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Publisher's Summary

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....

©2016 Lucy Dillon (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

Critic Reviews

"Lucy Dillon's books make the world a better place." (Heat)
"Bittersweet, lovely and ultimately redemptitive; the kind of book that makes you want to live your own life better." (Jojo Moyes)
"So satisfying and clever and deeply moving." (Sophie Kinsella)

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  • ollie
  • 02-04-17

Great story

Couldn't stop listening it kept me engrosssd and I felt I was there living the story with the narrator

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  • Cookie Monster
  • 01-25-17

Good but not her best

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-18

author good at "seeing" things from different characters points of view

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-21-17

A bit depressing... but lovely parts too!

A bit depressing in general... but it did have lovely parts too! still wanted to know what happened next.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-11-17

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Excellent holiday read, brings a tear to the eye with a happy ending. Well worth it.

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  • Lu
  • 05-04-17

Perfect read

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.

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  • Nayu
  • 04-20-17

A touching read

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.

Have you listened to any of Lucy Price-Lewis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Can't remember.

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

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  • Stacey
  • 04-02-17

lovely story well read

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

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  • Miss F.
  • 03-24-17

Don't waste your time!

Cheesy, lack of actual story and irritating narrator. I didn't enjoy this book at all

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  • Lynne
  • 03-22-17

don't bother

kept waiting for it to improve. I've returned books half way through but thought I'd stick with this one, waste of a credit
honestly don't waste your money narrator was ok but disappointed in the "secret" that wasn't really a secret if you had listened to the book
I'll stick to the authors I know will deliver a great story

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  • Tracey
  • 06-27-17

Ho-hum

I wanted this book to get better but it didn't for me.
I was waiting for 'something' to happen but it fell short.
The narrator was excellent.