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Summary

It is 1939 - World War II is looming, Oswald Mosley has awoken fascist sympathies among the British aristocracy and, in London, socialites are gathering for the start of the Season. 

Enter astute Oxford graduate Hope Stapleford, whose quick wit, love of books and keen observations set her apart from her peers. Her rebellious friend Bernadette has persuaded her to take part in the Season, and Hope expects little more than a round of dull engagements and dreary introductions. But when an innocent, young debutante goes missing from their very first house party, feared to have been kidnapped or worse, Hope's curiosity is piqued.  

With Bernie and their new acquaintance, the amiable rogue Harvey, Hope soon finds herself thrust into a web of political intrigue that threatens the very heart of the nation....

©2021 Caroline Dunford (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Limited

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Good fun

Light and funny with occasional bits of quite surprising violence. I laughed out loud at a few places and once so much it frightened a sleeping cat.

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Fresh and refreshing

I had a lot of fun with Hope. I generally listen to horror, sci-fi, and fantasy, but I sometimes want a refreshing change.

I don't want that change to remind me why I listen to horror; I want something that's that good, fun and feisty. I got that from Hope.

This tale of murder and misadventure is set at the start of World War II and when the United Kingdom feels familiar and yet very different at the same time. It's divided into classes, with the rich and poor, but while the groups seem more officially divided than now, they seem less ethically and socially divided. People seemed better, but perhaps I'm being naive.

And I guess being naive is a theme in Hope for the Innocent (who's innocent?) as our hero lives her somewhat sheltered life to explore the social scene in London and winds up playing at the detective.

Caroline Dunford's story is expertly woven, carefully paced to keep your interest and paint a picture of the more significant scene and craftily leading towards the end that's also a beginning. I think narrated Laura Kirman is spot on; her vocal portrayal of Hope is someone who sounds posh English, but not pretentious English.

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  • Denise Vilim
  • 24-09-21

Promising new series

Original story: Check
Superb narration: Check
Believable and logical: Check
Not too dark or disturbing, while not being silly: Check