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Very chick lit ish but polished

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

Reviewed: 22-01-20

A good story teller. Her books are very girly girly but have kept me entertained through some low periods. Narrator very good.

Struggled at times with all the descriptive prose padding

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

Reviewed: 22-12-19

Was not sure as to whether or not to give 3 or 4 stars. I plumped for 4 because in patches I found it a quaint, Cosey tale.
Endless in depth descriptions of eating toast for breakfast, descriptions about lunches & dinner got me inpatient. Narrator seemed to give female voice to a male & a male voice to a female. But overall she was good.

Depends on what you wanted from this story as to it’s rating.

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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: 04-12-19

Some good human behaviour insights, but very girly & soppy, with implausibility playing a leading role. I feel Author’s writing style needs more development & maturity. Really I feel I’m being a bit generous giving it 4 stars. Narrator generally good, but some funny inflections here & there.

Excellent. I’m going to look out for more novels by Karen Swan

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

Reviewed: 26-11-19

Several interesting sub plots layered into a jolly good yarn. Some imaginative metaphors crystallised & brought to life the many scenes. So good to get away from the endless who-done-its & crime-based novels. Narrator very good; easy to listen to.

Labourious

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

Reviewed: 17-11-19

Much of the story centres around the events on the ship during its 6 week’s journey from Oz to Devon. I think with all the interactions, friendships & social falling outs that would occur in such an environment there would be plenty of meaty yarns to write about. This story positively dragged & to me was as dull as being cooped up in a rusty old air craft carry war ship could be. Surprising style of writing for an author whose other books I have found excellent. Narrator was OK. She could emulate an Oz accent quite well.

Absolutely BRILLIANT- just not the genre I expected

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-19

I truly love the author’s writing style. He has a gift to pull me in from page 1 of all his books - & this book was no exception. I expected Extence’s newest book to probably be another science-fiction-type genre. It couldn’t have been more diverse. It was a wonderful tale of triumph after adversity. Captivating & well researched. The narrator too was really excellent. The author & narrator brought the 3 main characters to life magnificently. I wish Gavin Extence could write a new book every week. A gifted author.

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Couldn’t plough through this without jumping large chunks

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-06-19

Lack of any in-depth substance. In the end I did what I have not done before when reviewing & skipped large junks. Story was of Self effacing girl who comes good & altruistically saves the day type story. Just rather boring & wishy- washy. Narrator a bit “ shouty” & grating.

Too many characters spoil the Book

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

Reviewed: 10-06-19

Teaming with Different people the story flitted from one person’s story to the next. The stories kinda all tied-up at the end. Getting to the end was arduous. A bit of a mish-mash, & very much on a par with “ too many cooks spoil the broth”.
There were some good points & good descriptive pieces but somehow for me this author always seems to miss the mark.

Light, bright, entertaining Chic-Lit spoiled by atrocious Narration

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

Reviewed: 30-05-19

The storyline was a good one & well written. I will look up more of this author’s works. It was just an easy read, with a cute dog & a happy ending. The narration was so awful it unfortunately detracted from trying to concentrate on the storyline. This book is best read, rather than choosing the Audio version.

22 people found this helpful

Easy, light read, well constructed plot.

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

Reviewed: 26-05-19

I wasn’t feeling too well so really wanted an easy but captivating read. This book fit the bill well. The story line & plot were well constructed. the story held my interest without being too “clever” or deep- but at the same time was s good page turner.

2 people found this helpful