The Other Daughter

A Novel
Narrated by: Nicola Barber
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
4 out of 5 stars (1,710 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Raised in a poor yet genteel household, Rachel Woodley is working in France as a governess when she receives news that her mother has died suddenly. Grief stricken, she returns to the small town in England where she was raised to clear out the cottage...and finds a cutting from a London society magazine, with a photograph of her supposedly deceased father dated all of three month before. He's an earl, respected and influential, and he is standing with another daughter - his legitimate daughter. Which makes Rachel...not legitimate. Everything she thought she knew about herself and her past - even her very name - is a lie.

Still reeling from the death of her mother and furious at this betrayal, Rachel sets herself up in London under a new identity. There she insinuates herself into the partygoing crowd of Bright Young Things, with a steely determination to unveil her father's perfidy and bring his - and her half sister's - charmed world crashing down. Very soon, however, Rachel faces two unexpected snags: She finds she genuinely likes her half-sister, Olivia, whose situation isn't as simple it appears; and she might just be falling for her sister's fiancé....

From Lauren Willig, author of the New York Times best-selling novel The Ashford Affair, comes The Other Daughter, an audiobook full of deceit, passion, and revenge.

©2015 Lauren Willig (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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Adequate.

An improbable story but entertaining if you don't think too hard about it. The only major flaw was that the narrator made the male love interest sound so sarcastic and obnoxious that even his own mother would be hard pressed to love him.

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Excellent!

I love Lauren Willig's books. This is no exception. It didn't take too long for me to be in tears. Great writing and a good story does that. It wasn't the last time I got sniffly during this book.

Rachel, as Vera, was a bit annoying at times. I wasn't thrilled with her plan but she handled it well and the story took interesting turns. Just when I thought I knew where the plot was going things veered in another direction. And then it happened again. This made the story interesting.

The narration was excellent and I truly enjoyed this book.

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Enjoyable

I liked the storyline and Barber did an excellent job with the reading. The story had several twists that I did not see coming and I like when an author can surprise me.

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Would be better as a movie

With a few tweaks, this book would make a great Romantic Comedy Movie. Sadly for me I am not into rom-coms so I didn’t really care for most of the book.

The plot wasn’t that bad, and I must admit there were a few twists I didn’t see coming, but overall the lengths Rachel goes to to infiltrate her way into the inner circle and get close to her father was farfetched – it was a real stretch to think her plan would work. Had she just been more direct there would not have been a story, I get that! But the whole plot feel a little too contrived… trying too hard to be interesting.

Another reviewer described this story as “entertaining if you don't think too hard about it” and I think that sums it up perfectly!

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Overall disappointed

This story was ok. I liked it and thought It was good until the last couple of chapters. And the end was terrible I am all for happy ever after endings but it feels as if half way through the book the author got tired of writing it and left a lot of lose ends.

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Love it!

Five stars Lauren Willig! Really enjoyed the book! I was right about Simon.. A great audio performance.

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Exceptional

Thought I would like it just fine. Came out of it wanting someone to make a movie from it, word for word.

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Not Bad!

Good story. Not at all like the summary says it is, so boo on that. However, the main character is extremely likeable, and I didn't know exactly how it was going to end until almost the end. Good job overall!

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Sudden Ending Disappoints!

I usually enjoy this very accomplished author but this novel felt unfinished and unsatisfying because it seemed unpolished with tons of awkward adverbs clouding the prose and stops abruptly with many loose ends dangling. One wonders if ms. willing just gave up on this one---and as if her editors were out to lunch...

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A wonderful surprise!

I generally do not listen to historical romances but this one caught my eye and I was so pleased! The narrator brought to life such rich characters and I loved how she was able to change her tones to match the characters' changing emotions throughout the story.

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  • 12-06-17

Quite nice!

It's an easy listen. The narration is great! for me it comes second after Davina Porter. Due to such good narration the story seems more alive. The plot itself is interesting enough, but for me it was lacking a bit in romance. All in all, I liked it, but would have loved it if there was a little bit more focus on the fillings of the characters.

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  • Kerrie
  • 10-12-15

Good story

The synopsis sounded interesting .... the storyline was a good one but I think it might have been better for me to have read it rather than listened to as the narrator irritated me so much. The main character came across as spoiled and petulant, which really she was not. A good story spoiled by a melodramatic reading.

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  • Tamara
  • 08-30-15

Another enjoyable listening experience!

Always enjoy novels set in England during this time period, and Lauren Willig's work kept me interested. The narration added extra depth to the whole experience of b the journey with Rachel Woodley, new friends and associates. Having read Lauren's previous novel, The Ashford Affair was hoping the experience would be just as enjoyable via audio book. Definitely not disappointed. Thank you Lauren Willg and Nicola Barber for taking me another world away. Look forward to many more.