When artist Maddie inherits a house in Cornwall shortly after the death of her husband, she hopes it will be the fresh start she and her step-daughter, Hannah, desperately need. Trevenen is beautiful but neglected, a rambling house steeped in history. Maddie is enchanted by it and determined to learn as much as she can about its past. As she discovers the stories of generations of women who've lived there before, Maddie begins to feel her life is somehow intertwined within its walls.
But Maddie's dream of a calm life in the countryside is far from the reality she faces. Still struggling with her grief and battling with Hannah, Maddie is unable to find inspiration for her painting and realises she may face the prospect of having to sell Trevenen, just as she is coming to love it. And as Maddie and Hannah pull at the seams of Trevenen's past, the house reveals secrets that have lain hidden for generations. This gorgeously sweeping debut from Liz Fenwick is touched with romance and mystery, a perfect summer listen.
Read by Anne Dover. Anne Dover has recorded many audiobooks as well as appearing in TV and radio commercials and listeners in the northeast will remember her Saturday night record show for Metro Radio in the late 1970s. Her TV appearances include Emmerdale Farm, Book Tower, Brideshead Revisited and A Kind of Loving.
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relaxing holiday read
The audio version was easy listening and relaxing, a good holiday read and just the right length.
Anne Dover's performance was excellent, her voice is quietly soothing but she uses inflections and accents to highlight her characters making them easily identifiable.
an escape into a Cornish dream
overall great book, good storyline and enjoyable, recommended.
Pretty dire chic-lit
Someone who is looking for an easy read, who likes a bit of romantic escapism and who isn't looking for any in-depth connection with the characters or any major/ exciting plot developments.
Slow-moving plot where nothing of significance really happens. Stereotypical characters like the sulky teenager, cheery neighbour, hunky guy, etc.. There was nothing about the central character one could connect with - we didn't really get inside her head. Also, too much stuff 'just happening' in a soap-opera kind of way - e.g. woman inherits massive mansion in Cornwall from distant relative; friendly new neighbour comes round to help on day 1, electrician turns up to fix things at less than a day's notice ... just an over-romanticised view of 'country life', an unrealistic plot and unlikely set of events. Very cliched use of stock phrases which just made it come across like Mills & Boon or something you'd read in a woman's magazine
She did an OK job. She has a nice voice and she managed to distinguish the voices of the adult characters without sounding too strained, but her impersonation of the irritating 'whatever'; 'this sucks' teenager was embarrassing
Just really disappointed. I was expecting an engrossing read and this book did not engage me or want me to continue beyond the first few chapters
I was looking forward to this book and I just wish I'd been in a position to give a more positive review than this