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The Drowned Village

By: Kathleen McGurl
Narrated by: Maggie Mash
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Publisher's summary

Beneath the surface lie forgotten secrets....

A village destroyed

It’s the summer of 1935, and 11-year-old Stella Walker is preparing to leave her home forever. Forced to evacuate to make way for a new reservoir, the village of Brackendale Green will soon be lost. But before the water has even reached them, a dreadful event threatens to tear Stella’s family apart.

An uncovered secret

Present day, and a fierce summer has dried up the lake and revealed the remnants of the deserted village. Now an old woman, Stella begs her granddaughter Laura to make the journey she can’t. She’s sure the village still holds answers for her, but with only days until the floodwaters start to rise again, Laura is in a race against time to solve the mysteries of Stella’s almost forgotten past.

Haunting and evocative, The Drowned Village reaches across the decades in an unforgettable tale of love, loss and family.

©2018 Kathleen McGurl (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"The Drowned Village with its dual timelines is a compelling story which drew me straight in and kept me hooked until the past met the future in a satisfying ending. Look forward to reading more from this author." (Linda Finlay, author of The Flower Seller)

"Really touching, a gently gripping mystery. Made me desperate to visit the Lake District!" (Kerry Barrett)

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Excellent book

I really enjoyed this book. Although I liked Kathleen’s other book this one was better because there was not any foul language which I find offensive.

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Narration was so bad I couldn't get through it..

The narrator's voices made the women sound slow and dumb and the males were worse.

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Excellent story

Started a little slow but so glad I kept listening. The story was warm and very interesting. It’s not a long book and it’s a great story. I would suggest a reading. I am now going to read another book by this author. Enjoy reading 😀

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Enjoyed it all!

This was a very enjoyable book to read! Very vivid and was easily taken to the places in the story! Would like to read some more by her!

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Excellent but Very Sad

I thought the narrator did a great job with the different accents, the rhythm, pacing, etc. The story was beautiful, well structured, great ending, etc. If you're a mother, be forewarned you will cry. More than once.

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Kept my interest, enjoyed it very much. Reader did a good job. Would recommend this read.

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