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Narrated by: Harriet Walter
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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Summary

Missy Carmichael’s life has become small. Grieving for a family she has lost or lost touch with, she’s haunted by the echoes of her footsteps in her empty home; the sound of the radio in the dark; the tick-tick-tick of the watching clock.

Spiky and defensive, Missy knows that her loneliness is all her own fault. She deserves no more than this; not after what she’s done. But a chance encounter in the park with two very different women opens the door to something new. Another life beckons for Missy, if only she can be brave enough to grasp the opportunity. But 79 is too late for a second chance. Isn’t it?

©2019 Beth Morrey (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Bittersweet, tender, thoughtful and uplifting. Reminds you that everyone deserves a second chance. I loved it." (Nina Stibbe, author of Reasons to be Cheerful)

"A beautiful story about love, loss, guilt and the power of friendship." (Jill Mansell, author of Maybe This Time)

"The most beautiful and moving book I’ve read in a long time." (Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths)

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Promises much, delivers little

I can totally understand why this book has been touted as one to watch. It has all the ingredients of an Emma Healey or Joanna Canon novel, but unfortunately it falls far short of either of these two wonderful authors. The main problem is that, Missy the lead character, feels underwritten, her dark secret just isn’t that dark and the twist at the end is telegraphed miles ahead. Add in the menagerie of unrealistic characters ‘saving’ Missy and the entire thing just feels like a poor attempt to cash in on the whole ‘Eleanor Olyphant’/spikey character just needs love genre.

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optimistic fairy tale

loved it
depressing
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is marriage the only true relationship ?
is telling the truth important?
is living for someone else a way of hiding yourself?
different relationships are also successfull with other characters in the book

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I didn’t want it to end

Loved the story and all the characters
A surprise at the end also Would recommend this book

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Very moving story about communities.

Such a beautiful story of how loneliness can be overcome and how shutting yourself away from the world never solves anything. Lovely to read about true community spirit.

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Readable and enjoyable

An easy read. A little slow to start but improves. Some lovely characters and issues that will resonate with many women.

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Outstanding!

what an unexpected ending. the weaving back n fore in time done to perfection, and so much that resonated with me. now to read in hardback to take notes

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Charming book

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, a charming book with perfect narration. Heartily recommend you listen to it!

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BUY THIS BOOK !!!!!!!!!

I couldn’t stop listening to this and it will be always be one of my favourites and I think the narrator Harriet Walter is the main reason for this , what a beautiful voice I recognised it immediately and had to google her to confirm it was who I thought it was. She brings the characters to life I haven’t loved a narrator since listening to The Help what a difference a great voice can make this book is special and made all the more better by the mesmerising tones of Harriet Walter

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Heartwarming

I loved this book about loneliness, friendship and new beginnings. A really heartwarming story which shows you are never to old to start again. Beautifully narrated.

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Enjoyable and well written.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s an easy listen, thoughtful and the characters credible and narration very good. I highly recommend.