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Summary

A dying wish. A devastating secret. Should the truth really stay buried?

The four Bliss siblings have a loving but complicated bond, but when their mother, Dorothy, dies seemingly without a will, this relationship is put to the test. As the mourning siblings try to make sense of the situation, one of them is caught with a secret: before she died, Dorothy entrusted her favourite daughter with her will and a letter - and told her to destroy them both.

Of course it was Anna their mother turned to for this mission. Miriam, the eldest, is far too sensible; Sebastian, the baby, too sensitive; and Clare, the middle child, has always been too rebellious to rely on, and long ago cut herself out of her siblings’ lives.

But what Anna finds in the documents could change everything. Do the other siblings not deserve to know what it is about them that their mother was so desperate to hide? And if it is revealed, will the Bliss family ever be the same again?

©2018 Imogen Clark. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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An engaging and well crafted story of family life

I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. The story is centred around the Bliss family and the four siblings each of whom have their own demons and issues and how family dynamics affect their lives. Nature versus nurture, perceived parental favourites, the strength of the family bond and split loyalties are all explored around the central plot point of a secret that could potentially blow the family apart. It was really nicely dealt with and wrapped up in satisfying ending. I really enjoyed the first book, Postcards From a Stranger, by this author as well and look forward to the next one. The narration was spot on and captured the different character voices really well.

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Another gem from lmogen

An absorbing tale of family relationships that keeps you hooked until the very last page. Narrated well which helps the story flow.

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A little slow

The narrator was good but I found the story lacking. The characters were one dimensional and bar Clare they remained so throughout the book.
Shame as it had the promise of an intriguing story.

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missed out lots of chapters

couldnt get into this book read the first 15 chapters and nothing much happened skipped a few chapters and still not much i the way of a storyline shame as i loved the previous book i had read by Imogen clark

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  • 07-01-19

Lacking something

I hate to be negative about this book because it is not bad. It just didn't have anything original to say and the themes of family dynamics, identity, belonging, loneliness etc weren't observed or explored in much depth at all. The characters were ok, but again, underdeveloped and I found myself not really invested in any of them. I did finish this book and it was not awful and did engage me a little. I just didn't get much from it and will forget it very quickly. I think the sign of a good book is the desire to share it, recommend it, talk about it with someone else. I have no such desire in the case of this book unfortunately.

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  • Debra Fein
  • 09-01-19

Family Ties

Four sibs growing up in England. When mother dies there's a big secret revealed. The book reveals how finding out of the secret shakes things up. It's a good read, though I enjoyed 's Clark's other novel, Postcards from a Stranger more.

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  • Kimberly R. Erdman
  • 21-04-21

Not as enjoyable

I wasn’t fond of the storyline in this book and I had a lot of trouble with the bad language. I realize that it was basically the one character but goodness, I don’t think she knew any other kind of language and it detracted from the story for me. I’m hesitant to read anymore from this author.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-09-20

made it halfway through

This book was just too depressing I had to give it up, chap.25. terribly disappointed

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  • 16-12-19

The Thing About Clare

The audio was very well done on this year of an English family through the lives of their four children. It was well.written and the characters were very believable. I will read this author again.

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  • Diane M. Santiago
  • 17-06-22

Listen to it and I almost didn’t finish don’t read

It was just ok! Family troubles, family hierarchy, blah blah blah. No real substance as far as I was concerned. If it takes anyone 50 years to figure out they screwed up - that is waaaay too long

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  • Jamie Lynn
  • 22-04-22

Insert meh face

Talk about family drama. That’s all this book as about. There were no redeeming qualities for any of the characters. Everyone was unhappy and complained non stop. “Woe is me” is not my favorite genre. I didn’t hate it but it’s not something I’d recommend to my friends or book clubs. I like IC as an author, but this wasn’t my cup of tea.

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  • JessB
  • 21-07-21

Give it a chance!

Getting the characters straight was a little hard in the beginning, as there are so many, but once you have that down, the story is a breeze! It's basically the unfolding of the life of an entire family, and what happens when their mother dies supposedly without having left a will, BUT to one trusted child the knowledge was imparted the location of the will and it was asked she get rid of it. Each character had a distinctly different and well-defined personality, and their reactions to certain situations seemed authentic for them. I found it very involving, and liked the ending very much (no spoilers!) It seemed like a realistic way to tie things up.

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  • Stinky44
  • 05-07-21

The Thing About Clare

Turns out that I did not care about Clare. Book was a HUGE letdown. Sorry I wasted my time listening to it. I do not recommend it. If it had been a physical book, I would have thrown it across the room.

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  • Debbie S.
  • 01-06-21

A good story

I found the story to be engaging and intriguing. I became absorbed with the characters, thanks to both the descriptive writing and the excellent narration. I was satisfied with the conclusion , but sad to end my time with this family.

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  • DeRoseBreathe
  • 19-07-20

I really like this author!

What a great story of siblings and a wonderful mother and not too bad father and the poor 2nd daughter, it’s always the 2nd child. The forgotten one. It’s sad.
Great ending for her.