I loved the way it told the story in flashbacks, and kept you wondering about the secrets to be discovered.
I don't normally like narrators with British accents, but this was an exception. She did an excellent job. I wasn't overly impressed with her depiction of a few characters, especially the pompous ones. I particularly loved the voice of Dolly. Ms. Lee did a good job of conveying the characters' personalities by her rendition of their voices.
The elderly mother, in hopes she would share some of her wisdom....and secrets.
Professor at Federal University of Uberlândia (Brazil). I love romances and thrillers. Feel free to send me e-books suggestions!
Very intelligent plot, excellent narrator! I have been listening to a lot of books and there was a long time that I didn’t find a good one. It was my first Kate Morton book, I loved! I was really hooked in the plot, I suffered with some characters. The narrator in this book is wonderful and in my opinion made the book even better. Love, Love, Loooooved it! I haven’t finished this one and I have already bought all books available on audible.com, I hope the next ones will be very good also. I would be extremely happy if I receive suggestions of books like Kate Morton’s style.
Yes! The story carefully unfolds, pulling the listener in. The historic backdrop of WWII London adds drama to the mystery.
Dolly. She wanted terribly to be admired and to join a higher class. A dreamer who created her own reality, she wasn't malicious however her self absorption changed the lives of those around her.
It was believable. I've listed to books where the narrator seems to be trying too hard to create distinctive voices for characters. Listening to Caroline Lee I believed I was hearing the character not the narrator. I was lost in the story.
The Second Chance
Story about how war, life, love all mix to make a mystery that becomes life circumstances. Enjoyed listening to this book. Did not figure out the mystery until the last few chapters.
It seems to drag, but keeps you hooked hoping for a crescendo..... which doesn't happen.
Crappy, poorly imitated
Left me wondering at the end if this was a series, that they weren't telling you about until the very end.
Could have een a great book, but too many strings were left dangling. I would e glad to get more of her books, if I would be sure it had an authentic ending, where you aren't wondering what happened in the book that I might have missed. Will do another soon listen, just to figure it out.
The way the author weaved the story through time, and revealed a little bit of the mystery in those times made the book exciting once I started to put the pieces together. It kept me engaged throughout!
The lessons it offered about family, second chances, and loss. The ending was unexpected and made the story very special.
When the main character makes the decision to save herself and start a new life.
The most of everything
A very happy ending
Avid reader. Constant Audible listener. Currently deep into foreign crime detective novels. Especially a fan of noire and police procedural.
This story never lagged, holding my interest through the unfolding saga of star-crossed lovers, mysteries, secrets and misunderstandings. Told with the backdrop of WWII London, during the early years of regular bombings in 1941 and later, the story is interspersed with parallel stories of subsequent generations, as they seek to piece together their history, fighting through a legacy of deception, lost records, miscommunication and historical writings of the time -- to finally arrive at truths that reveal all that is good and bad in love, life and family. This books makes me cherish our fallibility, our cruelty and selfishness, as well as our capacity to care deeply. This book awakens my sense of honor for our wonderful humanity.
I highly recommend this book. The narration was supreme. Hats off to Ms. Morton and Ms. Lee.
Beautifully written and read, a wholly character-driven mystery and love story that was full of surprises, little jewels that I never saw coming. This one will stay with me. Well worth the credit - you won't be sorry.
Now I have completed all four of Morton’s books. She is an amazing story teller and there is no doubt she will generate more fascinating stories that I will devour. She has a tendency to simply awe me and I am captivated by her mysteries.
In this book, as in ‘The Distant Hours’, the same period in time, the 1940s, is revisited. And as in all her books, the protagonist is the strong female and the men play only the supporting cast. That is fine by me. The story is strong, nostalgic, tragic, and draped in history. Second chances are possible if not necessarily deserved. Afterall, there was a killing or perhaps even a murder!
For the first time, I felt that this book was not as strong as the others in Morton’s armoury and the chapters somewhat lengthened to fill the word count. Especially, I was somewhat dulled by the chapter dedicated to Dorothy’s beach excursion. Also how is it possible that a very famous actress like Laurel, can just wonder about town without being harassed in every street corner?
Still, it is a wonderful book and I will recommend it to the diehard Morton fans like myself.