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Summary

As a young child, Lydia and her sister were sent to live with grandparents they'd never even met. It's a cruel and loveless new world for them and it teaches Lydia to grow up fast. She learns to keep secrets and to trust sparingly.

And through it all she suppresses her grief and guilt, believing she is to blame for her mother's death. Now, 28 years later, Lydia is persuaded to leave behind the safe new life she has created in Venice, and return to England to face the past. And maybe her future...

©2007 Erica James (P)2007 W F Howes Ltd

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Her best

Of all Erica James's novels that I've read or listened to, this is the clear best. Whist I have found many of her novels to be cliched, chick lit, this one doesn't fall into these categories. One of those writers who seems to have to pull everything together for a happy ending, regardless of how unlikely that might be, this novel was much more believable and had more to it than the others. If you're new to her, I'd suggest this and 'The Queen of New Beginnings'.

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great read

I have read several of Erica's books and have enjoyed every one of them. look forward to reading more.

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Not good

I decided that, although this book was not good, I would listen to the bitter end for once! I have listened to other stories by Erica James and I quite liked them - but this one was just too long.
The description of Lydia's childhood was overstretched because one tended to "get the picture" without almost daily reports on the poor child's life.
Also, by the end, I felt cheated or shall I say undervalued - because the story consisted of too many coincidences and ridiculous explanations to possibly be acceptable to me, as a reader.
The narrator did her best, but the Italian accent is quite overdone.
Oh dear - I must say there were some lighter moments, but it is a very depressing listen....

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Loved it!!

Excellent story really liked the twists and turns. This will be one of my all time favourites and I’m sure I’ll listen to it again one day.

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Disappointing

Got through it somehow but very disappointing not what was expected, wouldn’t recommend, very different to any other Erica James books.

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My favourite Erica James novel!

Totally absorbing novel with diverse characters which unfold during the course of the story over a long period of time. Erica writes very well from the children's perspective and we see how they develop from early childhood right through to middle age. This is a fabulous love story and I particularly liked the section in Venice. I was sorry when it ended although I felt the saga was tied up nicely for the reader. Superb narration from Maggie Mash.

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Fantastic! - What a compulsive read

What did you like most about Tell it to the Skies?

I bought this book as a I recently started reading Erica James novels. Thinking this was going to be in the same vein as the others I had recently read - but oh no! this was in a different style and so compulsive (just like her others).I could not guess at how this story was going to unfold so I just kept my ipod on and kept reading - only stopping to go to bed LOL. Up in the morning and back on went the Ipod.

I loved this book and I like Erica James writing styles.I cannot recommend her books highly enough - give one a try and you will see that if you like one you, like me,you will like them all.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the tale of the 2 sisters and how their live stories evolved and the finale when everything was revealed.

What does Maggie Mash bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She narrated this book so well I felt I was in the story - at no time did her narration detract from the story - in fact it enhanced it. Great narrator.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Sisters to the end

Any additional comments?

I am so delighted with the Erica James novels that I am going to get them all over time and spend many hours listening to her stories - with the narrators used so far they have all enhanced the stories. So bring on my credits LOL!

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This novel is chilling in places, although, there are some light hearted passages. The main theme is an unhappy childhood.
I found it compelling once I'd started to listen, although had I known how cruel Lydia's family would be, I doubt I would have begun. The narrator, Maggie Mash, is a little odd but I adjusted to her style and even found she added to the suspense.

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Frustrating but listenable

I found this hard to get into, and perhaps would have done better with an abridged version, as this moved too slowly for me. Too much time was spent on the main character's childhood, and not enough on the later years. I also felt that the reason for her exile was stretched a bit thinly in places. The complete break with England by both Lydia and Joey was not quite believable either. It was frustrating, as I tried to tell her what she should do - but kept me listening.

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I found it a struggle to keep listening to this; at times I was absorbed by the story, but more frequently just irritated by the totally illogical behaviour of the main character. The whole story is really based on a highly unlikely premise. It is also too long; could have done with some thorough editing. As far as the audio goes, the Italian accents are exasperating; I nearly gave up after the first 20 minutes!

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  • 07-09-11

Surprising

THe story does not pull any punches. It made me think about decisions I make and the consequences therof