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  • The Midwives of Lark Lane

  • An Absolutely Heartbreaking Historical Family Saga
  • By: Pam Howes
  • Narrated by: Liane-Rose Bunce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Categories: Romance, Historical
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

All’s fair in love and war…but what happens when the war is over? 

After the heartbreak of World War Two, newlywed midwife Cathy hoped Liverpool life would offer some joy. But a terrible miscarriage and the escape of her abusive stepfather Jack from prison make happiness hard to find. 

Meanwhile, Cathy’s beloved granny is ailing. Whilst at the hospital, Cathy sees her midwifery friends, who are planning to open a home for unmarried mothers. After losing a baby of her own, Cathy would love to help, but for now, she must take care of her grandmother.  

As her granny’s health worsens, she writes Cathy a letter. The day her grandmother dies, Cathy goes home and opens the envelope: Thank you for giving me a reason to live. Everything I have in the world is yours now, my darling. Cathy is devastated but determined to honor her granny’s memory, hoping the maternity home can be her legacy.  

Just as Cathy and her friends are about to open their doors to the first expectant mothers, Jack is spotted in Liverpool. It’s only a matter of time until her cruel stepfather catches up with her, determined to pay her back for getting him locked up in prison. Can Cathy keep herself and her grandmother’s legacy safe, and see Jack sent away for good at last?  

The Midwives of Lark Lane is a heart-wrenching saga about how the best friendships can help you through the worst of times. If you’re a fan of Nadine Dorries, Diney Costeloe, and Kitty Neale, you’ll love Pam Howes! 

©2020 Pam Howes (P)2020 Bookouture

Critic Reviews

"An emotional roller coaster of a read that captivated me, and had me on the edge of my seat.… The story had me so engrossed that I couldn’t get on with my everyday life until I had finished it. If you enjoy a heart-warming saga that makes for a compulsive read, then look no further than this author’s books. They are truly wonderful." (By the Letter Book Reviews)

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I have loved all these book but preferred Georgia McGuires narrating. Her accent seems to suit the books much better

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More Coronation St than Liverpool

I agree with another reviewer who didn’t like the change of narrator. Liane is a great narrator just not right for this book. Georgia McGuire narrated the other 2 books in the series and I feel her accents were better. The narration of this book is more Coronation St and less Liverpool and Gianni’s Italian family has gone from a pronounced Italian accent to a distinct ‘Corrie’ accent which I’m finding very distracting. Not sure if I will continue.

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new narrator

i dislike a change in narrator when there is a series of books. changes everything.

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  • Annie
  • 05-05-2020

Very disappointing narrator

The narrator was so disappointing . Different to the first 2 books in the series. She mispronounced names from the previous stories and had a very different tone for voices. . wouldn't bother listening except for the first 2 books.

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  • Tina W
  • 09-06-2020

Too brash

I enjoyed the follow up story but the change of narrator was a mistake. She made everyone sound crass and shouted a lot. I would buy more by Pam Howes, but not if they are read by this narrator

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  • Rach
  • 15-06-2020

Great story tho awful narrator

I really enjoyed the series although I was disappointed in the narrator in this book. She tends to shout each of the characters speech but talk the story. I listen through headphones and after a while I had to stop listening as it gave me a headache. I managed to finish the story luckily. I would recommend to get the kindle version of this book if you can as the book is very good.

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  • Venetia C.
  • 13-06-2020

Love the Lark Lane series but struggled with narrator

I’ve loved all the Lark Lane books Georgia Maguire brought all the characters to life and the books flowed well but I really struggled with this one. The flow and voices made the book feel poorly written, less engaging or believable despite the historical accuracies that took you back in time in the first 3 books. Please bring back Georgia for the next one

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  • emma
  • 26-05-2020

Unimpressed

I am very disappointed that the narrator was changed for this last book. I have thoroughly loved the lark lane saga but I am finding it impossible to even get past the prologue with the new voice. She miss pronounces words and sounds like she is from Yorkshire not Liverpool. Very disappointed.

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  • Michelle Dixon
  • 07-09-2020

NOT MY FAVOURITE

listened to this book but I couldn't get into it like all the others. The narrator sounded like she'd had a joint before reading the book, she was so happy, bubbly and very passionate, mind you, I did have the speed on 1.10 . I'd still recommend this book because if you like the narrator, you will probably like it. I'm just very picky with narrator's.

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  • 10-08-2020

Disappointed with narrator.

The story is excellent as usual but I was very disappointed that the narrator had changed and the more I listened the worse it got. Mispronounced character names, How can you not know how to pronounce Gianni. Janny... Give me a break. Anyway, will not be keeping this novel in my library.

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  • Julie
  • 06-08-2020

I loved this book.

Another brilliant read. I think the narrator although good was different so the voices were a little bit harsher & louder than the first 2 books. Great story though.

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  • Jackie Jackson
  • 08-07-2020

great listen

A great story with interesting twists and turns, a good feel good book, thank you

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