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The Secrets of Primrose Square

Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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Summary

There are so many stories hidden behind closed doors....

It's late at night, and the rain is pouring down on the Dublin city streets. A mother is grieving for her dead child. She stands silently outside the home of the teenage boy she believes responsible. She watches....

In a kitchen on the same square, a girl waits anxiously for her mum to come home. She knows exactly where she is, but she knows she cannot reach her.

A few doors down, and a widow sits alone in her room. She has just delivered a bombshell to her family during dinner, and her life is about to change forever.

And an aspiring theatre director has just moved in to a flat across the street. Her landlord is absent, but there are already things about him that don't quite add up....

Welcome to Primrose Square. 

©2018 Claudia Carroll (P)2018 Bonnier Publishing

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Not for me!

I purchased this because Aoife McMahon is one of my favourite narrators, and also because many negative reviews highlight that the story focuses on relationships and dialogue within them without an exciting direction. I enjoy many books like that. However, it turns out this one is not for me. It’s really chic lit that tries to be more (but fails) with one (out of three) family’s story. Also, Aoife who usually does a splendid job, really fell down on the Florida accent. I kept going for about 2/3 but I’m bored and don’t really care what happens so I am returned it.

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Nice, easy listening/reading but lacks ending IMO

I really enjoyed this book: I listened to it with gusto and really enjoyed the story. I found the ending somewhat underwhelming but it didn’t take away from the pleasure of getting to know the characters and their stories.

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just brilliant

could not stop listening. going straight for any book by this lady. thank you. ger

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Time well spent in Primrose Square

I enjoyed my visit to Primrose Square, all characters really came alive and with them a wide range of emotions. It's definitely a book to curl up with, once you start.... its addictive!

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Feelingly?

The story of the characters flows quite well and I was able to feel a slight part of their journey and how much the sense of community helped them in different ways.
The book though is written almost like a TV show on commercial channels, where they remind you what's happened previously after each advert break. I don't need or appreciate it in either the TV or the book setting, as it detracts from the feeling of being 'in the story'.
The language used also disengaged me at times, with use of words and phrases such as 'measured response' and feelingly.

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lovely lighthearted tale

This was a really lovely lighthearted tale with enough oomph to keep you interested.

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lovely story perfectly told

loved the story and the narration. Such a nice change to have strong female characters.

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Great book, made even better by the great narrator

I just loved every minute of this book. Three different stories all intermingled into one and each one was interesting.
I particularly love this narrator as she really gets into character and not only has a different voice for each person, but has clearly put a lot of thought into how the person should sound according to their personality - very clever.
I have also read the book "The Women of Primrose Square" by the same author and based around the same square, which was just as good. I should really have read this one first (chronologically) as some of the characters in this book, were later featured in this book. It did not detract from the book at all though.
I hope the author does another book about the people of Primrose Square
A nice easy read which contains some hilarious, typically Irish expressions
RECOMMENDED!!!!!

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Woman’s own story

Easy listening stir, thought at one point it had just got good,sadly not. Glad when it was finished. Could have been good though if everyone wasn’t ‘lovely’ and all lived happily ever after.