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Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

After listening to three duds on the trot, this book shone like pure gold! Captivating from start to finish, beautifully written and narrated, this is an uplifting tale that will not disappoint. What a treat!

Women Who Whine

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-08-19

Having read the previous 2 books in the series I knew this wasn’t going to be a life changer, but expected it to be entertaining, it wasn’t! I percevered with it thinking surely it’ll get better, it didn’t! I’m only a couple of years over the millennial devide and honestly, I’m all for the sisterhood, but this was wall to wall self obsessed, self pitying, whining women. They spent at least half of it crying, sobbing, wailing, whimpering, bawling, blubbing etc because, you know, life and oh the emotions of it. The other half was spent telling each other how strong and amazing and normal they were, which would inevitably set them reaching for the tissues yet again because, oh even more emotions! The only character I half liked in this instalment was Auntie Cath and her storyline, the rest, including the now totally spoiled little brat Lila, have become teeth grindingly annoying.... sorry, I’m on a roll here!! The post natal depression story was handled reasonably well enough until SPOILER ALERT the miraculous overnight recovery. Hats off to the author for highlighting this very important issue, but rather than leaving her skipping off into the sunset shaking her bottle of pills, surely it would have been more helpful to women going through it in real life to start Lacey’s recovery at the half way point, and write a more honest account of her gradual return to good health? END SPOILER. Other than that and Cath’s Revelation, nothing really happened. I don’t usually mind this narrator, but even she was irritating me by the end. To be fair to her, this was probably due to the material, although her portrayal of a southern American woman was pure Penelope Pitstop! To be clear, I have over 400 finished books in my audible library and have only ever returned one for a refund, I’m not one of those people who gets their kicks from writing negative reviews. Perhaps The author was under pressure from the publishers or was a victim of bad editing, but this book just really pushed my buttons. Very disappointing. Many apologies - rant over!!

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3rd book in the Lizzie Vogel series

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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: 24-07-19

I didn’t realise that I had begun this series with book 2, so I now have Man at the Helm to look forward to as a prequel! If, like me, you enjoyed Paradise lodge, you will enjoy catching up with Lizzie and the cast of very colourful secondary characters. A gentle and nostalgic read, bitter sweet with some really funny moments that genuinely had me chuckling aloud. A slightly lack lustre ending but over all a very entertaining listen, I hope there is more to come from Lizzie and Co in the future. I must mention the wonderfully talented narrator Gemma Whelan, she’s an absolute pleasure to listen to.

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Powerful stuff

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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: 22-07-19

This is a beautiful, emotional and thought provoking story with excellent narration. Although there are many uplifting moments, it’s probably not one to listen to if you’re feeling low.
The reason for the loss of a star for me personally is in part down to a couple of threads that I really wish had been, if not tied up, at least properly addressed in the epilogue. The other thing that drove me potty at times was the constant he said, she said, they said, I said business. I believe it was an artistic decision to add a sort of rhythmic poetry to the book, rather than a case of bad editing, but it drove me around the bend in places!

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Another great instalment

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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: 10-07-19

I’ve listened to all of this series so far and will certainly purchase the next instalment as and when it appears. Although ultimately it’s just good old brain off fun, you really do empathise with half of the characters, while wishing fiery vengeance on the rest. It’s definitely not a bog standard, cup cake filled, saccharine rom com. In fact it’s so truthful that this whole series has re endorsed our personal decision to not have little ones of our own! Hats off to all of the amazing mums, and also to the fantastic involved dads the world over - you’re blummin heros!

Sorry Lesley, I’m used to giving you 5 stars...

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

I love many different genres when it comes to books, thrillers and sweeping sagas amongst them. I’ve enjoyed several of Lesley Pearse’s historical epics and was intrigued to try this more modern day drama. Unfortunately for me it didn’t hit the mark at all, the story was just too implausable, the characters unrealistic and frustrating, and for a thriller with dark undertones, it somehow totally lacked tension. I was half expecting some sort of twist to catch me out, but no. I can’t actually believe this was written by such a talented author. The book is several years old now so I may give it the benefit of the doubt and try one of her more recent ones to see if she was yet to hit her stride in this genre, sadly I feel she missed it by a country mile with this book. Excellent narration though.

Gripping stuff

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

Reviewed: 28-05-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and raced through it. I agree with others that it would make a great film or mini series, it was a very well crafted bit of escapism, gritty but not too gruesome, top marks to the author.
I would however agree with the many people who have mentioned the salivary clicking in the authors narration, her actual voice is very nice and I did mostly manage to ignore it, but it is distracting at times. Hopefully this is something that can be addressed if she decides to self narrate her future books, of which I hope there are many more of this standard to come!

4 stars - only just!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-19

This may come across as a bit of a negative review, but I really did mostly enjoy this book. My issue with it is that having listened to my first Nora Roberts (Shelter In Place) a few books ago, I couldn’t help but see an awful lot of similarities between both of the books main characters - a gun toting, identity changing female, an oh so dreamy chief of police, an arty Bohemian mother figure, even a great dog that you hope won’t die! Also like Shelter In Place, I found the ending rushed and a bit disappointing in what was overall a good story. I’ll give Nora Roberts one more go, but if it’s more of the same I might have to remove her from my wish list - I’m keeping my fingers crossed that that won’t be the case. I can’t fault the narration in either book and would still recommend them if you fancy a not too grizzly thriller.

Ok

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

I enjoyed the previous book by Cathy Hopkins (the kicking the bucket list) and love tales with a touch of the mystical about them, so I was expecting a little more from this. I personally just found it a bit dull and ploddy, and never really connected with the characters. I found myself wishing the end would hurry up and arrive at its fairly obvious conclusion. The narrator was fine but made little attempt to change her voice from person to person. All in all it was ok but could have been better.

What a belter!

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

Reviewed: 24-01-19

This creepy little number was my first Lucy Dawson and it won’t be my last! I finished it in 2 days and thought it was a brilliantly paced and narrated thriller, and I loved the psychological / supernatural touches. It was one of those books that has you thinking - It’s him.... no it’s her.... It’s definitely not a ghost..... but maybe it could be a ghost?.... is it that person AND a ghost?... nope it’s 100 percent him.... or her.... all within the space of one chapter. Great fun!!

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