There'll Be Blue Skies

  • by Ellie Dean
  • Narrated by Annie Aldington
  • 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When sixteen-year-old Sally is evacuated to the English south coast, she is terrified by what lies ahead of her. All she knows are the sights and sounds of London's East End - but Sally swallows her tears as they leave the familiar landmarks behind, knowing that she has to be a Grown-Up Girl and play mother to her six-year-old brother Ernie. Playing mother is nothing new for Sally - their real mother Florrie, a good-time girl, hasn't even come to the station to wave them off and Ernie, crippled at an early age by polio, is used to depending on his older sister.
When they arrive in Cliffehaven, they're taken to live at the Beach View Boarding House where they're welcomed by the open-hearted Reilly family headed up by warm, loving Peggy, and life begins to improve. Sally gets a job in a uniforms factory to help pay her way - and to pay for Ernie's expensive medicines - but then Florrie arrives in Cliffehaven, bringing disaster with her. And Sally is forced to work out where her true loyalties lie....

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Most Helpful

Guilty pleasure

This is chic lit for the older person, something my auntie would really enjoy.
Personally i found it a little bit Mills and Boon, but although it was not a great work of fiction, secretly I did quite enjoy it. If you want a book that is comforting, not challenging, where romance is slightly higher on the agenda than realism, and where everything comes together in the end, then this might just do the job. Good for a rainy afternoon, the equivalent of a big bowl of comfort food............
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- Karen

Another great Beach View story

If you could sum up There'll Be Blue Skies in three words, what would they be?

Really good story


Who was your favorite character and why?

Ron, such a character!


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Gabbled narration. Annie Aldington is great with cockney accents but that's about it. She fails to take notice of punctuation, and has a sharp delivery which I dislike intensely.


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- Linden

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-11-2011
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks