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Summary

The Cotswolds: the perfect retreat for a stressed-out teacher. And Lucy has found just the right cottage for a bargain rent. All she has to do is keep an eye on Bunty, her extremely feisty 90-something neighbour....

With her West Highland terrier Hamish at her side, Lucy plans to relax and read up on the women of nearby Bletchley Park. But the villagers of Little Maudley have other ideas and she finds herself caught up in the campaign to turn a dilapidated telephone box into a volunteer-run library.

Along the way, she makes friends with treehouse designer Sam and finds herself falling for the charms of village life. And it seems Bunty has a special connection to Bletchley and the telephone box, one that she's kept secret for decades....

The Telephone Box Library is an uplifting story about fresh starts and new beginnings, set in a picturesque Cotswold village, by best-selling author Rachael Lucas.

©2020 Rachael Lucas (P)2020 W. F. Howes

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Feel good

A lovely feelgood book with some interesting history included in it too. Well worth a listen

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Mixed feelings

This story, despite having a several subplot, is really just about an old lady who lived through the war. it is clearly the subplot the author is most interested in writing and it takes up a lot of the space. The library phone box thing is a tiny blip, the love story is so unsatisfying, it would have been better not to include it at all. The two characters take such a long time to even
notice each other. Aside from a good meet-cute, most of their scene's together are so lackluster with very (very) ordinary conversation that goes nowhere.
When finally things do start to happen in the last quarter of the book, the author can't keep it up and back we go to the old lady and the WI and the bonfire and a million little subplots that never mattered much. My biggest problem was Sam. For a man in love, he is a complete numpty with zero initiative. There are insecure 13 year old boys who are more proactive about telling the girl they like her. The plot never really warms up enough to make you turn the page. I gave up 20 minutes before the end, that's how unexciting it was
Sorry. but I think this will be my first and last book by this author

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Lovely story.......

This story was charming, engaging and very satisfying. The only criticism I have is that, on this occasion, I think I would have preferred to read the book not listen to it. The narrator was not one of the best I have listened to, putting the accent on the wrong word in a sentence or mispronouncing words and just generally very bland. The main female lead, Lucy, was made to sound like she could hardly be bothered to appear in the story!
However, the story itself kept me listening and was full of attractive and well created characters. Good listening for Lockdown.
Had someone like Karen Cass narrated, it would have been 5 stars all round.

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Relaxing and fun

A very well written and narrated story of discovery, based on kind characters, lovely escapism during lockdown.

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lovely light listen

listened to and from work, a great way to wind down. I really enjoyed it.

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lovely story

This is a easy going, cozy village life story.
I enjoyed listening to it.
the narration was very good and made it a pleasure to listen to.

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a light read

when an exhausted teacher is forced to take a break in a country side village, she gets acquainted with her neighbours,
and she starts to fit right in.

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Disappointing

I really wanted to enjoy this but found the story a bit dull. I did not really take to the performance either and found myself speeding it up as it felt too slow.

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Poor narration spoiled the enjoyment of story.

I was looking forward to listening to this story but my enjoyment was spoiled by poor narration. I prefer to hear a book being performed rather than just read out.

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Great bedtime book

A gentle, relaxing read, combines present day life with a touch of history. Much enjoyed.