The Godforsaken Daughter

  • by Christina McKenna
  • Narrated by Sue Pitkin
  • 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Ruby Clare's father was alive, they toiled together happily on their dairy farm in Northern Ireland. Since his death Ruby - thirty-three, plump but comely - has been forced indoors and made a domestic drudge for Martha, her endlessly critical mother, and her prettier younger sisters, May and June.
But everything changes when Ruby finds her late grandmother's old case in the attic. Among its strange contents: a curious, handmade volume called The Book of Light.
As Ruby delves into its mysterious pages, she's enticed into a most beguiling world whose allure and magnetic power she finds irresistible.
Martha, convinced that her newly empowered daughter is going crazy, enlists the help of the kindly parish priest and then psychiatrist Henry Shevlin. Henry appears imperturbable yet is inwardly reeling from his wife's unexplained disappearance the previous year.
As Ruby undergoes therapy, she meets local bachelor farmer Jamie McCloone. Through their shared loneliness and isolation the two find the courage to connect. But will Ruby's mother allow her daughter the happiness she so richly deserves?
The Godforsaken Daughter is an unforgettable peek into small-town life in Ireland's recent past. It's a glorious successor to McKenna's first two Tailorstown novels, The Misremembered Man and The Disenchanted Widow.

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Dreadful narration,

Terrible choice of narrator. Gave up on audible and read the story instead. This is an easy read, gentle distraction, but the narrator was totally unable to relate, terrible false accent slipped all over the place and didn't seem to understand the dialect.
Wish I could return the purchase.
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- Kara

Terrible performance

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Maybe... a nine year old interested in spies and witches


Would you recommend The Godforsaken Daughter to your friends? Why or why not?

No - terrible performance, mediocre story of spies and wicca


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Sue Pitkin should just read the book not try to "perform" it. Her accents are appalling. She doesn't even maintain the same "voice" for a character and apparently forgets whether a given character is Irish, English or Scottish. It sounds like the kind of "performance" a school teacher might do when reading Roald Dahl to four year olds.


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- Edeline Toth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-03-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio