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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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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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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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I needed a NICE book

If you need a NICE book then this book is for you. My usual genre of books is as far from a NICE book as you can get. But sometimes one needs a change.

Boy was this ever a change. It’s the story of a Mummy and a Daddy and their two children. The Mummy and her Mummy. The Daddy and his Sister. The Sister and her late husband. The Mummy and the Daddy’s Sister. Although saying “their” 2 children isn’t strictly speaking true. It’s a book very much of relationships and sometimes perceptions that are looked at far too closely until the wrong answer springs into your head, or the characters head as the case may be. Having said all this it’s still a VERY NICE book.

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lovely book, pleasantly narrated

I found myself loving then disliking and loving the main character again. good plot and an easy listen

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Amazing

A beautiful romantic family story ,one that you can't put down a must read Beautiful bring tears to eyes.

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A bit bland

I didnt hate this story but I found myself at chapter 21 still waiting for the apex of the story that never actually came.
The narrator is good but the story itself I felt just had too many side stories and none of them really very gripping or interesting.

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All I ever wanted

Good narrator
The author tried to cover too many themes
Touching descriptions on the bonds between dogs and people

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awe

i've only recently discovered this author. All I ever wanted was beautiful. Lucy Price-Lewis as usual was brilliant at narrating. This story was an easy listening a book filled with the innocence of a child. I'll be reading more by Lucy Dillon.