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)
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 .
"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.
"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.....
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.
"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.
I usually don't like books that jump back and forward but I could follow this and stay in tune with the characters very easily. I liked the unusual concept at the heart of the book and there was no unrealistic happy ending
very good with the differentiation
"Difficult to put down"
This was a very insightful book for anyone who grew up with rather dysfunctional or different (middle class) parents. Although some of the incidents might seem extraordinary, coming from a rather dysfunctional family myself they are believable. I found this book gave insight into the process of each family member dealing with their unusual upbringing in early adulthood and then only being able to come back together later in adulthood once they had dealt with their own issues. It was very well written and narrated. I was unable to put it down.
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