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Summary

With all her signature warmth, wonderful characters and unforgettable drama, start this brand new chapter in the storytelling of Rosie Goodwin, Britain's best-loved saga author. 

1850. When Opal Sharp finds herself and her younger siblings suddenly orphaned and destitute, she thinks things can get no worse. 

But soon three of them - including Opal - are struck down with the illness that took their father from them, and her brother Charlie is forced to make an impossible decision. Unable to afford a doctor, he knows the younger children will not survive. So, unbeknownst to Opal, Charlie takes their younger siblings to the workhouse, where he knows they will at least be fed and have a roof over their heads. 

Opal is heartbroken and struggles to forgive him. Charlie, in turn, takes bigger and bigger risks to try to support what's left of the Sharp family and earn Opal's forgiveness - but he takes it too far and finds himself in trouble with the law. Soon, he is sent on a convict ship to Australia. 

As poor Opal is forced to say goodbye to the final member of her family, she makes a promise to reunite them all one day. 

Will Opal ever see her family again? 

©2020 Rosie Goodwin (P)2023 W F Howes

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heartwarming

a lovely story, well written. characters very believable. a heartwarming story that was a joy to listen to.

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Great listening

Once again Rosie Goodwin has written a lovely story and Charlie Sanderson is a marvellous narrator, she makes you feel you are there with her, well done to you both

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Enjoyable story with some annoying aspects.

Overall, I did enjoy this story. Historical romance/family sagas are my favourite genre. However, unfortunately I found several aspects of both the writing and the narration rather annoying.
Firstly, I felt that the narrator's voice sounded rather childish at times, especially when she was narrating the dialogue of certain characters, which made them sound frankly ridiculous.
Also, she didn't seem to understand the difference between the words 'wandered/wandering' and wondered/wondering.' This occurred several times throughout the story, which I found quite annoying.
The other aspect that I found particularly grating is the author's repetitive use of certain expressions.

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Narration annoying

Nice story but felt narration let it down Felt Charlie Sanderson reads as if she is reading a story to children. Emphasising words such as And ,So,Then ,pausing after each word This would not put me off reading other books read by Charlie but it can be frustrating.

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A Delightful Story

This was another lovely story written by Rosie Goodwin and read beautifully by Charlie Sanderson. It was very sad in places but the ending, when all the children were reunited and Opal married Matthew, was lovely. I really enjoyed it!

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Good light reading

I like to read a book at night that isn’t scary and this was just the thing, it is also a good story.

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Brilliant

It is one of the best books I’ve read, so many twists and turns. I didn’t want to stop listening to it. I feel lost now that it’s finished

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Another winner

A great story to listen to and the narration excellent also. I love being able to use ear plugs and get on with boring tasks whilst being so well entertained.

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winter promise

what a wonderful story from start to finish .How things come together in the end for the family .

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loved it

Really enjoyed, helped me walk longer in the evening as I wanted to keep listening