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Summary

On Coronation night the ex-pat community in Hong Kong gathers for a celebration party, and 21-year-old Joy falls in love at first sight. She is engaged within 24 hours, but will not see her fiancé again for a year. Fifteen years later, when Sabine, her mother and grandmother are brought together, not only a deeply buried family secret is discovered, but also some fundamental truths: about the conflict between love and duty, about women's choices, and about mothers and daughters.
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©2002 Jojo Moyes (P)2003 W F Howes Ltd.

Critic reviews

"There are plenty of fireworks among the three and the strong supporting cast as old secrets come to the surface in this absorbing family drama." ( Publishers Weekly)
"The Irish setting and warmly described family relationships will appeal to fans of Maeve Binchy." ( Library Journal)

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So So JoJo

This is JoJo Moyes' earliest novel and does suffer in comparison with her later works. The story is a fairly standard family drama based around upper middle class colonial types living a life of decaying gentility in rural Ireland and nursing a few bitter secrets. I must admit I didn't really warm to the fox hunting horsey theme and was slightly aghast that a North London vegetarian teenager could change her principles quite so easily. Her mother is irritatingly daffy and the grandmother is very hard to love, but despite this the story is reasonably interesting and I stuck with it to the end. The narrator was good but I did get a bit weary of the plummy accents. If you haven't read a JoJo Moyes book before, I recommend you don't start with this one.

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good

the story is good - characters are largely well drawn (although kate is a bit of a cartoon character) but the book really comes alive in the parts dealing with hong kong in the 50s. In my opinion Moyes is at her best in dealign with the war/post war era (this book is probably not as good as ship of brides but still worth a listen).

Where the book is weaker is in the reading - the actress in question can come across as a bit one dimensional . That said it is still a good listen.

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Average book not Jojo at her best

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No there would be many others further up the list. The characters were a tad flat

If you’ve listened to books by Jojo Moyes before, how does this one compare?

Not her at her best out of the 4 I have read this would de at the bottom

What aspect of Judith Boyd’s performance might you have changed?

None

Did Sheltering Rain inspire you to do anything?

No

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  • Ann D
  • Newcastle, England
  • 07-05-15

Another Jojo Moyes' masterpiece!

Where does Sheltering Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is right up their with the best of Jojo's books.

What about Judith Boyd’s performance did you like?

The narration was excellent!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I didn't want to put it down.

Any additional comments?

Enjoy!

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  • Gillian
  • Basildon, United Kingdom
  • 16-07-14

Another brilliant storyline from Jojo Moyes

Would you listen to Sheltering Rain again? Why?

I would definitely listen to it again as it was such an entertaining story and I could really identify with all of the characters

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sheltering Rain?

Too many to choose from!

What does Judith Boyd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She brings warmth and fun to the telling of the story. She interprets the characters of the story superbly.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both....I balled my eyes out when the old horse died!!!

Any additional comments?

I have loved all of Jojo Moyes books that I have listened to. She is a superb storyteller and keeps you hooked the whole way through her books. I have listened to every one of her books on Audible now and am looking forward to some new ones coming through.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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enchanting

this lady never disappoints and took me to another world as always
love to be entertained by Jo Jo moyes

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Not very enjoyable

Having just loved Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind, I couldn't wait to hear this story. But I'm afraid I was disappointed. I found the characterisation somewhat shallow and the story a little trite. I also found the narration rather patronising and glib. Maybe this was what spoilt it for me to some extent.

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A nice moment, but not the time of my life

Would you try another book written by Jojo Moyes or narrated by Judith Boyd?

Yes, I red another book written by Jojo Moyes and it was nice and easy to follow, so why not a third ? But I don't know if it will be to heard it or to read it.

I'm not sure for Judith Boyd...

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I wasn't surprise at all.....

What three words best describe Judith Boyd’s voice?

I liked the voice of Judith Boyd, but I did not like certain times when she was doing dialogues or thoughts of the characters, because I found that the voice was too emotional in passages that were, in my opinion, facts. I think it was difficult during the reading to dissociate the "voice" of the character, with a more neutral passage. Suddenly, it went too high in the treble for me.

Do you think Sheltering Rain needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

Any additional comments?

It was a simple and nice time, and easy to follow for a person who is learning to speak in English.

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Nicely written

Nicely written, well researched, but can only manage this sort of book once in a while, and even then I question why I did. Confess it did make me teary somewhere in the beginning chapters, I liked that, but the rest...I would probably have loved it when I was a teenager. Narrator is very good at accents, can’t fault her at all, although perhaps her cool tones are a bit squeaky clean for me. I had to see why the author is a best selling writer, I still don’t know really, there’s a lot of stuff like this out there, but if this book makes people happy, then...(shrug) it’s ok I guess.

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  • Mell
  • London
  • 22-02-18

It was ok...

Decent enough story but some of the female characters were written as being rather whingy and the narrator did such a good job of making them sound whingy they occasionally got a little irritating. It was under edited as well and could have been 100 pages shorter for it. But overall it was ok.