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Christmas on the Coast

Narrated by: Susan Duerden
Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Can the secrets of the past be forgiven this Christmas?

Christmas is approaching on the island of Jersey, but Libby is feeling far from festive. Her police work and duties as vicar's wife weigh heavily on her, she's anxious about her troubled children, and now her best friend, Stella, has suddenly turned against her, citing a mysterious family grudge.

Libby is devastated by Stella's unexpected coldness. But then her father shows her a diary written by her great-aunt Queenie, which sheds light on a long-hidden secret - one rooted in love, loyalty and betrayal. Writing during the Nazi occupation of Jersey in the winter of 1941, Queenie reveals a community torn apart by illicit romance, heartbreak and revenge - and by dark acts of fear and desperation.

The more Libby immerses herself in Queenie's journal, the more she understands why its secrets still haunt her family and Stella's. Christmas is a time of forgiveness, but is the treachery of their shared past too shameful to be forgotten?

©2017 Rebecca Boxall (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Lovely story

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I enjoyed the story but the narrator is terrible. I really had to force myself to finish the book.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the two intertwined stories, going back and forth.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Can't stand the narrator. She makes me want to scream!!!

Do you think Christmas on the Coast needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I can't really see how the story could be followed up. But then I'm not an author, so I probably don't see the possibilities.

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Christmas on the Coast

The past meets the present with a little suspence and mystery. My whole family were glued to the kitchen table waiting to see what happened next.

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Twist and Turns

This was a very well written story. It flips between two time periods, but the storyline was easy to follow. great characters.

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  • 01-26-19

Love the storyline but poor choice of narrator

I love Heidi Swan books in general and have read and listened to quite a few. BUT...I Gave up listening to the audible version of Christmas on the Coast as I found the choice of narrator really irritating to listen to! She lacked tone and confused the character voices, and was ruining the book for me. Great books to read, light hearted feel good stories, moved onto my next one already.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-26-19

great story dreadful narrator

I loved this story but it took me ages to get into it due to probably the worst narrator I have ever listened to. It says a lot for the book that I stuck it out and ended up enjoying it so much.