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Editorial Reviews

Sophie, 17, is so depressed that she can't get out of bed. When her family can't take it anymore, they ship her off to live with her aunt, a total stranger. This strange adventure, though, will turn out to be just what Sophie needs. Lucy Taylor performs Chain of Hearts with a hypnotically sweet voice. Her tone is as soothing as a country stream and full of longing. Her leisurely pacing makes the many turns of events easy to follow. Teen listeners will enjoy being swept away into Sophie's world.

Publisher's Summary

A beautifully crafted teen novel from highly acclaimed author Maureen McCarthy.

At 17, Sophie is a mess. Her best friend is dead, and her boyfriend has gone. She's dropped out of school, sleeps through the day, eats all night, and refuses to see anyone. Her family has had enough. They're dumping her on an aunt she doesn't know in a country town where she'll be a complete stranger. But Sophie is about to embark on the strangest journey of her life. It will take her into her family's past, back to the origins of the bitter rift between her mother and her Aunt Fran, to her Uncle Jimmy and the Vietnam War, and finally to the girl in the painting and the story haunting all their lives.

©1999 Maureen McCarthy (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"This is a real page turner...The strengths are the finely realised country setting and sense of history as well as the space to show characters from numerous angles." (Magpies magazine)
“Lucy Taylor's enthusiastic performance will hook listeners as they sort out complex characters from three generations.” (AudioFile)

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  • Bexley, Australia
  • 08-02-12

Long Story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

A long read (listen), that seemed to go on and on.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

There did not seem to be one clear main character.

Any additional comments?

When there are so many exceptional classics available to be studied on 'Coming-of-Age', why would a year 11 teacher select this one? Answer - quite simply they should not. On 'coming-of-age' this book lacked true depth for a well read student. I recommend this book if you need to pass the time on your commute.