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There'll Be Blue Skies

Narrated by: Annie Aldington
Series: The Cliffehaven Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
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Publisher's Summary

When sixteen-year-old Sally is evacuated to the English south coast, she is terrified by what lies ahead of her. All she knows are the sights and sounds of London's East End – but Sally swallows her tears as they leave the familiar landmarks behind, knowing that she has to be a Grown-Up Girl and play mother to her six-year-old brother Ernie. Playing mother is nothing new for Sally – their real mother Florrie, a good-time girl, hasn't even come to the station to wave them off and Ernie, crippled at an early age by polio, is used to depending on his older sister.

When they arrive in Cliffehaven, they're taken to live at the Beach View Boarding House where they're welcomed by the open-hearted Reilly family headed up by warm, loving Peggy, and life begins to improve. Sally gets a job in a uniforms factory to help pay her way – and to pay for Ernie's expensive medicines – but then Florrie arrives in Cliffehaven, bringing disaster with her. And Sally is forced to work out where her true loyalties lie....

©2011 Ellie Dean (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks

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  • David J Palla
  • 02-03-2019

The audible reading was poor

The book was very good. But the person reading seemed to be making a smacking sound frequently which was very distracting. I almost stopped listening because of it.

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  • Karen
  • 06-10-2013

Guilty pleasure

This is chic lit for the older person, something my auntie would really enjoy.
Personally i found it a little bit Mills and Boon, but although it was not a great work of fiction, secretly I did quite enjoy it. If you want a book that is comforting, not challenging, where romance is slightly higher on the agenda than realism, and where everything comes together in the end, then this might just do the job. Good for a rainy afternoon, the equivalent of a big bowl of comfort food............

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  • Linden
  • 01-01-2017

Another great Beach View story

If you could sum up There'll Be Blue Skies in three words, what would they be?

Really good story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ron, such a character!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Gabbled narration. Annie Aldington is great with cockney accents but that's about it. She fails to take notice of punctuation, and has a sharp delivery which I dislike intensely.

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  • Jenny
  • 28-04-2015

Great listen

Story was interesting with lots of background interest of the time and place slipped in without it becoming tedious. Characters were people you wanted to know more about. Storyteller grew on me and I decided by the second chapter that she was perfect. Her character voices were such that I forgot it was being narrated.

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  • Lara
  • 25-04-2019

Beautifully told endearing story about love and life during the 2nd world war

Historically accurate and interesting but mostly a delightful story with charming characters that captivate you into their lives. As always, absolutely brilliantly narrated by Annie Aldington. Looking forward to the next one!

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  • Dianne
  • 07-03-2019

A nice listen

Really enjoyed this book. Got through it much too quickly! All the characters were clear and believable. Narrated well too! A definite recommend.

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  • mrs a j harding
  • 03-03-2019

Heartwarming

I was reluctant to read this book and the series due to some reviews but I’m glad I did.
The story was quite believable and quite touching at times.
My only gripe was the narrator was not very clear and it was obvious she was reading from a script as the pauses were wrong.