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  • Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts

  • By: Mary Gibson
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

They call them the custard tarts - the girls who work at Pearce Duff's custard powder factory in Bermondsey before the First World War. Conditions are hard but nothing can quench the spirit of humour and friendship. But the shadow of the coming war looms over them; it will pull London's East End together as never before - even while it tears the world apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pre-war Chick lit

  • By Karyn W on 17-05-2015

A tale of life's growth experiences.

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Reviewed: 07-08-2016

A truly absorbing story. The characters were so very real. The climax of the story was quite tumultuous. I wept.

  • Dreams of Joy

  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

Nineteen-year-old Joy Louie has run away from her home in 1950s America to start a new life in China. Idealistic and unafraid, she believes that Chairman Mao is on the side of the people, despite what her family keeps telling her. Meanwhile, Pearl returns to China to bring Joy home - if she can. For Mao has launched his Great Leap Forward, and each passing season brings ever greater hardship. Pearl must use her contacts from her decadent childhood in 1930s Shanghai to find a way to safety - and a chance of joy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A journey through darkness

  • By Vivien on 18-09-2018

Outstanding I account Most absorbing reading .

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Reviewed: 20-04-2015

This was a riverting account of life for the ordinary people of the countryside in communist China during the great famines of the fifties. I was completely absorbed by the mother's love for her stubborn opinionated daughter. It was a tremendous story of loss & fulfilment with a nail biting climax.