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Victoria Macara is 27 and lives alone in the old house on the corner that was once home to the family removal business. When the land is sold, she finds herself surrounded by a small estate of new properties called Victoria Square. The newcomers who move in around her bring with them their own dramas. The mismatched Kathleen and Steve are lovers with broken marriages behind them; Rachel is attempting to escape from a terrible tragedy; upper-class Sarah arrives with her children after running away from an abusive husband; while Anna and Ernie are just after a quiet life. For Marie Jordan, Victoria Square is a refuge from the men who murdered her husband; for Judy Moon, it means a fresh start after 40 years of marriage to a man she'd thought she'd love forever. But it is to Gareth, trapped in a hopeless marriage, that Victoria is particularly drawn. When Rachel decides to hold a barbecue, the scene is set for confrontation, truth-telling, and the revelation of long-held secrets that will touch the lives of all these characters.
©2004 Maureen Lee; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Joan
  • Brighton, MI, USA
  • 11-19-05

Warm book with many interesting characters

The many characters in this book may be hard to keep track of at first, but you'll soon know each of them very well. I enjoyed the method in which the author takes you back into the lives of the major characters. The narrator did an excellent job and gave each of the many characters a distinct voice and of course I especially enjoyed the British accents. I didn't want this book to end and it will one that I will enjoy again in a few years.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Megan
  • Algonquin, IL, USA
  • 01-10-06

The Old House on the Corner

one of the best books I have read. I would like more from this author.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Barbara
  • Bozeman, MT, United States
  • 12-19-11

This book got me started on Maureen Lee

If you could sum up The Old House on the Corner in three words, what would they be?

Great Story!!

What other book might you compare The Old House on the Corner to and why?

None

What does Maggie Ollerenshaw bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good characterization

Who was the most memorable character of The Old House on the Corner and why?

All of them

Any additional comments?

This book was so good that I need to listen to it again - it has been a long time. I recommended it to several people which is something I don't often do. I even gave a couple away for gifts to readers rather than listeners.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Carol
  • 05-24-12

A jolly good listen.

I wanted to give this book half star more, but half a star wasn't an option.
This book it had loads of great characters in it and the narrator was very good. I personally found the accents a little too akky sounding but the characters easily made up for that as the narrator made them really come alive.
I loved Anna with her lovely elegant voice and zest for life and her big burly loving husband Ernie, it was very true to life, sad and happy at times and rather romantic, it also provoked feelings and thoughts of how one might feel in some of the characters heart felt situations. I found that I wanted to find out what happened next.
All in all it was thought provoking and a jolly good listen.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • alison
  • 04-13-13

A fabulous read

This book is all engulfing, I could hardly bear to stop listening. The characters and writing drew me in and rescued me from my stressful life. I only recently discovered audio books and now cannot imagine life without books like this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 03-13-13

Everybody needs good neighbours

This was a collection of stories about the neighbours in a new development. I think the saddest part of it was that it was family members who were the cruelest to each other. Family is meant to be who you turn to when things are at their worst, but here, it was the family causing the heartbreak.

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  • beverley spencer
  • 07-13-15

not the best

the narrators voice was irritating and the story didn't really go anywhere. very dissapointing .