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  • The Midwives of Lark Lane

  • An Absolutely Heartbreaking Historical Family Saga
  • By: Pam Howes
  • Narrated by: Liane-Rose Bunce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Summary

All’s fair in love and war…but what happens when the war is over? 

After the heartbreak of World War Two, newlywed midwife Cathy hoped Liverpool life would offer some joy. But a terrible miscarriage and the escape of her abusive stepfather Jack from prison make happiness hard to find. 

Meanwhile, Cathy’s beloved granny is ailing. Whilst at the hospital, Cathy sees her midwifery friends, who are planning to open a home for unmarried mothers. After losing a baby of her own, Cathy would love to help, but for now, she must take care of her grandmother.  

As her granny’s health worsens, she writes Cathy a letter. The day her grandmother dies, Cathy goes home and opens the envelope: Thank you for giving me a reason to live. Everything I have in the world is yours now, my darling. Cathy is devastated but determined to honor her granny’s memory, hoping the maternity home can be her legacy.  

Just as Cathy and her friends are about to open their doors to the first expectant mothers, Jack is spotted in Liverpool. It’s only a matter of time until her cruel stepfather catches up with her, determined to pay her back for getting him locked up in prison. Can Cathy keep herself and her grandmother’s legacy safe, and see Jack sent away for good at last?  

The Midwives of Lark Lane is a heart-wrenching saga about how the best friendships can help you through the worst of times. If you’re a fan of Nadine Dorries, Diney Costeloe, and Kitty Neale, you’ll love Pam Howes! 

©2020 Pam Howes (P)2020 Bookouture
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  • Categories: Romance

Critic reviews

"An emotional roller coaster of a read that captivated me, and had me on the edge of my seat.… The story had me so engrossed that I couldn’t get on with my everyday life until I had finished it. If you enjoy a heart-warming saga that makes for a compulsive read, then look no further than this author’s books. They are truly wonderful." (By the Letter Book Reviews)

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Great story tho awful narrator

I really enjoyed the series although I was disappointed in the narrator in this book. She tends to shout each of the characters speech but talk the story. I listen through headphones and after a while I had to stop listening as it gave me a headache. I managed to finish the story luckily. I would recommend to get the kindle version of this book if you can as the book is very good.

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Too brash

I enjoyed the follow up story but the change of narrator was a mistake. She made everyone sound crass and shouted a lot. I would buy more by Pam Howes, but not if they are read by this narrator

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Love the Lark Lane series but struggled with narrator

I’ve loved all the Lark Lane books Georgia Maguire brought all the characters to life and the books flowed well but I really struggled with this one. The flow and voices made the book feel poorly written, less engaging or believable despite the historical accuracies that took you back in time in the first 3 books. Please bring back Georgia for the next one

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Unimpressed

I am very disappointed that the narrator was changed for this last book.
I have thoroughly loved the lark lane saga but I am finding it impossible to even get past the prologue with the new voice.
She miss pronounces words and sounds like she is from Yorkshire not Liverpool. Very disappointed.

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Change of narrator on this book made it difficult to follow due to the different voices and accents used. Not bad but not what I was use to with the previous books

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I loved the story and ally the readers except this one. She was high pitch and nothing like the others. I could get lost in the

Very disappointed with this story regarding the reader. I loved all the others and could loose myself in the stories. Not this one.

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Great story

I love these books but I am really sorry to say the person reading it was dreadful her Liverpool accent was really bad I am afraid it spoiled the book for me I really hope they find someone else to read the next one or tell her to tone down a bit, the book and story were great, sorry about this but hope it helps other readers.

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Narrative throughout was shocking!

I've loved the whole series of life on Lark Lane.
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Loved the story but .......

This was the fourth book in the series. I loved every moment of the previous three books, however, whilst I throughly enjoyed the storyline of this book the narrator spoilt it for me personally. We left the third book in the series with Rosa and Luca speaking in English with Italian accents and the midwives and most of the other characters having different slants of Liverpudlian accents. In this book Rosa and Luca had very strong Liverpudlian accents and most of the others sounding more like men than women, with deep voice tones and each character sounded much like one another. I think I would have preferred it more if this narrator had just stuck to ‘reading’ the story instead of trying to impersonate different characters.

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NOT MY FAVOURITE

listened to this book but I couldn't get into it like all the others. The narrator sounded like she'd had a joint before reading the book, she was so happy, bubbly and very passionate, mind you, I did have the speed on 1.10 . I'd still recommend this book because if you like the narrator, you will probably like it. I'm just very picky with narrator's.

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  • Annie
  • 05-05-20

Very disappointing narrator

The narrator was so disappointing . Different to the first 2 books in the series. She mispronounced names from the previous stories and had a very different tone for voices. . wouldn't bother listening except for the first 2 books.

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  • 09-07-22

Only to the prologue

I have enjoyed these books quite a bit. The one part I have not liked is the intimacy details. I am not a fan of this narrator at all. One thing that has bugged me so far is the was she says Gianni and Jonny…they sound very similar and it’s difficult to distinguish between the two people. Wish the other narrator had done this one too.