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Publisher's Summary

Brimming with warmth and wit, Susan Duncan's first novel is a delicious tale of friendship and love, and the search for a place to call home....

Ettie Brookbank is the heart and soul of Cook's Basin, a sleepy cluster of dazzling blue bays where the only way home is by boat. However, as idyllic as her surroundings are, she is all too aware of the years slipping by without note.

While her good friend Sam, an offshorer born and bred, steadfastly guards the tranquillity of Cook's Basin life, Ettie yearns for excitement, a challenge, the chance to live dangerously while her blood still runs hot. But she gave up believing in dreams long ago.

Then fate offers her a lifeline - the chance to breathe new life into a beloved local landmark. Ettie's salvation, it seems, is a lopsided little cafe on the water's edge....

©2011 Susan Duncan (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Great story awful narration

Loved this story of a close Pittwater community but was annoyed by the narrator. Kept hearing Suaan Duncan's gentle tone struggling to be heard under the narrator's forced, jocular tone.
Hoping the sequel has a different storyteller..

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I want to live there.

Made me feel like I was living in that community
Loved the whole story. It took me away from my daily life.

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slow start but improved

I had to persist listening to this book. It was a slow start getting into the story but once it warmed up it was worth finishing. A very predictable story, but a nice one. The exaggerated broad Australian accent of the narrator was irritating.

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Poor narration

A gentle story set in a picturesque part of Australia and full of loveable Aussie characters. If only the narrator had actually read the story herself before she recorded the narration it would have been so much more enjoyable. So many misplaced emphases spoiled the flow of the story. Character accents trailing away during conversations making it difficult to know who was saying what by the end of it. And it's the Briny cafe, not Brinny as it was often mispronounced. I'd like to listen to this again if it was read by a more competent narrator. As it is I won't be recommending to anyone.

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