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2014. Nora has always taken success for granted, until suddenly her life begins to fall apart. Troubled by anxiety and nightmares, she finds herself drawn to the sweeping beaches of Tenby, a place she's only been once before. Together with a local girl, she rents a beautiful townhouse and slowly begins to settle in to her new life. But Tenby hides a secret, and Nora will soon discover that this little town by the sea has the power to heal even the most painful memories.

1950. Chloe visits Tenby every summer. She stays with relatives, and spends the long, idyllic days on the beach. Every year is the same, until she meets a glamorous older boy and is instantly smitten. But on the night of their first date, Chloe comes to a realisation, the aftermath of which could haunt her forever.

The Hourglass is a moving novel about finding love even after it seems too late and the healing power of a magical place by the sea.

©2017 Tracy Rees (P)2017 WF Howes Ltd

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"Tracy Rees writes from the heart." (Kathryn Hughes, author of The Letter)

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Buy it!!!!

Such depth of character and a meaningful story that unfolded perfectly. Bah to everyone who didn’t like the ending, it was exactly as it should be, it ended as it began and that’s all you need to know in order to realize that everything works out. I’ll give it a month and probably listen again.

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Great story, well delivered

The story line and narration were both superb. This delivery had some of the most consistent and accurate accents. Even male dialogue was well delivered. The scenery was beautiful and the characters were richly woven into a charming storyline.

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Fabulous

Great story, lovely characters and a good narration. A book that you look forward to listening to, it leaves one with a feeling of contentment at the end,

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  • sharon
  • san diego, california, United States
  • 09-24-17

Another Good One By Tracy Rees

I did not enjoy this book by Rees as much as her other two....mainly because of the narration. The voice for Chloe and the other teens in Wales went from cloying to shrill and
the Welsh accents were a little hard to understand. The narration for "Nora " was fine.
I liked the story a lot and the character development was good.
However I must say I am a little tired of the style of writing that jumps back and forth between
generational characters. I wish authors would go back to a straight forward style and just tell the story the way Ann Tyler, Rosamunde Pilcher or Nevil Shute does.

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Fabulous!

Tracy Rees weaves a beautiful story! I felt I was walking the beach with them.

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A delight from beginning to end.

My 1st experience with this author was Amy Snow. This effort was different, and also wonderful. The characters, dialog and story were spot on. Loved it! Performance was excellent.

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Brilliant from start to finish! Highly recommend.

Tracy Rees has become my favourite modern writer. Her words weave the reader (or listener) directly into the world of Chloe and Nora as their lives reconnect from past to present. The intricacies and complexity of relationships, love, longing and self discovery unfold in yet another of Tracy's masterpieces. Listen to The Hourglass. You won't be disappointed. Imogen and Charlotte use their vocal and theatrical talents to bring Tracy's work to life. 5 stars all the way!

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  • Stephanie
  • Long Beach, CA, United States
  • 07-21-17

Awful

I was expecting a book like Amy Snow. All the reviews lead me to believe that was so. Instead I got s coming of age book that I could not finish. I was so disappointed and mislead by the reviews. Boring. I wasted my money and will not trust the reviews again. I have never or maybe twice not finished to read or listened to book in my 74,years. Juvenile!!!

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Another fabulous Tracy Rees novel!

Wonderful characters, a stunning setting, amazing narration and a great story. My only regret is that I have now read all of Tracy Rees' novels. She is fantastic story teller. Will wait patiently for the next.

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Another great book by Tracy Rees

This is my 3rd Tracy Rees audible and I love every one of them! She has a such a great way of writing. I loved the voice actors, too. They make it so enjoyable to listen to. 5 stars all around!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-22-17

brilliantly evocative

took me a bit to get into the characters but once there i loved everything

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  • 07-02-17

Another excellent read from Tracy Rees!

Lovely story and characters. The narration was great and captured the Welsh accent/culture. Can't wait for another book from the author.

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  • lorraine grundon
  • 11-27-17

Wales

Lovely listen didn’t want it too come to an end. Loved Norah so strong and loved.

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  • Jeanette
  • 07-08-17

Nice enough story shame about the story tellers!

Quite a pleasant story but it was spoiled for me by the narrators their awful accents were so grating! Why try to use colloquial accents and phrases that are almost a insulting to the listener. I gave one star to the performance but it's not worth it!

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  • Tamara
  • 06-24-17

Thoroughly enjoyable listen.

I've been listening to this Author since her debut. This novel was equally enjoyable. The dual time period and two narrators really brought this story to life. Couldn't wait to get back to listening. Highly recommend.

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  • Esther Juon Veitch
  • 05-12-17

The best ever book I have listened too!

A wonderful story, beautifully written and I could not stop listening to it!
Charlotte Strevens and Imogen Church are great readers with a wonderful character interpretations bringing the book to life!
Brilliant all round, simply loved it!