1950s Liverpool. In the tight-knit community of the Four Streets, two girls are growing up. One is motherless and hated by the cold woman determined to take her dead mother's place. The other is hiding a dreadful secret which she dare not tell to anyone. The people of Four Streets laugh, grieve and hope together. But what can they do when a betrayal at the heart of their world comes to light?
©2014 Nadine Dorries (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
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"Could have been so much more"
If there had been a strong story to weave all the little ones together
Just not engaging enough
"a moment in time, vividly told with passion"
I listened to it over a 24 hour period, every chance I could, I couldn't leave it alone, I will have to not listen for a while so I hopefully forget some of the story first, it was really vivid and very well read.
The woman gathering together to cook a huge stew so all the kids would eat that night when times were hard. Many moments spring to mind
I didn't have one favourite, the characters were really well drawn, I felt most for Nellie and Jerry her dad
something that I wasn't expecting, a moment of forgiveness, compassion and understanding for someone in terrible emotional pain, i cant say when without giving away a huge chunk of the story.
I loved this, I was dreading to reach the end, the characters were so real and I wanted the story to go on and on. A story I would recommend to anyone who loves this kind of near historical (within my lifetime) community tale of how things were
"Not for the faint hearted!"
The story is intriguing however way way way too graphic in parts! The detail in the abuse scenes is far too excessive, I struggled to keep going with the book as I found these scenes deeply disturbing,. I understand it is the major part of the story line, however I felt the description of abuse could have been covered much more sensitively. Had I realised the disturbing topic of the book, I doubt I would have read it. I don't recall this being in the description of the book. A brilliant story spoilt by unnecessary details..
"Good story but some very difficult parts to listen"
I loved Angela's Ashes and thought this would be in the same style.
But whilst it was a good story i found some of the content so uncomfortable and had to move forward a chapter. Also thought the book ended in a strange way but all things considered. The story of the relationships of the Irish families was brilliant.
Cant wait for the next book, real gritty characters who you really cared about. Couldnt stop listening to the story.
The narrators Irish accent was good which made the story more enjoyable
I liked everything the descriptions of the hardships and following the families through their lives
Having the Irish accent improved the quality
Yes if I had the chance
Well worth listening too for fans of Catherine Cookson type stories I was disappointed when it finished so suddenly would live to know if there's a sequel
Too stereotypical, too predictable, the only thing that gave me pleasure was to delete it from my library!
"A Tale of Reality"
Perfect story of the reality of living in times gone by. I was hooked from beginning to end. The descriptions of life in the four streets was really realistic and I am now eager to start the next book in the series.
"good enjoyable read"
this is so far the best. good story line well written enjoyed every minute
No I understand this is her first waiting for the next one
"Poverty, Humour, Love, Sex, Death, Scandal!"
Yes, provided they had previously enjoyed other historical, family drama poverty stricken tales, family stories etc.... Otherwise no. If you don't like that genre, then this one won't change your mind.
Some of the moments were emotional and shocking.... Some of them a bit far fetched.
Emma Gregory's accents are great, her Irish and Liverpudlian accents bring a lot to the narrative....
Love Flourishes in Bleak Circumstances
I enjoyed this book, and will carry on to read the others in the series, but I didn't rush onto the 2nd one, I felt I needed a break in between continuing the story... this perhaps doesn't sound too positive, but overall I did enjoy it. I just needed a rest from the Blarney!
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