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Before I Met You

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London, 1920. Arlette works in Liberty by day and by night is caught up in a glamorous whirl of parties, clubs, cocktails and jazz. But when tragedy strikes she flees the city, never to return.

More than half a century later, in the grungy mid-'90s, her granddaughter Betty arrives in London.

She can't wait to begin her new life. But before she can do so, she must find the mysterious woman named in her grandmother's will.

What she doesn't know is that her search will uncover the heartbreaking secret that changed her grandmother's life and might also change hers for ever.... 

©2012 Lisa Jewell (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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So upset it had to end!!!

I absolutely LOVED this book. Oh my goodness Lisa Jewell, I just lost 2 days of my life because of you, but it was worth every wonderful listening moment! I feel too emotional that its over to write any more. If you're unsure whether to download this but want a beautifully written story with excellent narration please, please, please do... you won't regret it.

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Kept me gripped wanting to know what happened next

I loved the storyline of this book and the descriptions by the narrators of the the surroundings, smells and characters really brought everything to life.

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  • 21-09-20

Absolutely superb

This was so unexpectedly fantastic. Went in blind to it so had no clue what it would be like. I absolutely loved every single page of it. It made me cry a few tears in the last quarter of the book which I NEVER do ..so beautifully written, such appealing characters, so unusual a storyline ...I’m really sad it’s ended. What will I listen to now?

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Loved it.

A truly beautiful listen. I loved the narration by both readers. Will keep buying Lisa Jewell books.

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Not as fast paced as the Lisa Jewell of late!

Not my cup of tea I'm afraid. I wasn't keen on one of the narrators which made it harder to listen to for me! I love Lisa Jewell books so was just disappointed.

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Great story

Another winner from Lisa Jewell. Not dark but totally entertaining. If thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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  • 07-09-20

Another winner from Lisa Jewell

I was almost put off by the review that said this was full of sex and dirty language but being a long time Lisa Jewell fan, I decided to buy it anyway. I am not sure what century the other reviewer was from but there is very little sex and certainly not graphically described and whilst there is some use of the f-word, it is only consistent with the characters, one of whom is a rock musician, and it is certainly not gratuitous. The plot is not super original - finding out the secrets of someone after death - but I was quite hooked, wanting to know the outcome, which was not predictable at all. I found this a very enjoyable read with convincing characterisation from the narrators with just the kind of easy story telling that I expect from this writer.

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  • Amazon-Kunde
  • 12-07-20

dirty language

no thank you, I m giving that book back. To much sex and dirty lanuage.