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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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A new author to love

As a fan of Kate Morton I was pleased to find Tracy Rees.
The characters where well formed the story while not a cliffhanger kept me entertained throughout.
The narration was spot on as I am a big fan of Imogene church second only to Caroline Lee.
I plan to read Florence Grace in the near future.

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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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I laughed, I cried, I LOVED THIS BOOK!

What made the experience of listening to The Hourglass the most enjoyable?

Characters were immediately interesting and engaging. Narrators did a nice job with the different voices and accents. But the story was wound at just the right pace of foreshadowing and moving the plot forward, with a wonderful payoff at the end. I laughed, I cried, I LOVED IT!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hourglass?

The last several chapters. I would hate to spoil it for anyone. One great one, though, was the coffee/lunch scene with Nora and Logan. Perfectly crafted!

What does Charlotte Strevens and Imogen Church bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

How one would pronounce some of the Welsh words! Great job by both narrators.

If you could take any character from The Hourglass out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Leo, for his perception and authenticity.

Any additional comments?

Wish we had more from The author. I have really loved every one.

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  • Betty
  • Plattsburgh, N.Y., United States
  • 02-06-18

The Hourglass

I really enjoyed this story.....this was my third book of Tracy Rees. The story is interesting and has a certain amount of intrigue that keeps the reader thinking and wondering about. Enjoy!!

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Great storyline

Did not want to put it down. Very good. Will look for more by this same author.

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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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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • mrs
  • 04-19-18

Fantastic read

So enjoyed this book! Not only charming and sweet story but full of twists and turns to keep you gripped to the story!

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  • jas
  • 01-27-18

Loved it

I was drawn in almost immediately the characters all seemed so real just couldn't stop listening what a great book just hope there is a follow up I would love to find out what happened to Nora

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  • JP
  • 01-17-18

heartwarming

Lovely story that kept me interested all the way through, didn't want it to finish

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  • Ms. J. K. Campbell
  • 01-14-18

Unputdownable

A lovely heart wrenching and heart felt story.
Had me gripped from the start. It finishes the way it started...on a prayer....one you wish to come true.

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  • lorraine grundon
  • 11-27-17

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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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  • Rebecca
  • 12-26-17

very predictable

A little long for such a basic but sweet storyline. No surprises along the way.

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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!