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The Hidden Cottage | [Erica James]

The Hidden Cottage

We all hide things, some more than others...Mia Channing appears to have an enviable life: a beautiful home in the village of Little Pelham, a happy, stable marriage, a job she enjoys and three grown up children to whom she's devoted. But appearances are deceiving; the truth is that it's all a precarious balancing act. When the family gather for her son's thirtieth birthday, Daisy, her youngest daughter, drops a bombshell in the way only Daisy can.
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Publisher's Summary

We all hide things, some more than others...Mia Channing appears to have an enviable life: a beautiful home in the village of Little Pelham, a happy, stable marriage, a job she enjoys and three grown up children to whom she's devoted. But appearances are deceiving; the truth is that it's all a precarious balancing act.

When the family gather for her son's thirtieth birthday, Daisy, her youngest daughter, drops a bombshell in the way only Daisy can. Once again Mia finds herself cast in the role of peacemaker. It's a role she's tired of, particularly since her husband refuses to believe he's responsible for the problems they're facing. Not surprisingly, Mia longs for escape. For Owen Fletcher, buying the Hidden Cottage was the fulfilment of a lifelong dream and provides the perfect escape for him. When Mia meets him, she must decide whether she has the courage to do something for herself for a change. And if she does, can she ever go back to the life of compromise she had before?

Read by Clare Corbett. Clare Corbett has had a successful career on stage, screen and radio. Theatre credits include 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' 'Pygmalion' and Spoon face Steinberg' and her TV credits include BBC's 'Spooks,' 'Fastnet' and 'Final Demand'. A winner of the prestigious Carleton Hobbs Radio Award, she has appeared in over 250 radio plays including 'Absolute Power' 'Venus and Adonis' and ' Dr Zhivago'. Her other voice work comprises of Aardman Animation's ' the planet sketch' and numerous audiobooks (children and adult) including 'Poppy Shakespeare', 'Swallowing Grandma' and 'Child X'. She read 'Alys, Always' by Harriet Lane for Orion.

©2013 Erica James (P)2013 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Joanna
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    3/29/13
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    "Enjoyable if a little predictable"

    Set in a idyllic village, this book hooked me in with the village life and easy to identify with characters. It is well written and very well read and I enjoyed it hugely. If your looking for thrills and twists this book isn't for you. If, however you want to finish a book with a warm fuzzy glow and a sense that maybe your life is normal after all, then read away and enjoy!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Saffy
    UK
    9/6/13
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    "Loved it!"

    Due to illness I have spent the last 4 years listening to hundreds of audiobooks - mostly crime fiction and psychological thrillers. However I really felt like something completely different and decided to download this. I am so pleased that I did. I was completely drawn into the story, the characters and village life. Clare Corbett reads this beautifully- her voice is so warm, comforting and compelling. This was an audiobook that I did not want to end. I would recommend this if - like me - you're a fan of Joanna Trollope and Penny Vincenzi.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Butterfly
    Ilford, United Kingdom
    1/9/14
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    "Breathtakingly simple"

    Breathtakingly simple book which allows you absorb all characters. You get to know all characters well and you can't wait to here what all of them are up to. Unfortunately tragedy strikes this lovely English family and you go on a journey of their survival.

    It is a lovely read/listen even when to story is simply chugging alone you enjoy listening and you don't think it is going nowhere.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr
    Kendal, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "A delightful story"

    This is a strong story of lessons in love. The Hidden Cottage of the title plays a neat role to connect past and present lives. It is a book of loss and sadness but also of gains and happiness. The ending is maybe a little predictable but it's none the less enjoyable for that. The audiobook is well-narrated with good characterisations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • G
    Brentwood, United Kingdom
    12/10/13
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    "A love affair that touches the heart"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great book, I listened to it when going to sleep at night, and found it to be beautifully written and a story that captures you, so that you want to continue to listen. A true love affair.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Owen


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When they made love in the cottage


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine
    Winkleigh, United Kingdom
    11/15/13
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    "Light, enjoyable listening."
    What did you like most about The Hidden Cottage?

    I didn't have to concentrate on the story line. It made light weekend listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Typical family with all the usual problems between parents, kids and shows how a mother's love shines through, even if she is faced with the loss of one of her children.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed most of the book but I loved the old ladies who used to own the cottage.


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

    No. It is a book you can easily pick up and put down without wanting to go on or feel you are missing anything. This is why I enjoyed it so much.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Clare Corbett's voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • martha
    Birr, Ireland
    10/8/13
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    "Really enjoyed my first read by Erica James"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed this book my first by Erica James. Clare Corbett done a very good job of narrating her accents were good. Can't wait to listen to the next one


    What about Clare Corbett’s performance did you like?

    Very good her accents were great


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • kimmidp
    brussels belgium
    6/9/13
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    "great escapism"

    loved it ... if this is chick lit I could be a convert... :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    UK
    3/12/13
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    "nice story, shame about the narrator"

    I have read or listened to most of Erica James' novels, and quite enjoyed this, and though it's not one of her best (everything felt a bit rushed - personally, I would have liked a more gradual character and relationship development), there were a couple of twists which kept me interested. I'm afraid it was the narrator who spoiled this one for me. She read with a slightly patronising newsreader's intonation for most of it and all of the male characters sounded as thick as two short planks, which I felt didn't really fit with the characterisation. That aside, it kept me listening and helped pass the time doing the ironing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ana
    Buckingham, Bucks, United Kingdom
    6/10/14
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    "Not strong enough for me"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was okay. It was a deviation from my normal listening - crimes and thrillers - and took me a while to acclimatise!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    There was a shock in the middle of the story. The outcome was quite obvious to me.


    What aspect of Clare Corbett’s performance might you have changed?

    None.


    Could you see The Hidden Cottage being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    If it was made into either, I wouldn't watch it!


    Any additional comments?

    For the romantics amongst the listeners out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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