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  • The Christmas Rose

  • By: Victoria Connelly
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

There have been a few changes at Little Eleigh Manor in the last 18 months. Evie and Lukas are engaged and bringing up their young daughter, Alba; Gertie is back from her travels and is running Hamilton Roses with her sisters; and Julian has opened Rose Garden Antiques in the recently restored north wing. But the unexpected arrival of Uncle Portland upsets the festive mood, and Celeste becomes anxious when he starts poking around disused rooms and scouring the attics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful listen

  • By Boys Mom on 19-11-18

A beautiful listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-18

A huge Victoria Connelly fan. Follow up to The Rose Girls. A beautiful tale painting pictures of Christmas, roses and old loves. A nice journey back to meet and catch up with the Hamilton sisters and their lives. A story which starts and ends far too quicly. Hoping for another Rose Girls book.

  • Best Practice

  • The Larkford Series, Book 3
  • By: Penny Parkes
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

Dr Alice Walker has become accomplished at presenting a façade to the world - to anyone watching, she is the epitome of style, composure and professionalism. But perhaps it was to be expected that the cracks might begin to show at some point. Thankfully Grace is on hand to offer both friendship and support when it’s needed most. Meanwhile, Dr Holly Graham has her hands full both professionally and personally. Planning a wedding with Taffy Jones is challenging enough, even before some surprising news changes everything. At least beloved Larkford resident Elsie still has a few tricks left up her sleeve!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story - narrator dreadful

  • By Always sewing on 10-07-18

Let down by narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Was excited about this new Larkford Story. But it was let down by the use of a new narrator. The voices in places it was hard to distinguish which character was talking. That very much distracted from a good story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rules for a Successful Book Club

  • The Book Lovers 2
  • By: Victoria Connelly
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Polly Nightingale never meant to fall in love again, especially not with a biker 13 years her junior. But then Jago Solomon enters her life with a guitar strapped to his back, and Polly and her six-year-old son, Archie, know that they've never been happier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By Anonymous User on 01-03-18

Fantastic Audio

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I was asked to review this audio and it didn't disappoint. This book follows Polly and answers lots of questions asked in the first book as to why her husband left. This book can be read as a standalone but is great if you have read the first book, as you can catch up with old friends. There are lots of book references, which makes you want to read the books, so you can feel like you are part of the book group. The character of Jogo was introduced in the first book and we learn more about him as this story goes on. I would highly recommend this audio

What other book might you compare Rules for a Successful Book Club to, and why?

The Book Lovers Volume 1 is a great introduction to this book to this book and the characters. Victoria's Austin Addicts series is also a must read or listen to.

Which character – as performed by Jan Cramer – was your favourite?

I reviewed Jan's first adaptation of Victoria's Austin Addicts series and it took me a while to warm to her. But now I love Jan's character performances. Each voice is different and she really brings them to live.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes very much so and one that will be listened to again and again. This audio can be listened to on its own or after you have listened to the first volume.

Any additional comments?

I am a huge Victoria Connelly fan and love all her book. Also love the fact that I am able to take her books in audio form and listened to when ever, whether it be while I am doing paper work, house work or in the car. Also great for when you get time alone in a coffee shop and can listen with your headphones one, giggling away.

  • Christmas at the Cove

  • By: Victoria Connelly
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

When Millie Venning escapes to her aunt's cottage on the windswept Devon coast for Christmas, she isn't looking for romance. So when she finds a handsome stranger already at the cottage, she's baffled. Has her aunt double-booked the cottage by mistake or is she up to her match-making tricks once again? Christmas at the Cove is a warm-hearted audiobook by the best-selling author of A Weekend with Mr Darcy and Wish You Were Here.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas at the Cove

  • By Boys Mom on 04-03-15

Christmas at the Cove

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-15

Where does Christmas at the Cove rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Lovely heart warming story. Loved the characters and the storyline. Only problem was it was too short. By time you had got to know the characters, the story had ended. Another well read book by Jan Cramer who again brought Victoria Connelly's Characters to life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret of You

  • By: Victoria Connelly
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28

Journalist Anna McCall has never understood people who collect things. So, when she's asked to interview local collector and eccentric, William Kitson, she isn't exactly looking forward to the experience. But she soon falls under the charm of Fox Hill Manor as well as its owner, even though she thinks there's something very strange about the collection there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical story filled with love

  • By Adele on 20-01-15

The Secret of You by Victoria Connelly

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I highly recommend Victoria's audio books. Brings the written words of the book to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret of You?

Loved all of the audio and how characters from other books get mentioned.

What about Jan Cramer’s performance did you like?

Jan Cramer did a good job and really brought the scenes between Anna & Meg to life.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend Victoria's books and I am so pleased that she has now brought them to audio. I love reading but audio books bring the books to life and give you a more in depth understanding of the characters. It gives them a real personality when they are given a voice and sometimes it is different to the voices you have in your head.

I was honoured to be asked by Victoria to review this audio. I am so glad she asked me. Fox Hill Manor sounded so much like a National Trust we have visited with all its collections in and you felt a real loving for Libby and her shopaholic tendencies. At times you felt like you were living an episode of a tv programme about people who hoard.

Love the description of the Cotsworlds and surrounding areas.

Within the first few pages you had fallen in love with all the characters. They were all very well written.

Can't wait for Victoria's next audio book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful