At the age of thirty two, Harriet Swift thinks she has the perfect life - a satisfying career, her own flat and a new boyfriend who respects her need for her own space. But when tragedy strikes and her only sister is killed in a car crash, Harriet is forced to give up her well-ordered life and to help her parents look after her orphaned niece and nephew. Moving back to her childhood home and sacrificing so much doesn't come easy and before long Harriet discovers things about her family she never believed possible...
©2004 Erica James (P)2005 W F Howes Ltd
I don't know what those wishy washy reviews are about. This book was totally absorbing. It's rather long so I found myself alternating between being very productive and sitting motionless waiting to see what was going to happen next. You've read the description and the plot does revolve around several characters' ways of dealing with grief. It's also about self discovery. The reading performance is wonderful. I especially like the children's voices. Erica James - a no brainier with book selection. I haven't read all but generally she delivers!
I liked the storyline and the main character, that's what got me stuck into the book.
The honesty of the children and their comments and impressions were priceless.
I love the accent and she also has fantastic delivery in reading her characters.
Harriet, as I said, a strong independent woman who took on her responsibilities inspite of the personal cost.
Its an weird thing but my favourite genre to read is murder/mystery books but when it comes to audio books, I love ChicLit! Odd I know!
I know this book has received great reviews but i found it quite dull. Ive had a poor run lately in my picking of audio books so was determined to give this one every chance but it was an effort. Im not saying it was bad, i just found it boring .. no "what going to happen next" or "cant wait to resume where i left off". I just listened to the lives of the characters and waited for the end.
I can not even rank it because I have listened to so many. But I have to say I listened to this book after reading a book that was really heavy and somewhat sad. I thought this would be a serious book but a little lighter than the one I had just finished. It was lighter but it had a definite direction and storyline.
My favorite character were the children. They were adorable and sensitive at times.
She was good and kept it interesting.
It made me laugh at times and there were times where I was close to tears. its difficult because I listen to it during my commute so I couldn't just cry while driving but I did tear up a bit.
Its a good book, its not a happy go lucky story. It has some dififcult moments but they all make sense within the story line. Its was a quick listen as well. And that's a compliment because I have purchased books that I have had a difficult time listiening to and finishing.
"Great easy listening with substance...loved it!"
Just what it says in the tittle, enjoy!
How life can change in an instant.
No, when cooking.
It kept me gripped and wanting to read more.
Read so well with feeling.
It made me feel so much empathy and understanding with the characters.
Would fully recommend this book.
"Enjoyed the story and the narrating."
If you enjoy easy listening, slightly predictable, heart warming, novels. You will enjoy this. Well narrated, with good character voices.
"Escapism on paper"
Although some may say that this is a predictable 'chick lit' I found the characters and emotion of each believable and engaging. Each morning, as I sat on the bus, travelling to a dreary job, I lost myself in the world of Harriet, the children and Will. The sub-plot regarding the brothers and Harriet's sister was predictable but it was the situation that Harriet found herself in. As the book progressed she developed more and more. What started as an awful situation for her ended up being her 'saving grace'.
Will - he was down-to-earth, honest and caring.
I am unsure if I have listened to any other of Jilly Bond's performances. If the narrator is good (which Jilly obviously is) I tend not to hear the narrator but hear the characters instead.
No - I enjoyed listening to an hour each day - I looked forward to the dreary bus journey knowing I had another instalment of Love and Devotion.
Great book to escape into. Narration is excellent and I loved most of the characters (found the Dad a little tedious).
Brilliant easy listening. Really enjoyed this book and will be "reading " other books by this author. Only issue is that I will have to save for my holiday as I could not put this book down.
"Likeable characters and easy listening"
I listened to this book while decorating and it passed the time very nicely.
The story had enough substance to keep me interested without being taxing.
The narrator was very good and the voices well done without being irritating.
Would recommend and will listen to more by this author.
"kept me in the garden"
Just love a story that you don't want to end, kept me working in the garden till it was dark. Kind of guessed the secret early on but it didn't spoil my enjoyment .
What a marvellous collection of inter relating characters
And story lines. Throughly enjoyed this book and will be
Looking for more by the author .
very good, no boting bits, just a nice gentle love story,, will read more by this author
I don't know who would enjoy this book.
This was a book full of clichéd people and situations. I cant even use the words "characters" or "personalities" because there was no character development or even an original story. I continued to listen to this book thinking that it must improve at some point; that it was just a slow starter, but it didn't. This is a book for those who have problems with insomnia as the poor story is greatly assisted by the narrator who sounded as though she was reading the phone book.
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