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Summary

From the best-selling author of A Hundred Pieces of Me and One Small Act of Kindness comes a heartwarming, bittersweet and uplifting story of missed chances and unexpected opportunities.

Caitlin's life is a mess. Her marriage to a man everyone else thinks is perfect has collapsed, along with her self-esteem, and breaking free seems the only option.

Nancy, her four-year-old daughter, used to talk all the time; in the car, at nursery, to her brother Joel. Then her parents split up. Her daddy moves out. And Nancy stops speaking.

Nancy's Auntie Eva, recently widowed and feeling alone, apart from the companionship of two bewildered pugs, is facing a future without her husband or the dreams she gave up for him.

But when Eva agrees to host her niece and nephew once a fortnight, Caitlin and Eva are made to face the different truths about their marriages - and about what they both really want....

©2016 Lucy Dillon (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

Critic reviews

"Lucy Dillon's books make the world a better place." ( Heat)
"Bittersweet, lovely and ultimately redemptitive; the kind of book that makes you want to live your own life better." (Jojo Moyes)
"So satisfying and clever and deeply moving." (Sophie Kinsella)

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Great story

Couldn't stop listening it kept me engrosssd and I felt I was there living the story with the narrator

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Wonderful

What a perfectly feel good story, lots of tears and smile's all the way, a delight to listen to.

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Good but not her best

I'm usually a massive Lucy Dillon fan and as much as I enjoyed her usual cleverly woven plot lines and the way she deftly brings in characters from previous books, namely Anna and a sly name drop of Buzz, the story line with the children made me cringe slightly. It was far too saccharine for me.
The performance by Lucy Price Lewis was great, her voice depicts the tone of Lucy Diamond's books perfectly and her accents are good.
Overall an enjoyable listen but would recommend her back catalogue over this one.

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Chick lit with substance

I really enjoyed this book it reminded me of a modern day take from the historical novels i have read with misunderstandings and people not being honest with their feelings to others and more importantly to themselves. I found it slightly predictable but that did not spoil it as I found the story easy to follow from the start. The story explores relationships, love and children and the affect our choices impact our lives.
Enjoyable to the end


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  • Mrs O
  • Melksham, United Kingdom
  • 08-04-18

One of her best

This book deals with the difficult issues of separation, children stuck in the middle as well as surprising post bereavement discoveries in a sensitive and touching way. This is a heart warming story.

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sweet and easy

While not my favourite Lucy Dillon story, it was pleasant to listen to and I still wanted to hear the whole story. I found some of the plot and characters a bit annoying sometimes and a little repetitive. it was well read though.

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author good at "seeing" things from different characters points of view

Narrator really good. Author has a aptitude for getting under the actions & behaviours of characters to show what thoughts & beliefs drive them. Main protagonist was in fact quite irresponsible & childish; but it came through how tired she was of being Mum 24/7. & I as a reader could feel sympathetic. However the various threads of the story never really got going for me. It was like ring a therapist & sitting through a LONG counselling session.

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A bit depressing... but lovely parts too!

A bit depressing in general... but it did have lovely parts too! still wanted to know what happened next.

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Excellent holiday read, brings a tear to the eye with a happy ending. Well worth it.

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  • Lu
  • 04-05-17

Perfect read

This may not be likely to win awards for alternative style or possess the weight of huge historical research etc. However, it is a so real, and the author has such a perceptive insight into human emotion, relationships and everyday realities. Her observations and characters are so well drawn they become part of the reader's psyche whilst submerged in this book.

The narrator is excellent, too and makes a great book come alive.