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Sunset is a bittersweet love story about putting yourself back together after the sky has fallen in. 

Ruth and Hannah are sisters. They build each other up and tear each other down. Even as polar opposites they make each other laugh more than anyone else in the world. Ruth is forever single, aimless and wild while Hannah is radiant, organised and hard-working. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with. 

But a summer holiday changes everything, and Ruth finds herself entering a long period of self-imposed exile from the world. Searching for anonymity and facelessness, she takes a job at Heathrow airport serving coffee to a slow-motion carousel of travellers, cabin crew and taxi drivers. But when a face she recognises appears in the blur, she is forced to retrace her steps back to a time when her life had hope and meaning. 

Sunset is a novel about needing someone else as much they need you: an ode to our most powerful bonds, how they build us and break us and how, when all seems lost, we can find joy in the most unexpected places.

©2021 Jessie Cave (P)2021 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Raw and beautiful - I couldn’t stop listening

I loved every minute of this novel. It’s written so beautifully and frankly with perfect narration. The story itself is so captivating, I was totally hooked and got it done in a couple of days. Definitely not a light hearted or easy breezy read but one of the best things I’ve listened to on audible.

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Loved this book and narration

I really, really loved this book and know I'm going to be thinking about it long after finishing it. I generally really struggle to finish books that deal with traumatic events in such an honest way but Sunset never felt like gratuitous torture porn solely designed to make you cry, it was realistic and funny and loving and perfectly paced. The characters were well fleshed out and incredibly vivid.
The narration was also executed beautiful, capturing Ruth's internal struggle without ever veering into overwrought delivery. A lovely voice that captured the humorous parts of this sad story very well.

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The power of sisterly love

This is a story of twentysomething sisters. It is about life and death and loss and grief and the special bond that exists between siblings. Given the subject matter there are some remarkably lighthearted and uplifting moments. Author Jessie Cave is better known as an actor (Lavender Brown in Harry Potter) but has also appeared on several TV shows, is a stand up comedian, and a published cartoonist. This is her first novel and it is is always amazing that talented people such as Jessie are able to turn their attention to a different art and to write something as poignant and moving and funny as this. To make this audio version even more special, it is read by Jessie's real life sister Bebe and at the end of this heartfelt story the two sisters chat about the similarities between the characters in this book and their own lives.

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a great story

Captures frantic grief and sister bond so beautifully, it's almost jarring. This book will stay with me I think

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Beautiful

Poignant storey, told by Bebe Cave, wonderful narrator. Particularly enjoyed the last chapter with Jessie and Bebe.

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Even better than an anticipated! And I anticipated A LOT!

This book was fantastic. The story line was heartbreakingly fantastic. Bebe Cave reading her sisters novel, with the perfect tone and insight was fantastic.

I loved Ruth, I thought she was hilarious, even through the worst grief imaginable, some of her thought processes and reactions made me laugh out loud. I loved Hannah too, the caring older sister, completely full of love, who could use her sharp tongue only around her sister - I also found her hilarious!
Something I loved about this story was how real the characters felt. The sister dynamics were real sister dynamics with the added quirks of sibling silliness that you can only share with someone you’ve shared your whole life with.
And although the book is undeniably heart wrenching, really really heart wrenching, it is also, real sibling magic and for that reason, funny and different and refreshing.
Despite listening to the audio book, I’m going straight out to buy the physical book as well. Although I’m fairly sure I’ll only be able to read it in Bebe Cave’s voice. Which is of course, the only way it should be read.

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Beautifully written, raw and open

A glimpse into grief and sisterhood, finished it in little over a day, very emotional but beautiful all the same.

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The best book I’ve listened too!!

I loved this book. I saw it reviewed on sara cox’ between the covers programme and downloaded it immediately.
Jessie’s description of grief is so real, her experience and sister relationship come across so beautifully.
I am in the realms of deep grief from the loss of my sister and Jessie’s book hit the nail on the head in every way.
I enjoyed her style of writing and loved that her sister read it.
I have recommended this book to many people. Gutted when it finished and was tempted to start it again straight away….I guess it bought me comfort in a some way.

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Loved this book - highly recommend

Perfect narrator and such a strong book.
Sad and funny but written so cleverly that I neither laughed or cried but felt every emotion on a deeper level.

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Excellent Moving Story

Brilliantly narrated told a very poignant story of love . Really enjoyed the way it was told 🙂

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Absolutely gorgeous book.

Beautifully written and narrated book, about the sibling bond, that manages to be a very real combination of funny, jarring and incredibly raw throughout. I know I’ll come back to this book over and over. Thank you.