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  • Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland

  • By: Heidi Swain
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

After calling off her engagement, Hayley, the Wynthorpe Hall housekeeper, wants nothing more than to return to her no-strings fun-loving self, avoiding any chance of future heartbreak. Little does she know, Wynbridge’s latest arrival is about to throw her plan entirely off course.... Moving into Wynthorpe Hall to escape the town’s gossip, Hayley finds herself immersed in the eccentric Connelly family’s festive activities as they plan to host their first ever Winter Wonderland. But Hayley isn’t the only new resident at the hall....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely escapism with perfect narration

  • By Frankie on 08-12-18

I was looking forward to reading this....

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

Reviewed: 31-12-18

Sadly disappointed. Not often I struggle to finish a book..but I found the characters too 'wallowing' towards the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eloise

  • By: Judy Finnigan
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 91

She was a daughter, a wife, a mother. She was my friend. But what secrets did Eloise take to her grave? After her best friend Eloise dies from breast cancer, Cathy is devastated. But then Cathy begins to have disturbing dreams that imply Eloise's death was not all it seems. With a history of depression, Cathy is only just recovering from a nervous breakdown and her husband Chris, a psychiatrist, is acutely aware of his wife's mental frailty.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By Graziella on 24-04-13

Strangely compelling after a slow start

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

Reviewed: 03-12-13

Would you try another book written by Judy Finnigan or narrated by Anna Bentinck?

I would probably try another Judy Finnigan book, as I loved the setting and found the narrator (Anna Bentinck) easy to listen to.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I think that possibly the story could have been condensed into fewer chapters - and would have liked more of a 'page-turner' ending to each.

Which character – as performed by Anna Bentinck – was your favourite?

I didn't have a favourite character, as I felt that they all contributed equally to the importance of the story - but if I had to choose which one Anna Bentinck helped me to identify with, it would be Eloise herself..ethereal and emotively portrayed.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • In the Summertime

  • By: Judy Astley
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

It’s 20 years since Miranda, then 16, holidayed in Cornwall and her life changed forever. Now she’s back again – with her mother Clare and the ashes of her stepfather Jack, whose wish was to be scattered on the sea overlooked by their one-time holiday home. The picturesque cove seems just the same as ever, but the people are different – more smart incomers, fewer locals, more luxury yachts in the harbour.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pure escapism

  • By M.E. on 23-10-13

Pure escapism

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

Reviewed: 23-10-13

What made the experience of listening to In the Summertime the most enjoyable?

Loved the Cornish holiday setting and the expressed feeling of renewal which is a strong undercurrent in the storyline. Easy to follow plot, and likeable characters all made for a very enjoyable listen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Overall, I think Miranda was the character I grew most fond of - struggling with a diverse family and the death of her stepfather whilst wrestling her own daily life, emotions and memories.

Which character – as performed by Julia Franklin – was your favourite?

I think Julia Franklin portrayed Jess in a very positive way, conveying her strength of spirit and her staunch friendship with Miranda (and Andrew!) extremely well

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Friendship, old flames and a little Cornish magic........

2 of 2 people found this review helpful