From the best-selling author of A Hundred Pieces of Me and One Small Act of Kindness comes a heartwarming, bittersweet and uplifting story of missed chances and unexpected opportunities.
Caitlin's life is a mess. Her marriage to a man everyone else thinks is perfect has collapsed, along with her self-esteem, and breaking free seems the only option.
Nancy, her four-year-old daughter, used to talk all the time; in the car, at nursery, to her brother Joel. Then her parents split up. Her daddy moves out. And Nancy stops speaking.
Nancy's Auntie Eva, recently widowed and feeling alone, apart from the companionship of two bewildered pugs, is facing a future without her husband or the dreams she gave up for him.
But when Eva agrees to host her niece and nephew once a fortnight, Caitlin and Eva are made to face the different truths about their marriages - and about what they both really want....
Couldn't stop listening it kept me engrosssd and I felt I was there living the story with the narrator
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I'm usually a massive Lucy Dillon fan and as much as I enjoyed her usual cleverly woven plot lines and the way she deftly brings in characters from previous books, namely Anna and a sly name drop of Buzz, the story line with the children made me cringe slightly. It was far too saccharine for me.
The performance by Lucy Price Lewis was great, her voice depicts the tone of Lucy Diamond's books perfectly and her accents are good.
Overall an enjoyable listen but would recommend her back catalogue over this one.
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What a perfectly feel good story, lots of tears and smile's all the way, a delight to listen to.
While not my favourite Lucy Dillon story, it was pleasant to listen to and I still wanted to hear the whole story. I found some of the plot and characters a bit annoying sometimes and a little repetitive. it was well read though.
Narrator really good. Author has a aptitude for getting under the actions & behaviours of characters to show what thoughts & beliefs drive them. Main protagonist was in fact quite irresponsible & childish; but it came through how tired she was of being Mum 24/7. & I as a reader could feel sympathetic. However the various threads of the story never really got going for me. It was like ring a therapist & sitting through a LONG counselling session.
A bit depressing in general... but it did have lovely parts too! still wanted to know what happened next.
Excellent holiday read, brings a tear to the eye with a happy ending. Well worth it.
This may not be likely to win awards for alternative style or possess the weight of huge historical research etc. However, it is a so real, and the author has such a perceptive insight into human emotion, relationships and everyday realities. Her observations and characters are so well drawn they become part of the reader's psyche whilst submerged in this book.
The narrator is excellent, too and makes a great book come alive.
Where does All I Ever Wanted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Very highly due to the quality of the plot and characterisation
What was one of the most memorable moments of All I Ever Wanted?
When Caitlin finally spoke again.
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Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
My interest was piqued by Caitlin's daughter losing her voice, and the twists that follow kept me captivated until the end. I can't say much about the prologue without giving spoilers but it really set up the story, and I was on tenderhooks throughout most of the book waiting for Caitlin to somehow figure out why Nancy stopped talking. She is such a sweet girl, very expressive even without a voice. She has a deep link with her brother Joel, who takes her not talking in his stride, somehow knowing what she wants and protecting her as much as he can from people misunderstanding her silence, which was heartwaarming.
I felt so sorry for Caitlin, because she's going through several major issues (child not talking, separation). Occasionally I was surprised she didn't take further action with Nancy's silence, but she was doing her best. Separation (and divorce) is far from simple, and with support from an unexpected ally Caitlin battles through it, almost always putting her children first. I hated when others criticized Caitlin because they weren't the ones in the situation (or if they were they were on the other side of the fence so had a skewed view of Caitlin from the onset).
Any additional comments?
Caitlin's not perfect but she's not a terrible mother either. She does struggle with seeing Eva who appears to be perfect, but having chapters with Eva's point of view helped me understand her further, and made me want to tell Caitlin to give Eva a chance. Eva ends up being the key to unlocking Nancy's voice again in a sweet way which made me tear up when it happened. Although Caitlin doesn't realise it Eva becomes a form of stability within her chaotic life which she sorely needs, and so do the children. I'm looking forward to relistening to this family centred read which gives a lot to think about.
I received a copy of this audiobook from Audible in exchange for an honest review on my blog Nayu's Reading Corner
i really enjoyed this book and the narration was brilliant. mudt admit the main female character got on my nerves but i think thats the point...maybe reminded me of people i actually know lol