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Consequences: A Novel | [Penelope Lively]

Consequences: A Novel

Consequences is a love-story-times-three that opens on the eve of the Second World War, with a chance meeting in St. James' Park, London. Wholly in love, Lorna and Matt leave the city for a cottage in a rural Somerset village. Their intimate life together is shattered when the war begins and by Matt's tragic death in action.
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Publisher's Summary

Consequences is a love-story-times-three that opens on the eve of the Second World War with a chance meeting in St. James' Park, London. Wholly in love, Lorna and Matt leave the city for a cottage in a rural Somerset village. Their intimate life together is shattered when the war begins and by Matt's tragic death in action.

Twenty years later, their daughter, Molly, happens upon a forgotten newspaper - a seemingly small moment that leads to her first job and, eventually, a pregnancy by a wealthy man who wants to marry her but whom she does not love. But it is her own daughter, Ruth, who begins the journey that will take her back to 1941 and a redefinition of herself and of love.

Told in Lively's incomparable prose, Consequences is a powerful story of growth, death, and rebirth and a study of the previous century: its major and minor events, its shaping of public consciousness, and its changing of lives.

©2007 Penelope Lively; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Intricate, heartbreaking, and redemptive." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Lively's] greatest gift...is her ability to...grasp the unchanging essences of life....A writer like Ms. Lively [is] worth treasuring." (The Wall Street Journal)
"[Lively's] characters are beguiling, and her blend of romance and stinging social commentary is tonic." (Booklist)

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    S. White Missouri 12-01-13
    S. White Missouri 12-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome storytelling at its best!"
    Where does Consequences rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Consequences ranks among the highest of all my 'listen' books. Author, narrator and story!!!This was a dark horse for me and I have been pleasantly surprised


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is an easy flow from one generation to the other with each making the reader seem so much a part of the lives of the characters. The author's historical content was outstanding and woven in with the fictional portion one would think these were actual characters being written about. Its difficult to put time into a character in order to convey the atmosphere of that era, but this has been done very will with the utilizing of one family and the extended characters, Kudos too, go to the narrator. Her flow from character to character was smooth and easily done and no question whose role was being taken. Outstanding all the way around. Best about the story-the whole thing!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were too many excellent scenes to choose one. This was such a well written and narrated book


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed, I cried, I celebrated and thoroughly enjoyed!! The author has a way of making the reader feel so much a part of the story as did the narrator!


    Any additional comments?

    To anyone who is interested in pre-WWII England to the present, I highly recommend this book! I hope they enjoy it as much as I.

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    Mle Woodland Hills, CA, United States 03-13-12
    Mle Woodland Hills, CA, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Great love story"
    Would you listen to Consequences again? Why?

    Probably not because I don't listen to many books a second time.


    What other book might you compare Consequences to and why?

    It is much like other books by that author.


    What does Josephine Bailey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She had a gorgeous brit accent ( I love that)!


    Who was the most memorable character of Consequences and why?

    I loved the original love story between Lorna and Matt.


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