A seaside holiday at Shell Cottage in Devon has always been the perfect escape for the Tarrant family. But this year,everything has changed. Following her husband's recent death, Olivia is struggling to pick up the pieces.
Harriet's looking forward to a break with her lovely husband, Robert, and teenage daughter, Molly. But unknown to Harriet, Robert is hiding a secret - and so, for that matter, is Molly....
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"Nice summer holiday book"
I really didn't think I was going to listen to all of this as didn't really have any interest in any of the characters in the book initially, but the narrator's voice was lovely and I was in a holiday mode so carried on and I'm glad I did. It got a lot better in the second half and while it's not going on my 'wow' list I did enjoy it as a light summer book...
"enjoyable listen across the generations"
Yes, for easy and engaging listening
Gloria, the larger than life cleaner
the skinny dipping
Summer in Devon
Since I know the area where the cottage is supposed to be, some of the location details jarred with me - the post office and shop they went to in Ivybridge would be miles and miles away, since Ivybridge is nowhere near the coast. Also, since Olivia is portrayed as an elderly grandma, it was a shock to discover that she was only 59! I'm 47 and my partner is 51 and we both run half-marathons. We're not ready to be old yet, and at 59, neither should Olivia be.
Review: this book is actually quite different from what i expected it to be. Now that isn't always a bad thing and as soon as i got a decent way through this fab novel, I forgot all about what I expected it to be and just enjoyed it for what it was. I really enjoyed this book, as I have every other Lucy Diamond book, and its a wonderful summer release because it just makes you feel like getting away from it all, somewhere for a few days in the UK, perhaps with family, perhaps not. If you can't however, this book will do the trick for you!
The characters in this book were a lot older than I expected them to be. Olivia, the main character and the matriarch of this novel, is a grandmother for instance and the other two main storylines in the book revolve around other mothers. This surprised me initially but overall., it brought the book together nicely and made sure that everything in the book came back to itself. I thought the various storylines running throughout the book were all equally entertaining. I was shocked by a few of the revelations and I particularly enjoyed the drama surrounding young Molly's storyline, that one made me gasp over my breakfast I can tell you!
I can't say i related particularly to Olivia's character, I enjoyed her storyline but I felt she was a little to successful for me to relate to. The two younger women in the novel, and the teenager in question, I got on with a lot more. I really liked the stories they had to tell and the way they were told through the events in the book. Both Freya and Harriet had a lot to cope with., I thought initially that I wouldn't like Freya, because of what she was dealing with but I found myself really championing her in the end!
One of the nicest things about this novel was the relationship between the women in the book, young and old, family and not and even those forged between people who really shouldn't be friends (there is more than one of these in this book!) and that's what really made it for me. Overall it was just a lovely read. A summer setting, strong family values and most definitely girl-power. If this is your first Lucy Diamond novel, you're in for a treat and if it isn't, then the magic is definitely still there is Lucy's latest book. Get your summer reading started with this book!
"Stuck with it until the end."
Overall a good story but it took until about half way through before I really started to enjoy it.
The characters were well developed and the narrator carried off the different voices well.
"Perfect holiday read"
Loved the descriptions and plot, will be going for holiday in Devon in few week time. Would love to visit places described in the book.
I didn't want it to end, it was great story and well read, with a few interesting voices.
"Great summer listen!!!"
This is a lovely, heart warming easy summer listen. Really enjoyed it!! Love how this author creates characters u would like to be friends with..I'll miss this bunch :)
"A depressing listen"
Perhaps it was my fault for expecting something much lighter, but I found the first few hours of listening to be unrelievedly depressing. It lightened up a little as the story went on, but sadly only at the expense of credibility. I found the various resolutions glib and unconvincing. Sorry - I've read other books by this author and enjoyed them, but found this one a real slog to get through.
"Good easy listening story, well written, well read"
This is a really worthwhile story, lovely characters, a family that most of us can relate to one way or another. I will look for other books by this author
"Love love love Lucy Diamond"
Lovely easy listening. Perfect for summertime on the beach. I relate to every character. It's very well narrated too.
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