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I really like Carol and her non-fiction books, however this is her first fiction book I've read. Sadly it was a bit of a let down. I did enjoy listening to it initially, but the story just didn't develop. I found it overly long and drawn out and not much happens. It relied a lot on internal monologue of the central character (Jane) and that was way too over detailed. At one point I fell asleep for an hour and missed nothing. The big mystery was easy to guess very close to the start of the novel so there was no suspense for me.
The story tells of a woman (Jane) who doesn't get on with her mother in law but is devoted to her husband, Luke. They live in London where her father is in a care home. but are drawn back to the French vineyard of Luke's childhood. We don't know why Jane & her mother in law don't get on and this is dragged out a long time and then not very dramatic when revealed. I didn't much like Luke or his wife Jane and I found it difficult to care.
As a narrator Carol is good, although I do like author-narrators. She reads well and has the right voices and pace. Sadly the story was just too light and insipid for me.