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  • By: Julie Cohen
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Spirited

By: Julie Cohen
Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
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Summary

A beautifully haunting novel about faith, grief, courage and love. 

In Victorian England, Viola is an amateur photographer struggling with the grief of her father's death and the sterile atmosphere of her marriage to her childhood friend, Jonah. When she discovers a talent for capturing ghostly images on camera, Viola comes to the attention of a spirit medium, and a powerful attraction between the two women is sparked.... 

As each woman puts herself at risk, unspeakable truths are brought to light that will change their lives forever.

Driven by passionate, courageous female characters, and exploring themes of sexuality, gender and prejudice, Spirited is your next unforgettable listen. Perfect for fans of The Binding, The Familiars and Once Upon a River.

©2020 Julie Cohen (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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Great story telling

I found this very moving. Shows how very different characters can bond even on a wobbly base of deception even if for all the right reasons. Life and love was not easy for men or women back then and particularly if you sensed more than what could be seen by all.

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A good story, well narrated.

I listened to the audiobook on Audible, narrated by Gemma Whelan.

After her father's death, Viola and her new husband, Jonah, her childhood sweetheart, move to Dorset. Viola, a keen photographer, finds she has a new talent for capturing the ghostly images of those dearly departed. With the encouragement of Henriette, a celebrated spirit medium, Viola finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of uncharted territory. Meanwhile, Jonah is hiding a haunted past. Each have thier secrets...

I wanted to love this book more than I did. The story was well thought out, but there was a lot of back and forth with past and present chapters that I kept losing where I was. This may have been highlighted with the audiobook; perhaps if I had the physical copy in hand, it would have been more obvious.

Now saying all that, the storyline was everything I would look for. Historically set in Victorian England, with sprits and a vivid gothic thread is woven throughout. Unfortunately, it just didn't quite hit the right note with me.

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A flawless, gorgeous, passionate story & narrator

One of my all time favourite audiobooks so far - beautifully written. Gripping, fascinating and flawlessly performaled. I will miss this one now it's finished!

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Oddly unique

A well connected story with depth and history to it, I would have liked more development of the love story between Viola & Henrietta and less so of Henriettes origins, but overall a modest listen without any cliches and it’s own unique feels. Clearly well researched.

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What a fabulous book

I loved this book - great story and narrator. I enjoyed all of this book immensely and looking forward to reading more by Julie Cohen. Highly recommend