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The Beach Café Audiobook

The Beach Café

Evie Flynn has always been the black sheep of her family – a dreamer, unlike her over-achieving elder sisters. She's tried making a name for herself as an actress, a photographer and a singer, but nothing has ever worked out. Now she's stuck in temp hell, with a pension-planning boyfriend. Somehow life seems to be passing her by. Then her beloved aunt Jo dies suddenly in a car crash, leaving Evie an unusual legacy – her precious beach cafe in Cornwall.
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Evie Flynn has always been the black sheep of her family – a dreamer, unlike her over-achieving elder sisters. She's tried making a name for herself as an actress, a photographer and a singer, but nothing has ever worked out. Now she's stuck in temp hell, with a pension-planning boyfriend. Somehow life seems to be passing her by. Then her beloved aunt Jo dies suddenly in a car crash, leaving Evie an unusual legacy – her precious beach cafe in Cornwall. Determined to make a success of something, Evie heads off to Cornwall to get the cafe and her life back on track - and gets more than she bargained for, both in work and in love....

©2011 Lucy Diamond (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    Delia Canada 11-17-12
    Delia Canada 11-17-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Makes Me Want To Run Away to Cornwall"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this. The story made me want to immerse myself in the location and hang out with the characters in a way I haven't felt about a book in a long time. It starts out a little sad and stressful for Evie when she first inherits a little seaside Cafe from her beloved Aunt. Her staff is horrible and some of the townsfolk are unkind to her at first when they mistakenly think she is there is sell the Cafe to developers. But things get better and better through hard work, a few stumbles, some great ideas, and the help of some great secondary characters, from her best friend who comes down from Oxford to help her out for a time, and new people she meets along the way. The locals finally realize what a good heart she has and the cafe becomes an important centre of the community.
    I really needed a feel good story right now and this hit just the right chord. The narrator was also wonderful. She does such a great job of all the different characters, both male and female voices, different accents, elderly women, children - they all sounded distinct and appealing. I always knew who was speaking. I have listened to a couple other books Jane Collingwood has narrated and she really is becoming one of my favourites.
    I am definitely going to check out some more books by Lucy Diamond as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Géna Noordbrug, South Africa 01-02-13
    Géna Noordbrug, South Africa 01-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyable holiday narrative"
    If you could sum up The Beach Café in three words, what would they be?

    Light Charming Entertainment


    What did you like best about this story?

    I particularly liked the thought/plot that success is possible in unlikely circumstances when following your passion and applying all efforts towards that ‘goal’.


    Which character – as performed by Jane Collingwood – was your favorite?

    Evie


    Who was the most memorable character of The Beach Café and why?

    The Australian waitress - her 'seize-whatever-opportunity-that-comes-along' and easy-going nature was inspiring.


    Any additional comments?

    Lucy Diamond manage to create a beautiful beach/holiday backdrop for the story with a plausible storyline and characters. Overall it is a 'feel-good-story'.As narrator Jane Collingwood did a very good job. Her accents are convincing and it was simple to distinguish the characters from each other.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leisha AUST 03-28-13
    Leisha AUST 03-28-13 Member Since 2015

    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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    "OK story - nothing to write home about"

    The story sounded good - down on her luck girl inherets beach Cafe - new life and adventures ahead of her.

    Unfortunately that's pretty much the story, other than meeting a few un-interesting people along the way.

    I didnt give up on it and each morning would listen to the next part but it lacked that 'whats going to happen next' feel.

    I didnt bond with any of the characters - neither liked or disliked them. The plot(s) didnt hold my interest and it all just kind of felt flat.

    The narration by Jane Collingwood was, as always, great but regardless of how good the narrator is, if the story is not interesting ... ......

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  • Saffy
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    2/27/14
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    "An unexciting listen"

    After enjoying the latest Jill Mansell novel I thought this might be a similar Cornish escapist chick lit listen. Unfortunately I found it pretty tedious and unexciting. The story moves along far too slowly, the writing is awkward and clumsy, the characterisation is poor and very little happens! I was very frustrated with the main character and never felt involved in the lives of the characters. This novel could have been saved by the Cornish setting but the writing failed to evoke a sense of place. It was however, excellently read by Jane Collingwood.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • eilis
    3/16/16
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    "loved it didn't want it to end"

    a perfect combination of love laughter and drama. great scene setting and fab characters too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Darlington, Australia
    1/18/16
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    "So very enjoyable"

    I knew how it would end right from the 1st but that did not detract from the entertainment quota. Beautifully narrated too. I will certainly read more of Lucy Diamond's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss L Docherty
    12/4/15
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    "great read and lovely story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Beach Café the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator was very good at doing the voices of the different characters. Loved that the story is based in cornwall it made me think of being in cornwall which is a place I love so found it relaxing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character was my favourite because I liked how she left her job and followed her heart and dream to a happier life


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

    Her voice for each different character was done really well with all the accents and she has a really good voice to listen too


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

    yes I was listening to it as much as I could


    Any additional comments?

    would like to read more of the other related books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lynn clough
    8/15/15
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    "A life adventure well worth reading"
    What did you like most about The Beach Café?

    I love the way life offers solutions other than the obvious. how can an awful cook run a cafe? well read on and learn


    What other book might you compare The Beach Café to, and why?

    If you like Erica James or Jenny Colgan your likely to enjoy this. It is quality Chiclit


    Which character – as performed by Jane Collingwood – was your favourite?

    Defiantly Evie, for a funny, truthful, portrail of a chaotic life


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

    No I rationed myself because I loved it and did not want it to end. Luckily I found "Christmas at the Beach Cafe. To take the story on.


    Any additional comments?

    A most enjoyable tale Inwant more from thisauthor

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christa
    7/14/15
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    "Very disappointing"

    I couldn't wait for this book to end. I lost interest after chapter 9. I finished it but it was dull. Sorry, not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    12/15/14
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    "The beach cafe"

    first book for me from this author found it a bit slow but was easy listening

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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