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Summary

One twinkling winter's night, Ruby wakes her sleeping children and escapes for a new life in the countryside. It's a choice that will change her life beyond all recognition.

Arriving at the cosy little rental cottage as the first snow begins to fall, Ruby doesn't regret leaving her bully of a husband for a moment, but she does feel guilty about uprooting her kids so close to Christmas. She can only wish that one day soon her son will forgive her.  

It's not long before the family are settled in and drinking hot chocolate by the fire, the flames kept roaring by a neighbouring woodsman called Angus. 

As big as a tree, but as gentle as a dormouse, all Ruby's instincts tell her to be wary of letting this gorgeous stranger get too close. Is that the first tingle of festive magic Ruby can feel? Or might it even be hope?  

As Christmas Day approaches and a blizzard sparks a power cut across the entire village, Ruby must force herself to believe in Christmas miracles again. Was she right to put her trust in Angus? With only flickering candles to guide her through the darkness, will she ever find her way back to the light?   

Wrap yourself up in this utterly gorgeous festive romance, perfect for anyone who loves Heidi Swan, Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Christmas!

©2019 Emma Davies (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Vague and Irritating

The narrator performs actually very nicely when she occasionally forgets to use the irritating whispering or exaggerating high toned unnatural voices and intonation. After a ridiculously overdone (both story and narrating), but completely uninteresting visit to a bridal shop, while any real story is nowhere to be found (yet?), I have stopped.

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Narrator made it difficult to draw into the story

Terrible narration no spirit or passion in the reading difficult to stay interested. A shame

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Awful narration

The narrators style is best suited to reading bedtime stories to a 5 year old.

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lacklustre and irritating

the synopsis appealled as did the setting but unfortunately this book was awful. One of the main character's son was a horrendous, unrealistic and unlikeable character that i was praying would get lost forever in a snow storm but alas, no - (I am from a large family and have 4 children of my own so have a reasonable knowledge base on 10 year old boys). The narrator had a syrupy voice that should have pleased but instead seemed out of place. she sounded like the 1970s Cadbury's Caramel advert in between the characters which to be fair, she did act out well, it was the background narration that was woeful. as for the story.... just don't bother.

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Like a warming hug on a cold winters evening

Unlike the previous reviews I found the narration to be excellent. She drew me into the storyline in this and the previous books in the series. The storyline was good and I found I really cared about the charactors. Lovely to listen to with a cup of hot chocolate.

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Delightful

A beautiful story from beginning to end. It was a joy to listen to, Thankyou

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Narration nightmare

This was a cute easy listen Christmas story - BUT - the narration was dreadful ! The simpering whining voice was irritating at best - more suited to an M&S advert for a chocolate dessert than story telling. Will steer clear of anything narrated by Alison Campbell in future.

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great story

poor narration, difficult to distinguish characters, often think reading to children, however great story

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Increase narration speed to 1.2

Firstly- the narration style was almost unbearably syrupy to start with. I adjusted the speed, and it was fine. I’d advise it if you’re finding it too much! The story had a nice country Christmassy vibe, with a good tale of new beginnings to give it a bit more substance, and a side story about a wedding, which I found rather twee. Probably more enjoyable if you’d read previous in the series first (I hadn’t, and found the first chapters a bit confused). There is a LOT of stuff about the wedding in here - choosing a dress, picking flowers etc - if that’s not for you, then avoid this book! It was a nice story for getting in the Christmas mood, but a bit cheesy even for a lover of Christmas chick-lit like me!

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Saccharine but enjoyable

Cynical me really struggled with the narrator but this was an easy listen. A sweet story but very cheesy

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  • 16-11-19

Magical, Emotional, New and old Friends

Five stars for Emma Davies complex characters and five for Alison Campbell's beautiful narration. You will love the characters, feel their joys, pain, frustration, love and triumph. Joy's Acre is a place I love to return to again and again. Getting to know the new guests in the thatched cottages, and how they interact with the staff and owners of Joy's Acre is an amazing journey. I feel as if I'm catching up with old friends and making new ones. Love this series!