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A Summer Reunion

Narrated by: Sherry Baines
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
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Amy, Anne, Kate and Jane were best friends at school. But now, as they approach their 60th birthdays, their lives have taken them in different directions. Successful, dissatisfied, seeking something different in equal measure, they know that life is not always easy.     

So when Amy invites the other three to her beautiful villa in Majorca for a long celebratory reunion weekend, each of them is drawn by curiosity...and each has a reason for wanting to get away from home for a while.   

Against the backdrop of the stunning Mallorcan hills, the four friends will look back over their lives - the choices they made, the families they have built - and they'll reassess what is important to them and whether now is the time to grasp those second chances, or whether this reunion will change everything....

©2019 Fanny Blake (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Predictable, poorly edited and narrated.

This is "aga saga" in the sun. Or maybe "age drama".

Four ladies, approaching 60 years old, gather for the first time, since leaving school, at the Menorcan home of one of the four. A reunion, motivated by old grievances?

The chracterisation was somewhat two dimentional: the waster brother, the self-centered career woman (who gets her comeuppance), the farmer's wife, and the sucessful business owner. The plot centers around the lasting effects of teenage happenings and behaviours, and marital discordance.

The writing could do with a serious edit. Yes, it's important to give some details, it gives us a flavour of each character, but do we really need to know how they named an orphan lamb some 40 years earlier, when the animal never appears in the story again? At one point the irritations of a location were explained, yet in the next breath, the place described as "perfect".

Narrator's style gave the impression she'd not read the book first. Many times the narrator paused before finishing... the sentences. The voice charactisation was good, her voice pleasant to the ear, however the overall tone was similar throughout the book.

Listen if you must. The book would be greatly improved with some good editing.