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After the Party

Narrated by: Rebecca Macauley
Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
4 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"After The Party forces the reader to confront uncomfortable questions like: How far would you go to protect a child? How clear is the line between right and wrong? And, what does it truly mean to be a good mother?" (Mamamia)

Be careful what you wish for....

Lisa Wheeldon has a lovely life. Wife to a gorgeous husband, Scott, and a devoted mother to two small daughters, the former accountant has everything she wants - except a third child. But the universe has a strange way of providing.

On the surface, Ava's fifth birthday party seems the ideal opportunity for Lisa to meet her daughter's new kindergarten friends - all 32 of them! But from beginning to end, the day is a complete nightmare, capped off by the discovery of a little girl hiding in the Wheeldon's backyard. At first, Lisa reasons that Ellie's mum is running late. But when they open a gift from the mysterious little girl, it becomes clear her mother has no intention of returning at all....

What sort of mother abandons her child? And why has she chosen the Wheeldons?

Together, Lisa and her sister Jamie launch their own efforts to find the missing mum, a journey that will force Lisa to face her past, Jamie to confront her future, and see both embroiled with angry exes, pragmatic fortune-tellers, Russian mobsters, and a hyena pack of yummy mummies.

A journey that will force Lisa to rethink all she knows about being a good mother.

Liane Moriarty meets Marian Keyes with a touch of Christos Tsiolkas' The Slap in this hilarious, touching, and clever novel that asks what wouldn't you do to save a child?

PRAISE FOR AFTER THE PARTY

"Everything I love in a novel ­- jam-packed with intrigue and humour - After the Party will keep you turning the pages into the early hours." (Best-selling Australian author Rachael Johns)

"A light-hearted and heart-warming story about parenting, marriage, and family.... I can see it being passed from sister to sister, or from girlfriend to girlfriend, with a knowing look, an exasperated sigh, and a genuine giggle." (Cass Moriarty, best-selling author of The Promise Seed and Parting Words)

©2019 Cassie Hamer (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Really enjoyable listen

I really enjoyed this audiobook - it was lighthearted and fun, but also had some moving moments. I fell in love with all the main characters which made this a joy to listen to.

The narration by Rebecca Macauley was fantastic - I loved her voice and the way she brought the characters to life.

Thoroughly enjoyable listen

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Enjoyable

II think this book will best appeal to mums or mums-to-be and women who want to be mums.
Definitely not for women who are not children orientated.
Lisa was born to be a mother, a woman who puts her kids needs ahead of everything else. Jamie, her sister is a career woman, who, with the right man in tow, may eventually become a mother but in the meantime is happy to be an aunt.
Heather is a mum, and though she loves her daughter but her own needs are not subsumed by those of her daughter.
And Missy is a mother who has to sacrifice the thing she loves most in an effort to keep said thing safe and well.
An enjoyable, easy read/listen. The narrator was good; she did little girl’s voices particularly well.

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Nice holiday read.<br /><br />

Def 'Chick Lit' along with mystery, humour, unlikely friendships and cute kids theres self analysis... and love. An enjoyable read ...not challenging. Recommend for harmless escapism.

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Terrific!

Loved this story from start to finish. The narrator was great and the story was well written and entertaining.

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Brilliant!!!

Even the acknowledgements had me tearing up! Great story! Great narration. Kept me wanting more!

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So beautifully narrated...

I think the narrator does a fabulous job with this book! Could not be happier.

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Terrible

I just cannot cope anymore about stories about children. The child voices of the narrator were poor and that’s as far as I got then sent it back.

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Really enjoyable listen

I really enjoyed this audiobook - it was lighthearted and fun, but also had some moving moments. I fell in love with all the main characters which made this a joy to listen to.

The narration by Rebecca Macauley was fantastic - I loved her voice and the way she brought the characters to life.

Thoroughly enjoyable listen