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Publisher's Summary

When story-lover Anna takes over Longhampton's bookshop, it's her dream come true. And not just because it gets her away from her three rowdy stepchildren and their hyperactive dalmatian.

Unpacking boxes filled with childhood classics, Anna can't shake the feeling that maybe her own fairy-tale ending isn't all that she'd hoped for. But as the stories of love, adventure, secret gardens, lost dogs, wicked witches and giant peaches breathe new life into the neglected shop, Anna and her customers get swept up in the magic, too.

Even Anna's best friend, Michelle - who categorically doesn't believe in true love and handsome princes - isn't immune. But when secrets from Michelle's own childhood come back to haunt her and disaster threatens Anna's home, will the wisdom and charm of the stories in the bookshop help the two friends - and those they love - find their own happy ever afters?

©2009 Lucy Dillon (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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Disappointing.

This book went on for too long . The main female characters were frustratingly weak with abusive men and by chapter 20 I had had enough. Couldnt bear another 14 chapters .
Good narrator.

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a nice comfy read

a little slow, but lovely read :) perfect for when your life gets stressful and you need to escape.

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Very slow moving

I usually really enjoy Lucy Dillon books but I found this one really frustrating. The plot of the book was painfully slow and I found the main characters unlikeable. Anna was frustrating and too busy being a doormat for me to have any sympathy for her. I frequently found myself saying "just stand up for yourself". Michelle and her family were really disagreeable. I find it really hard to enjoy a book when I don't like the main characters. The previous book I had just read was 100 Pieces of Me, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This book didn't even come close to that.

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fantastic book!

lots of interesting characters and twists! loved it. Couldnt put it down! loved the ending.

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Another brilliant book by Lucy Dillon!

Love this book! An interesting read that enables you to delve into the lives of the characters. I'd recommend this book to anyone who's enjoyed other Lucy Dillon books, if they like stories about life told in a humerous and realistic way.

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What a delightful read! Absolutely loved it.

This is a lovely book. great characters and hood syory line. love a happy ending

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I really enjoyed this book

I had moments when my jaw literally fell open, the depiction of the characters was so real that you felt your own heart break, skip a beat and fall in love.

Lucy Price-Lewis is a fabulous narrator.

Definitely worth it.

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Beautiful story

This was a beautiful story of love, friendship, family and the realities of life. Intertwined was the ever- present reminder of the joy that books can bring to people of all types. I enjoyed this audiobook from beginning to end.

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  • Annemarie O'Brien
  • 06-06-2016

Finally - an amazing story!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret of Happy Ever After to be better than the print version?

This is the perfect summer read and Lucy Price-Lewis narration really brought it to life. The story was dynamic and really kept you gripped. I loved the constant flux of characters that were expertly interwoven and highly entertaining.

Have you listened to any of Lucy Price-Lewis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Lucy Price-Lewis is a personal favourite for me when it comes to narration. She never disappoints.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Turning it off and putting it down to go back to life in general was hard.

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  • Ali
  • 28-12-2016

Like a warm blanket

I loved this book - a home shop, a bookshop, two totally different women, two dogs and lots of family dramas! Narration was brilliant - she got the intonation and voices just right. I felt like I was wrapped in a warm blanket listening to a life story that I somehow knew would turn out good in the end! A must listen!

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  • Sarah
  • 08-09-2016

Great story

loved the story and the narrator. very easy to get into and loose yourself in Michelle and Anna 's world.

the only thing is it felt like the last chapters of the book were rushed. But overall loved it.

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  • Kathy
  • 06-07-2018

The Secret of ....

It took a bit of willpower to keep listening to this one. I maybe should have given up and ‘sent’ it back. I admit to skipping few minutes here and there. The story was predictable and most of the characters were just annoying (especially Anna) and thoroughly unlikeable. Sorry

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  • Dogwalker
  • 20-02-2018

Fantastic

From the beginning l was hooked and listened as much as possible. I tried to limit myself and try and make the book last until my next credit but couldn't manage it. This is a story of a complicated family and friends. l loved how the characters gelled together. I don't want to give too much away but I'm still thinking about all the characters days after l finished the book and wish there was a sequel. If you love family, friends, dogs and shops this is the book for you. I promise you will love it.

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  • sarah j.
  • 31-07-2020

Heartwarming

Loved another brilliant book by Lucy Dillon. heartwarming stories . Lovely to see how the town of Longhampton is getting on

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  • Helen
  • 17-04-2020

Fabulous storyline

Enjoyed this audio book very much Hopefully they will be more books Must read on your list

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  • A Stuart
  • 14-08-2019

Great story

The kind of book to read if you want a bit of escapism. Well narrated and draws the reader in. Ending just a little abrupt.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-04-2019

It was a lovely read!

The story and narrative were pretty engaging. I was left wanting to hear a little more & was pretty sad the book was over.

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  • Little Fowler
  • 22-11-2018

Nice story

Nice story with lots of detail. Nice narrator. Ends a bit quick x x x

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