Now she hasn't seen her parents since she left home at 15. She's made a life for herself and her son and likes it that way. Until one night she faints at a hypnotist show - and when she comes round she starts to remember. Slowly she begins to piece together the story of her childhood. Her journey takes her to the town of Broadstairs, to oddly familiar houses in London and to strangers who love her like family. But with every mystery she solves another one materialises...
©2009 Lisa Jewell; (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd
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Lisa Jewell books are always good listens and you could definitely listen again.
The book does not compare to any other books i have read so far as the characters are original and very involved.
I liked the tempo, the easy read/listen that Lisa Jewell books never fail to offer. But it is true, the narrator takes a bit of getting used to, she does at first sound like an automated phone banking system but bear with it as she does eventually warm up with the characters. However because of this I can't say I found much love for the characters in the way I normally would. Having said that, it's a good story and I did enjoy it.
The good feeling of optimism despite it all , a simple story chopped into different date ranges kept me interested and I was kind of sad when it finished as I wanted to know a bit more about what happened to Melody and how her life had changed.
Hmm, ok I s'pose. The male characters were the best.
A better narrator (sorry Julie Maisey) would have made this more enjoyable for me. If you like Lisa Jewell's other books you'll like the too.
"Better than any TV!"
I have read most of Lisa Jewell's books and this one lives up to her usual high standard. The characters are very three dimensional and I got involved in their somewhat turbulent lives. The book seemed to be saying something about "not judging a book by its cover" in terms of the very disparate lives lived by the characters, some of whom you might dismiss as very eccentric if you met them but who turn out to be the "salt of the earth". A very enjoyable, emotionally moving and absorbing read. Looking forward to her next book.
"The Truth About Melody Browne"
I've read just about everything Lisa Jewell has ever written and this book was a bit more serious than her usual subject matter with all sorts of twists and turns in the plot. However, it held my attention right from the first page through to the last and just goes to show how she can turn her pen to anything!
Super characters, a well-thought out plot and beautifully read. I really enjoyed it.
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