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When Emma returns to Dublin to put her estranged father's affairs in order, she begins to piece together the story of his life and that of Grace, the mother she never knew. She knows her father as the judge - as stern and distant at home as he was in the courtroom. But as she goes through his personal effects, Emma begins to find clues about her mother that shock her profoundly.

A tale of enduring love and scandal that begins in 1950s Dublin and unravels across decades and continents, digging up long-buried family secrets along the way, The Judge's Wife asks whether love really can last forever.

©2017 Ann O'Loughlin (P)2017 Oakhill Publishing

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The bones of a beautiful story

Would you try another book written by Ann O'Loughlin or narrated by Caroline Lennon?

I'd always want to hear a story narrated by Caroline Lennon - she has a beautiful Irish lilt but almost managed a believable Indian accent as well. I doubt that I would try another book by the same author though. There are the bones of a beautiful story but not the body to hold it together. The young Grace appears to be without real character or substance and I wasn't able to develop a connection with her..... or with any of the characters for that matter. The writer's obsession with describing to the 'nth' detail of her passion for pretty things makes her seem a little scatty with no depth. I did enjoy the direction the story eventually went however it seemed to take a long time to get there but I have to admit, I was very moved with the last few chapters. The book finished much better than it began.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have given Grace much more depth of character, Also, given the horrid, vengeful Aunt Violet right through the story, it doesn't ring true that she would have admitted to Martin what she'd done, even on her death bed. That would show that she felt some guilt at some stage but the story does not indicate that in any way.

What does Caroline Lennon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Only the accents

If this book were a film would you go see it?

I think this story would make a wonderful film

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Best read I have had in a long time

Captivated from beginning to end. Not often have I been so absorbed into a book, or on edge waiting for the next chapter. Wept at the end and would listen again. Will look for other books by this authot

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A lovely book!

I loved the book and narration, and will look out for more of Ann O'Louglin.

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  • Mrs
  • 19-06-2017

Laboured

The book tells the story of Grace, forced into a loveless marriage to a much older man, Judge Moran. Grace befriends and falls in love with an Indian doctor, Vikram. When she falls pregnant the judge knows the baby is not his and avoiding a potential scandal decides to act decisively but harshly. Soon after childbirth Grace is committed to a mental institution, Our Lady’s Asylum, Knockavanagh and Vikram is forced to leave Ireland and return to Bangalore, India believing that Grace died in childbirth. Grace’s daughter Emma is raised by the judge as his own.

Following the Judge’s death in the 1980’s Emma goes through his paperwork to discover the truth about her mother while at the same time we learn what became of te heartbroken Vikram and his family in India.

It is said that the book spans three decades but actually takes place in two time zones 30 years apart, the 1950’s and the 1980’s. The first half of the book is confusing and hard to follow because of the constant switching between the two time zones and countries and changes in the point of view character.

There was potential for a truly gritty book with a great storyline touching on so many injustices, not least of all forced marriages, racism, homosexuality, class distinction and the incarceration of “fallen” women in asylums. In the end it was all just very shallow. The characters weren’t adequately developed, their predicaments were laboured at a superficial level and I totally lost interest.

Out of respect for my book club persevered to the end but even the ‘shocking twist’ was totally predictable.

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  • Mrs. S. Harris
  • 25-05-2017

Great story

I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. It kept me spellbound. I thought it was very clever the way it all worked out in the end. So nice to have a happy ending

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  • Carrie
  • 21-04-2017

Spellbinding book

Firstly, I am obsessed with Caroline Lennon, I cannot listen to any other narrators, she has an amazing voice, I don't notice her reading the book, it is like the voice in my head.
This book is absolutely magical. Not my usual genre, I usually read crime and psychological thrillers but discovered Caroline Lennon and started finding books she has narrated. This book has a beautiful love story, heart breakingly tragic but also uplifting, captivating, never for a minute did I feel bored of the tale. What a beautiful book. Highly recommend

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  • maureen mcintosh
  • 13-04-2017

Interesting mix of characters.

Repetitive, frustrating and depressing on the whole, with some interesting social history and fashion in the mix. If you've read The Tea Planter's Wife the outcome of this story will be evident to you from fairly early on.