Yes....it is a wonderful story.
Vivian, she was very kind and generous.
Vivian; read the above as to why
Such an enchanting book. Truly makes me want to visit London one day!
It took me a while to get really interested in this story but what the heck, give it a chance. I'm glad I did because the story began to twist and turn so I had to constantly revise my ideas about what was going on. The last part was quite a shock but I should have seen it coming. I realize now there were clues that I wondered about but didn't connect. This is a very interesting story. I also like the structure, the cutting back and forth between the mother's story in 1941 and the daughter's search for that story in 2011. I'm glad I kept listening to this book and I know I'm going to think about it for a long while.
Definitely, Caroline Lee is one of my favorite narrators. It's amazing how she can change her voice to fit each one of the characters without sounding phony or affected and giving them just the right amount of emotion.
How well the author intertwines the lives of the characters in a way that keeps surprising you in each chapter.
I have liked her in every one of her performances.
European history professor specializing in English history 1870-1939.
The narrator was very good and could change accents seamlessly.
It would have made an excellent short story.
Kate Morton can take the seed of a good story and flog it into a shapeless mess.
I am in my late twenties, a commuter, a romantic, & am loving life.
This was my second Kate Morton book. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as The Forgotten Garden, but it was still an excellent story. Set in WW2 London - this book had just enough history in it to make you feel like this REALLY HAPPENED - as if the characters were all real people with real problems. The main characters, Dolly and Vivian, were not your typical 'leading ladies'. Both suffered from mental issues... and that's probably the thing that made this book different from anything else I've ever read. You knew you couldn't necessarily trust the narrator. I loved it.
Caroline Lee did a fantastic job. She has such a lovely voice.
This won't be my last Kate Morton novel.
I normally don't like abridged audio books because I don't want to miss anything, but this one could stand to be abridged. I actually started listening to it when it first came out and I happily snapped it up. What a disappointment. I was a good half way into the story, but so bored that I finally gave up and started something else. I finally went back to it several months (and books) later simply because I wanted my money's worth. It never really picked up until the end. The ending was fantastic and I want to say worth the wait, but having to muddle through all sorts of pointless details and peripheral stories, which could have easily been left out and not effected the main story, really made it hard to get to the end. The ending was the only redeeming quality, although I appreciate that Ms. Morton can write a book and tell a story without detailed sex scenes and offensive curse words.
I downloaded this book while on vacation and enjoyed it so much, I was disappointed every time I had to stop listening.
This book was a little hard to get into. But once I understood the format it was interesting. It kept jumping back and forth to different timelines, but it turned out to be an interesting read.
I am a fan of Kate Morton. This book is a story of a mother, with a secret to hold, that impacts generations of her family. I would like to reveal the secret, but that wouldn't be fair, and would ruin a major twist in the plot. However, I will say there is a murder, WWII bombing, class-warfare, childhood beliefs about causing deaths, and those things that we would just as soon not know but discover inadvertently. It is also a story of letting go of a parent -- first through the loss of intellectual faculties and then through actual death.
As expected from Morton, the descriptions of characters, places, and experiences is wonderful.