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A good yarn ruined!

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

Reviewed: 29-10-18

I have always enjoyed the light frothiness of Carole Matthews books and have read the first two Chocolate Lover's books with joy, knowing that I would be entertained by the escapades of the characters. I understand fully that everthing in life is not easy or humorous but the plots have never strayed too far outside the realms of confronting us with the harsh realities of the choices we make and their consequences, as in gambling addiction etc or choosing the wrong partner. However, settling down with this novel I was smacked in the face by the "C" word (and I'm talking medically here). No-one on the planet can be unaware of the terrible reality of this dreadful disease and the impact it can have on our world but to be presented with this in a novel from an author we have learned to trust to ultimately ellevate our moods with her writing is disappointing to say the least. I don't want to stick my head in the sand but we are constantly confronted with the "C" word (medically speaking) in advertisements, on TV and other media without the need to be forced again to agonise over it in fiction!

A breath of fresh air in a cynical world!

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

Reviewed: 17-05-17

What made the experience of listening to A Spring Affair the most enjoyable?

The ultimately uplifting easy-going plot.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Phil - A wonderfully depicted manipulative, self absorbed, amoral philanderer.

What does Colleen Prendergast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Her characterisations were excellent when narrating this book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not possible but Yes.

Any additional comments?

Probably not feasible that such a highly principled individual like Lou would come through in the end but it was delightful listening to the twists and turns in her life and imagining that such a person could end up with all she ever wanted.

An absorbing read

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

Reviewed: 01-10-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, beautifully read and full of insight into family psyche

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack - Because he was growing up and learning from his own and other people's experiences.

Have you listened to any of Lindsay Duncan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, Brother & Sister. I felt this book was marginally more insightful.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The surprise ending and the reasons behind it.

Any additional comments?

I felt this book showed Joanna Trollope's empathy and amazing insight into the feelings experienced by people in their interactions with others, particularly as they relate to different aspects of love within a family.

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Better than any TV!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-11-11

I have read most of Lisa Jewell's books and this one lives up to her usual high standard. The characters are very three dimensional and I got involved in their somewhat turbulent lives. The book seemed to be saying something about "not judging a book by its cover" in terms of the very disparate lives lived by the characters, some of whom you might dismiss as very eccentric if you met them but who turn out to be the "salt of the earth". A very enjoyable, emotionally moving and absorbing read. Looking forward to her next book.

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