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Mrs. Sinclair's Suitcase

By: Louise Walters
Narrated by: Anna Bentinck,Karen Cass
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Publisher's Summary

A heartbreaking and deeply compelling debut, Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase is a compulsive pause-resister about thwarted love, dashed hopes, and family secrets - book-club fiction at its best.

Roberta, a lonely 34-year-old bibliophile, works at The Old and New Bookshop in England. When she finds a letter inside her centenarian grandmother’s battered old suitcase that hints at a dark secret, her understanding of her family’s history is completely upturned. Running alongside Roberta’s narrative is that of her grandmother, Dorothy, as a 40-year-old childless woman desperate for motherhood during the early years of World War II. After a chance encounter with a Polish war pilot, Dorothy believes she’s finally found happiness, but must instead make an unthinkable decision whose consequences forever change the framework of her family.

The parallel stories of Roberta and Dorothy unravel over the course of eighty years as they both make their own ways through secrets, lies, sacrifices, and love. Utterly absorbing, Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase is a spellbinding tale of two worlds, one shattered by secrets and the other by the truth.  

©2015 Louise Walters (P)2015 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A breathtaking, beautifully crafted tale of loves that survive secrets." (Kirkus Reviews, starred)

"Musty books, unrequited love, and old family secrets combine to create a crackling multigenerational saga infused with passion, pathos, and evocative WWII-era historical detail. Plenty of book-club and cinematic potential in this irresistible page-turner." (Booklist)

"A solid debut...[that] may appeal to those who have also liked bookishly romantic stories such as Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society or Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry." (Library Journal)

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Loved it !

There are many books set against the backdrop of WWII, and just as many utilize a dual narrative. So why did I enjoy this one so much ? Because of the narration ! Bravo to Anna Bentnick and Karen Cass for making this a great audiobook. I don't think the story would have had the same emotional impact if I'd read it.

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Predictable story line.

Would you try another book from Louise Walters and/or Anna Bentinck and Karen Cass ?

This was a rather predictable story and while I might try another book from these authors, I would want to know a lot more about the next story line.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I think I will listen to "Fates and Furies.

What about Anna Bentinck and Karen Cass ’s performance did you like?

The performance, overall, l was very good. The Polish accent left something to be desired but Dorothy was a well fleshed out character.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not.

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completely unexpected

I loved this story. it wasn't what I thought it would be, but it was lovely.

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Dismal

This seemed to be a litany of all the possible 'poor me' women's issues laid back to back from different eras. The lead character had some promise and seemed upbeat, but I couldn't suffer through all the other issues, even stories about heavy periods! I couldn't finish it.

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Best Book Yet

Thanks for the lovely story, so riveting. Performance amazing. Read it with relish. Get book

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Slow reading.

This the book was very slow and pathetically uneventful. I did not enjoy it although I did finish it because our book club had selected it for our monthly discussion. Many of the others in the book club felt the same as I did. It just moved much too slow and not particularly interesting.