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With Hope and Love

Narrated by: Marlene Sidaway
Series: The Cliffehaven Series, Book 17
Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Brought to you by Penguin. 

Cliffehaven, 1945.  

The war in Europe is over, but for Peggy Reilly and the residents of Beach View Boarding House the effects of the conflict are still far-reaching. 

Cockney evacuee Ivy and her sweetheart, Andy, are saving to get married and fulfil their dream of returning to the East End. But when tragedy strikes, Ivy is faced with a life-changing dilemma that only she can resolve. 

Rita also faces an impossible choice when her sweetheart, Peter, proposes and asks her to live with him in Australia - just as her widowed father returns from the fighting in Europe. 

Meanwhile Peggy must say good-bye to several of her evacuee chicks whilst she awaits the return of her family from Somerset and the news that her husband, Jim, can finally come home. 

It’s a dream she’s held on to for six long years, but fate has one more twist in store. 

©2019 Ellie Dean (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Great narrator!

I appreciate the pacing, variety of voices and clear diction of this narrator. I hope she is asked to read Dean’s next book.


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Hope and Love is this story

As always, Ellie Deans latest edition in the Cliffehaven Series is a wonderful story. The author brings previous characters and situations to lovely conclusions. Peggy and her "chicks" have weathered WW2 in their part of England. While not without sadness and pain, they find on VE Day a sense of wonder and hope for the future. The one big negative is the narration. The previous narrative by Julie Maisey was spot on for characterization through voices. This new narration is way below what I was expecting. Ms. Sidaway's characters are stilted and no match to what listeners have come to expect. Hopefully, Ms. Maisey will be onboard for the next installment "Homecoming".

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  • Animal lover
  • 08-23-19

Story terrific but.....

The story as usual was Ellie Dean’s brilliant account of the family at Cliffehaven. However the narrator was very disappointing, nowhere near as accomplished as the previous narrator of the Cliffehaven series. I fervently hope Ms Sidaway is not given the task on the final book in the series.

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  • Alison Boniface
  • 09-11-19

Another fab cliff haven instalment

I’ve waited impatiently for each book in this series and loved every one. They have made me laugh and cry and almost feel the heart wrenching difficulties the war must have brought. The only thing that disappoints is the narrator. The others have been fabulous but this narrator didn’t have any different voices for characters and her attempts at any kind of accent were sadly lacking. Having been used to Jim and Rons broad Irish accent in the others this did somewhat spoil this book. I wish I’d read it myself and not listened to the audiobook. Please use a different narrator next time.

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  • Mouse2560
  • 09-07-19

With hope and love

Loved to be back with the cliffhaven characters again, enjoyed the story line very much but I missed the escaped of Ron and his dog Harvey.
cannot wait for next book
However I did miss Julie Maisey’s voice and wish she narrated all the books as the characters don’t seem the same when its narrated by someone else
This is why I have only given 3 stars for performances
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  • Sheila
  • 09-04-19

Worst book in the series.

I have really enjoyed all the 16 books in the series. The stories have been great and hard to but down. After each book I could not wait for the next one. However, having purchased the latest book (17) I can not stand the voice of the narrator. This has really spoiled the whole story as I just can not listen to it and I was so looking forward to buying book 17.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-19

narrator not good

natrator left much to be desired spoliling the story bring back the story teller from prevoius books in series

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  • missj
  • 09-03-19

Totally ruined by narration

Impossible to give a true review of the story line as I was distracted by the most appalling narration . I was so looking forward to this title coming over to my Library. I just cannot understand why you would change a narrator so far into a series of excellent books . The Irish and Australian accents were almost laughable And the dreadful monotone reading was distracting .
I would recommend that you perhaps read this book rather than listen as I’m sure you will find it much more enjoyable .

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  • Vanessa
  • 09-01-19

Poor Narration

I love the Cliffehaven stories but the chosen narrator really let the story down, my least favourite book out of all of them ☹️

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  • BJ1951
  • 08-28-19

I'm so sorry but....

.… this narrator is just not suitable for the Cliffhaven Series! The different accents needed are just not there and it was a struggle to listen to a very boring and unenthusiastic voice but did continue to the end as I love these stories and prefer to listen rather than sit down and read. It's an escape from doing hum drum jobs like ironing, and getting lost in the story. It makes it a more pleasurable experience. I much prefer Annie Aldington (my favourite narrator) or Julie Maisey. Hopefully one of them will be able to narrate the next book.

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  • Jord1987
  • 08-28-19

poor narrator

l have read and loved the complete beach house series. Ellie Dean has brought a delightful series of characters to life who you feel you know and understand their trials and tribulations. I waited with happy anticipation my delivery of With Hope and Love. what a letdown. Marlene Sidaway read in a monosyllabic manner, all characters sounded the same, included women and men.I lost all sense of the individuality of the characters. so much to say I choose to read the kindle book. very very disappointed in this audible book and the use of a narrator who clearly had no enthusiasm for reading this book.

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  • hunkydoreyrad
  • 08-26-19

Disappointed in the narrator!

Loved all ellie deans books but so very disappointed with the narrator! Had to give up.

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  • Tracy
  • 09-20-19

Wonderful Series

I read the 17 books from this series and loved them. My only complaint is to use the same narrator for all of the books.

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  • Maria
  • 08-29-19

Just as wonderful as the other books in the series

**I am reviewing the audio version of this book**

I am not sure what else I can say about this series of books that I haven’t already said. This book was just as wonderful as the other books.
Every time I read another book in this series, I become so engaged with the characters that I feel like they are real. I don’t know how Ellie Dean does it, but she takes the reader from Tragedy to laughing out loud effortlessly.
The Narration was good, although throughout the series, I did get used to Annie Aldington and Julie Maisey. Once i got used to the current Narrator’s voice though, it was all good.
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A friend made the comment that when she’s finished one of the Cliffehaven books, she has trouble getting in to another book, because they are that good. I have to agree. The whole series has had me hooked from start to finish.
I am going to be very sad when this series is over.
I don’t usually reread books, but I would definitely consider rereading this series in the future.
This series I feel is best read in order, although they can be read as stand alone.
Would highly recommend.

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  • Mike
  • 08-27-19

reader sucks

hated the reader, so dissapointed as I did enjoy the series. everyone sounded the same