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Publisher's Summary

The compelling new Second World War novel from Sunday Times top-ten best-selling author of Some Lucky Day.

It is 1942, and England is at war. Mary Jones has just celebrated her eighteenth birthday and said good-bye to her childhood sweetheart, Jack, when she learns her house has taken a direct hit during a tip-and-run raid.With both her parents dead and her home destroyed, a distraught Mary moves in with Jack’s parents.

But her father's trunk is still intact amid the ruins, and Mary discovers a shocking secret amongst his diaries. Mary travels to Cliffehaven on the south coast in search of answers. There she is billeted withPeggy Reilly’s fearsome sister, Doris. When warm-hearted Peggy befriends Mary, she discovers the young woman’s secret. But she begins to regret getting involved, for there can be only trouble ahead...

©2005 Ellie Dean (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Serene Night
  • 10-05-2017

Half a Book

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is only half a book because there is a cliffhanger. There is too much time spent recapping who everyone is, and too much time spent outside of Clifhaven though. Mary is a bit boring. She comes with a pre-established career path, and boyfriend so there wasn't much suspense.

Would you recommend While We're Apart to your friends? Why or why not?

I think it was a decent book. But some of the backstory I just skimmed. I don't need to be told that Ron is the dapper Irish grandfather who loves poaching and hunting with his ferrets for the umpteenth time.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Penelope Freeman?

I would

Was While We're Apart worth the listening time?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Be warned. Its only the first half of the story. To get the second half you need to pick up the book since Audible doesn't sell book 10 for some reason.

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  • Robyn Ray
  • 19-03-2015

Left in the Dark

What would have made While We're Apart better?

A better ending to the story, left one up in the air, maybe needs a sequel

Would you be willing to try another book from Ellie Dean? Why or why not?

Yes I think so.

Which scene was your favorite?

The bombing of the waterfront and the saving of Mother & Baby

What character would you cut from While We're Apart?

None that I can think of

Any additional comments?

Yes needs a better ending. Left a lot unexplained.

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  • grammy p
  • 07-08-2021

Good, but somewhat disappointing!

Didn’t care for the reader at first, took some getting used to after the first books were read very well by someone else, Once I did it was fine. While the storyline was good it seemed unfinished. Even though this book is part of the series ,the other books in this series are complete in themselves. Added to this disappointment I find the next book is not available as an audio.

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  • Ayesha
  • 18-06-2021

Good read, terrible narration!

I enjoyed this book as I have enjoyed all of the Cliffhaven series, with the exception of the narrator. I almost stopped listening a few times. The characters voices were awful, some were like nails on a chalkboard. I much preferred Julie Maisey. Also, it would be really nice if book nine were available on Audible as it is the second half of this book. Guess I will have to purchase a hard copy and read it on my free time.

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  • Briana Bergin
  • 24-06-2019

Love Ellie Dean - hate this narrator

I love all of the books in the series, but I absolutely hate Penelope Freeman. It makes me want to skip all of the ones that are narrated by her.

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  • Teresa AnnElizabeth
  • 15-05-2015

Neither The End Nor Beginning

This is part of the beach view series so you really needed to have read at least one or two others to understand who some of the characters were. Plus I'm sure Ms Dean isn't going to leave us all hanging since there are many loose ends to be tied up in Peggy's family alone..plus the wars not even over!

I love all of the books but I suggest you start with the first one and it will fall in line Better

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  • cj
  • 30-03-2015

Rubbish ending

I enjoyed what I heard but it ended at a poor point needs the rest of the story
Feel cheated

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  • HF
  • 09-08-2021

Narrator spoilt the listening!

I really enjoy this series. However, the choice of narrator spoilt the listening. Ron was from Ireland but this narrator had him with a London accent! Also other characters had stupid voices which was annoying. I know she is narrating other books in the series so I hope she improves!

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  • Lynne Burton
  • 21-05-2021

Loved it!

Another wonderful story in this great series - I can’t wait to download the next book and see what Peggy is up to!

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  • Dorothy Bennett
  • 18-02-2021

Jim's voice was awful spoilt but love these book

Jim's voice was awful spoilt the story but love these books funny but touching great story line

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-12-2020

reading the series

I'm working my way .through the series a bit higgilty piggilty as I started mid way to.the end with.good old fashioned books, then started audible and you notice the different narrators and how they.portray characters like Cordelia, Ron and Jim. some good, some not so.

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  • Ally poole
  • 11-01-2020

So much coming together, gave me goosebumps

I love these stories, they weave together so cleverly. My only niggle was the narrator, she played the characters very differenty, all the women had odd, very dumb voices and Jim went from being Irish to being an intimidating Cockney, the narrating voice however, was good. Looking foreard to the next in the series and the narrator is back to an original.

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  • K McKay
  • 27-02-2019

great book

This is another great book in tbe Cliffhaven series. Unfortunately in my opinion the new narrator let's the series down. The characters voices are so different.

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  • annette bickley
  • 30-01-2017

great book awful narrator

love the ellie dean books but as a series stick to 1 narrator as voices don't flow. Annie Aldington has it to a tee! Julie Maisey good but not perfect. Julie Maisey would have been good if she has started reading them from the beginning but so late in the game off par ... I will read this 1 and miss it on audio and usually I read then listen on the go. sorry Julie maier your good but in this case off the mark

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  • Jenny
  • 03-09-2015

Half a story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes. I love the series

If you’ve listened to books by Ellie Dean before, how does this one compare?

This is only half a book, the other half follows it 'Sealed with a loving Kiss'. Felt a bit cheated that I paid a whole credit for half a book.

Have you listened to any of Penelope Freeman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No.

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  • MISS
  • 01-04-2015

Not grear

Bland and uninteresting. The reader stumbled over a few words and the content wasn't worth paying for. I do not recommend.

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