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Summary

She longed to be reunited with her family. The compelling new novel from the Sunday Times top ten best-selling author of The Workhouse Girl.

Eleven-year-old Stella Barry is forced into service when her family find themselves living hand-to-mouth. Leaving her mother and younger brother and sister behind, Stella goes to a big country house outside London. When she returns home one Sunday, she discovers they have disappeared. Thrown out of their lodgings, no one knows where they have gone.

Seven years later it looks likely Stella will soon become Cook. But circumstances compel her to flee with no references and only a few personal possessions to her name.She has never forgotten her loving family and is determined to find out what happened to them – once and for all.

©2013 Dilly Court (P)2014 Magna Publishing, Random House Audiobooks

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Delightful listen!

Another great story of how a girl regains her lost family and makes good - this is a superb listen with great characters and wonderful depiction of the times they lived. Thank you Dilly Court.

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Very good.

I enjoyed this audio book very much. I hope to listen to more by this author

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a loving family<br />

this was a good story and read very well. it had lots of twist and turns in it so it kept you wanting to get to the next bit.

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Fantastic Story-tear jerker

Would you consider the audio edition of A Loving Family to be better than the print version?

I don't like print versions of anything especially this because as you listen to the story it takes you in your mind into the story, you can almost see what's happening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Loving Family?

When Stella met the gentleman that helped her as a child and then turned out to continue helping her as she grew older in different positions.

Which character – as performed by Penelope Freeman – was your favourite?

The young chap that you imagined looked very much younger and looked shorter in height than he actually was but very helpful even if he couldn't accomplish what was being asked of him.

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

When we found out that Kit was a man not a woman and also that he refused to get a job to keep his sister and look after her.

Any additional comments?

A must listen and be prepared to have a hanky to hand.

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Not the best Dilly Court I have read.

Where does A Loving Family rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A reasonable story with great narration. The first half of the book was very enjoyable and I wanted to keep reading.

What did you like best about this story?

The narration is brilliant. The story starts off a bit strange but develops well.

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

Penelope brings each character to life.

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

I thought I might want to keep listening but towards the end of the book I was beginning to feel frustration as the story lines became too predictable and far fetched. It did spoil the story for me and I found my concentration wandering. I

Any additional comments?

This will not prevent me from trying more Dilly Court as previous reads have been very good.

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A great story with good historical references

My last 5 books have been by Dilly Court and I am just about to search for my next. I am so glad I discovered her. This is the first time I have heard this narrator and I thought that she would not be as good as Annie Aldington but Penelope Freeman was excellent.