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Publisher's Summary

Betty Dean can't wait to leave her quiet upbringing in Guernsey and begin her mission to find Clara Pickle - the mysterious beneficiary in her grandmother's will. She arrives in grungy, 1990s Soho, ready for whatever life has to throw at her. Or so she thinks...
As Betty searches for Clara, she is taken on a journey through her grandmother, Arlette's, extraordinary life in 1920s bohemian London, uncovering a tale of love, loss and heartbreak amidst the hedonistic world of the Bright Young People.
©2012 Lisa Jewell (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
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By joan on 11-03-15

Loved this story

Great parallel storylines, consisting of family history, romance and some amateur detective work. The back and forth in time really worked and the narrator did a fantastic job representing each character uniquely.

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By Kim on 06-09-15

I love this book so much!

Love this narrator..she isn't struggling to do a British accent. I absolutely loved everything about this book but to be honest, I don't think k I would have lived it near as much reading it as I did listening to it! there was just something about the way she read it...changed voices for each character but not in a distracting way. And the story! Oh the story ♡♡♡♡

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By Mrs Diana Robertson on 07-26-15

A little slow to get in to.

It took a while to get interesting and the reader had rather a sleepy voice. Eventually I loved it and longed to know how the story would unfold , was not disappointed.

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By Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE on 04-28-14

Really enjoyable!

What made the experience of listening to Before I Met You the most enjoyable?

The story was well narrated - loved the voice and it worked really well for all the characters!

What did you like best about this story?

Great merged story lines - I loved the constant change of era!

What does Jane Collingwood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She kept the pace and flow well - loved her voicing of the parts, great choice!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Various moments - all handled very well and tenderly. Such a tragic love story - the 'could have beens'!

Any additional comments?

A thoroughly enjoyable storyline - loved the colourful characters, the two different eras and the way it was all brought to a conclusion.<br/><br/>Sad to finish it!!

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By Karyn W on 09-05-15

A gem by Lisa Jewell

I loved this book and the main characters, I loved the way the two stories started to intertwine. I love Jane Collingwood's narration and this is how I found Lisa Jewell, my first by this author but now downloaded more. 5 stars all the way.

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