I thought this was going to be a sweet story about someone finding out who she was and understanding herself better. I enjoyed most of the story until a character makes a request of her cousin that goes beyond loyalty and friendship. I felt like I was listening to a soap opera- which is not in my taste. If I would have known this, I would not have bought or listened to the book. However, I did enjoy the reader. She made me forget I was listening to a story. It seemed real.
I enjoyed this one. I liked the span across generations, and the story unraveled in a way that kept it interesting.
The author creates a story unfolding layer by layer making it a page turner. I found myself delighted at every turn. Some I saw coming and some I didn't. No profound themes here (except perhaps our connectedness with the past) but a solidly entertaining story.
Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.
I am not a fan of stories that jump back and forth between time frames, but I can handle 2, as in "before and after". This story has at least 6 time frames, and even with the date declared at the beginning of each section, I got very lost a few times. I just wanted the story to finish so I could move on to something else. The writing was excellent, and the narrator is very good, but the writing style just pulled it down.
This is a sensuous, tender, beautifully controlled, large-canvas watercolour of a novel.
Three periods of history intertwine, moving between Brisbane Australia, and Cornwall, England. A woman, once an apparently abandoned girl, and later her grandaughter, search for her history and identity.
The narrator's gentle voice accentuates the softness and ease of this story, although I take issue with some of her Australian accents, particularly the male voices. Oh well....
This earnest human quest occasionally demands suspension of belief reminiscent of Victorian romantic novels. Nevertheless one is left with long remembered characters and their stories.
Audio Books make people better drivers! I’m never in a hurry to get where I need to go because I would rather be in Tudor England, listening to a good historical fictional novel. Or I could be somewhere far away with dragons and magic, listening to fantasy. When that is too much drama, I love keeping up with fashion and girl talk with one of my favorite “chick lit” novels.
I enjoyed the book of Fairy Tales, and how each of the tales revealed more about the mystery. I thought the setting was a wonderful aspect of the story. The old castle and mysterious cottage took the audience away on the journey.This is my second book by Kate Morton, and it is clear she does intensive research. Her attention to detail makes her stories believable. After I read this book, I wanted to hunt down this factious book of Fairy Tales.Its a easy listen, and very enjoyable.
The story was captivating, made even better by superb narration. Following the search for family beginnings, it held me spellbound to the very end.
I didn't want it to end. What a beautiful story. Actually 3 stories. Wonderfully woven. It is magical!
I love both Kate Morton and Caroline Lee, but this book has a lot of holes.
Caroline Lee is amazing!
The Epilogue is ridiculous. It looks as if the book was edited in the wrong places. These elements of the story were not satisfactorily resolved: the brooch, the maze, the brother's obsession and "the bad man." If I was the editor, all of these would have to be changed or eliminated.