Lizzie has always had bad luck. Losing her heart to her boss leads to her losing her job, and with no money in the bank Lizzie finds herself forced to move back home with her parents.
Now in her 90s, Mrs Dallimore is also coming to terms with her situation. Old age is finally catching up with her. As they form the bond of unexpected friendship, Lizzie begins to realise that she's not the only person to attract bad luck and that sometimes life has a way of surprising you....
©2016 Erica James (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd
Lovely story. I really felt like I knew Clarissa and the narrator was the best I've ever listened to.
The detail provided on each page made this story easy to picture. I felt as if I were there in the village with the characters. This story was about a young woman and a woman in the sunset years. It helped me to understand my elderly mother's life, her present day trials, and the tribulations as she grows older. It was beautifully written with loving care given to each of the main characters. The only distraction I found was the American accents. Affluent people in the U.S. do not speak as the reader portrayed them and not all of them would have New York accents (even if they come from New York.) Since I am an American, it did bother me but every other word was said by the narrator as I think the author would wish, so I would not want a narrator change. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will look for others by this author and narrator.
Poor old Clarissa, so many losses !! surely at least one character could have stuck around. As the list of deceased lengthened, I began to wonder if Erica James had run out of ideas , didn't know quite where to go with these characters so sent them on their way via the coffin shuttle. 62 chapters of dreariness
"perfect summer companion"
I listened to this book whilst gardening and sewing. The story weaves together easily whilst touching on real life issues such as dementia.
Very easy to listen too and kept me wanting to find it how all the characters lives turned out. Don't be out off by other reviews saying the accents were bad, I actually found them endearing.
I couldn't stop listening to this book . it was like the characters were real. would definitely recommend.
"A great book to listen to whilst walking!"
A brilliantly read book which has filled my recent walks with happy experiences and thoughts.
"wow, wow wow"
Erica James has surpassed herself with this one. it is a truly beautiful written novel. I could almost believe I was there.
Narrators accents are also excellent
I have read all ericia james books. This was my first ever audiobook, I found this quite moving book , from start to end . A great listen I completed it in 3 nights !
Wasn't impressed with the accents of the characters found them aggravating at times but the author is good and overall enjoyed the book
"A good listen"
I have listened to lots of audiobooks. I very much enjoyed it however it wasn't my favourite audiobook nor was it my favourite Erica James novel but it was very still very engaging. I loved the concept of the older lady telling the young girl about her life and the young girl realising that these older ladies have led amazing lives. They were indeed young once too!
I suppose it is a bit similar to The Dandelion Years also by Erica James. Saskia lives with her grandfathers, whom she adores and values, so again you have the relationship between the older and the younger characters.
The scenes of Mrs Dallimore recounting the war years.
Across the years.
Very much recommended.
my first Eric James book but not the last. Couldn't put it down. Great 'read'.
I loved everything about this audiobook. Enthralling story, especially the reminiscing bits of the book and a fab performance - probably the best I've heard yet!
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