Dexter Yates loves his fun, carefree London life; he has money, looks, and girlfriends galore. But everything changes overnight when his sister dies, leaving him in charge of her eight-month-old daughter Delphi. How is he ever going to cope? Comic-strip artist Molly Hayes lives in the beautiful Cotswold village of Briarwood. When it comes to relationships, she has a history of choosing all the wrong men. Leaving the city behind, Dex moves to Briarwood - a much better place to work on his parenting skills - and he and Molly become neighbors. There's an undeniable connection between them. But if Dexter's going to adapt, he first has a lot to learn about Molly, about other people's secrets...and about himself.
©2013 Jill Mansell (P)2014 Tantor
"A little bundle of joy changes everything in this quirky chick-lit tale . . . charmingly well charted." (Publishers Weekly)
I disliked the high-pitched imitation of the baby noises, very irritating. Other than that...its good.
The story line was pretty good but the narrator acting like the baby is awful! Hopefully on future readings she won't do those baby noises.
I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
yes. I've already listened to it twice. I just love the characters and the different plots and subplots.
The story concentrated on the wide range of goodness one finds in humanity and the silly predicaments we find ourselves in.
For the most part, she did good vocalizations which set the characters apart as distinct.
I loved the part where Henry saved the day.
Alison Larkin's baby noises were annoying, but on the second listen I suppose I was ready for them.
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 liked how it was based in a small village and you followed a few different stories.
This is a lovely story. Once I started, I couldn't stop listening. There were a few twists and turns that I didn't see coming in the story. All in all, another fab Jill Mansell book
I enjoyed this book especially the introduction of several story lines connected to the main storyline. I thought the reader did a great job and I disagree with other reviewers who criticized the voice of Delphey. I thought it was adorable.
I adore Jill Mansell's books and this one didn't disappoint. She writes wonderful and relatable characters and I always end up reading her books from beginning to end in one sitting.
I enjoyed both the performance and the story but what really spoiled this for me was the way in which the book has been Americanised. It's written by an English author and set in a very English town and read by an English narrator so why on earth do the characters talk about 'diapers', 'vacation' and 'highways'. Did this really need to be changed? It really spoiled my enjoyment of the story.
This book was very typical Jill Mansell. I like that there are multiple story lines going on, each with interesting characters. The narration was solid (though not outstanding), though I do agree with another reviewer that her voice for the baby Delphi was quite annoying. If you like British chick lit, I'd recommend it.
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