Live the Dream

  • by Josephine Cox
  • Narrated by Carole Boyd
  • 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set in the 1930's, this is the story of three people caught up in a tangle of love and hatred, which threatens to tear them apart forever. Handsome, wealthy and fair-minded, Luke Hammond could have the world at his feet. Instead, he has the world on his shoulders.Consumed by sadness, Luke's only respite from his respectable life is on a Tuesday, when he heads off to seek solace in a hideaway deep in the calm heart of the woods. Locked in his thoughts and dreams, living his humble 'Tuesday' life, Luke's quiet sadness intrigues Amy Maitland, a bright young woman whom Luke seems at first not to notice. Amy finds herself wondering more and more about this elusive man. But Amy worries too about Daisy, her beloved best friend, who masks the misery of a difficult home life behind her carefree hilarity. Amy knows that under the bravado and humour there is a desperate woman, searching for stability and love -- seemingly at any cost. Calling Luke her 'Tuesday Man', Daisy falls head over heels in love with him. Although he's aloof and appears to have little time for romance, she means to have him.

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Predictable but unchallenging fare

I'd read a couple of Josephine Cox's books before so knew what to expect - a writer of Northern, working class life and love in the guise of Catherine Cookson, though much less engaging than the aforementioned master storyteller in my opinion. However, I had enjoyed the novels as light reading, and downloaded this for similar entertainment - something I didn't have to focus on too closely.

It has to be said, this novel was slightly disappointing - it is not one of Cox's better stories, and feels a bit too formulaic. But the main problem is that nothing really seems to happen. It starts off with working class girl meets rich man - we seem to be heading in a rags to riches direction until another, more likeable love interest in the form of working class but industrious boy is introduced. Ah, I thought, love triangle territory. But although this was ostensibly what was happening, it never really gets off the ground other than a few wistful glances and a snatched kiss. The relationships are all very chaste and the main character rather too sickly sweet for my taste.

A very hurried denouement seems to happen so quickly you might miss it if you stepped out of the room for a moment, and due to all characters involved in the sequence being either very lazily sketched or unlikeable, you are left not really caring after all.

Having said all this, the novel was easy listening, not very demanding of my concentration which was my main requirement, and engaging enough for me to finish it so it can't have been all bad!
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- Chloe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-04-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios