• Reluctantly Home

  • By: Imogen Clark
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (415 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the bestselling author of Where the Story Starts comes a tale about dealing with the past - and finally facing the future.

Pip Appleby seems to have it all, with her prestigious job as a human rights lawyer and her enviable London home. But then a tragic accident stops her life in its tracks, and in an instant everything changes. Retreating to her family’s rural farm and the humble origins she has been trying to hide, Pip is haunted by what she has done. 

When she discovers the diary of actress Evelyn Mountcastle in a box of old books, Pip revels in the opportunity to lose herself in someone else’s life rather than focus on the disaster that is her own. But soon she sees parallels - Evelyn’s life was also beset by tragedy, and, like Pip, she returned to Southwold under a dark cloud.

When Pip and Evelyn’s paths cross in real life they slowly begin to reveal the hidden stories that are holding them back. Can they help each other forgive what happened in the past and, perhaps, find happiness in the future?

©2021 by Blue Lizard Books Ltd. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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great story

I really enjoyed the story and the performance. I would recommend the book to a friend.

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Reluctantly Home ,was great, Very enjoyable story. well written and descriptive. I recommend it to all, but is a little tearly.

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Enjoyed this book very much.

I will be looking for more books written by this author. it was an enjoyable book to listen to.

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Enjoyable

Enjoyed this book. I liked the way the stories intertwined. Nice closure, leaving room for a second book.

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Just okay

It seems that so many books I read or listen to lately use the same format. Story from long ago, story from present day, stories intertwine, somehow they connect, tug at heart strings, everything works out, the end. Nothing special about this one.

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A comfortable enjoyable book.

I Always enjoy books by this author! I Love the narrarators British accent as it puts the listener so in tune with the characters.

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Very Well Done

This was interesting, read very well, and escaped the predictability that I assumed might happen.

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Loved

I absolutely loved this book. Not only was the story great but the reader was very pleasant to listen to.

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Why did the story end where it did? Would have been interested in finding out if Pip pursued friendship with the boy’s mother?

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it's okay

Overall I found the book rather interesting the story itself was rather compelling and I would have loved to learn more about the 2 characters however I found the 1st part of the book to drag on and the last part sped up I would have loved to have learned more about the main characters overall it's OK

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  • Mrs. W. Mulhearn
  • 05-20-21

Enjoyed every minute

I enjoyed every minute of this book, it’s a book that you want to know the ending but you don’t want it to end, if you know what I mean.
The narrator Karen Cass is just brilliant.
Another great book from Imogen Clark ❤️

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  • allie johnson
  • 09-02-21

loved it

Great easy read story, nothing too challenging. lovable characters and easy to listen to, nice narration.

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  • Sarah Keene
  • 08-05-21

Wonderful story

Beautiful, heartwarming story. It made me laugh & cry. Loved the characters. I didn’t want it to end. Great narration. Would thoroughly recommend!

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  • pookie2shoes
  • 03-15-22

Emoji with eyes rolling upwards!🙄

Emoji with eyes rolling upwards!🙄
another book about a rich, beautiful woman who has issues... but, ultimately is very rich and very beautiful so it's not realistic. The same issues for an average living waged, bog-standard woman... then you have a real story.
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  • S. Whiteford
  • 01-30-22

Enjoyable Story

Took me many chapters to get used to the narration as I found it rather stilted, almost automated in parts. However I persevered and enjoyed the overall story.

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  • D
  • 01-11-22

Lovely heartwarming story - overcoming challenges

A feel good story about your overcoming adversity at any age in life. Well recommended

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  • A.S.
  • 01-07-22

A lovely tale

Out of the ordinary literary fiction. Limited doom and gloom and not the usual dullard love story or tangled web. Pleasant and light reading, but deep enough to get into without being frivolous. A good read.

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  • Jane
  • 11-17-21

A new find.

I bought this book on a 2-1 offer never having read this author before. I am so pleased I did . It was an enjoyable story with two likeable main characters.
No big drama but a well constructed story that kept you engaged to the end.
I am looking forward to listening to her other books.
Great narration. Thank

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  • Gina
  • 05-03-21

Richly rewarding

I really enjoyed this book and wanted it to continue forever! It features beautifully drawn characters living quite different lives decades apart, unraveling past events that have left them in a kind of emotional paralysis. A richly rewarding read.