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The Forgotten Village

Narrated by: Beth Eyre
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
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Summary

1943: the world is at war, and the villagers of Tyneham are being asked to make one more sacrifice: to give their homes over to the British army. But on the eve of their departure, a terrible act will cause three of them to disappear forever.

2018: Melissa had hoped a break on the coast of Dorset would rekindle her stagnant relationship, but despite the idyllic scenery, it’s pushing her and Liam to the brink. When Melissa discovers a strange photograph of a woman who had once lived in the forgotten local village of Tyneham, she becomes determined to find out more about her story. But Tyneham hides a terrible secret, and Melissa’s search for the truth will change her life in ways she never imagined possible.

©2019 Lorna Cook (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"A gripping tale of secrets and love...I loved it." (Liz Fenwick, author of The Cornish House

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Wonderfully engaging duel timeline story

With strong characters and duel storylines (that move between present day and the 1940's) this debut novel from Lorna Cook is captivating. Don't let the idea of duel storylines put you off, it's easy to follow. Highly recommended and I will be looking out for future books from this author.

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very engaging

good listen. enjoyed the time jumping and the story line followed well with a good ending .

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This story had me glued to it.

I went to that village last year, it was wondertul to read a story that was weaved around it and in fiction what happened, it make me think was it fiction? Yes the story was that good.

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What a absolutely fantastic story

Thank you very much for this wonderful story and reading. It entertained both my wife and I from Cambridge to Cornwall and back again! Real holiday ‘reading’ for us both to enjoy and talk about rather than burying ourselves in two different books. I really would recommend it to all. When is the film coming out?! Many thanks indeed. We are going to visit Tyneham on our way home....

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The forgotten village

It's one of those books full of intrigue that you can't put down!
A story of two different generations caught up in a mystery of a photo taken in WW11.

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excellent

a real page turner with some lovely twists. Accurate portrayal of the village history too

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Good

This is a good and interesting story however it seams a little long winded. The narrator did a good job but if I had been reading it myself I would have been skimming the pages .

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great

I was unsure at first, but then didn't want it to end. a truly great listen

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An interesting twist on a love story.

I really enjoyed this story. I became part of not just one love story, but two, as the story spanned two time zones, weaving intrigue and fun, excitement and sadness. The book was recommended to me and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who enjoys romantic fiction. Thank you Lorna for sharing this delighted tale made even more enjoyable by Beth's excellent reading of the book.

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Good, if rather predictable, read

I enjoyed this book but guessed the plot very early on. To me it was obvious how the story would end but I did finish the book, and found it quite a good read. Narration was good but the narrator’s failure to pronounce some words correctly did frustrate me e.g. Kedgeree and Formica