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  • By: Carole Matthews
  • Narrated by: Rita Sharma
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (296 ratings)

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A Place to Call Home

By: Carole Matthews
Narrated by: Rita Sharma
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Summary

In the dead of night, Ayesha takes her daughter, Sabina, and slips quietly from her home, leaving behind a life of full of pain. Boarding a coach to London, all Ayesha wants is a fresh start. Hayden, a former popstar, has kept himself hidden away for years. He's only opened up his home to two people - Crystal, a professional dancer with a heart of gold, and Joy, an ill-tempered retiree with a soft spot for waifs and strays.

When Crystal asks Hayden if Ayesha and Sabina can stay with them, he reluctantly agrees and, as different as they may be, they quickly form an unlikely bond. So when enemies threaten their peaceful home, they will do all they can to save it and each other.

Uplifting and emotional, this is a novel of new beginnings, of discovering love and of finding A Place to Call Home.

©2014 Carole Matthews (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd

Critic reviews

"The perfect escape" ( Woman)
"Simply brilliant" ( Closer)
"Witty, funny and incredibly touching, this is perfect for lifting the spirits" ( Heat)
"Matthews is one of the few writers who can rival Marian Keyes gift for telling heart -warming tales with buckets of charm and laughs" ( Daily Record)

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Lovely moving story

This was a lovely book well written and taken from the respective of the main characters. Emily and joyful and very easy to warm to eat carrots return. Definitely a good drink

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Thoroughly enjoyable

If you could sum up A Place to Call Home in three words, what would they be?

A lovely story

What did you like best about this story?

The situation of all the occupants of the house coming to light.

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

True feeling of all the characters

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

Yes

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5 stars across the board!

What made the experience of listening to A Place to Call Home the most enjoyable?

The narrator was fantastic, her range of accent was brilliant! She held your interest and the story itself was enough to keep you going

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Place to Call Home?

I can't pinpoint one particular moment, there were a lot of highlights but I don't want to give too much away!

What about Rita Sharma’s performance did you like?

Her ability to switch & change her accents was amazing, it kept you going and held your interest.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A woman and her child make their journey to freedom (cheese alert!)

Any additional comments?

A recommended read, another good one from Carole Matthews!

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A heart warming story

Enjoyed the narration. The story highlights the courage of someone leaving an abusive relationship and finding peace and happiness

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Enthralled throughout

Great story that had me gripped all the way through the book. Excellent narration of the characters brought them to life on every page. Recommended reading!

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my favourite one by Carole Matthews

I read this kindle when it was first released, since then I found it on here so, of course I had to buy it....
love it...
plus with Carole being local to me in Milton Keynes, it's nice to recognise names of places too 😄

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amazing. loved it

Great book. It makes you feel so happy. Well read with the different voices. Great storyline.

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Great story - very well read

If you could sum up A Place to Call Home in three words, what would they be?

This is a modern, heart warming story of a woman on the run from her abusive husband. Ayesha and her daughter, Sabina, find refuge with a wonderful group of people, all living under the roof of Hayden Daniels, a retired pop star. Each of the characters comes to the house with their own problems and together they support and help each other.

What other book might you compare A Place to Call Home to, and why?

What I liked about this book it is different to other books I have read. I can't think of anything else to compare it to. The character of Ayesha is unusual and has different values to many modern British born heroines. I found the originality of this book refreshing.

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

No, I haven't come across Rita Sharma before but I was very impressed with her reading of this book. Rita Sharma is perfect as the voice of quiet, gentle Ayesha, who is originally from Sri Lanka, equally good as bubbly dancer, Crystal and also as the voice of Joy an older embittered widow.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me both laugh and cry. Throughout the book there is a build up of tension I found myself really caring about the characters and wanting things to go well for them.

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An uplifting, life affirming book.

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A thoroughly enjoyable story

This book was very engrossing and kept me absorbed all the way through. The characters were very well written.

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Gripping

Carole does it yet again. Another fantastic story with lots of twists and turns. The narrator does the voices amazingly. Well done everyone involved

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