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Bridles Lane

West Country Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Rebecca McKernan
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
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Summary

Cornwall, England. 1740.

They say only the brave ride Bridles Lane at night. 

Vicar Richard Dodge speaks of ghosts and demons, conducting elaborate exorcisms in his churchyard overlooking the lane. And with the villagers sheltering in fear, local smugglers carry their haul up the road to be hidden in the safety of the church. 

Isaac and Scarlett Bailey have spent their lives hiding contraband in Talland church. Forced into free trade by their father's mistakes, they want nothing more than to escape the smuggling syndicate and build a life above the law. 

On the other side of Bridles Lane, Flora Kelly has grown up in the shadow of her mother, the village charmer. Sceptical of her mother's craft, Flora reopens her family's tavern, determined that her life will not be one of fortune telling and herbal lore. 

When a seemingly abandoned ship is wrecked in Talland Bay, it sparks a wave of hysteria among the superstitious villagers. Faith in the vicar wavers and Flora feels herself drawn to the controversial old ways of her mother. Among growing unrest, the mystery of the wrecked ship deepens, unearthing long-forgotten secrets that will tear a village - and a family - apart.   

Inspired by true events, 'Bridles Lane' is the first book in the West Country Trilogy, from the author of Forgotten Places and The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.

©2018 Johanna Craven (P)2018 Johanna Craven

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  • Jan M
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  • 25-12-18

Reminiscent of a Movie

Bridles Lane by Johanna Craven brought back many childhood memories of watching a Disney movie regarding smuggling. I could envision so many details with the vivid imagery in this story. I was immediately pulled into this book, and found the unexpected twists to be well done. The narration by Rebecca McKernan was spot in. She gave appropriate emotions for the various scenes, and had distinguished voices for the numberous characters. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I would definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. This book is a standalone listen and the beginning of a series.

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  • Layla
  • 13-02-19

Historical

The narrator in my opinion did not suit this audiobook. The book is interesting and there is a lot of drama.

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  • Manuel
  • 05-02-19

good enough read

the storey took to long, In my opinion to develop, and the story jumped around a but to much as well, but a good book

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  • Erin S
  • 20-01-19

Great book, leaves me wanting to read Book 2

I enjoyed Ms. Craven's story of the village of Talland, set in Cornwall in the mid-1700s. There are well-developed characters, and the storyline is intriguing. The details of the villagers' past are nicely woven into the current time, when a shipwreck sets a chain of events into motion which begins to upend the way of life that the villagers have been used to for decades. There are multiple main characters introduced, and I was drawn in to their lives, both as individuals, and how they interact with each other. The steadfast vicar, shepherding his flock in the name of God, but also deceiving them at the same time. Isaac, deeply involved in smuggling and indebted to the local peer, but wanting a different life for his family. Isaac's younger sister Scarlett, having been under her brother's guidance for years, just coming into her own independence as the story unfolds. Flora, starting a new venture to support herself and her daughter. The mysterious man who survives the shipwreck and is a catalyst for the events that subsequently occur. And many other side characters that make this story vivid and interesting. When first listening, my mind was catching on something in the writing - I finally figured out that it seemed most or all sentences describing the current events are written in the present tense. And while this bothered me at first, I soon got used to it and settled in to focus entirely on the story. I know a book is good when I find myself eagerly wanting to listen to more of the story. The book ends in a cliffhanger that leaves me looking forward to reading Book 2.

Ms. McKernan does an excellent job narrating. Her characters and accent are well done, and the recording is clean and clear. I hope to listen to her narration again for the remaining audiobooks.

Overall, a great listen.

I received a promotional copy of this audiobook, and this is my honest review.

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  • Jennifer L
  • 06-01-19

Realistic Historical Fiction

I quite enjoyed this story, several memorable and fierce female characters and a nice juxtaposition of religion, witchery, family, guilt, and deep social graft. The narrator must be from the setting of the story (my British Isles geography is lacking), her accent is one that I wasn't used to and I did have to re-start the book several times to get a hold on where it was going. If you're one of those people who gives up on a book without allowing some Grace to the narrator, then the book isn't for you.

I was gifted the title and am choosing to write a review in gratitude.

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  • Deedra
  • 28-11-18

Bridles Lane

A beautifully writen story of a shipwreck, a rescue and what it leads to in a small village.It makes you feel as thou you are there! Rebecca McKernan was an excellent narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.