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Lovely easy listening

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-03-20

I enjoyed this story by Katie Fforde. It made for a relaxing listen without many challenges, as the problems encountered by the characters were all easily resolved, and the nastier characters all either came good or just sort of faded out of the picture. It wasn’t too bland, however, just ideal for falling asleep to, or listening while doing other things.

The narrator has a lovely soft voice, which suits the story perfectly.

Really good fun and brilliantly narrated

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-20

At first I thought I was n’t going to like this book, as it seemed a bit dated, and over acted by the narrator, but I started to really enjoy it after the first couple of chapters. It is funny, and had me chuckling quite a lot, but it also has some believable and endearing characters and interesting story lines. Penelope Freeman really acts out the story, rather than just reading it, which doesn’t work with some narrators, but she does it amazingly well, and her accents are spot on. I especially loved Hector’s voice and character, over the top, but very real and likeable. I was sorry to finish this book and say goodbye to the people in it.

A superbly crafted story with brilliant narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-19

I have always looked forward to a new Lulu Taylor book, ever since her very first, so I was really looking forward to the release of this one. I was not in any way disappointed, in fact I think this is one of her best. The characters are flawed and very real, and the story is cleverly woven, with several different threads running through it. The core of the story is poignant, but the writer brings a resolution at the end without diverting from the deep sadness and futility at the centre of the tale. The narration is absolutely excellent - I couldn’t fault the performance in any way, in fact I couldn’t fault this book, I just hope Lulu Taylor will write another very soon.

A lovely warm listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-19

At first I thought this was going to be a standard, rather over-sweet example of chic- lit, but it was delightfully easy to listen to, and beautifully narrated as usual by Karen Cass, so I persevered. As the story progressed, it became more interesting and a bit grittier. The Christmassy aspects are a bit overdone, including snow arriving right on cue, but who cares? With warm, real characters, a delightful setting and perfect narration, what is there not to enjoy? I loved it, and didn’t want it to end.

4 people found this helpful

Super

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-19

I was very excited to see a new Veronica Henry because I have enjoyed all her work so much. This book is a little romantic, perhaps even a little bit mushy at times, and the ending is just too perfect to be real, but this doesn’t in any way spoil the enjoyment.

The story is very cleverly woven, and all the threads come together beautifully at the end. All the main characters are warm and realistic, and feel like real people, fitting into the story perfectly in their own individual ways, making this a delightful listen.

Beautifully narrated by Alison Downing - I struggled a little bit at first, because I am so used to hearing Alison in her role in the Archers, and I thought she sounded a bit too sweet and whimsical, but this wore off, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her narration.

Recommended!

5 people found this helpful

A good mystery with plenty of surprises

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 27-07-19

I would read more by this author. This mystery thriller has plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing, and good characterisation.
Beautifully narrated as usual by Karen Cass.

Lovely easy-listening story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-07-19

A gentle non-challenging story, beautifully read as usual by Karen Cass, my favourite narrator.

Nothing exciting, but this book definitely has a feel-good factor, and like all Heidi’s stories, leaves you feeling as if you know the characters personally.

At first I thought it was going to be a bit boring, but I ended up really enjoying it.

2 people found this helpful

Marvellous

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-19

As usual, Karen Swan has written a book with a fascinating story which
Introduces the reader to a subject maybe he or she didn’t’t know much about before. All her books have given me new interests and taken me to new places, and her characters are intriguing, if maybe not always not quite realistic. Who cares, when she writes such marvellous stories? I absolutely loved this. Katie Scarfe’s narration is perfect, it could not have been better. Can’t wait for Karen Swan’s next book!

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Just brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 14-04-19

Lovely, with very real and intriguing characters, I didn't want this book to end. It leaves you feeling as if you know the people personally and wanting to continue being involved in their lives. It is light-hearted, and sometimes funny, but also looks quite deeply at human personalities and situations. Brilliantly narrated too. I loved it!

Like a warm mug of cocoa

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-19

Lovely story with very real and (mostly) endearing characters, even the animals. The narrator is perfect for this sort of story, although she does fall down a bit on the male voices, making all the male characters sound slow and growling. This didn't spoil the performance much though, and I found this book delightful. I was sorry to finish it.