on stage, screen and radio. Theatre credits include 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' 'Pygmalion' and Spoon face Steinberg' and her TV credits include BBC's 'Spooks,' 'Fastnet' and 'Final Demand'. A winner of the prestigious Carleton Hobbs Radio Award, she has appeared in over 250 radio plays including 'Absolute Power' 'Venus and Adonis' and ' Dr Zhivago'. Her other voice work comprises of Aardman Animation's ' the planet sketch' and numerous audiobooks (children and adult) including 'Poppy Shakespeare', 'Swallowing Grandma' and 'Child X'. She read 'Alys, Always' by Harriet Lane for Orion.
©2013 Erica James (P)2013 Orion Publishing Group
"Enjoyable if a little predictable"
Set in a idyllic village, this book hooked me in with the village life and easy to identify with characters. It is well written and very well read and I enjoyed it hugely. If your looking for thrills and twists this book isn't for you. If, however you want to finish a book with a warm fuzzy glow and a sense that maybe your life is normal after all, then read away and enjoy!
"nice story, shame about the narrator"
I have read or listened to most of Erica James' novels, and quite enjoyed this, and though it's not one of her best (everything felt a bit rushed - personally, I would have liked a more gradual character and relationship development), there were a couple of twists which kept me interested. I'm afraid it was the narrator who spoiled this one for me. She read with a slightly patronising newsreader's intonation for most of it and all of the male characters sounded as thick as two short planks, which I felt didn't really fit with the characterisation. That aside, it kept me listening and helped pass the time doing the ironing!
I enjoyed this book although predictable in bits it was also real enough to make me upset when a character died in a car crash.
I have read or listened to many Ecric James novels and alway enjoyed them so as soon as i was able i jumped at the chance of this audio book. HOWEVER although the story is fine... the narrator spoke with a monotone voice unless she was speaking in character. I even became confused if she was only narrating or acting one of the characters and finally could stand no more, thus not finished the audio book....!
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