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Jill Walker

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Fantastic characterisation

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

Reviewed: 23-10-16

Loved this one. It was more to do with the descriptive skills of Christie than the actual story. The woman with a long homely face who looked rather like a sheep being my particular favourite!

Pleasant listen

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-12

This was an enjoyable listen if not exactly gripping or enthralling. Although neither of the main characters of Gwyneira or Helen made much of an impression on me I did find myself wanting things to work out well for them both and listening at every opportunity to discover what would come next in their lives. Some of the characters outcomes were a bit contrived and neatly sewn up but overall I did enjoy the book and would recommend it as one that is not too challenging if you need a fairly lightweight listen.

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Really enjoyable, couldn't put it down.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-12

I really enjoyed this. I was intrigued by the love letter found by a 2003 journalist when looking through the archives of her newspaper for ideas for a feature and also her relationship with a married man and how she was dealing with it. The story then goes back to 1960 and Jennifer Stirling, waking with amnesia and trying to piece her life together after finding a love letter tucked into a paperback book in her home. I thought the story gave a very good insight into how relationships have changed. The taboo surrounding divorce in 1960 and how a wife was expected to just get on with things, no matter if she was happy or not. The love story of Jennifer and Anthony was heartbreaking at times and I found it frustrating at times and had to remind myself to view it with 1960 society wife eyes.

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A good listen.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-12

I enjoyed this book as I do tend to enjoy books spanning different times and places with narration from characters in each. Starting off with a little girl abandoned on a ship to Australia and then adopted by an Australian couple it is her mysterious life that we are on the trail of after her death at aged 90. The present day story is told through her grandaughter Cassandra who has inherited her grandmother's childhood suitcase and contents and also a cottage in England but the story does go back and forth in time as each character's tale is told. I was kept guessing until the last quarter or so of the book when it became a bit obvious and I found I was waiting for the main character of Cassandra to catch up!

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The House at Riverton [recorded under the alternate title The Shifting Fog] cover art
  • The House at Riverton [recorded under the alternate title The Shifting Fog]
  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee

Enjoyable and engaging

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-10

I really enjoyed this story, old Grace's descriptions of life in service and her relationships with those upstairs blended well with young Grace's innocence and naivety and I found the switching between past and present engaging. I cared about the outcome for old Grace just as much as I was interested in her story of the past. As the story unfolded I found I couldn't wait to plug my earphones in and listen to the next chapters. I did find the Australian narrator's attempts at the Essex accent a little bit annoying at times and I would have preferred an English narrator but not so much to distract from the story.

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Loved it.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-10

I absolutely loved this story though it was a bit predictable at times. It kept me in thrall throughout though and I loved the historical context as well as the romance. I was rather interested in the Jacobite risings having listened to the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, and it was very interesting to hear of the earlier rising and the history surrounding it in this novel.

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A Little predictable

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-09

I found this ok, easy listening but predictable in how it would all turn out. I'm sorry to say but I really did not enjoy the reader's voice at all and that spoiled it for me a little. She placed great emphasis on bits of sentences where no emphasis was needed and I found her voice a bit harsh and grating.

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