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Fabulous dynamic duo Dilly Court & Annie Aldington

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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: 23-05-19

I have loved all Dilly Courts books and was really looking forward to her latest release; it didn’t fail to please and is another wonderful cosy read with a little continental flavour. The brilliant Annie Aldington provides an excellent narration and a fluent delivery as she moves wonderfully between the characters.

In typical Dilly Court style the book begins in London in the year 1875, the heroine Nettie Collins and her father Robert, a slightly eccentric artist are living hand to mouth in Covent Garden. Rather naïvely Robert was duped into painting what he believed to be legitimate copies of the old masters. Duke, the villain of the story then sold the paintings as original masterpieces, pocketing large sums of money and paying Robert a pittance. Once the police become involved Nettie and her father are forced to flee and leave abruptly without Nettie having a chance to say her farewells. As they begin their journey to a new life Nettie is surprised when they are joined by Byron one of her friends, Byron is clearly sweet on Nettie but she seems to be unaware of his feelings.

Quite quickly we are introduced to multiple characters but Dilly Court provides a great introduction to all of them, so there is no confusion in trying to work out who is who. As the characters travel through their various journeys across several countries there are multiple potential love interests. These are intertwined amongst an intriguing plot to save the virtue of one of the female characters from the clutches of the villain and prove the integrity of Nettie's father.

In typical Dilly style this is an uncomplicated heartening read; it is story of never giving up hope, true friendship and determination, overcoming adversity and very much about caring for others. It's an easy read and had an interesting twist at the end. I loved it and would love to see a sequel and find out what happened to all the characters.


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A thoroughly feel good story

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

A Mothers Shame is set in the mid 1800s, when Maria Mundy is forced to go and work in the asylum by her uncaring preacher father, her down trodden mother is left trying to feed and care for the family at home. Maria then finds herself working as a ladies maid to the difficult Isabelle Montgomery who has been locked up by her father, as she is unmarried and pregnant. The story takes the two girls on a journey across the oceans; there is the usual villain and the obligatory love interest, with good overcoming adversity. The only downside to this fabulous story was the narration; having already listened to several of Rosie Goodwin books back-to-back that were narrated by Charlie Sanderson, I was slightly disappointed with Juanita McMahons interpretation of the characters voices. Charlie Sanderson does such a good job, but Juanita McMahons voice was just not quite the same, perhaps a little droll, don’t get me wrong her narration was good, but my personal opinion was that Charlie Sandersons voice would have suited the story much better. However I loved it from beginning to end and would thoroughly recommend it as a feel good easy listen.

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A warm cosy read

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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: 09-11-17

I love all Dilly Courts books but this has to be one of my favourites, it’s another wonderful cosy read made all the better by the brilliant and very talented narration of Annie Aldington.

In typical Dilly Court style the book begins in the back streets of London on Christmas Eve, when a baby is found abandoned in Angel Lane in Whitechapel. She is taken to the local church ladies where one childless lady is totally captivated by the infant’s angelic face. With the baby in need of a wet nurse they head to the local jail and it is there we meet another main character ‘Lumpy Lil’ who is asked to nurse the child. The infant is then named Angel Winter, after the lane where she was found and the season of winter.

Several years later, tragedy strikes and Angel finds herself alone, homeless and penniless on the streets of London. It there she meets the effervescent Dolly and the two strike up a lasting friendship. Dolly takes Angel under wing and teaches her how to survive on the streets by selling flowers. Barefooted and almost frozen, Angel has almost sold all her Mistletoe when she is attacked and her money stolen. She has nothing left but still will not part with her secret keepsake, a gold and ruby ring that was found hidden in the bag when Angel was left in Angel Alley.

This is a heartwarming read, full of wonderful characters and the usual unsavoury character. It is story of never giving up hope, true friendship, and determination, overcoming adversity and very much about caring for others. It's an easy read that makes you smile, I loved it and would love to see a sequel.

5 people found this helpful

Beatrice Scarlet the apothecary turned detective.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 18-10-17

The Coven is masterfully written and well narrated; it is set in London in 1758 and is an excellent follow up to the Scarlet Widow. As the second book in the Beatrice Scarlett series it could quite easily be listened to as a stand-alone book as things that happened previously are merged into this novel.

After the death of her husband Beatrice has no income and her only son Noah has gone missing. She then has little option but to take up the position offered to her by the church and so Beatrice reluctantly leaves America and her hopes of finding Noah and moves to London to work in a church refuge for fallen women.

She takes her daughter with her and as they try to build a new life some of the women from the refuge go missing, Beatrice is informed that these women formed a coven and made sacrifice’s to the devil. Just to be clear, even though the title is “The Coven,” this is certainly not a story about witches.

Beatrice is convinced someone she knows is responsible for the girls disappearance and begins to investigate using the apothecary skills her father taught her. She then finds herself drawn into the disappearance and is witness to murder, rape and other horrors.

It’s a graphic and gripping tale and certainly not for the faint hearted, there are quite a few graphic sexual and murder scenes, so if you are easily offended then this probably isn’t an audiobook for you. Overall this is an intriguing audiobook and well worth my monthly credit.

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Delightful, magnificent & 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: 08-11-16

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This is must for all Dilly Court fans as well as a wonderful feel-good heart warming read for those who are new to her books. As a lover of the combination Dilly Court and Annie Aldington I was really looking forward to listening to “The Christmas Card” and was certainly not disappointed as yet again Dilly Court presented us with another wonderfully written uplifting novel set around the familiar London back streets.

This historical saga begins as the heroine Alice finds herself in changed circumstances following the death of her father. Left only with his debts and “The Christmas Card,” Alice and her mother are forced to seek refuge with her penny pinching Aunt Jane. The plot then unfolds from Aunt Jane’s home as we very quickly meet most of the characters who are equally well written and delivered with faultless perfection by Annie Aldington’s wonderful narration.

At the beginning we are very quickly given an explanation of all the characters, so there is no confusion or trying to work out who is who. Without giving too much away this book is a typical Dilly Court saga with the heroine attempting to overcome adversity in a feel good story that totally absorbs you in the atmosphere of the lives and world of the characters. Horace seems to resemble Mr. Collins from Pride & Prejudice and he certainly made me laugh out loud in places.

Quickly conveyed into the tangled emotional rollercoaster of the story, I was kept gripped and intrigued until the very end and was unable to put it down, finishing it on the same day as I started it.

Would I recommend it? Yes, this book is an absolute must; Floras last line really made me smile and was a perfect end to a remarkable tale.

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Typical Lesley Pearse and a really good listen.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-16

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The story begins in 1935 when Ruby and Verity are young girls in their teens and meet on Hampstead Heath. Despite being from totally different backgrounds the girls become friends for life, or at least until events cause one of them to utter the words “You’re dead to me.”

This is a typical Lesley Pearse book as she weaves the story and the characters through the course of their lives taking us along on an emotional roller-coaster. With true friendship overcoming adversity and goodness overcoming evil the characters are all well thought out, it has a great story line and even a few twists that I didn’t see coming.

This is the first narration I have listened to by Eve Webster, it was good and there nothing wrong with it but I just didn’t quite enjoy this Lesley Pearce as much as some of her other books that I have read or listened to, perhaps due to a mixture of the story and the narration. In the last couple of weeks I have listened to “Georgia” and “Forgive Me,” both narrated by Emma Powell and very hard acts to follow. With so many fabulous books under her belt they all can’t be 10 out of 10. I would certainly rate this 8 or 9 out of 10. Having said that, would I recommend it, yes of course, it didn’t blow my mind but was very, very enjoyable, well worth my monthly credit and I eagerly look forward to her next book.

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Five star story and narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-16

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Another beautifully written book from Dilly Court, totally enthralling from the very beginning to the end. Excellent narration from Annie Aldington with a faultless and fluent delivery as she moves wonderfully between the characters. Never had to recap because I couldn't quite hear what said, which is tantamount to the quality of the narration. The speed seemed to be at normal conversation level, on some other audio books I have felt the need to speed narration up to 1.25, but certainly not for this one. Totally recommended, for a feel good relaxing listen.

Mystery and suspense that’s gripping & intriguing.

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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: 29-01-16

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Having loved all the other Katie Maguire books I was really looking forward to listening to this one and was not disappointed. I see some people have passed comments on the narration. At first I admit I too wasn’t sure about Noreen Leighton’s narration, so I went back and listened to some of the previous Katie Maguire books. Having done that, I concluded the narration was pretty good. I can’t comment on the quality of the Irish accents but the narration was more than acceptable for me. You don’t need to have listened to any of the previous Katie Maguire books as any links to previous books are covered. Once again, it’s a gripping thriller though certainly not for the faint hearted, as the crimes are rather graphic. Katie is gutsy Irish Detective Superintendent, with a personal life which is always quite interesting and sometimes as graphic as the murders that she investigates. If you are easily offended then this is probably not for you, but if you have listened to any of the other Katie books you will no what to expect, it doesn’t disappoint, another great story that will certainly keep you wondering what will happen next. Loved it.

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Nice easy listen

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

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I am currently working my way through the Anne series, which I loved as child. after much research, of the three versions currently available on audible I finally decided on this one. I wasn't disappointed but the narration is not quite up to the standard of Mary Sarah in Anne of Avonlea. Don't get me wrong it was very acceptable and I have heard far worse. If you are looking for a version of "Anne of the Island," then this one is most certainly up to the job. Relax and enjoy the feel good story but be aware, currently not all the "Anne" books are available on audible so you will have to go elsewhere for the others which is a little disappointing.

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A must listen to bargain classic

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

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I bought this as a cheap add on to my kindle version, so I didn't even need to use my monthly credit. Excellent, very well narrated version of this wonderful classic Dickens story. Martin Jarvis does a fabulous job and for me he gets the voices and accents spot on. My only criticism, is a small one, in the middle of the book on a couple of chapters it's almost as if you can hear someone talking in the background. Slightly annoying but it didn't last for too long, otherwise I would have given this 5 stars.

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