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Audio Review: The Man Who Didn’t Call By Rosie Walsh

Blurb: Imagine you meet a man, spend seven glorious days together, and fall in love. And it’s mutual: you’ve never been so certain of anything. 

So when he leaves for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport, you have no cause to doubt him.

But he doesn’t call. 

Your friends tell you to forget him, but you know they’re wrong: something must have happened; there must be a reason for his silence.

What do you do when you finally discover you’re right? That there is a reason – and that reason is the one thing you didn’t share with each other? 

The truth.

Review: First off whatever you think this books about forget it. Whatever you were assuming is completely wrong – expect the unexpected.

This book is for every single girl who’s waited and waited for a man to call and he simply hasn’t. You had such a fantastic time together and you’re adamant that you’ll meet again but it’s not meant to be.

I toyed with whether to read or listen to this beauty and I opted for the audio. Narration is a massive thing for me and Katherine Press reads Rosie Walsh’s words so well.

OMG! So everything I expected from this novel was flipped on its head. I started thinking I could see what the truth was but my oh my I was so so wrong. Just when I thought I had the main essence of this story well and truly sussed Rosie threw a massive curve ball my way and I was left speechless and eager for more.

Everything about how this novel was written had me on the edge of my toes wanting more, as the end neared though I found myself halting time as I just didn’t want it to end. Rosie has a distinctive style, she has managed to create a love story of sorts and what could be described as a girlie read, with a twist and a totally thrilling aspect to boot. It’s one of those books where you will wholeheartedly think you know how it’s going to end and bam you are completely clueless with dramatic results.

I enjoyed how this novel focuses on the north of Gloucester and of the USA. This novel has it all families – their grief, feuds and so much more. Friends, loneliness, love, health and well-being just to name a few, and most importantly self care and in some aspects the lack of self care. Most of the voice is from Sarah but from time to time other characters voices spring forward.

This is a book that will stay with you long after the last line. It will make you think about your actions in many aspects of life. And sometimes he just doesn’t call for good reason.

I honestly cannot wait to see what Rosie Walsh does next. I’m definitely a fan and the hype over this book is well and truly warranted. Don’t delay get it today you won’t regret it.

2019, audible, Author Love, july, Review, Uncategorized

Audible Review: The Accidental Life Of Jessie Jefferson By Paige Toon

Blurb: Meet Jessie, small-town girl turned wild child….

Jessie has never known her real dad, and when her mum dies she thinks any hope of finding him is gone. As she goes off the rails, her stepdad announces that her father is Johnny Jefferson – legendary rockstar and former hell-raiser.

Still dealing with her loss, and now the daughter of a superstar, Jessie is sucked into the LA lifestyle – paparazzi, parties and hot guitar-wielding boys included. But is Johnny up to the job? And, more importantly is Jessie?

Review: Are you ready for me to gush all over Paige Toon once again. And, a lot sooner than I thought I would too.

It’s been forever since I’ve read a YA novel and in listening to this I’ve realised just how much I love them. All that teenage angst and hope it’s liberating and it’s the perfect tonic – when I downloaded this I was on a day off and I had lots to do but I wanted to read. So I thought this is the perfect time for an audiobook- I’ve been meaning to read this series since when I first met Paige at YALC.

I have books two and three in physical form although book one seemed to elude me so it seemed like the perfect choice. Another fabulous narration from Heather Long too I cannot recommend her enough – each of Paige’s that I’ve listened to have had her and it’s been an easy listening experience.

Jessie is acting out but at 15 it’s what most of us did. I can’t imagine losing your mum that young. Mine can drive me mental sometimes but I couldn’t bare to be without her. Seeing Jessie go through a number of emotions in her stages of grief is real and heartbreaking. Her heart to hearts with Johnny are pure and heartbreaking at times.

Finding out Johnny Jefferson is your dad is mega, but Jessie couldn’t comprehend what she would face as the news broke. Those scenes were intense but I believe it would have been exactly like that.

When Jessie gets to LA she’s star struck and at times she’s lonely – she goes through so much in such a short space in time. I loved seeing the change in her and with Johnny her step brothers and with Meg. I’d met Johnny and Meg briefly in another Paige Toon novel so parts of the beginning of this story was apparent from the crossover. In some ways Jessie slots into LA life like a natural in others not so much. Her intuition over some of the girls in LA is spot on but she didn’t expect them to be quite so bitchy.

As I said in my last Paige review she really does have a way with words in how she writes about first love and those intense emotions and feelings. Friendships, boys and family heartbreak feature predominantly in Jessie’s story. Families whether they are biological or not are definitely one to cherish. I have to mention Stuart – Jessie’s stepdad my thoughts on him changed from the beginning, you can see he genuinely cares for Jessie like she’s his own and that’s touching and in being separated Jessie realised how much she cares for him too.

Jessie maybe fifteen but thanks to her grief she’s much older and wiser than her years. Her time in LA is cut short, from circumstances out of her control. So much has happened and o can’t wait to see what the rest of this series has in store.

I loved the end of this novel “life will never be the same again and I’m excited to see what it has in store for me next.”

A perfect ending, I was sat on a plane still with a good chunk of my journey left feeling content. Another fantastic Paige Toon novel and the start of a series that I’m so excited to read. Really must incorporate books two and three into my reading and soon.

2019, audible, Author Love, Review, Uncategorized

Audible Review: If You Could Go Anywhere By Paige Toon

Blurb: Angie has always wanted to travel. But at twenty-seven, she has barely stepped outside the small mining town where she was born. Instead, she discovers the world through stories told to her by passing travellers, dreaming that one day she’ll see it all for herself.

When her grandmother passes away, leaving Angie with no remaining family, she is ready to start her own adventures. Then she finds a letter revealing the address of the father she never knew, and realises instantly where her journey must begin: Italy.
As Angie sets out to find the truth – about her family, her past and who she really is – will mysterious and reckless Italian Alessandro help guide the way?

Review: Now I’ve said it before and I’m not even sorry I will keep repeating how much of a fangirl of Paige Toon I really am. If you’re not new to the blog you would have heard this before and I’m kind of sorry ha. I got into Paige late and in a way I love that as I still have many of her worlds to enjoy. I’m going on holiday in August with my family to the caravan holiday park we have been visiting since I was a kid and seeing as we will be there for two weeks this year I think a few Paige unread books will be coming. I may even ask you guys to choose nearer the time.

Anyway over to If You Could Go Anywhere firstly how it took me so long to devour this. The fabulous team at Simon & Schuster had given me a copy what seems like forever ago but due to my exams it just got shelved so I ended up listening to this beauty on Audible. I’ve listened to a few of Paige’s and the narration from Heather Long was fantastic- she also read Thirteen Weddings which was also a treat.

What can I say wow wow wow wow! (If you can say that like how Kylie sings it then you have my drift). Paige writes in a way that you are transported into that character I felt every single ounce of Angie’s emotion and on her first experience of Italy I felt like I was there. Another place I haven’t visited but my has Paige made me want to.

We meet Angie as her grandmother has passed away and she’s quite frankly lost. For so long she has taken care of her grandmother- that she doesn’t really know what to do for her. One things for sure she’s always wanted to travel and until this point she hasn’t left her own town of Cobber Pedy – Australia. A place that sounds simply gorgeous and her community are so adorable they really care for Angie and her well being. Her only travel has been through others postcards. Just reading about her postcards gave me travel envy. Angie’s friends and neighbours really do care for her best interests and what they do to push her on her journey is quite simply breathtaking.

Angie knows nothing of her father – until a letter comes to light. Her travels start with Italy and finding out some answers. Families are a funny one and they all have their secrets but Angie really didn’t bargain for what she finds.

Before finishing this fantastic novel I attended the Waterstones event for Paige, Lindsey Kelk and Lucy Vine. I had hoped to have finished in time but revision got in the way there was so much talk of the way Paige writes a proper love of your life love story and how much we were all aching for Angie and Alessendro to get together.

In a Paige Toon novel you are always guaranteed a sweep you off your feet romance usually from a brooding male….but what she created so amazingly with this one was how many sub-subjects there were. We have grief, love, travel, mental health just to name a few and they are all done with grace and understanding.

Another treat that had me in tears….I thought this one was different but it tugged on my heart strings like Paige always does. Although I must say in finishing If You Go Anywhere it left me with a happy heart and a book hangover.

Paige thank you as ever for writing a thought provoking book that took me away from the trials and tribulations of everyday stresses. Now seeing as there’s nothing more until next year I must get back to the back catalogue. There will be another post before my impending trip away.

Finally If You Could Go Anywhere where would you go? I still have a few major places I would love to see and I’m going with Nashville and New Orleans. I’m itching for them sooo badly.

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A mini update and an audio review – The Flatshare By Beth O’Leary

I had hoped to post yesterday but it was a physically and mentally exhausting day. When I got home I didn’t do much of anything and my Twitter poll to see what you guys wanted to see went down like a led balloon. So I admitted defeat and had as chilled an evening as I could.

Today has been a pretty chilled one there’s probably loads I should have been doing and I’ve been all over the place with books. I have an audio and another on the go and I’m constantly drawn to books. I may read a short to boost myself again anyway without further ado I give you a review.

Blurb: Tiffy and Leon share a flat

Tiffy and Leon share a bed

Tiffy and Leon have never met.

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time. 

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

Review: I kept seeing this book advertised and like many others I was drawn to the blurb. How can two people share a bed yet have never met. Well my friends pick up this treat and find out for yourself.

I decided to listen to this via Audible Carrie Hope Fletcher read Tiffy excellently and Kwaku Fortune read Leon. Both were excellently chosen and I quite simply fell in love with both characters quite early on. Tiffy and Leon are so different in everything they do but they come to have a shared understanding via notes.

Tiffy needs to move out of the place she shared with her manipulative ex Justin who seems to have had a hold over her for a huge part of her life. So when she reads about the flat-share it’s perfect as they won’t be in at the same time just what she needs whilst trying to get through the break up and to find herself again.

Leon is such a hardworking guy he’s a nurse and a pretty decent one by all accounts, as his day job is so full on he really needs to be able to unwind and rest when he’s not working a 14 hour shift. Leon is also a huge family guy and his little brother is in prison – for a crime he knows he never committed so Leon being the decent big bro he is – is doing all he can to get his brother out. I don’t want to say anymore on this element of the book as there is so much to it.

What I truly loved about this book is that Beth managed to weave in so many sub-stories as well as creating a gorgeous love story along the way. Throughout the book we hear from Leon and Tiffy in segments and most of their conversations are via notes which are so well created. Just like when you leave work colleagues and family notes if you’re not going to see them and seeing as they haven’t met their communication is solely in note form.

Early on in my listening I was lucky enough to see the set up that was done at Waterstones Piccadilly and as much as I loved seeing it I didn’t truly appreciate it until I had delved deeper into the novel. Below are some of the pictures I took. I love what they done – so much effort and detail to the book.

I was meant to go back in last week when I was in London to see if any of these gorgeous books were still there but it was an exam day and my head wasn’t with it I forgot. I’m at an event there Monday so fingers crossed I maybe able to find one.

For me the Flat Share is one of those books that’s been hyped up and I solely believe it was worth the hype. I worked out a few of the sub-stories before they were revealed but I loved the aw moments in seeing it unfold. As a blogger and a lover of books I loved that there was a book launch and a photo shoot.

There’s so much I want to say but I don’t want to ruin the pure gorgeousness of how this love story plays out and between who. Leon is definitely a book boyfriend of mine and I was left bereft in finishing listening on one walk home from work. Thankfully on listening on audible there was a little chat between Carrie Hope Fletcher and Beth O’Leary this was insightful and helped with the book hangover.

My promise now is to get more organised and get these reviews up sooner. Today I will get sorting another overdue review to post tomorrow it will be a Thriller. If there is anything else you would love to see from me do get in touch.

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Audio Review: On My Life By Angela Clarke

Blurb: Jenna knows she didn’t do it. But she is running out of time to prove it. A heartbreaking, compulsive thriller with a killer twist. Framed. Imprisoned. Pregnant.

Jenna thought she had the perfect life: a loving fiancé, a great job, a beautiful home. Then she finds her stepdaughter murdered; her partner missing.

And the police think she did it….

Locked up to await trial surrounded by prisoners who’d hurt her if they knew what she was accused of, certain someone close to her has framed her, Jenna knows what she needs to do:

Clear her name

Save her baby

Find the killer

But can she do it in time?

Review: Wow! Where do I begin. Firstly, the amazing reviews and hype for this book are all warranted. I’d like to thank Emma Mitchell via Twitter for making me want to read this. I have been doing exam revision so decided this would be my audible treat and what a treat it was. Jenna’s story has accompanied me on many walks to work and to fitness classes and the odd train journey. I believe this book could be read in a quicker time frame but I’m so glad I got to spend a number of days listening to this.

How I have not read an Angela Clarke novel before now I really don’t know. In looking at her collection I know a few of them have popped up in the past and I had been meaning to read. In now appreciating her fast paced style I’m eager for more. I believe the others are linked and if I’m right Follow Me comes first.

In On My Life there’s a similar setting to that of Darren O’Sullivan’s latest novel in the fact there are Then and Now chapters which show you Jenna now in prison to the life before and the lead up to the injustice that she’s suffered.

From the beginning I liked Jenna she’s a working class girl who has worked hard and fort the odds and managed to luck in by falling in love with the wealthy Robert. When they meet she has no idea who he is or who his parents are but they instantly hit it off, they then end up spending more and more time together as their whirlwind continues. Quite early on we are told how Jenna’s older sister Ness pretty much raised her following their mums addiction to drugs – throughout the novel more becomes apparent about her family back ground this is real and heartbreaking in so many ways. A love shared between siblings and parents can be so precious but life can also be so hard and unpleasant.

Over the years I’ve loved Bad Girls and more recently Wentworth – although back in the day I thought Bad Girls was hardcore TV until the ladies from Wentworth took over talk about graphic. Angela Clarke has delved deep into the prison system and looked at a number of factors where the inmates and the guards are both left in situations they shouldn’t be in. It happens that pregnant women end up inside but how hard that life is, is well explained by Angela.

I reeled for Jenna as from the off I knew she was innocent, no one would leave themselves in that situation if they wasn’t. When she was roomed with Kelly I felt happier for her and their blossoming friendship was heartwarming although I didn’t see the outcome in the way it happened at all. To be honest I had my suspicions along the way to the killer but I wasn’t prepared for either of the twists.

What was really amazing about this story was the strength and determination of Jenna and how she conducted herself. Just showing that all of us have a strength inside of us that with the right trigger we can do anything and everything needed for ourselves and the ones we love.

I can’t say much more than that without spoiling the story and the intrigue, suspense and general fast pace are what make this story. Even the bitches add to the colour and reality of prison life that and the guards who are at times full of themselves.

If you have read any of Angela’s other novels I would love to hear from you. Am I right in thinking Follow Me is first. I was thinking of a girlie or Non Fiction audio this month but I may have to add more Angela Clarke to my day.

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Audio Review: Closer Than You Think By Darren O’Sullivan

Blurb: He’s watching. She’s waiting.

The unmissable new thriller from Darren O’Sullivan, author of Our Little Secret and Close Your Eyes.

Having barely escaped the clutches of a serial killer, Claire Moore has struggled to rebuild her life. After her terrifying encounter with the man the media dubbed The Black-Out Killer, she became an overnight celebrity: a symbol of hope and survival in the face of pure evil. And then the killings stopped.

Now ten years have passed, and Claire remains traumatised by her brush with death. Though she has a loving and supportive family around her, what happened that night continues to haunt her still.

Just when things are starting to improve, there is a power cut; a house fire; another victim found killed in the same way as before.

The Black-Out Killer is back. And he’s coming for Claire…

Review: Now I will never tire of telling the story of discovering Darren O’Sullivan I was signed off work at the beginning of a truly awful time with my ankle. I was quite frankly at rock bottom – Our Little Secret was amazing and Close Your Eyes proved he wasn’t a one hit wonder and wow third times definitely a charm.

Although charming wouldn’t be how you would describe the leading man of Closer Than You Think – even though he was charming in some aspects strangely.

Anyway, I decided to listen to this. I read the first two books and then Our Little Secret was made into an audio so I relistened and seeing as Darren was also one of the narrators on this I was intrigued and OMG. If I had had more free time this could have been devoured in a day or so but I’m also glad it was spaced out even though I found myself holding my breath so much throughout. I can definitely see this story as a film or a TV adaptation as an audiobook I’ve held my breath often than not but I would love to see this on the screen.

This story has a female and a male character who both take it in terms to read and tell their tale.

Claire Moore is a frightened woman but who wouldn’t be having escaped a serial killer. I truly loved seeing her change, I don’t want to say too much on that without ruining the plot but her character goes through a whole host of emotions and her stepdad Jeff gives her the boost she needed to look deeper into her core and take charge of her life. Avena Wallace is the voice of Claire and I don’t think I could have picked anyone else to have read her part.

The black out killer read by the awesome Darren O’Sullivan is a complex case and I love how he has shown not only his truly vindictive side but underneath all of that there was once a good boy. His motivations and reasonings for his killings weren’t right but in finding out more about him and his life you can see why. For me there were moments where I sympathised with him like most of us did with Norman Bates in Psycho for me that shows a character well written with substance.

I must admit into the last two hours of listening time I thought I had worked it out but I was also hoping I would be completely wrong. Oh how wrong I was I truly didn’t see it coming but if you haven’t read this yet you won’t be disappointed.

Darren O’Sullivan’s best yet…a rollercoaster ride with many heart in mouth moments although some of the detailing of the kills were a little gruesome. When you think you have it sussed think again he is Closer Than You Think.

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A Spark Of Light – Jodi Picoult event

On 27th June 2018 I didn’t hesitate I booked a ticket to a live podcast with Jodi Picoult in conversation with Emma Gannon. I hadn’t worried too much about whether I would get the day off work but thankfully I did. I haven’t heard of Jodi being in the UK since I had become a fan so I really didn’t want to miss this opportunity and thankfully I didn’t.

In discovering Jodi I have been blown away with Small Great Things and The Storyteller. Most people have watched My Sisters Keeper – which so I was told is totally different to the book and not really one of Jodi’s favourites. It’s one I’ve been meaning to read but cancer related stories are always a proper hard one for me to actually stomach. As I’ve seen the sadness first hand in my own experiences and in my work capacity.

Saturday 27th October I was lucky enough to be in the presence of Jodi. Listening to her speak was so inspiring- I didn’t ask a question but listening to the other participants was awe inspiring especially when Small Great Things was mentioned a lot. This is still one of my favourite and most thought provoking books I have ever read. I listened to that on many walks to and from work and I really did miss this tale. Jodi writes controversial stories so well, in listening to her speak she really does go all out to get each and every side of the story. I loved the question someone asked about how Jodi manages to make you feel empathy even with the bad guys and I totally also felt that with Turk.

A Spark Of Light – in hearing how much Jodi went through in regards to research and that her usually three paged outline was actually forty eight pages long just shows how in depth she went. This novel has been written and it will be read also in reverse I’ve read a little and I’m looking to get to it after finishing this post.

I may have to read this book part physical book and part audible as it’s a gorgeous hardback that I’m not going to want to carry around this could be a first for me.

I told Jodi that listening to her is inspiring although I did get a little tongue tied. I’m so grateful to have attended the event it was everything I could have wanted and more.

They say don’t meet your favourites I totally disagree. Thank you for your time Jodi I look forward to devouring more of your books and hope to chat to you again someday. A Spark Of Light is out now and I know it’s going to be a ground breaking book.

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Audio Review: Make Or Break By Catherine Bennetto

Blurb: Jess, a 29-year-old Londoner with a Kate Beckett fringe and a tendency for dramatics, gets taken on a surprise trip by her long-term boyfriend, Pete, to attend her best friend’s last-minute wedding in South Africa. Jess imagines sun, sand, wine and safaris. And returning to London with an ethically mined diamond on her left hand…

But this holiday isn’t set to be quite the fairy tale Jess has planned… Suddenly she finds her world tilting on its axis, and things are only set to get worse when Jess returns home…

When the truth comes out, will it be… Make or Break?

Review: Firstly, before I say my thoughts on this masterpiece I must say sorry to Catherine for never having written a review for her outstanding debut ‘How Not to Fall in Love, Actually’. It was one of the first audio recommendations that Catriona gave me and I still laugh at the memories of it. I listened on my walk to and from work pottering around and sunning myself. I was lucky enough to meet Catherine at a Simon & Schuster event in the midst of listening to it. I did however speak about it loads and I have recommended it to many friends.

Make or Break– In reading the blurb I knew that I would yet again fall in love with Catherine’s work. I wasn’t sure whether to read or listen once again and I must say I think Catherine’s stories should be listened to. This brings me onto the narrator. Anna Acton does a sterling job and in listening I realised this wasn’t my first audiobook that she’s read. I’m already looking at what else she reads and I have said to Catherine that she’s definitely the way forward for her books.

Jess is such a loveable character I instantly found her hilarious. She’s very family focused which made me smile. As much as I like to do my own thing I love spending time with my crazy family. Jess’s family are out of this world but that’s all I’m saying as I won’t be spoiling any of the finer details as I want you to experience all the OMG moments that I did.

I absolutely loved the description of Cape Town it sounded out of this world. I loved seeing Jess find herself without realising. In her journey I found myself thinking of what I want in my life. From the outset I wasn’t that taken with Pete and I loved how making new friends made Jess realise she was worth so much more.

An outstanding story of love, hope, happiness, secrets, lies and soo much more. Catherine Bennetto has a way with words and I’m a huge fan. I loved all the 90s and theatre references – a book after my own heart. I honestly cannot get enough of her writing…I must admit I will be devouring her next novel the day it’s released no questions asked.

Have you listened to this audiobook? Or is there one I should devour. My next listen will be Wilde Like Me. I’m also loving the West Cork series I will do an update on that later…I’m off to the seaside today for a week of relaxation I hope to get more reading and blogging done.

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Audible Original: West Cork

Good morning, now this wasn’t my original thoughts for a blog post and my other posts will come but I was blown away by the start of this series. Having finished my current book I wanted something light but oh my…

Summary: This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery.

Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series. Investigative journalist Sam Bungey and documentarian Jennifer Forde guide listeners through the brutal, unsolved murder and the tangled web of its investigation, while introducing an intricate cast of characters, a provocative prime suspect, and a recovering community whose story begs to be heard.

Review: Part one – Blow-ins. I have been an Audible member for just over a year or so now and until now I hadn’t listened to any series based podcasts. There are a number of these that Audible members can listen to for free and for some reason West Cork jumped out at me. So I downloaded and having finished my latest read that will be reviewed shortly I thought let me start something I can dip in and out of or alternatively I can get hooked on these short sharp parts of roughly 30 mins long.

The beginning of part one is so eerie and it really did make me think of those crime dramas you see on the TV. As the story unfolds you learn about Sophie’s death and that the killer was at large. I’ve been to Ireland and to Cork and it’s such a nice and homely place that instantly relaxes you. But then a murder took place and threw the locals out of sync scaring them half to death.

The story is told via people, news reports and two journalists who are trying to find out what happened to Sophie and whether the accused is guilty or whether he’s been wronged by the guards and everyone who believed he could have done it.

It’s a very atmospheric start to this series with talks of myths and legends. A town who have never been able to lay Sophie to rest as it’s never been resolved.

For me there are a number of sketchy questions in Sophie’s movements but I must say I wasn’t sure what to expect by this. I don’t know enough to form any major thoughts on what happened but I’m very much intrigued. I was so intrigued that I have also listened to part two.

Have you listened to any shows like this? If so what and would you request it. Would you like me to continue reviewing this eerie real-life tale?

I would love to hear from you….

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Audio Review: The Break By Marian Keyes

Blurb: Amy’s husband Hugh has run away to ‘find himself’. But will he ever come back?

‘Myself and Hugh . . . We’re taking a break.’

‘A city-with-fancy-food sort of break?’

If only.

Amy’s husband Hugh says he isn’t leaving her.

He still loves her, he’s just taking a break – from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months to lose himself in South East Asia. And there is nothing Amy can say or do about it.

Yes, it’s a mid-life crisis, but let’s be clear: a break isn’t a break up – yet . . .

However, for Amy it’s enough to send her – along with her extended family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers – teetering over the edge.

For a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns, if he returns, will he be the same man she married? Will Amy be the same woman?

Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then so is she . . .

The Break is a story about the choices we make and how those choices help to make us. It is Marian Keyes at her funniest, wisest and brilliant best.

Review: Now I’m sure I have read something from Marian Keyes before but this was my first audiobook and what a gorgeous treat. If I’m honest I think I will listen to more of Marian’s collection in future. If you have any suggestions please leave them below?

With 124 chapters it’s a no brainier on audio and I was lucky enough to bag this as an Audible daily deal. I have to mention the narration as I have had some awful audio books due to the narrator but this one was just as perfect as if Marian herself were reading it.

Marian has accompanied me on many walks, baths and whilst I was tidying my room. I feel like I too have been on Amy’s rollercoaster of a ride. Wow! What an amount of emotions she goes through. Throughout you see how strong and in some ways vulnerable she is.

How would you cope if the love of your life tells you he needs time out to find himself? It’s a hard one and it’s a feeling that most of us get in life. But it’s usually long before you’re happily married (or so Amy thought) with children.

Amy instantly worries of what people will think and to start with she’s skirting round the issue and is in denial but I truly loved the transformation in her. Inside each and every woman there is a strong warrior waiting to come out. Amy changes for the better and in her world shattering she discovers who she really is.

I imagine every Irish family to be a bit like Amy’s and I’m a sucker for the Irish so this really was the perfect story for me.

I loved how the story was told by dates and time frames. Most of the story is from Amy but there are some sections of Hugh. At times they both frustrated me but on the whole this was a fantastic read – well listen for me. The Break covers some serious real life topics with Marian’s witty nature added for good measure, meaning it’s more fun than mind-bending.

If you’re looking for an audio book this is definitely the best place to start its laugh out loud funny, it’s a long ole book but it’s truly brilliant.