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Summary

The final novel in the heartwarming Lancashire-based Gibson Family series by beloved saga author Anna Jacobs.  

It is 1860 in Bilsden, the Lancashire mill town, and Frederick Hallam is dying. But first he makes secret plans to smooth the future path for his beloved wife, Annie. Her sister, Joanie, is fed up with everything until a dashing new admirer crosses her path. But a spurned suitor is determined that Joanie will be his, whatever the cost. And he is not the only one who wants to harm the Gibson family.   

Meanwhile the Civil War in America cuts off cotton supplies so that times are hard in Bilsden and unemployment is rife. Annie had to rebuild her life after her husband's death and plans to create Spinners Lake, an extraordinary project that will keep her workers from destitution and assuage her own grief.   

Tian Gilchrist is caught up in the American war and nearly dies there. He fights his way back to Bildsen, to Annie, whom he has never forgotten.   

And the plans that Frederick made for Annie will change her life in unforeseen ways, bringing her hope and happiness once again.

©2019 Anna Jacobs (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Great series but be warned the fifth book has a completely different narrator. A bit disappointing

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What a pity the narrator was changed for this story, which was good. I gave 5 stars overall as I enjoyed the story and I eventually accepted the narrator.

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Enjoyed the first books in the series, but gave up on this one as due to change of narrator, who was hard to listen to.

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Disappointing......

Having listened to all the previous books in this series of which I absolutely loved I was disappointed with this, the last in the series. It wasn’t helped by changing the narrator who wasn’t as good as Anne Dover who narrated the previous books. The narrator in this book made all the male’s sound the same and so found it hard to to follow who was who. I do wish that in any series of books they would stick to the same narrator. Also, I found in this book that they had changed the name of the artist, which again made it difficult to follow in some places. I think it would have been better had the author ended the series with the book before this one as she seemed to try and extend the storyline and in my opinion didn’t really make a good job of it. It was a long drawn out story which struggled in places. Overall I was very disappointed with this book.

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Gibson Family

I have listened to all 5 books of the Gibson Family Saga and have loved everyone of them but the only thing that spoiled it for me was the last book as it had a different narrator from the other 4 books,I had got used to all the voices for the characters but couldnt place the characters with the different voices in the 5th book. The narrator was very good and I would definatly like to listen to her again but I dont think i will listen to a saga that doesn't have the same narrator for it all.

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Was totally enraptured by the book series as I love Anna Jacobs books.
But although I endured this book to the end really put me , off as it’s never very nice when going to the last book the narrator is changed
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Narrator was terrible

I’m really sorry if this sounds harsh but I have enjoyed this series by Anna Jacobs but when the change of narrator seems to ruin the flow.

Please keep it consistent

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New narrator not right to other books

I'm so disappointed that the narrator is different.
i hope this is better then the last

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  • teach_101
  • 01-05-21

Narrator ruined this book

I sincerely enjoyed the books in the series, EXCEPT this one. Although I endured it to the end, I am sorry I purchased this audible book. Why this particular narrator was chosen is beyond me, but that choice was a mistake!!! Frankly, I wouldn't recommend this audible book to anyone. The story was ok, but not as good as the rest of the series.

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  • Anita Kristensen
  • 27-04-21

New narrator

I was upset about the narrator changing the voices as much as she did. The main character suddenly reverted to her old dialect and not the one she so diligently acquired. Had she narrated it from the start, I might not have minded so much, but she didn't, and she might have tried to read it in keeping with the there first books.

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  • joanie
  • 19-05-20

a real story teller

the final book in the series I have enjoyed the writing and the story I like somethings and hate some I love Annie and fredrick love it was beautiful her second husband is so needy and has no use he just didn't fix in I wonder why she married him he's so weak
when reading this book it takes you on a emotional high like when joanie got rapped I notices rape always play apart in her stories but when joanie told her dad he did believe her it makes me so mad I wanted to stop reading but I continued now the narrator I wish she had still use the narrator who did book 4 this lady makes all the Male characters sounds so old and grumpy just horrible but still and good story