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Summary

This is a mini-sequel to The Other Son, a little gift for all those listeners who have been begging to know what happens next. Alice has been lying to herself for years, holding fast to the belief that the needs of her family far outweigh her own. But her outwardly successful marriage hides dark secrets, and for much of her life, the children were the only reason she stuck around.

These days, though her successful banker son lives nearby, his young wife seems to do everything she can to keep Alice at bay. As for Alice's other son, he has always been something of a stranger and has been traveling for so long that Alice isn't even sure what continent he is on anymore. Alice can’t help but wonder if the effort she expends presenting a united front to the outside world is actually helping anyone and what would happen if she suddenly stopped pretending.

Could life, like the novels she devours, hold surprises in its closing chapters? And if she did shake everything up by admitting the truth about her marriage, would anyone be on her side? Has the time finally come for Alice to put her own needs first? For the first time in years, her heart is racing. Can Alice really change her life? Dare she even imagine such a thing?

©2016 Nick Alexander (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Beautiful

Absolutely beautiful story of lost love due to convention. I loved this audio book. My only complaint was that it wasn't long enough.

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Tearjerker!

Loved it! Great sequel that takes you along with Alice's next chapter in her life

It feels like there could be another chapter to come.... I hope so!

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Enjoyable Christmas Bonus

This is a short, 'free' Christmas bonus. It is only really suitable if you have heard the original story, but it was a great addition to the story.

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  • 12-12-21

Fabulous

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have not listened to any of Nick Alexanders books before but will be waiting until credit day and getting 'The Other Son'. Excellent short story and I really enjoy Imogen Church as a narrator.

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Lovely ending

So glad to find this in my ‘included’ as I had just finished The Other Son and this is the sequel so tied up the loose ends ☺️

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Awful in every way possible!

Ok it was free but what exactly was the point of it?

The ages of the characters and timelines were all over the place. The story was boring and predictable and often toe-curlingly cringy! And the narrator sounded like an 18 year old.

Really sloppy!

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A Fitting End

This mini Christmas Bonus book just finishes off the previous book ‘The Other Son’ perfectly. I won’t go into detail but I recommend that you read or listen to the books in order.

Very enjoyable and lovely to see a different side to Alice who comes face to face with a huge blast from the past

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so worth the few quid

wonderful, and made me cry. you need to have read the full novel, but what a bonus treat.

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Good little sequal!

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

Excellent performance.

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This is a pleasent little sequal to the orginal book The Other Son. It's very sort and not to be read/listened to as a stand alone.

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  • 02-12-16

Wonderful!

Just lovely! Light and funny! A must for the holidays! You have to read, or listen, in this case, to the first book The Other Son in order to enjoy this one. I highly recommend both! What a wonderful short story for Christmas!

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  • Twink
  • 02-01-20

Summary Seems misleading a bit...

I guess I really should have read the reviews on the book first, however, I was thrilled because it was a Christmas story of sorts that the summary made it out to seem like there was some sort of mystery involved but I didn’t get far enough into the story to find out as the first portion I listened to didn’t even come close to what was being described but again, I didn’t finish. Apparently there is a previous book which would probably be helpful to read first. The book begins with men characters and a woman is reading the story. It just didn’t seem to fit. It just was not what I was expecting I suppose. On a side note, the reader did a decent job of “changing” voices for characters.

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  • Annie Burton
  • 26-12-21

It could've been a chapter

Its a reunion between two old friends and them catching up, the author somehow made a whole short book of what could have been a short chapter.
I feel like we could have read that in less than 15 minutes and not an hour.
I listened to the complete thing since it was only an hour long but honestly it was very boring and repetitive just them talking about the past and catching up.
Also it does feel like you are missing somethin, I didn't know this is a sequel to a previous book until I read the comments here, you don't absolutely need to read the first one to understand this one but there is a feeling of uncompletion

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  • Terri Strait
  • 13-08-21

A Delight - Even if it weren’t Christmas!

A delight! I didn’t want it to end and hope the author has written more I have yet to discover!!

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  • Jersey
  • 12-12-19

Just lovely!

I certainly enjoyed this short story. Excellent performances by each narrator. Give it a listen!

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  • Anne Ettinger
  • 12-12-18

Shocking

I find the association of Christmas and sex to be inappropriate, whether heterosexual or homosexual.

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  • Gift Card Recipient
  • 25-03-18

Full Story Short Read

Loved this book. Although a short read it packs a full story that it is relatable in all walks of life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-17

Not my cup of tea, yet good.

This story was not my cup of tea but, the author did a fine job of writing the story and an excellent job of sucking one into the lives of the chsracters. There could have been more work done on the periphery characters but, in all fairness I only heard the first three chapters. in fact, the only negative thing I can say about this short is that the changing of scenes was to abrupt. I had to stop the audio book, rewind, and relisten because I thought I had missed something. After reviewing the wording in the context of the scene, I can see where these would make sense in print because there would be a marker denoting the change from one scene to the other; however, there is no such thin in audio books. My only advice: Your dialog is excellent and it drives your story (something I hope to acomplish one day). So, find a way to paint your story so as we audio listeners can imagine the scene changes. Good luck to you, you are a good writer and I have no doubt after hearing your dialog that you will be a great one soon. Best wishes and prayers.

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  • JB
  • 02-01-17

Okay for a Christmas Bonus!

This book was just okay. It was free or a Christmas Bonus. Just enough to get you interested and then it was over.

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  • Jessica
  • 13-12-16

A lovely heartfelt story

I didn't realize that this was a sequel before starting it, none-the-less I really enjoyed it. 

Even though it's quite short, it is wonderfully executed. You can't help but love all of the characters. I found their multigenerational stories and experiences endearing and heartbreaking. 

Imogen Church was a brilliant narrator. She was perfectly cast. Will definitely seek out more items narrated by her.