I loved this book. A delightful tale of a grand daughter who goes in search of her late grandmother's steps to find out the truth about her grand mother's origins. The story bounces back and forth between the present and the past changing characters and captivating you in more and more with each minute.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
I did enjoy this book, but I???d say the best part was the last half. The beginning was good and plenty readable (or listenable), but as the plot went further back in time and uncovered more about the basis for the story and the mystery, it got a lot more suspenseful. By the end I really couldn???t stop listening, and I love it when that happens. I think the older part of the story, chronologically, was better plot-wise than the modern part of the plot. It had more depth and complexity to it than the modern story, and the characters seemed more interesting and almost magical or at least less mundane.
The author???s technique was to weave strands of the modern and the old story together and back and forth to keep the reader in suspense as the modern character, Cassandra, unravels the true story of her past. That technique worked well, but at some points it seemed a little overdone??? like there were just too many strands. The back and forth gave me a bit of reader???s whiplash. However, as I said, by the end I was just anxious to find everything out, so I didn???t care, and it wasn???t really very hard to follow. Along the way the author threw in various clues and quite a bit of foreshadowing. I could tell in advance who Nell???s mom was. There was a mysterious episode that foreshadowed this, AND it would NOT make for a very good ending to such a heroic search for her past to have the long-lost ancestor be the decoy person that the author threw in to try and throw the reader off.
The only character that I thought was not very well thought out was Cassandra???s mother, Leslie. I felt she was an extraneous plot device thrown in to take up historical time so that the plot could advance forward by one generation.
I liked the way the book made me think how little we may know about a person from the distant past when all we see are a few facts on a paper or a few of their possessions. It was really fun to see Cassandra???s ancestors come to life as the story wore on and more knowledge was gained about her past.
enjoyed the narrator and this fun plot that traveled back and forth in time to solve a mystery.
loved her various accents and voices.
no-one that I know of, sorry
It wasn't that the story was bad but it was too much back and forth with so many characters and also with the different ages of these that it made it too hard to understand. It was just too jumbled up.
The story seemed like a good one but again, it was too jumbled up to understand it and enjoy it.
I do not hand out 5 stars lightly nor often. This book really stole my heart and mind. Great story, difficult time shifts handled masterfully, plenty of intrigue, and unforgettable characters. The performance is excellent.
Wonderfully read by Caroline Lee, this fairy tale come true encompasses three generations of women across three continents; hence broken down into three sections to make the download easier. Telling the story (and read in multiple dialects) of British aristrocracy and their descandents in Australia. The story jumps back and forth in time plus across continents. You will find the shortish chapter easy to listen to. Weaving in wonderful fairy tales that mirror the charater's ups and downs. Bad things happen to bad people and good things happen to those who wait...it is rather long after all.
Don't really like the ranking thing. Can only really comment on this book. Does it remind me of other books? Yes. In similar style of cleverly woven stories which travel across time, secrets and cross generation mysteries.
The Garden lives in the narrator's voice, the descriptions, the colour, the textures brought alive with the author's words.
Not so much a scene, but the stories within stories....Eliza Makepeace's fairytales are stand alone fairy tales but the skill with which Kate Morgan has woven them into the present and past is commendable. I loved the fairy tales which show a depth of insight into the spiritual and the exploration of human frailties.
Why rename it?
I recommend this book, each hour a joy to listen to. I did the dishes, polished furniture, had afternoon naps, painted my hall and Caroline Lee read me to sleep at night. Perhaps more of a woman's listen but hey.....some men would love this book too. Its gentle, yet raw in parts. The characters are well developed, perhaps some sections are not as tightly written as could be. But........worth a credit.