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Phoebe Parsons is a liar...a shameless harlot with unscrupulous morals....

Phoebe Parsons is destitute, disgraced and alone. After her mistress tragically dies, Phoebe is forced back onto the poverty-ridden streets of Manchester by her unforgiving new master. Desperately searching for work as a domestic maid, Phoebe soon discovers her reputation is in ruins. 

Fearing for her future and haunted by the harshness of her abandonment, Phoebe finds herself living with thieves and drunks in the smog and squalor - until she meets Victor Hayes. An officer removed from his duty and shamed by a cruel lie, Mr Hayes is a kind face among the uncertain threats of living in the alleyways. But Phoebe soon realises the sacrifices she must make to rebuild from the ground up....

As their two worlds collide, can they make a new life from the wreckage? Or will the judgement of their peers make a pauper of Phoebe?

©2021 Emma Hornby (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Enjoyable Book

I enjoyed the story but I can't stand the narrator, all the men voices she does sound like old men of 60 + and most of the women sound like OAP not young girls which is what they are supposed to be, which sort of spoils the story

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brilliant

loved it from the first page . Cannot wait for Emma's next book. Penelope Freeman was excellent.

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Okay but...

This book was well written, but the characters drove me crazy.
They both seemed so daft at times, it ruins the story. There were times I almost gave up on listening to it
Some people may enjoys this book, but it wasn't for me.
The characters seemed to have little common sense.

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Awkward at times

I found the voices didn’t be suiting the characters and Pheobe was quite annoying the way she jumps from one senerrio to another very confusing.

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The Maids Disgrace

Excellent book from start to finish with lots of different twists and turns. Well recommend.

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Shame the way the very good reader decided to portray by her voice that most of the characters were elderly, though clearly they were not, I found it hard to visualise them in any other way.

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Great story couldn't put it down listen to it in 2 days.. Great listen to the narrator, she made the story come alive!

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Talk about naive!

The storyline is good, but the heroine’s naivety at times, makes you want to shake her!