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A real gem

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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: 26-08-19

This is one of Sophie Kinsella's best, with humorous bits and a really juicy storyline. Meet our heroine, she has an endearingly scatty brain, add in a lost engagement ring and a phone that isn't hers and let the fun begin! Love Clare Corbett's narration, it's perfect. Never a dull moment.

Great Idea

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

Reviewed: 26-08-19

I like the idea of this book it had so much laugh out loud potential, especially with Sophie Kinsella as the author, though I found it wasn't so humorous as the scenario suggests and didn't quite live up to its potential. It is entertaining in other ways and as always Sophie spun her magical yarn. Definitely worth a listen, though some bits were a bit slow even for me and I like a gentle story.

Charm but not so much romance

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

Reviewed: 26-08-19

Katie Fforde has been one of my favourite authors ever since I discovered her many years ago, however I found this book harder to get into than usual. I found the characters less engaging too. The overall story line while good, isn't as engaging as her usual books, perhaps because the romance side wasn't as strongly in evidence. I liked the idea, it has charm, it just felt like someone else was writing this one. Jilly Bond is always a good narrator, however I wish I had a graphic equaliser so I could make her tones a little softer on the ears, obviously she can't help her voice, but why can't we tweak things like this on the App?

Not what I was expecting

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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: 26-08-19

This Catherine Alliott seems to have been dealing with environmental issues, is she trying to do her bit to save the world? She seems to want to raise awareness around pollution of sea waters on the Cornish Coast with sewage, admirable though it may be, I found this unsavoury and not the escapism I've come to expect from her! That said, it was written with her usual skill and charm and given its content it's not too bad. Not great but not bad either, I usually re-listen to her books, not sure I will with this one.

A sensitively written book

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

Reviewed: 26-08-19

Some of the themes handled in this book are quite heavy, though they are all handled with such exquisite sensitivity, so that even thought it's sad at times it's a beautiful story. Lovely! The narrator is spot on and adds to the ambience.

How not to fall in love - really?

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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: 26-08-19

I bought this on a daily deal, as it's always a risk trying a new author and I hadn't listened to one of Catherine Bennetto's before.
I didn't have high expectations which is just as well as this was mediocre, however it was a pleasant surprise as it was fairly well written and has a great, feel good ending. I didn't find it laugh out loud though, although it did make me smile a few times. There were also some poor taste bits that made me feel a bit squeamish, I suppose these bits were meant to be funny. Not sure if I'll be reading more of her books, but maybe if they're also on sale!

The third in this series is back on form

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

Reviewed: 26-08-19

While I enjoyed the first in this series The Seaside Kitchen, I found the second one The Endless Beach a bit silly.
So I hesitated over listening to this and put off parting with my credit for it, now I'm glad I did as it's definitely lifted back up to the original level of the Seaside Kitchen. Great story line and keeps your attention until the very end, I hope there will be a fourth book now! There were times when it was heavier than Jenny Colgan's usual, which was a bit uncomfortable, especially with the story of the island's immigrant GP and what may have happened to his wife, but I can forgive this as at least it had a purpose within the story. More great writing from Jenny Colgan and the narrator's accent gives it all an authentic feel.

Classic and timeless romance

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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: 01-07-19

This is a classic Rosamunde Pilcher, with a good atmosphere of comfort and cosy cheer, a dash of domestic style mystery and a timeless romance. Whilst it does have an authentic, vintage feel as it's a book written a few decades back, this only adds to its charm. It's well read and a great listen, just what I was looking for, you can always rely on Rosamunde!

Is this the worst narration ever?

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

Reviewed: 13-02-19

I think Henrietta Meire reading this could win the prize for the worst narration ever, if there was such a prize she would certainly be a contender. I tried really hard to cope with the narrator as I wanted to listen to the story and it seemed quite promising,however when I had listened to about half to two thirds of it I couldn't bear the awful narration any more. I gave it up and am about to return it. The narrator has a nice voice she just should never be let near a microphone! The way she reads gives you that nails down a blackboard feeling. I wish I'd taken notice of the other reviewers now.

A reasonable sequel

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

Reviewed: 25-06-18

I was looking forward to this and began this book with high expectations after reading Summer at the Seaside Kitchen, but I found this sequel to that story disappointing. Parts of it deteriorated into being quite silly, which is a shame as the first book had hidden depths compared with this and showed such promise for these slightly mismatched characters. Still a reasonable sequel and good in places and at the beginning, but not a patch on the first in the series.