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Has Jenny Colgan lost her sense of humour?

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

Reviewed: 20-07-20

I was looking forward to the new Jenny Colgan as soon as I saw it, I added it to my wish list, read the blurb, checked the narrator, was still looking forward to it and it was anything but what I was expecting. If you're looking for some light relief don't go here, if you want to listen to a story full of angst and woe, details about a hit and run, a heart transplant etc etc then this is for you. I persevered for a couple of hours, hoping it would get lighter but it didn't appear as if it was going to, so surprisingly as it is a Jenny Colgan, I'm about to return it, I've listened to most JC books and wonder why she's gone all serious! So not what I was hoping for, no escapism here, just heaviness and unexpectedly traumatic for the listener too.

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Enjoyable, an idyllic Christmas

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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: 10-02-20

Trisha Ashley weaves a sweet tale with her usual attention to the little details that make her stories special. The story is about Meg, who comes from a community where they don't celebrate Christmas, so it's all new to her and as she experiences her first one, I felt like I was discovering it all with her and this Christmas sounds idyllic. Lots of twists in the tale otherwise, all beautifully told and enjoyable, with little mysteries and something to keep your interest in the main story line all the time. The narrator Emma Powell is perfect for the story too.

Short but sweet

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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: 10-02-20

A lovely little third instalment to this series. Although there weren't so many descriptions of Polly baking this time, there was a new depth to the story, as we learn more about her roots and why she's been so reluctant to get married to the ever patient Huckle. It was a short one but packed with love and a little twist came in to finish off the book and unusually I hadn't seen it coming, so extra special to have a surprise at the end.

Interesting creative elements

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-20

The character Lorna gives us a bird's eye view of all aspects of the creative temperament, as she firstly discovers why she's not cut out to be an artist herself and then goes onto find out new creative avenues with her elderly friend Joyce. In the end of the book, I feel like I've left behind some very good friends, especially Joyce, Lorna, Sam and the dogs who are definitely stars of the show. A great story, sensitively told. You're in for a treat!

A real gem

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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!