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Summary

The brand-new compelling novel from Sunday Times best seller Dilly Court.

Lottie Lane is all alone in the world. As a chambermaid at one of London's busiest inns, condemned to a life of drudgery and at the mercy of a vicious landlady, Lottie is too worn out to even dream of a better life.

Until one night an injured soldier is brought to The Swan. Lottie nurses him back from the dead, and suddenly everything changes. She finds herself following the drum of the soldiers all the way from the docks of Chatham to the darkness and despair of a far-flung battlefield.

When tragedy strikes, Lottie is alone once more and thrown back into the jaws of London's streets. With the threat of destitution nipping at her heels, Lottie is in dire need of a miracle....

©2016 Dilly Court (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"An excellent, well-researched read." ( People's Friend)
"Perfect for Downton Abbey fans...heart-tugging." ( Peterborough Telegraph)

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Superb.My best purchase ever

love it. I am totally in awe of Dilly Court as an author, this is my third book of hers and I am already looking for he next. Annie Aldington is the best narrator I have listened to. she is very talented and complements the story and truly brings the characters to life.

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brilliant

Keeps you intrigued as what will happen loved it
Loved the narrator

Good story lovely

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Non Predictable

If you could sum up The Swan Maid in three words, what would they be?

There really are some people whom don't like children

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lottie Lane because whatever happened and also whatever was thrown at her she just picked up her skirts and got on with it

What about Annie Aldington’s performance did you like?

I liked Annie's performance as she managed to do lots of different voices so we knew who was speaking and also we were able to keep up with the story.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I DON'T KNOW IT'S JUST TOO GOOD

Any additional comments?

great story you didn't know what was going to happen next

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The swan maid

Love this book one of the best hope there is a carry on from this one

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Enjoyable and relaxing listening

loved the characters, the story had many twists and turns, comfortable listening to the end

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Thank goodness for a good returns policy

I don’t know if it was just a result of the writing or if it was made worse by the way it was narrated, but I felt very disconnected from the characters and the story. To be honest, the writing felt rather amateur- like the author was cutting together various scenes without much character development or continuity. I think Lottie, the main character, was meant to come off as kind and capable, but to me she read as ignorant and unrealistic. I hoped it would get better and I would become invested in the story, but after 15 chapters I gave it up as a bad job.

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good read

Would you listen to The Swan Maid again? Why?

yes lots of twists & turns

What did you like best about this story?

the woman is a good strong character

Have you listened to any of Annie Aldington’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no it was my first one

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

when she took on the baby.

Any additional comments?

A good long read.

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The Swan Maid

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes definitely! DIlly Court always writes such interesting books .

What did you like best about this story?

The story made me realise just how different people lived during those times and I found the hardship people endured was so sad but the ending was at last happy.

What does Annie Aldington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Well that is easy - Annie Aldington is such a wonderful narrator - all those different voices - well done - I didn't want the book to end!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The loss of people during the war and the way young children had to work was very sad.

Any additional comments?

I hope that DIlly Court will write a sequel to this book - it would be lovely to know how things worked out with the new owners of the Swan Hotel!

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a good love story got you to think how bad things were in London all them years ago.

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The Swan maid

Throughly enjoyed this book. I found it very difficult to stop listening to it ☺