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Publisher's Summary

In Sheila O'Flanagan's stunning new novel, two women face up to shocking truths about the men they've loved - and start to make their own decisions about what to do next....

Deira isn't the kind of woman to steal a car. Or drive to France alone with no plan. But then, Deira didn't expect to be single. Or to suddenly realise that that the only way she can get the one thing she wants most is to start breaking every rule she lives by. 

Grace has been sent on a journey by her late husband, Ken. She doesn't really want to be on it but she's following his instructions, as always. She can only hope that the trip will help her to forgive him. And then - finally - she'll be able to let him go. 

Brought together by unexpected circumstances, Grace and Deira find that it's easier to share secrets with a stranger, especially in the shimmering sunny countryside of Spain and France. But they soon find that there's no escaping the truth, whether you're running away from it or racing towards it.... 

©2020 Sheila O'Flanagan (P)2020 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Third party narrative .. very annoying

Excessive.third part narrative... quite annoying and detracting from flow of story.. constant she said, she exclaimed , she agreed, etc, etc... too
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Enjoyable characters on an intriguing journey

Cleverly told through the eyes of the main characters this story takes us through France, Spain, life and loves. Very well narrated too.

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Nice story

I enjoyed this, was a nice easy listen. One of my favourite authors, so much better than her previous book. The would have enjoyed a more detailed ending or even an epilogue.

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Terrible narration and / or editing

The narration, not specifically the narrator but probably more the editing and producing, is terrible! I think they have prerecorded phrases like "....., laughed Tillie." "...., said Grace." "...., remarked Tillie." because they are louder, out of sync with the sentence they follow and very distracting from the story. I would be pretty unimpressed if I were the author!

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poor naration

not her usual standard the over use of the word SAID was very annoying story was ok

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A great holiday read

Although I initially struggled to get into this book, by chapter 4 or 5 I was hooked.
I loved the premise behind both Grace and Diera's stories and why they were embarking on their individual journeys. Shelley Atkinson is a fine narrator although it sometimes took me a beat to catch up when she switched scenes from one character to the next in what seemed like the same sentence.

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Narration could do with some smoothing out, story was great tho!

The narration was disjointed quite often, which jumbled the inflection and took focus away from the story line. The story however was worth pushing thru the narration production issues. A lovely story with two strong female characters who realise their strength and independence aren’t dependent on needing a guy to save them. Loved it!

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