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Publisher's Summary

On Coronation night the ex-pat community in Hong Kong gathers for a celebration party, and 21-year-old Joy falls in love at first sight. She is engaged within 24 hours, but will not see her fiancé again for a year. Fifteen years later, when Sabine, her mother and grandmother are brought together, not only a deeply buried family secret is discovered, but also some fundamental truths: about the conflict between love and duty, about women's choices, and about mothers and daughters.
©2002 Jojo Moyes; (P)2003 W F Howes Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"There are plenty of fireworks among the three and the strong supporting cast as old secrets come to the surface in this absorbing family drama." (Publishers Weekly)
"The Irish setting and warmly described family relationships will appeal to fans of Maeve Binchy." (Library Journal)

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  • History fan
  • 01-07-09

good

the story is good - characters are largely well drawn (although kate is a bit of a cartoon character) but the book really comes alive in the parts dealing with hong kong in the 50s. In my opinion Moyes is at her best in dealign with the war/post war era (this book is probably not as good as ship of brides but still worth a listen).

Where the book is weaker is in the reading - the actress in question can come across as a bit one dimensional . That said it is still a good listen.

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  • Kaggy
  • 10-06-15

So So JoJo

This is JoJo Moyes' earliest novel and does suffer in comparison with her later works. The story is a fairly standard family drama based around upper middle class colonial types living a life of decaying gentility in rural Ireland and nursing a few bitter secrets. I must admit I didn't really warm to the fox hunting horsey theme and was slightly aghast that a North London vegetarian teenager could change her principles quite so easily. Her mother is irritatingly daffy and the grandmother is very hard to love, but despite this the story is reasonably interesting and I stuck with it to the end. The narrator was good but I did get a bit weary of the plummy accents. If you haven't read a JoJo Moyes book before, I recommend you don't start with this one.

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  • Ann D
  • 05-07-15

Another Jojo Moyes' masterpiece!

Where does Sheltering Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is right up their with the best of Jojo's books.

What about Judith Boyd’s performance did you like?

The narration was excellent!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I didn't want to put it down.

Any additional comments?

Enjoy!

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  • Gillian
  • 07-16-14

Another brilliant storyline from Jojo Moyes

Would you listen to Sheltering Rain again? Why?

I would definitely listen to it again as it was such an entertaining story and I could really identify with all of the characters

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sheltering Rain?

Too many to choose from!

What does Judith Boyd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She brings warmth and fun to the telling of the story. She interprets the characters of the story superbly.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both....I balled my eyes out when the old horse died!!!

Any additional comments?

I have loved all of Jojo Moyes books that I have listened to. She is a superb storyteller and keeps you hooked the whole way through her books. I have listened to every one of her books on Audible now and am looking forward to some new ones coming through.

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  • Mrs
  • 06-03-14

Average book not Jojo at her best

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

No there would be many others further up the list. The characters were a tad flat

If you’ve listened to books by Jojo Moyes before, how does this one compare?

Not her at her best out of the 4 I have read this would de at the bottom

What aspect of Judith Boyd’s performance might you have changed?

None

Did Sheltering Rain inspire you to do anything?

No

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-15-17

enchanting

this lady never disappoints and took me to another world as always
love to be entertained by Jo Jo moyes

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-03-17

Very interesting Story

Captured so well the mores of each generation. An interesting story with wit, sadness, insights & of course the ups & downs of relationships. As usual a highly polished piece from J Moyes.

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  • MARLENE
  • 09-08-16

Jo Jo Moyes

Would you consider the audio edition of Sheltering Rain to be better than the print version?

I loved the audio version, beautifully read and portrayed by Judith Boyd.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sabine was my favourite character I loved the way she changed and matured at the end.

What does Judith Boyd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Her wonderful way of characterising each person, so you know who is who.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A lovely family saga which spans from Hong Kong to England and then to Ireland

Any additional comments?

Very good story by Jojo Moyes. One of her best.

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  • Joanne Morley
  • 06-06-16

ok but not as good as her later books

it was an ok listen but I found Kate the main character a little irritating and at times the story wandered and I wasn't sure where it was heading. but overall it was ok and I listened to the end

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  • Linden
  • 04-27-15

Not very enjoyable

Having just loved Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind, I couldn't wait to hear this story. But I'm afraid I was disappointed. I found the characterisation somewhat shallow and the story a little trite. I also found the narration rather patronising and glib. Maybe this was what spoilt it for me to some extent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-17

Wasn’t sure but...

It took a while for me to warm to the narrator, at first it was like she was singing the story but she really grew on me and was excellent with accents. A really heart warming story. Jojo Moyes captures family dynamics so well.

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  • Saxen49
  • 11-03-16

Surprisingly not great

Slow and unsatisfying. Just too much going on and much of it uninteresting. The reveal isn't worth the wait and the ending is overwrought.

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  • Jacquie88
  • 07-26-16

Family rupture and repair

A good story true to Jojo Moyes' style of interweaving stories across generations and painting a glimpse of life juxtaposing the old with new. She captures the complexity and misunderstandings that rip families apart.