The Bird children have an idyllic childhood: a picture-book cottage in a country village, a warm, cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, sun-drenched afternoons in a rambling garden. But one Easter weekend a tragedy strikes the Bird family that is so devastating it tears them apart.
Many years later something will call them home, back to the house they grew up in - and to what really happened that Easter weekend all those years ago.
©2013 Lisa Jewell (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
"Poignant, heart-wrenching & beautifully told, the author's best tale yet.” (Sun) “Beautiful, moving and unputdownable” Jojo Moyes on Before I Met You) “Jewell has moved up a gear into David Nicholl’s territory” (Bookseller on The Making of Us)
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This book could have been dismissed as a huge joke if it wasn’t so well written. I was hooked almost from the start and by the time I was about a third of the way in, I found it hard to put down.
I loved the story of this impossibly dysfunctional family, and the characters were surprisingly so believable even after one over-the-top-preposterous-plot-twist after another!
I can’t possibly describe this story in any way that does not make it sound crazy and ridiculous so I won’t – just trust me; it was great!
This was a great story told from a variety of viewpoints- from the daughters- to the husband to the lover. I found the insight into the mind of a hoarder to be very eye opening. The way they view possessions as the actual memories instead of the memories most of us hold in our minds. The thought of parting with these possessions is like erasing a memory itself. A very good read.
This book is very well written & covers such a wide range of family issues. It's about hoarding, about loss, tragedy, and coming of age. It's haunting, poignant, and powerfully written. There's much more to this book than the average "chick lit". I wasn't thrilled with the narrator at first but the more I listened to the story, the more appropriate she became for the story.
I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow
I loved this story. I am new to Lisa Jewell books and I jus loved it!
I was hooked from the start. It has you on the edge of your seat through most of the story.
I really liked Kaley! She was very honest and said what ever was on her mind
She was fantastic and did different accents and voices for each character.
It made me laugh, cry and even gasp in parts
"the house we grew up in"
This is a tapestry of a family who love each other but cant deal with their feelings when tragedy strikes. Each member of the family loses their way, distancing themselves from those who want to help them.
The whole story centres around the mother, Lorelei who starts off bohemian and then descends into eccentricity. Each of her children deal with this in their own ways but never very well, even her husband is lost to her.
The story moves fast, is well read and although it covers sad and poignant moments it is actually quite humourous in parts. The characters are distinct and sympathetic.
An enjoyable listen.
"A real gem brought to life by the narrator."
A wonderful account of how a tragedy tears apart this already slightly dysfunctional family and how in the end time resolves all issues.
The author has managed to create characters which are both believable and likable but the real joy of this book is the wonderful narration by Karina Fenandez .
The memories the happy times and sad times.. The relationship's between the character's
When the eldest daughter found out about the affair... And the dad admitted to his new relationship
Both laugh and cry
Felt so sorry for this lady
"Thought provoking and beautifully crafted."
A beautifully written story that is very high in the list of audio books I have listened to. In one respect it is about the ups and downs of family life. However, it has a darker side linked to the impact of a family tragedy on all members of the family. It is an example of a book that helps the reader to understand many aspects of life. Each member of the Bird family lives with the feeling that they are responsible for the death of a family member and this impacts on their behaviour and personal happiness. I found the story gave me an insight into why people hoard everything they have reason to value - this was very enlightening. The somewhat Bohemian mother, Lorelie, allows possessions to take over her life. Her friends and family find this so hard to cope with that she eventually dies alone. We learn about her through her internet letters to Jim who she has never met. The relationship they establish is very moving and is like a meeting of two kindred spirits.
The book is exceptionally well read and as such brings the characters to life. This is very helpful in unpicking the feelings and emotions of Lorelie in her letters to Jim.
A very emotional book, full of situations and feelings with which one can easily empathise.
The events are very believable and it is impossible to listen to the narration without being moved. As such there are amusing events and descriptions as well as the tragic and the ugly.
This book has made a very strong impact on me. I enjoyed it as a piece of literature but also as a social statement.
"Very. Modern story about hoarding"
This is a very clever book looking at the new phenomem of hoarding. Beautifully written and read. Highly recommended
"A very true and beautiful story"
I don't know if I had a favorite character. They were all very real, almost tangible.
Karina Fernandez did an amazing job with the accents. I think she was wonderful in all the "roles" and dialogues. I love reading books for myself but in this case the audiobook was probably the better choice.
It did make me laugh a few times but it's not a comical book so that was not so typical of my reactions. I didn't actually cry but I have found this story extremely moving, very sad and even shocking at times. It rings true throughout the whole book, no character or scene ever felt labored or unrealistic.
It's one of the best books I have listened to on Audible.
"wow so many stories in one."
I liked how in depth the story was so many characters and what their lives were from their point which was great.
It was sometimes a bit too jumpy and needed to relisten several time's as it's not a story you can miss a tiny peice of detail. But I felt it was a nice sometimes hard story that can easily be found in a real life family. It was a very moving touching book.
The whole story and how it told you about the Bird family but from all family's point of view.
The emails to and from Jim. She was going to sort herself out.
Oh how lxxxxxxx died.
Great listen, I think I would like to read the book. Gives you a good understanding about a person that needs to hoard and the effect it has on everyone.
"A brilliant book"
This is beautifully written. A compelling story and well read.
Too long for one sitting but I was compelled to listen whenever I could.
"Her best book yet"
I could not stop listening to this. Anyone who has lived or lives in a disfunctional family will relate to this story.
It has lots of twists and turns that will keep you gripped.
I could not choose a favourite as every character had faults
Her ability to perform the various accents, Irish, Australian, Spanish and British - all believable
The woman who could not stop.....
"Lisa Jewell - A House we grew up in"
This story is written by one of my favourite authors Lisa Jewell it offers an interesting insight into some mental issues some people encounter on a day to day basis and provides a balanced insight into a certain particular mental issue which has only just been approached by the televised media. What makes this novel special is how it encorporates all sides of the argument and makes you question what you would do as an individual in that situation
As stated previously how the novel encorporates all points of view from all the characters makes it an interesting listen which makes you question yourself as an individual also as through various points you question what character you would 'root' for
I think its impossible to say as through various points you have certain people you prefer, the readers voice suits the character Bethany in my mind however.
The admission of a problem is always a moving moment particularly when in this case issues which surround this type of mental health problem are rarely discussed generally. The physical description of one main character at the end is distressing as well as upsetting.
Though I did find certain elements of this book predictable i still found it to be an interesting enjoyable listen
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