• Sunny Days and Sea Breezes

  • The PERFECT feel-good, escapist read from the Sunday Times bestseller
  • By: Carole Matthews
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The top 10 Sunday Times best seller.

Winner of the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award.

When does time out become the time of your life?

Jodie Jackson is all at sea, in every sense. 

On a ferry bound for the Isle of Wight, she's leaving her London life, her career and her husband behind. She'd like a chance to turn back the clocks, but she'll settle for some peace and quiet on her brother Bill's beautifully renovated houseboat, Sunny Days.  

But from the moment Jodie steps aboard her new home, it's clear she'll struggle to keep herself to herself. If it isn't Marilyn, who cleans for Bill and is under strict instructions to look after Jodie, then it's Ned, the noisy sculptor on the next-door houseboat. Ned's wood carving is hard on the ears, but it's made up for by the fact that he's rather easy on the eyes.

Bustled out of the boat by Marilyn and encouraged to explore with Ned, Jodie soon delights in her newfound freedom. But out of mind isn't out of sight, and when her old life comes knocking, Jodie is forced to face reality. Will she answer the call or choose a life filled with sunny days and sea breezes?

An absolute must-listen from the queen of fun-filled and life-affirming fiction, Sunny Days and Sea Breezes will make your heart sing.

©2020 Carole Matthews (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"A life-affirming story full of joy and hope." (Cathy Bramley)

" A wonderful setting where dark clouds part to reveal a happy ending." (Katie Fforde)

"A sun-filled, fun-filled wonderful escapist adventure." (Milly Johnson)

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ISLE OF WIGHT TAKE ME AWAY!!

Carole Matthews has done it again! The brilliant and vivid descriptions has me ready to book my ticket.
This is a story of resilience and love after heartbreak. I laughed and and cried. I can't wait to read what she comes up with next.

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  • R. A .Parnell
  • 10-01-21

Poor narrating

The narrator spoiled the story with poor acting and performance skills. I felt I was being read to by a child. Which is a shame as Laura Kirman is an experienced reader and actress, it just didn't work with this book.

There were sensitive and emotional issues that were minimised, there was no real emotion portrayed by the narrator. A good storyline believable characters but significantly let down by the teller.

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  • Paula Knapman
  • 09-16-21

Brilliant as always!!

I didn’t want it to end, a great story, with believable characters - all of which you become totally immersed in and feel you know them personally, brilliant storyline, I was very disappointed when it finished. Carole Matthews at her very best. Would thoroughly recommend.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-30-21

Feel good listen - great for holiday or pj day

Easy to listen to due to super narrator. Heart warming story with nice imagery.

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  • Jayne
  • 07-20-21

First audible.. loved it!

great narrator and fantastic story would highly recommend this book, so easy to get swept up into the storyline

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  • Chiddgirl
  • 06-29-21

Fab Book

Loved it. Easy to listen to narrator. Feel good story, though covered a tough part of Jodies life, well. Looking forward to the next book/listen.

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  • Carol W.
  • 06-27-21

Loved it

First time read of this author. I loved it.Will definitely be reading more.Thank you..so much .

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  • Sarah
  • 06-14-21

Such a heart warming story

Another amazing book by Carole Matthews. Pure escapism to a life on narrow boats and daily yoga on the beach - loved it!

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  • April Caldwell
  • 02-04-21

I just couldn't stop listening!

I am/was addicted to this narrative. The characters are well thought out, I found myself smiling out loud in the streets. Attached.

Thank you.

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  • henryhorn
  • 12-11-20

Narrator a bit irritating.

The book was fairly predictable but the author described the characters and scenery very well.
It left me eager to explore the places mentioned.
Unfortunately I found the narrator not that good, every time she read a male voice it sounded utterly false and detracted from the words.
I never really warmed to the lead character Jodie either until she finally sought revenge.
If you are after a predictable light read you will likely enjoy it, but I think it's better as a book.

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  • lynnerse
  • 11-17-20

Pleasant book

This was an ok book. Overall I enjoyed it, although more than once I thought to return it. However, I am glad I stuck with it. I’m not a fan of ‘I’ve a secret I’m not telling but will just drop hints’ in general, ana more than one cringy moments, but overall a pleasant listen on my evening walk.

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  • lal67
  • 11-03-20

Not boring

Just couldn’t get into it at all, storyline was a bit predictable. I had to slow the narration down to 0.9 at times.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-16-20

easy read

Enjoyed this story as i do every one of carole's books. love the houseboat living

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  • AMT
  • 07-28-20

Good Ad for the Isle of Wight!

Quite a good story but not one of Carole Matthews’ best, a bit too predictable and the narration a bit too hearty. Quite enjoyed it. Made me keen to see the Isle of Wight!