Nell and Lady

A Novel
Narrated by: Shannon McManus
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (493 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A heart-stirring novel of family and forgiveness from bestselling author Ashley Farley.

In her grand home in Charleston, Willa Bellemore raised two girls during the tumultuous 1970s. One was her daughter, Lady. The other was Lady’s best friend, Nell - adopted after the sudden, heartbreaking death of her mother, the Bellemores’ beloved maid. Willa showered Nell with love and support, all the while ignoring the disdainful whispers of her neighbors. After all, they were family. Nell and Lady were sisters at heart - sisters who vowed to never let anything come between them.

Then, on the night of Lady’s sixteenth birthday, something went terribly wrong, sparking painful secrets and bitter resentments that went unspoken for three decades.

Now Willa is dying, and Lady and Nell - each with a teenager of her own - are brought together after all these years. It’s Willa’s last wish. The time has come to confront what happened on that fateful night. But it may take a tragic twist of fate to reconcile the past and come to terms with the true meaning of family.

©2018 Ashley Farley (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Great book. So emotional but what a great ending to a wonderful story, oh my!

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Love love love

Amazing story. It's definitely a new fav of mine. Sweet and feel good with intense themes. And clean! Finally a novel that doesn't rely on sex to sell.

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Feel good book

A really good story about family. It doesn't matter if it's blood, as long as there's love. Great performance as well. I was able to sit back and visualize the characters.

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Meh

This story never grabbed my attention and was always easy to put down and not pick up again. Just meh storyline. Narrator was alright.

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Story drug on and on

The narrator was good, but the story seemed to really drag. You have to pay attention to the audiobook, because the POV and timeline changes frequently. It was worth the sale price, just not one of my favorite books.

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a must read

This was an excellent book. the characters were well developed. The narrator was very good, although she did not know how to pronounce chaise lounge. I highly recommend this audio book.

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Mediocre

The narration drags and the story line was mediocre at best. Wouldn't recommend to anyone for listening. Not sure about other works by author but probably won't buy another

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good read

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story line. From the area so was able to relate.

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Good premise poorly executed

1. Bad dialogue--very stilted or unnatural.
2. Black woman hates all white people because of one terrible thing that happened when she was a teenager. Hmmm. Nothing else contributed to her feelings? When she tells her teenaged son about this incident he responds pompously that he doesn't see color/race (or something to that effect). Really? Is there a minority group alive (race, religion, sex, body type, disability) that hasn't experienced some kind of discrimination, micro aggression, bullying, nasty comments, etc.? So this boy growing up in the south lectures his mom about her racism because he has never experience ANY? And I didn't buy the one bad experience makes her hate all white people. And it's a white woman writing this, which made me rather uncomfortable.
3. Bad boundaries: Your kid is not your contemporary and you shouldn't be telling your kid some things that the mother tells her kid. But this isn't even presented as bad boundaries.

I'm sure a different author could have made the premise of this book work, but not this one. This goes in the return category.


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Unexpected and wonderful

This was a story that I wasn't expecting, Lady and Nell's friendship was very beautiful to be destroyed but something really terrible happened that nobody knows and drove Nell and Lady so far apart that not even their families know what happened.. they're also driven away from the putting an abysm between them making almost impossible to even have a friendship or a family again.

Lady and Nell were so tight to each other, they live together and do everything together even their momes were closer but something happened to Nell at Lady's party that everything after that was completely destroyed.

This is the story of two friends trying to recover what was left, life and circumstances have put them on the same path again, and maybe this is the right time for any of them to finally lower their walls and start to see clearly.

I really enjoy this book especially when I meet Lady's daughter and Nell's son they were a very important key to this story and I really enjoy finding out more about them.

The two husbands were terrible, I feel like this book shows a lot of support for women, especially women who are living hell in their own house, with a husband that doesn't care about their feelings or even about them.. both of them were two macho characters that their happiness was more important than even the happiness of their own kids.

the narrations by Shannon McManus were amazing!! I really enjoy so much her voice and how she brought so much to each character and also the story

so much to say about this story but without giving too much away, this book has drama, friendship, love, angst and a lot of scenarios that will keep playing and trying to keep sabotaging Nells and Lady's friendship no matter how much they try life will keep on testing them over and over again..