This book surprised me more than any other as secrets were revealed. I thought I had it all figured out, but was totally caught off guard. As with Kate Morton's other books (The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hour), the story jumps back and forth between generations as the main character unravels families stories/mysteries. I enjoyed the characters and setting. Didn't care for one character (Jimmy) who used a lot of profanity.
Caroline Lee's narration compelled me from the beginning, then the story intrigued me. I tried to guess what was going to happen next, or how things would unfold, but rarely was able to see around the corners... Well paced, lovely tone to the story as well as Caroline's voice and accent.
I don't know that I had a favorite, although maybe Jimmy would rate first if I had to have one. Dolly, Vivien, Jimmy and Laurel kind of traded places depending on where in the story I was. Jimmy, though, would have to take the vote. I am not going to say why, because I don't want to give anything away.
Ah, her voice, her accent, her measured delivery, her empathy with all the characters. The lilt in her voice was just the right touch.
Well, I may have wanted to, but it would have been a bit long for one sitting. If I had been reading it myself, I would definitely have done it all at once, it possible. Having a work schedule kind of interferes with that one, though.
This would probably not have been a book I would have picked up in a bookstore; I am not even sure what section I would have seen it in, but I gravitate towards other genres, generally. So this was a delightful find, which I only got because of the Audible synopsis. I really like this book, am impressed by the research Kate Morton obviously conducted, and the depth of feeling and character development. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends!
I rarely write reviews, and all through this wonderful book I knew I'd write something positive. I couldn't wait to get back in my car several times during this listen. I found myself sitting in the car in parking lots so I wouldn't have to put it down.
Her Best Yet !
The mother/daughter relationship is highlighted in this book and the main character is a bit fiesty, which is always fun. Ms. Morton threw some false trails out and had a nice twist at the end! I really have enjoyed all her books but this is now my favorite of hers with The Forgotten Garden now in 2nd place. I highly recommend this "read"
The narration is also superb, which only makes this audiobook that much more enjoyable.
And have I read them all? This is what I was thinking after serching for over an hour and finally choosing this book. There may be nothing new under the sun, but this book caught my attention and kept me engaged begining to end. This book kept me guessing. This story reminded me the dangers of making assumptions and generalizing. You dont really know anyone till you have walked a mile in their shoes and still you should be careful about judging anyone. I enjoyed this listen.
I wouldn't listen again, because that's not something I do.
I think Caroline Lee's narration was excellent.
At nearly 20 hours long - it's not possible to listen in one sitting. It is about 10 hours too long. It really didn't need to be this long and drawn out. I would have given it 5 stars, but it was just toooooo long!
Like I said above, I liked the story and the ending very much. However, getting to the end was very long and drawn out.
Gripping story, beautifully read, amazing experience. One of the best in the many many I have listened to over the years. Best by Kate Morton yet and I enjoy her books very much! It isn't a book for falling asleep, rather you need to engage your brain to keep focussed on the characters and plot. But that focus leads you on a delightful story line!
I love the story and the narrator.
Fried Green Tomatoes
I love Caroline Lee's voice and her British accent. She reads very clearly. I almost feel like I am watching a play.
It kept me alert and wanting to listen to every word. The characters come to life in my mind and it felt like I knew them.
Say something about yourself!
Although I hate to criticize authors, I noticed that I kept wondering if the author would please come to the point... many times! I appreciate all of the research done for this book, and it was an interesting story, but
W A Y T O O L O N G.
When I figured out the secret.
I love this narrator! I usually find that female narrators are overly dramatic, Caroline Lee has delivered a stunning performance each time I have listened to her. Great news as Kate Morton is my new favorite author!