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Madame Burova - tarot reader, palmist and clairvoyant is retiring and leaving her booth on the Brighton seafront after 50 years, but before she does she has some promises to keep and some secrets to reveal - the new novel from The Sunday Times best-selling author of The Keeper of Lost Things.

Imelda Burova has spent a lifetime keeping other people's secrets, and her silence has come at a price. She has seen the lovers and the liars, the angels and the devils, the dreamers and the fools. Her cards had unmasked them all, and her cards never lied. But Madame Burova is weary of other people's lives and other people's secrets; she needs rest and a little piece of life for herself. Before that, however, she has to fulfil a promise made a long time ago. She holds two brown envelopes in her hand, and she has to deliver them.

In London, it is time for another woman to make a fresh start. Billie has lost her university job, her marriage and her place in the world when she discovers something that leaves her very identity in question. Determined to find answers, she must follow a trail which might just lead right to Madame Burova's door.

In a story spanning over 50 years, Ruth Hogan conjures a magical world of 1970s holiday camps and seaside entertainers, eccentrics, heroes and villains, the lost and the found. Young people, with their lives before them, make choices which echo down the years. And a wall of death rider is part of a love story which will last through time.

©2021 Ruth Hogan (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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An Book of Characters, With Little Story to Tell

I was hoping this book would delve into the lives of the characters the fortune teller had met on her journey through the story. The scene was a great setting just the story lacked umph. Shame as the author had the opportunity to bring in a lot more depth to the characters and the storyline. However, the narrator was good, and captured the characters well, and was the main reason I kept on listening

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Beautiful

I loved this book as much as I did the 1st and 3rd audio book. Lovely narrator
Thank you Ruth Hogan

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Escapism

Crime & thrillers are my usual listen but now & then I like to escape . Ruth hogan is brilliant for this . Beautifully read by Nina Wadia. 5 stars all round .

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Terrible

This book is awful. I gave up after about 3 chapters because it’s utter drivel. There is no substance or really story

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A delight!

Ruth Hogan writes the most enchanting stories each one an absolute delight to wrap yourself in !
Simply a joy to listen to .

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Ruth Hogan never disappoints.

This is another beautiful book, by one of my favourite authors. Just like all of the other books that I’ve listened to, I didn’t want it to end. Like the others, it’s funny, intriguing, heart warming. The narration, by Nina Wadia brings each character to life.
If you’ve not listened to any of Ruth’s book, please do. You won’t be disappointed.

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missing the characters already

Ruth Hogan has done it again ! Another lovely story bitter sweet with time lines that intertwine to Now. Rich characters that you fall in love with and one you don’t. Even the dog characters are totally endearing. All set in Brighton could smell the sea air and vinegar hear the waves on the pebble beach and see the booth of Madame Burova and the cafe with the great writing descriptions from this author. I really didn’t want this to end the characters come to life and now I miss them.

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An excellent story, narrated well.

I loved this book and was sorry to finish it. I would definitely recommend it.

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A lovely, warm easy listen to book.

Mystery, touching romance that keeps you guessing till the end! Perfect couch snuggle listen to.

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Great story -again set in inclusive context

I love Ruth Hogan and the characters she creates. All of her books are really about diversity and inclusion - whether it's disability, sexuality or race, the characters are always a positive portrayal of the disability and in this one has a superb negative portrayal of neurotypical Vivienne.

I loved the Romany setting and the "power of the cards" but most of all I loved the characters and a brilliant description of both the 1970s and 2020. On my favourites list for sure.