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  • The Doorstep Girls

  • By: Val Wood
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Can two friends find hope in hard times? Ruby and Grace have grown up in the poorest slums of Hull. Friends since early childhood, they have supported each other in bad times and good. But their families are bound together by more than friendship, and secrets from the past threaten to make their lives even more difficult. The local cotton mill has provided work for Ruby and Grace since they were nine years old, and now, years later, both girls find themselves the objects of attention from the mill owner's sons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent easy reading

  • By Mrs M E Hoare on 26-11-16

Lovely

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

Such a good book, I didn't want it to end, is there a second one by chance?

  • The Boy with the Latch Key

  • Halfpenny Orphans, Book 4
  • By: Cathy Sharp
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Heartache and hardship in London's East End, from the best-selling author of The Orphans of Halfpenny Street. It's the 1950s, and the orphans of Halfpenny Street have found a new home in the Essex countryside at Halfpenny House. Meanwhile, back among the slum clearances of Bethnal Green, St Saviour's has now been partially given over to a home for disturbed girls, though it still serves as a reception centre for local children who are in desperate need. Amongst these are Archie and his sister, June.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Kathleen on 12-02-19

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 12-02-19

I really enjoy these books, looking forward to starting the next one, 😊
Also enjoy the narrator

  • The Soldier's Daughter

  • By: Rosie Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

A family pulled apart. A love silenced.... For as long as Briony Valentine can remember she has been soft on Eddie, the boy next door. But their chance of romance is stifled when the Luftwaffe begin dropping bombs on the midlands. Eddie is called up to serve, as is Briony's father, tearing her world apart. As the telegrams arrive, all she can do is pray.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Kathleen on 31-12-18

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 31-12-18

This is one of my favourite books, I laughed, cried and got scared.
Can't wait to read another book, by the author

  • The Orphans of Halfpenny Street

  • Children's Home, Book 1
  • By: Cathy Sharp
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Call the Midwife meets Dr Barnardo's in this gritty drama that will appeal to fans of Katie Flynn. St Saviour's will never turn a homeless child away.... When there is nowhere else to turn, St Saviour's will give them hope.... It's 1948, and London's East End is still a bombed-out landscape. Sister Beatrice, who runs the St Saviour's Children's Home, knows that life is still a precarious existence for many children, and it seems that there is no end to the constant stream of waifs and strays who appear at their door....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Kathleen on 21-11-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 21-11-18

Lovely book, can't wait to start the next one, I laughed and cried. Well done.

  • The Little Angel

  • By: Rosie Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42

At Treetops Foundling Home in Victorian Nuneaton, one special little girl brings sunshine and joy wherever she goes. A favourite of her foster mother, Kitty grows into a beguiling young woman but soon attracts the attention of more than one suitor with questionable intentions. She quickly discovers that her beauty is no protection against the peril she finds herself in, as this innocent young girl makes her way in the music halls and theatres of the big city....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding book.

  • By ian mcnamara on 07-11-17

Lovely read

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

Reviewed: 30-09-18

Very enjoyable, I did not want to finish it. I wish I could write as well

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Mother's Courage

  • By: Dilly Court
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

When Eloise Cribb receives the news that her husband's ship has been lost at sea, she wonders how she is ever going to manage. With two young children, the rent overdue, and almost nothing to live on, she has no alternative but to turn to his estranged family for help. She sets off on the long and arduous journey to Yorkshire, but is met with hostility and soon realises she has little choice but to return to London. Virtually destitute and desperate, Eloise is faced with her worst nightmare....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Climb in and enjoy

  • By Cp Ks Bevan on 23-12-12

A very good read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-07-18

Enjoyed the book very much. now to look for a new one to read.excellent ,

  • The Summer Maiden

  • The River Maid, Book 2
  • By: Dilly Court
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

When Carrie Manning’s father dies, her mother, Esther, is heartbroken. Essie leaves London to convalesce with her good friend Lady Alice, and it is down to Carrie to look after her family and take charge of the shipping company that her father has left behind. But the company is in dire straits, forcing Carrie seek work as a companion to Maria Colville. When Carrie and Maria try to track down Maria’s mother, they have no idea of the secrets that they will discover. Secrets that link the Colvilles, the Mannings and figures from the past who return to England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Summer Maiden

  • By Doglover on 26-07-18

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

What can I say, Dilly Court, You are marvellous. I loved this book. Just brilliant.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Seasons Will Pass

  • By: Audrey Howard
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Clare Hanrahan has nothing left to lose the day she stumbles into Lew Earnshaw’s arms. Her family is gone and her own life hangs by a thread after a desperate season seeking work. By the time Lew and his kindly neighbours have nursed Clare back to health, he is hopelessly in love with the frail Irish girl. But though she will always care for Lew, another man comes between them. Martin Heywood could not be more different from the gentle, idealistic weaver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The seasons will pass

  • By anny on 03-09-18

Missing the ending of the book

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

I was really enjoying the book, its such a shame the ending is missing from the audio book.
It spoil the story.

  • The Gypsy Girl

  • By: Val Wood
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

When Polly Anna's mother died when she was just three years old, it seemed the workhouse was the only place for her to go. But with the help of Jonty - a young misfit who soon became her best friend - she managed to escape, running away with the fairground folk. She became a horserider and acrobat, travelling all around the country. Her friends became the circus people, and her home the caravans and travellers' tents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very nice story although very romantic

  • By Kathst on 08-12-17

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 24-05-18

Loved the narrator,
Enjoyed every minute of the book. I didn't want it to end

  • The Cockney Angel

  • By: Dilly Court
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Eighteen-year-old Irene Angel lives with her parents in a tiny room above the shop where her crippled mother ekes out a living selling pickles and sauces, whilst her charming but feckless father Billy gambles away what little money they do manage to earn. And it is all Irene can do to keep the family together. Billy's addiction soon leads him into trouble. Despite having been brought up by her father to fear and distrust the police, Irene finds herself forced to collaborate with them to save her father from ruin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By simplyswing on 15-10-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

Another good book, I'm getting through the books so fast. Very enjoyable.
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