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Every woman and her daughter should read this

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 18-04-2020

As a woman nearing 40, raised in a religon I never felt completely true, still having body issues and a long history of addiction, I can relate to everything in this book. And yet no one would know unless I told them, which I have started doing to everyones disbelief, because I hid it so well behind judgement, perfectionism and a complete denial of who I am and what made me , me. Now I am stepping into my most beautiful and truest self. I am not happily married, I have never ever wanted to live where I am living, and no I do not want to dress corporate and sit at a desk all day ggrrrrrr

Only read this book if you are ready to feel untamed. And absolutely give it to every woman, young and old that you see.

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Honestly told and that's more than enough

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Reviewed: 08-02-2020

Anyone who shares their innermost feelings and most vulnerable emotions is brave and for that you could not ask more of Clare Bowditch. Her story was written with kindness and understanding, she is not a bitter or angry person, but someone who can see pain in other people as she too has experienced deep pain herself.

Her narration was great, it is her story after all. I love when authors read their own memoirs. I did find chapters towards the middle-end were long and seemed repetitive, when discussing her mental illness, but it is her story and it is true.

Her memories of her sister broke my heart and reminded me of my own upbringing and sisters and weight issues. I was hooked from the first chapter and listened to the book over four days. Thank you Clare x

Oh so rich and satisfying

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Reviewed: 27-11-2019

Rich, smooth, sickening and putrid, lust and love. So many emotions felt in listening to this book. The story, the characters, the twists, arrgghhh! Please don't let this book end! I could not put it down.

The narration by Carl Prekopp enriches the vividness of each character like layering velvet over cloth. The story set in an unknown era of carts, horses, class hierarchy and memories being bound is indulgently described. The smoke, sweat and dirt perfectly imagined by myself into reality. I fell in love with Emmet, Lucian and Seredith, it was hard to leave them. So magically written, I felt I was hearing a movie. So wonderfully narrated so each character could grow and round-out in my imagination.

Layered, rich, unassuming and encompassing, this is my perfect book xxx

Interesting life of an intriguing character

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Reviewed: 27-11-2019

The story of Sandras' life is interesting, made even more so by Sandra being an intriguing character. Sandra is so well described by Sarah, and so well spoken by Rachael that the image and audio I had in my head of Sandra was identical to the interviews I found of her. Her sadness in her childhood is briefly described, yet so well written that you can feel the shed she slept in, the cold, the hunger, the isolation. As the book progresses it is blunt, honest and touches on two sides of Sandra that seem irreconcilable but understandable. Sandras' bull head dedication to being the absolute best she can be while still having empathy and great tact for her clients, is rare and beautiful. She was a child sleeping alone in a cold shed and now her home and any space she inhabits, she makes gorgeous and comfortable. She was so harshly judged and abandoned and now she is non-judgmental, but still not quite sure how to allow people to care for her and love her.

The only thing I did not enjoy about this book was the sometimes over romanticised fantasy like narration when describing Sandra. It introduced in spontaneous bursts a tone that felt out of place with the story. Like switching between a fairy-tale and a non-fiction book.

Enjoyable, feisty and fun

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 20-11-2019

The reader of this story has a brassy voice that absolutely suits the characters, time and story.

The story starts with an oomph and the characters are lively and interesting. Somewhere towards the middle of the last few chapters I lost interest a little. This may been because the characters were now older, wiser and less thrilling or daring. It wrapped up nicely though, and Vivienne growing from a young niece woman to someone who knows unapologetically who she is, is an absolute delight.

Easy to read, laugh, cry and so familiar

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 19-09-2019

This book is an easy read/listen narrated so well I could see the movie as I listened. Characters are people we all know, especially Elanors co-workers. l could relate so well to Elanor and cried when she cried, laughed when Raymond laughed. You can feel emotions as you listen. Loneliness is something everyone can relate to, wether surrounded by people or not. I finished this book feeling so sad for what had happened and so happy about hope and love and friendship. She took a chance at friendship and her life changed forever. So happy I read this book x