• Unexpected Lessons in Love

  • By: Lucy Dillon
  • Narrated by: Charlie Coletta
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin. 

The thought-provoking, evocative and life-enhancing new novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author of Where the Light Gets in and A Hundred Pieces of Me and All I Ever Wanted

©2019 Lucy Dillon (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"No one tugs at the heartstrings quite like Lucy Dillon." (Red Magazine)

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  • W
  • 01-31-20

Accents

I just cannot listen to this book any more due to the appalling accents. Is the father Irish or Scottish? I spent so much time shouting at the radio in the car yesterday because his accent was Irish one minute and Scottish the next. Sorry, I might just have to read the book rather than listen to it which is a real shame.

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  • Caroline
  • 12-15-19

Another great story from Lucy Dillon

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. The life that Lucy Dillon gives to characters of longhampton and the passion she evokes for the life of the dogs can never be forgotten. Can’t wait for her next book.

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  • Kd
  • 12-31-19

fantastic

I really enjoyed this book. Had me gripped from the start and couldn't stop listening.
Narrator was great. Highly recommend for a light easy listen.

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  • Alison Plummer
  • 02-04-20

Read don’t listen

The accents in this book were truly cringeworthy. Not as good as previous Lucy Dillon books which was a shame as I really enjoyed them.

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  • Janey Day
  • 01-12-20

Cringeworthy

The cringe-meter peaked as this sickly tale progressed into the second half. What started off promising, (I’ve enjoyed plenty of this author before), turned into a vom-inducing cringe-fest. I just kept wondering if the main character who was supposed to be an adult woman was maybe actually 15 years old.
Just dreadful.

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  • AnitaAmazon
  • 01-17-20

Outstandingly Fantastic

I loved every second of this book! Nobody writes like Lucy Dillon! I laughed out loud several times and cried a few times too. Fantastic, original storyline with amazing characters. I loved the main character. A very well-written book with some unexpected twists. Really excellent narration, the voice artist is brilliant at accents and voices!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, one of my new favourites! I can’t wait for her next book! Keep writing Lucy, you are wonderfully talented! <3

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  • Debbie Wilson
  • 01-05-20

enjoyed

loved this so much. best bit was when the dog chose her. narrated perfectly. brilliant.

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  • Music1
  • 12-30-21

Hmmm

For me it took some time to get into. Nice story but a bit long winded for me.

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  • Judith
  • 02-18-21

Brilliant

Yes the story is very “happy” and yes you know what you are getting but that is what makes it so brilliant. The narrator brings all the well rounded characters to life making it a really easy, enjoyable listen.

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  • debs
  • 02-02-21

Wonderfully heartwarming

loved this book, I love the way that Lucy Dillons books are like catching up with old/new friends xx thank you xx

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  • Fa Scott-doran
  • 01-18-22

Dreadful narrator

The book is wonderful - like all of hers. But this narrator is truely dreadful. Scottish characters sound like they’re from Belfast, Yorkshire becomes Liverpool - and some words - such as secretary, become secatary. Really distracting to the story. Please don’t use her again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-13-21

Lovely twist

really enjoyed the story, something a little different with characters that had hard decisions to make.

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  • Kylie
  • 02-02-21

4 stars

Not only was the story beautiful and engaging but the narrator was AMAZING!! I definitely want to hear more books read by her

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  • Amanda
  • 11-27-20

Brilliant story!

What a spectacular story, so beautifully written with a poetic almost musical narration that did the writing justice. I love how characters from other Lucy Dillon books have been woven into this one. I do hope there’s another book taking over where this one left!

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  • Jackie
  • 08-03-20

Sweet story with backbone

This is a well read romance but with earthy, gritty real aspects that lift it above a standard chick- lit story
The characters are very well written and the talented reader really brings the book to life
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  • JB
  • 05-29-20

Charlie Coletta is fantastic.

This story is average, but Charlie Coletta does a fantastic job of the characters. Her accents were really good. I would buy an audio book just to hear her perform.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-13-20

Engaging but flawed

I've read two of Lucy Dillon's novels previously and enjoyed them; there are always dogs with fabulous personalities and this novel is no exception. This novel had mixed reviews but I thought it was worth a try. I'm not sorry I listened but overall, it seemed to draw me in but not quite deliver. I was immediately intrigued by the plot; not a standard romance trope. And yet... Jeannie's humanity was real, her desire to "do the right thing" a believable premise but after a promising start, the story felt as if it were plodding verbosely to a conclusion that could have been seen coming in Chapter 5. A few of the supporting characters drew me in, I liked that the author was approaching marriage from a slightly more complex perspective, the puppy farm rescue was endearing. I kept listening to see how the conclusion would be written and characterised despite knowing where it was going, but felt the last hour & a half drew too much together in a simplistic, almost trite way, like the stories we wrote as children that went on and on and then suddenly, in one page, wrapped up. I would concur with other comments regarding the narrator's inconsistency with accents.