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S J Hunter

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Slow start, terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 03-05-20

Although the premise of the story is good ... the narration is dreadful and doesn’t really even make a nod towards a phycological thriller atmosphere. The characters are one dimensional and although the plot is interesting enough to keep you listening, there is no real depth which isn’t helped at all by the lighthearted tone.
The ending comes around all of a sudden and doesn’t really explain why Dom did what he did..... overall, worth a listen but easily forgettable.
I wouldn’t listen or read another book by this author.

Love it!

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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: 25-04-20

Yet another very entertaining story from Milly Johnson full of interesting characters. So lighthearted and uplifting. Obvious ending but so enjoyable getting there. Love Colleen Prendergast narrating, she reads all Milly Johnson’s books and her accent really suits them. Love all Milly’s books.

Lovely summer feel

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

Reviewed: 16-04-20

Took a while to get going , wondered where the story was .... it’s the sort of book that’s enjoyable as it has a sunny Cornish setting and is lighthearted , but if you miss a few chapters (due to falling asleep whilst bedtime listening!), then it doesn’t really matter too much. The characters are interesting but a bit one dimensional and the main character, Flora, is written as though she is in her 50’s but looking at the timeline she must only be around 39ish.... she comes across as being quite old and fuddy Duddy. That said, an enjoyable listen.

Another Lucinda Riley winner

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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: 17-01-20

Such a wonderful story with interesting characters. Lucinda Riley tells such a good story, inter-twining timelines and carefully drawing individual characters that the listener can relate to and be interested in. Sometimes in a long yarn you lose interest in the ending or lose the thread of who said what , where and to whom. Lucinda’s books are never like this and always come together very cleverly. I loved it. The narrator was good with every voice apart from the cockney’s..... very strange impression of Londoners!!
Did not distract from the overall quality though.... I was sad to finish it.

Love Veronica Henry

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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: 29-12-19

This does not disappoint. A galloping listen with interesting characters. Veronica Henry is one of my favourite authors, her books are always hugely enjoyable. Lighthearted but with enough pace and story to keep you listening. I’m always disappointed when they finish.

Lovely Christmas story

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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: 29-12-19

Loved this book, very easy listening and completely predictable but nice backdrop of Aspen, makes me want to go on holiday there. Great Christmas listening, made me feel festive. Don’t expect much depth but perfect for a bit of frivolity.

A right cracking listen!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-19

Brilliant book, I really enjoyed listening to The Silent Wife. It was a slow burner racking up the atmosphere to the realisation that one of the main characters was a truly awful controlling man. The plot was cleverly thought out but the main strength of this book was the character driven slant in it. It’s makes you realise how easy it would be to get embroiled in the web of a strong controlling personality. Very interesting, and educational. The only downside was that I wasn’t over keen on the narration, slow and sleepy, and the fact that the dog just disappeared never to be mentioned again.... it was a storyline that just fizzled out. Most enjoyable though and makes a change from standard chic lit and/or outright thrillers. Would read more by this author.

What a wonderful book....

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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: 21-09-19

Yet another wonderful book from Santa Montefiore read brilliantly by Genevieve Swallow. Could stand alone as a beautiful story but the fact that it includes characters from the Deverills series makes it even more special. This story goes back before the first Deverills book and introduces us to the life story of the younger sister of Bertie, Lord Deverill , who had run away to America when she was 18.
A beautiful tale with the usual interesting characters that feature in Santa’s books so vividly. So lovely too to find out about the later years of Kitty, Bertie, Maud , JP and all..... very cleverly interwoven. The story starts in 1961 and takes the reader back in time to the 1890’s. I completely loved it and didn’t want it to end.

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Fluffy, light and just lovely

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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: 13-08-19

Light and lovely read. Characters are a little cliched and Milly sometimes tries too hard with all her play on words names but this very predictable story is lighthearted and fun. A very enjoyable listen if you don’t want anything too taxing to while away the hours.

Lovely book, interesting characters against a glamorous backdrop

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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: 13-08-19

Another Lucinda Riley saga that spans between Italy, New York, London and Wiltshire. A thoroughly enjoyable story with interesting main characters, kept me guessing until the end. Although the end was a little disappointing, the story all the way through made up for it. I really enjoy this author, it is her second audible book I have listened to and I am now reading The Olive Tree in hard copy and am also thoroughly enjoying. Lucinda Riley is my substitute for Penny Vincenzi who was the master of the generational saga.