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Publisher's Summary

Rachel and Becca are stepsisters living far apart, with little in common. Rachel is the successful one: happily married with three children and a big house. Becca, meanwhile, lurches from one dead-end job to another and has given up on love. The two of them have lost touch, but when Rachel doesn't come home one night, Becca is called in to help.
As Becca begins to untangle Rachel's secrets, she is forced to confront some uncomfortable truths.
©2016 Lucy Diamond (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd
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Praise for Summer at Shell Cottage: "Stuffed with guilty secrets and characters you'll root for from the start, this warm and emotional summer novel about a family in crisis makes for delicious summer reading." (Sunday Express)
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By Rianne Klaver on 12-10-16

Nice story, voice too harsh

Like the stories of Lucy Diamond. Took a bit of time to get into this one. I'm not keen on the narrator of this book. Sound too harsh to be believable.

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By lynn clough on 02-09-16

beyond chick lit

Would you consider the audio edition of The Secrets of Happiness to be better than the print version?

Audio is better for me. I read snuggled up in bed. I can't have the light on as this would disturb my husband. Stories lull me to sleep.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The book is full of wonderful characters. Eight of whom I would love to get to know. Even the villains of the story are interesting characters, adding colour and contrast to the story.

Have you listened to any of Gabrielle Glaister’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes I have listened to her read other stories. She is alawys excellent, her characterisation is brilliant she moves seamlessly from one distinct character to another, It must be a challenge to narrate voices from Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Wales all in one story. All of whom she very believably portrait's without apparent stress.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh no. I enjoy the daily development of the story and the characters. I enjoy looking forward to the next event. The saddest thing is the end I don't want the story to finish. I really would like this book to go on and on chronicling the lives of such lovely people.

Any additional comments?

This really is a unique story. There is romance but this is not the focus of the book. If you want more than girl meets boy, they have a row, make up and fall in love and sail off into the sunset, then this book is for you. I don't think you would be disapointed.

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By Jessica Schannong on 05-27-16

Sweet!

Loved this book. Such a sweet great story line. The woman reading was great too.

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