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Summary

A sudden departure. A story decades in the making.

The chaotic but happy equilibrium of the Nightingale family is thrown into disarray when Cecily - whose children can't remember her ever being remotely spontaneous - disappears to a Greek island with no warning or explanation.

Her reasons for doing something so out of character are a total mystery to her three daughters, high-powered executive Felicity, unfulfilled GP Julia and organised mother-of-five Lily. What connection could she possibly have with Kefalonia?

But Cecily has gone to continue a story she thought ended decades ago - one that could have a huge impact on her family. And when she returns, she'll have to tell them the truth.

Will Cecily be able to hold her family together once she reveals her big secret? And might she discover that she's not the only one with a story to tell?

©2020 Blue Lizard Books Ltd. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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A very "nice" story

In the recent time of darkness, I really felt like I needed to hear something nice and safe. I didn't get entirely what I expected in that sense but I enjoyed the relationships between the characters.
I particularly liked the section recalling Cecily's childhood. I thought it was beautiful and sensitively handled.
The main "mystery" for Cecily's visit to Kefalonia is the most obvious reason that occurs to you but the story is more about the resolution of unfinished ties.
I've read another review saying that the narrator sounds like she is reading to children. I know what they mean BUT I found her voice charming, reassuring and I loved listening to the narration.
This book will especially appeal to people who like stories that feel more real and grounded in events that are likely to happen.
(This won't appeal to people who are after action, darkness and sinister twists.)
It verged on a bit too "nicey-nicey" for me but as I was looking for a more mellow read than usual, I was able to appreciate the characters and subtle plots.

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For adults or children?

Audio version - Why is the narrator talking as if she's reading a children's book? It's very irritating.

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Bittersweet

A bittersweet tale about a young girl falling pregnant a mere child herself and she had to give the child away for adoption.

Fifty years later the child she gave up now a woman decides to get in touch. We then see what happens when the mother Cecily is reunited with her daughter. Cecily’s own children are none the wiser so there is a lot to explain and will it be happy ever after.....

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  • 14-06-21

Pleasant enough

A very easy listen but the characters were never really developed and the narration was very irritating.

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The tapestry of imperfect lives

I enjoyed this audio book and the subject matter. Perhaps there is not sufficient material written about how adoption affects both the child and the mother, which is of course different in every case according to the new family the child finds themselves adopted into and the life that the birth parent goes on to live.
Marnie and Cecillys story was unusual in the way the first meeting was arranged in a neutral spot in another country by Marnie. It was interesting and a bit of a mystery for the reader too because it was not disclosed until later, why Cecilly was going abroad.
Marnie, it slowly became clear, had not had an easy upbringing and hence had some sharp edges. She was very different from the other 3 daughters Cecilly had brought into the world. They were a close family but as all families, there were unspoken resentments, issues, even lack of trust which were not aired.
Marnies entry into their lives ignited and brought to light some of those issues and appeared to rock their cosy world somewhat.

My heart went out to Cecilly in her attempts to create a perfect fit of these new circumstances which was naive but understandable and I think the ending was so apt on this occasion. Just one of many possible outcomes for similar circumstances.

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An ordinary family with lovely, real characters. A great story with a bitter sweet ending. I loved it

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Disappointed

Shame to say I would have loved the story but the Narrator seemed to speak very quickly and with no feelings to the story..
I like a audible to relax me and put me in the moment . Sad to say it’s not worth the audible version..

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  • 15-01-21

good story

good story, performance was ok. I did enjoy the book. owner all good book perfok

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  • kellym
  • 21-08-20

Great story and narrator

You won’t be disappointed if you’ve read other books by this author. It’s a wonderful and very relatable story. The characters are so real and genuine. I LOVE this narrator too!

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  • Parents of three
  • 18-06-21

Not a fairy tale ending, but satisfying

Nothing in life is perfect. For a woman adopted at birth, and her birth mother who has thought about her every day since her birth, this truth turns out to be bearable. Life may not be perfect, but you can still be happy in it.

Unexpected ending, yet very satisfying.

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  • K. Jensen
  • 19-02-21

Started out a little slow but....

....I’m so glad I finished it. It was a heart wrenching, delightful story of acceptance and love in a modern English family.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-01-21

Too much worry and speculation

Such an unsatisfactory ending. Though more likely the reality of these kind of cases than not. We never hear about the sad stories. Only the excited reunions of birth mothers and adoptees. Plus there are so many unanswered question of the other siblings lives. Cecily comes off as a over worried flibbertygibbit. Norman is too good to be real. I won’t read anymore from this writer.

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  • CA consumer
  • 06-12-20

Enjoyable read

Spoiler alert: Do not read below if you want to be surprised by the story. Excellent narration and character development. I enjoyed the listen very much. I was attracted to the book by the mention of Kefalonia, one of Greece's most idyllic islands!

Now the Spoiler: Our family has adoption on many fronts, just as in this novel. I felt that part of the novel was honest and authentic in the way it portrays adoption. Every family has its own journey so this is just one story. But from the facets I know personally I enjoyed this aspect of the book. It did make me pause and think as it moved along.

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  • Pamela Jean
  • 29-11-20

Good listen

I enjoyed listening to this book very much. Wasn’t sure how it would end but liked the way it flowed together.

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  • KristyK
  • 29-11-20

good listen

very good book. not as intense or suspenseful as some of her others, but good just the same. will recommend.

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  • Brandy
  • 15-11-20

An excellent story

I was entirely delighted as I listened to the charming narration of this story of an imperfect family that was so real. The characters were alive and knowable, and their story fresh and unexpected. I enjoyed it completely and highly recommend it.