While We're Apart

  • by Ellie Dean
  • Narrated by Penelope Freeman
  • 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The compelling new Second World War novel from Sunday Times top-ten best-selling author of Some Lucky Day.
It is 1942, and England is at war. Mary Jones has just celebrated her eighteenth birthday and said good-bye to her childhood sweetheart, Jack, when she learns her house has taken a direct hit during a tip-and-run raid.With both her parents dead and her home destroyed, a distraught Mary moves in with Jack’s parents.
But her father's trunk is still intact amid the ruins, and Mary discovers a shocking secret amongst his diaries. Mary travels to Cliffehaven on the south coast in search of answers. There she is billeted withPeggy Reilly’s fearsome sister, Doris. When warm-hearted Peggy befriends Mary, she discovers the young woman’s secret. But she begins to regret getting involved, for there can be only trouble ahead...


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Customer Reviews

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Left in the Dark

What would have made While We're Apart better?

A better ending to the story, left one up in the air, maybe needs a sequel

Would you be willing to try another book from Ellie Dean? Why or why not?

Yes I think so.

Which scene was your favorite?

The bombing of the waterfront and the saving of Mother & Baby

What character would you cut from While We're Apart?

None that I can think of

Any additional comments?

Yes needs a better ending. Left a lot unexplained.

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- Robyn Ray

Half a Book

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is only half a book because there is a cliffhanger. There is too much time spent recapping who everyone is, and too much time spent outside of Clifhaven though. Mary is a bit boring. She comes with a pre-established career path, and boyfriend so there wasn't much suspense.

Would you recommend While We're Apart to your friends? Why or why not?

I think it was a decent book. But some of the backstory I just skimmed. I don't need to be told that Ron is the dapper Irish grandfather who loves poaching and hunting with his ferrets for the umpteenth time.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Penelope Freeman?

I would

Was While We're Apart worth the listening time?


Any additional comments?

Be warned. Its only the first half of the story. To get the second half you need to pick up the book since Audible doesn't sell book 10 for some reason.

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- Serene Night

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-19-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks