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Love and Devotion | [Erica James]

Love and Devotion

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...
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    richard/sharon great falls, va, United States 06-18-14
    richard/sharon great falls, va, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Engrossing, complicated story"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marj Prince Albert, SK, Canada 06-05-14
    Marj Prince Albert, SK, Canada 06-05-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Harriet was a strong independent woman."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I liked the storyline and the main character, that's what got me stuck into the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love and Devotion?

    The honesty of the children and their comments and impressions were priceless.


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

    I love the accent and she also has fantastic delivery in reading her characters.


    Who was the most memorable character of Love and Devotion and why?

    Harriet, as I said, a strong independent woman who took on her responsibilities inspite of the personal cost.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leisha AMAROO, Australia 09-28-14
    Leisha AMAROO, Australia 09-28-14 Member Since 2012

    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!

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    "Good reviews but not for me .. bit dull"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Rheinhausen, Germany 04-23-14
    Melissa Rheinhausen, Germany 04-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "From sad to hopeful."
    Where does Love and Devotion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character were the children. They were adorable and sensitive at times.


    What about Jilly Bond’s performance did you like?

    She was good and kept it interesting.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Ella
    HOOK, United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to Love and Devotion the most enjoyable?

    Written well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept me gripped and wanting to read more.


    What does Jilly Bond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Read so well with feeling.


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

    It made me feel so much empathy and understanding with the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Would fully recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shyam
    Daventry, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
    10/12/13
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    "Great easy listening with substance...loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Just what it says in the tittle, enjoy!
    How life can change in an instant.


    What about Jilly Bond’s performance did you like?

    Great voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, when cooking.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mandy
    Hampshire, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Escapism on paper"
    What did you like most about Love and Devotion?

    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'.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will - he was down-to-earth, honest and caring.


    Have you listened to any of Jilly Bond’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book to escape into. Narration is excellent and I loved most of the characters (found the Dad a little tedious).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth
    London, United Kingdom
    1/30/14
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    "What drivel!"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know who would enjoy this book.


    What was most disappointing about Erica James’s story?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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