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Summary

Welcome to Bluebell Wood where the sun shines, the locals are kind and there's something more than a little bit magical about the place.

Ava loves city life, but when something happens to make her feel unsafe, she retreats to the calm and quiet of Bluebell Wood. The once high-flying Ava now locks herself away in her fairy-tale cottage, only leaving to explore the trails of the nearby woods or to potter in the garden with her dog, Merlin.

When Ava begins to feed the wild birds that flock to her bird table, they start leaving her trinkets of appreciation in return. The gifts seem innocent at first, but they soon take on a deeper meaning. 

It isn't until Ava meets Callum, the handsome parish priest, that she can't help but wonder if the birds might have been trying to get her out of the house all along. But will their curious behaviour help to heal Ava, and transform her and Callum into the lovebirds they clearly long to be?

©2021 Ali McNamara (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"An enchanting escape. Pure magic!" (Heidi Swain)

"A perfect, sparkling, summer read." (Cathy Bramley) 

"Fun and endearing." (Katie Fforde) 

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Lovely

I absolutely loved this story it was such a feel good book x
Thank you

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Birds!

loved this book beautifully read , uplifting and pure escapism , didn't want it to end!

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Pleasant enough but rather a non-story. Calming.

If you're feeling fragile for any reason and can't face a story with any excitement, then this is the story for you.
Nothing much happens. It's quite boring, and there aren't any particularly interesting characters, but its portrayal of the simple minutiae of village life is probably quite accurate - having lived in tiny villages for about 35 years, A calming listen. Not one I shall listen to again.

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Feel good story

Very enjoyable story. Beautifully read. Likeable characters and plot. Easy listening. Would recommend to all

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another exceptional ali mcnamara book!

I love how much thought goes into every character, the links to certain themes in her books and hope and happiness in bluebell wood is no exception!
I related to ava in many ways and I very quickly sympathised with her and understood how she felt in certain situations. ive read or listened to every novel by Ali mcnamara. if you are wondering whether or not to listen/read one I'm telling you, you won't be disappointed!

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Excellent read

Loved the whole book, beautifully read by the narrator, I have since bought most of the authors other books

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  • 31-01-22

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Sorry only got to chapter 3 , couldn’t listen to the narrator anymore , very dull and depressing .

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  • 24-11-21

Lovely, cosy and uplifting

Nice gentle, uplifting storyline. Narrators delivery was appropriate and engaging. Will read more from this author based on this book.

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love the story kept me wanting more. Narrated well. Love her books so far. Can't wait for the next one.

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Another lovely magical story from Ali McNamara !

A lovely mystical tale of life and love from Ali McNamara. Iv read (listened) to all her books and have enjoyed every one, this one being no exception x Thoroughly recommended for those who like whimsical , happy, “nice” stories.

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  • 21-09-21

Delightful

I love stories in which nature plays so much a part. In this story the woods and birds are among the main characters. Also a cozy love story with somewhat of a mystery to solve. My favorite book by this author. I was sorry when it ended and I wish the author would write a sequel.

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  • 12-08-21

Dumb

Trite, stupid story. I don't agree with the classification of this as clean & wholesome. They sleep together and declare they love each other but they barely know each other. I didn't care for the vicar or the female lead, they both seem pretty shallow. The insta relationship between the 2 main characters was not believable. I was so tired of the female lead and her allusions to "the incident", that I didn't really care once I found out what the incident was. The only likeable character is the dog.