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The House We Grew Up In | [Lisa Jewell]

The House We Grew Up In

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 03-30-14
    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Many levels to this story"

    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.

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    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 01-09-14
    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 01-09-14 Member Since 2013

    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

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    "Fantastic story"
    If you could sum up The House We Grew Up In in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Kaley! She was very honest and said what ever was on her mind


    What about Karina Fernandez’s performance did you like?

    She was fantastic and did different accents and voices for each character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh, cry and even gasp in parts


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • AmyAlice
    Durham, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Bacton, United Kingdom
    11/29/13
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    "A real gem brought to life by the narrator."
    Where does The House We Grew Up In rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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 .


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    Pulham Market, United Kingdom
    11/10/13
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    "Very. Modern story about hoarding"

    This is a very clever book looking at the new phenomem of hoarding. Beautifully written and read. Highly recommended

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Borbála
    London, United Kingdom
    9/30/13
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    "A very true and beautiful story"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't know if I had a favorite character. They were all very real, almost tangible.


    What does Karina Fernandez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    It's one of the best books I have listened to on Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Jayne Gruchy
    Jersey, Channel Islands
    2/27/14
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    "Her best book yet"
    Would you listen to The House We Grew Up In again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I could not choose a favourite as every character had faults


    What does Karina Fernandez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Her ability to perform the various accents, Irish, Australian, Spanish and British - all believable


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

    The woman who could not stop.....


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    2/16/14
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    "very enjoyable"
    What did you like most about The House We Grew Up In?

    The memories the happy times and sad times.. The relationship's between the character's


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The House We Grew Up In?

    When the eldest daughter found out about the affair... And the dad admitted to his new relationship


    Which character – as performed by Karina Fernandez – was your favourite?

    The dad


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both laugh and cry


    Any additional comments?

    Felt so sorry for this lady

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carmen
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    12/15/13
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    "Thought provoking and beautifully crafted."
    Where does The House We Grew Up In rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What does Karina Fernandez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has made a very strong impact on me. I enjoyed it as a piece of literature but also as a social statement.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robin
    Caloundra, Australia
    4/10/14
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    "A brilliant book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is beautifully written. A compelling story and well read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The House We Grew Up In?

    The epilogue


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

    Too long for one sitting but I was compelled to listen whenever I could.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully narrated

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • grainne
    dublin, Ireland
    4/6/14
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    "great concept"
    What did you like most about The House We Grew Up In?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Megan


    What about Karina Fernandez’s performance did you like?

    very good with the differentiation


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beth
    United Kingdom
    4/1/14
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    "Difficult to put down"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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