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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the RNA’s Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award.

A strange encounter. An unlikely friendship. But will it survive when they both know the truth?

As single mother Leah struggles to get her children ready one morning, the doorbell rings. Standing on the doorstep of their terraced house in Whitley Bay is a well-dressed stranger, Clio, who feels an emotional tie to the house that she can’t explain. The story should end there, but a long-buried secret is already on its way to the surface...

In some ways the two women couldn’t be more different: Leah’s a mother of two and the daughter of a barmaid; Clio’s a perennially single heiress to her baroness mother’s estate. But where Leah lacks grown-up company, Clio lacks any experience of the real world, and the unlikely friendship sparked by their curious first meeting offers both of them a welcome respite from the routine of their lives.

It is a friendship that will answer questions neither of them knew to ask, uncovering secret stories from the past that have stayed hidden for decades. But will it also be the catalyst for them to finally feel that they belong?

©2019 by Imogen Clark. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Too whispering

It may have been a good story but it was hard to listening since the narrated sounded like she was whispering as she read . She has a great voice and all but the level of softness was irritating.

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Tooo whispering

It may have been a good story but it was hard to listening since the narrated sounded like she was whispering as she read . She has a great voice and all but the level of softness was irritating.

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Great Story!!!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I loved how we were listening to just the women's perspectives. And all the women were so likable. The men on the other hand are extremely unlikable. I may have figured out what was going on pretty early, but I still enjoyed hearing the character's journey to the truth. And the last 2.5 hours of listening are absolutely fantastic. Not sure what some of the reviewers were talking about when it comes to not liking the narrator. I thought this narrator was fantastic!! I understood her with zero problems and she changed her voice for each character that you knew exactly who was talking when. Great book!!!

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Could not stand to lsten to this reader a moment l

The story seems like it could be decent, but I could not listen to the narration a moment longer, Th inflection in the sentences is all wrong, the sentences are broken up in all the wrong places, and I some times wonder if the reader even understands what she is reading. For a story set in the north east, the accents are all wrong - no-one in Whitley Bay sounds like these characters. The "southern" pronunciation of "Newcastle" grated every time I heard it. And just overall the performance was breathy and irritating. I see the book is available via Kindle Unlimited, so I will finish reading this book the traditional way.

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Feminists beware!!

So many things about this book made me scream!!! Even in the 80’s women weren’t this oblivious…. I know because I was there. Please stop writing drivel about women!

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Great twists

I am not a huge fan of British readers. But Elizabeth Knoweldon does a great job of bringing the text to life. Her voice can be a bit breathy but I quickly forgave her when the story got intense. A great escapist read.

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Story worked everything to good in the end

This is akin to a Hallmark Movie . . . the reader expects a happy ending, all threads tied up in a pretty bow. As long as the reader is aware of that, the story is quite enjoyable.

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Amazing imaginative story! Great narrator!

How she did it I don’t know! I kinda thought He was who He turned out to be but still was way surprised how He did it and for so long. But the wife and daughter are the best. I wish all people and rich people and people who think they are rich people would be thoughtful and caring in real life instead of hateful and spiteful
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same, tired plot

I don't understand the rave reviews. I'll admit the writing is fine (not spectacular, not great, but well-written nonetheless). I stuck with the book, hoping the author would surprise me with at least a nuanced twist on the same, tired plot. She did not.

I got to the end, wishing only for 10 hours of my life back.

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Ridiculous from chapter 1

This is ridiculous storytelling from chapter 1. Unrealistic and unbelievable characters. It was an Amazon freebie so I'm only out my precious time.

Recommend to unfussy, simple readers.

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  • pistachio
  • 07-16-19

Where the story starts

A brilliant holiday read. Page turner made me laugh and cry. I would recommend this book to friends and the book club.

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  • 08-02-19

lovely story beautiful narration

first book by this author loved it really likeable characters narration really good will def look out for another book by Imogen Clark

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  • eGJ
  • 04-30-22

Another Imogen triumph!

Relationships, families and the interweaving of lives are staples of Imogen Clark’s novels. This one does not disappoint and the delicate descriptions of how the secrets get disclosed and the people’s connections are revealed are a delight b

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  • 04-25-22

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  • philip
  • 03-05-22

Heart warming but predictable

I enjoyed the story, although it was very predictable. I loved the female characters and found it to be a heart warming story. The narration was ok, apart from the terrible attempt at a Geordie accent. Overall it was a nice enough listen though

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  • 09-18-21

average

This story was all a bit clichéd . The characters were all a bit stereotyped. It was a story more suitably to a soap opera. Having said that, I did read to the end but was predicable , not a very original story. Listened on audible, unfortunately the narrator's attempt at accents was of putting ,so I went back to reading it myself.

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  • Lorraine McKeon
  • 11-30-20

Fabulous

I absolutely loved this book! Despite being the story of several characters lives, it flowed beautifully. I highly recommend it!

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  • Jaye22
  • 11-24-20

The fairytale is not as it seems

This is a tale of one man and two women living complete opposite lifestyles. Both women are content and happy until the two women meet then realise their lives are about to collide. I won’t say more but the actions of one man causes a huge fallout

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  • Caroline Redmayne
  • 11-10-20

My first Audible Book.

I wasn't sure what to expect in an audible book but this was a good start.

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  • 07-19-22

Fantastic Read

The story and characters come sound through a wonderful narration. It almost seems a life experienced so well written. Thoroughly enjoyed listening and wanted it not to end.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 12-15-19

Too many babies

Awful I just thought this book was awful a dreary narrator and dreary characters who I got confused with. Also babies. I can’t bear babies in these books

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  • 09-18-19

Excellent

Loved this book. Completely original. Bought it on spec and it was an unknown quantity... but am so glad I did. Excellent narrator too.