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Jam and Roses

Narrated by: Anne Dover
Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
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Three sisters in 1920s struggle to make ends meet and protect their mother from their violent father. Milly works in Southwells jam factory. Elsie dreams of a career on the stage, while little Amy runs wild with her friends.

All three of the girls fear the unforgiving temper of their father and their courageous attempts to protect their defenseless mother will have dramatic, disastrous consequences for them all.

©2014 Mary Gibson (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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  • Mouse2560
  • 02-16-15

Yet another cracker !!!!

What made the experience of listening to Jam and Roses the most enjoyable?

The storyline was exciting with strong characters but also the narrator Anne Dover made it a joy to listen to with all her different voices she brings it alive

Who was your favorite character and why?

Milly is my favourite, she has great strength in personality which reminds me of my many cockney aunties i have

Have you listened to any of Anne Dover’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is yet another fantastic performance by Anne Dove to me she has got to be the best,listened to her many times and hope she reads any future books by Mary Gibson

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

Found the story very emotional in places, i laughed while washing up,cried while doing the ironing , and raged while hoovering

Any additional comments?

Cannot wait for the next book, i can see me getting seriously hooked to the Mary GIbson books and will probably listen to them over and over again

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  • Alyson Kleinhans
  • 04-06-16

jam and roses

This was the first book by Mary Gibson I've had and OMG it was amazing from start to finish breath taking in parts loved it can't wait to start a new one. I would highly recommend this book to. Anyone.

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  • Mazza
  • 03-20-16

Another good listen

I love how Anne Dover manages to separate all the various people by using different intonations. This book went from many hours to finish without me realising. Very entertaining

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  • Rooty tooty
  • 07-08-15

Engaging story of the depression era in Bermondsey

Anne Dover yet again displays her acting skill bringing to life the characters of Bermondsey in the interlude between the wars.
A story of 3 sisters struggling to free themselves from an alcoholic abusive father and a put upon mother. You really end up caring about the protagonists. Very enjoyable.

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  • Charlie Carter
  • 01-10-19

Lovely stories

Really enjoying this set of stories- bringing my grandmother’s Bermondsey childhood to life. Love the way the characters from each book subtly intertwined.

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  • Sigrin
  • 03-11-18

Easy listening older chic lit


You may knock it for being chic lit but every now and again after some heavy reads/listens one needs something light but interesting storylines and Mary Gibson fits the bill.

Great story set in post World War Two London wirh dine great characters and interesting scenarios of the hard times faced by the poor of London pre welfare benefit scrounges!

Enjoy.

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  • Amber
  • 09-28-17

Familiar old friend

Anne Dovers voice gives warmth and realality to the characters and for me was like listening to a familiar old friend. The story its self was close to my heart as I know the area of London in which the story was set so could easily see the setting and the characters.

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  • prmiaj
  • 06-01-17

thoroughly enjoyed this book.

lives lived out in hard times but strength of character shone through. fabulous story with a good ending :-)

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  • jenni olenski
  • 01-23-17

JUST AS ENGAGING AT SECOND OR THIRD LISTENING

I come back to this every year to revisit the family in the London slums. The reader holds our attention and has us holding our breath through serious trouble many times. There is joy and humour and strength. You feel privileged to live in modern Britain, but realise we have lost the close community of a tougher but closer knit era. As we leave the family, the slums are being transformed by tree and flower planting, dignity has been clung to and we say goodbye to the story with optimism.

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  • David P Grant
  • 06-16-16

Days of long ago

I loved this book the second the first book was also exceptional look forward to more books from this Author

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  • Donna
  • 05-23-16

Loved it

Loved it didnt want it to end such a great story the characters felt like friends

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  • J M WRATT
  • 03-20-17

Jam & Roses

Roses & Jam is an excellent saga - couldn't wait to hear the whole story and then I wanted it to continue.
Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-18-19

Loved it

Another great read by Mary Gibson. I love listening to Anne Dover. Thank you again for a great story