Martha is lost. She’s been lost since she was a baby, abandoned in a suitcase on the train from Paris. Ever since, she’s waited in the station's lost property for someone to claim her. It’s been 16 years, but she’s still hopeful.
In the meantime, there are mysteries to solve: secret tunnels under the station, a suitcase that may have belonged to the Beatles, the Roman soldier who appears at the same time every day with his packed lunch. Not to mention the stuffed monkey that someone keeps misplacing. But there is one mystery Martha cannot solve. And now the authorities have found out about the girl in lost property.
Time is running out - if Martha can’t discover who she really is, she will lose everything....
©2016 Caroline Wallace (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
This book is a charming fairy tale, but slow going. There isn't much of a sense of urgency though the story has a ticking clock (Martha may be evicted); the threat is just ignored most of the time. Instead, the author focuses exhaustively on the characters' quirks and there are a lot of them. Fans of Sarah Addison Allen or Julia Stuart will enjoy, I think.
Narration is top notch.
I grew up in London with an English mother and American father. I've been living in USA for 38 years. Although I've never been to Liverpool, I could relate to the characters and the story and enjoyed the unique mix of Beatles history, abandoned child looking for her mother and the tramp living in the train station.
Loved the narration and hope to read more from the author and listen to more by the narrator.
"I got this to last a month; I didn't turn it off!"
A beautiful fairytale of innocence, love, friendship and violence, wonderfully read in Martha's true voice.
"A very moving story"
A Beautifully narrated, wonderful story with amazing images. I think I may have even cried.
This book is written from Matha's viewpoint and the author does it beautifully. The phrasing was lovely.
So as not to spoil the story I'll just say that I don't see the point of some elements as they don't really add anything but padding but not enough to be detrimental.
"Unusual & enjoyable ."
A very enjoyable listen . A mystery with many turns ..
I would recommend this as a quirky mystery .
I stuck with this to the bitter end hoping it would end with the interest it initally started with. Sadly, I didn't find this as enjoyable as other readers seem to have done.
The constant repetitive phrases really began to grate on my nerves...so much I found myself actually talking out loud, begging the reader to wander off-script. I'm afraid the sections detailing the life of Mal and The Beatles felt like a poor attempt to crowbar the author's research into the text. The end was entirely predictable.
I think she did fair job. She portrayed Martha very well. Not so well with Max - the Ozzie accent dipped in and out.
It's rare I come across a book with such good reviews and then find myself disappointed but occasionally I don't get it and this is one of those times.
"Loved it! Easy read from start to finish."
Great performance for a truly entertaining story. Darkly comedic with wonderful characters you really got to know and care about.
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