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Lily and Laurence had it all: the money, the car, a beautiful home in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Then Laurence loses his job, and everything disappears. With nowhere to turn, Lily and Laurence are forced to take their two young children and move to a flea-ridden council house on a notoriously rough estate. As they try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, Lily constantly dreams of returning to her old luxurious life. Will her dream come true, or will she learn that money doesn't always buy happiness?

©2010 Carole Matthews (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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  • Terry
  • 07-07-2017

Lovely book

Just a nice feel good story , sad,funny, romantic , a bit of everything rolled into one .. With a heart filled happy ending ..

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  • kerry
  • 17-07-2017

Only half way through! .....

... But totally addicted!! This is one excellent book, I can't wait for MY time when I can get back into this brilliant story, LOVING IT. A fab listen can't rate highly enough! ❤️❤️❤️

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  • Gregory Turner
  • 26-07-2017

Another great book

Another great book I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Even the narrator was brilliant. Well done all

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  • Kindle Lover
  • 25-07-2017

This is a great story

I have read this book when it came out and a few times more, this is my favourite Carole Matthews book, and now I can listen to it so even better. Must read if your Carole Matthews, fan x

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-10-2017

Excellent book, wrong Narrator

The narrative did not fit in with the characters, having read this book I was expecting the tone to be different. I was distracted by the narrator rather than lost in the book.

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  • kimararkim
  • 04-12-2017

Good but could have been more down to earth.

What a fab idea for a story! However, I was disappointed by 2 things. The main crux involves a family who are used to great fortune who lose everything, however it isn't really the case as they still hold some seriously valuable assets so they don't ever really experience 'nothing'. Secondly, the characters are far too middle class and a bit too fuddy duddy! That being said it was still a story that made me want to carry on reading and I enjoyed it. Not sure it was the right narrator which may have added to my dislike of the characters. Overall a good read/listen.

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  • Kerri B.
  • 30-03-2021

Couldn’t leave this one alone

Loved this story a riches to rags and happiness story, I loved it as well as the story being wonderful it was read beautifully x

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  • Julie
  • 30-03-2021

Loved it!

Great book for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Easy listen, good narration, nice story if somewhat frustrating. Surely this couldn’t actually happen. Locked out with no access to your personal items etc!

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  • Drummergirl88
  • 05-03-2021

Love Carole Matthews Books

...but this is the first one I have listened to on Audible. Great story and characters. The only thing that let it down for me was the voicing of the characters by the narrator. Some of them were truly dreadful - especially the children.

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  • Snoopygirl
  • 26-01-2021

An extremely good book.

I've not enough a book as much for a really long time. There are true to life events and feelings which warm the soul and some which are tinted with too much positivity and the slight stereotyping of some characters. The authors perogative of this doesn't bother me though as there is enough true to life writing to keep it plausible and enjoyable and humorous.

The idea behind it though is a strong message and true to life. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and plot through extremely good narration. I would really enjoy revisiting them later on to catch up with them.

I have thought about the issues in this book and the characters and the issues raised.Well worth a read.

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  • lou
  • 11-10-2020

unrealistic

Since when do you go to the housing office as homeless and they say 'here are the keys to a 3 bedroomed house' !!! It just does not happen, in the real world you get put in a filthy B&B ! and they still have assets they could sell, so this is not at all realistic ! a good story but clearly the authour has never been anywhere near this kind of situation.

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