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by Patricia Scanlan (Author), Deirdre Purcell (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 14 hours and 59 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 29 Aug 2013
  • Language: English
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
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On a crystal clear Mediterranean day, Briony McAllister sits playing with her four-year-old daughter, Katie, while she waits for her mother, Valerie, to join them. Valerie has recently moved to a picturesque town in southern Spain to finally leave behind her turbulent past and find a peace that has always eluded her. Briony has no idea that in a few moments time, her relationship with her mother will change irrevocably.

As Katie plays, Briony pulls from her bag an old photo album, found in a box in her mother's new home. As she begins to study the faded photos, a letter falls to the ground. It is addressed to her. "My Darling Briony," it begins. As Briony reads the words with mounting shock, realization dawns. Her mother lied to her about what happened with her beloved grandmother, Tessa, all those years ago - and denied Briony that most precious of relationships, the type of relationship Valerie now enjoys with Katie.

The lives of three generations of women are set to change forever as the past is revisited and the truth unfolds through the undelivered letters Tessa wrote to Briony over the years. Secrets, lies, betrayals and sacrifices - the complex bonds between mothers, daughters and granddaughters are intricately explored as Patricia Scanlan takes us into the hearts and homes of a family at war.

©2013 Patricia Scanlan; (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise and Wonderful 13 Mar 2013
By Sissel M. Østdahl TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The only thing I hated about this book was that it ended! "With all my love" is a unique treat, a jewel of a book, with lots of wisdom and love on every page.

Life and family and especially the relationship between two women, Valerie and her boyfriend's mother Tessa, are the main ingredienses in this story. Valerie and Jeff are young and happily in love. Valerie in her first job after her finals and Jeff studying engineering. They are happy and carefree and loving their life in Dublin where Valerie is sharing an apartment with her close friend from childhood, Lizzie.

And then their lives are changed as Valerie becomes pregnant, which in the eighties is still not at all acceptable in catholic Ireland and small town Rockland's where Valerie's and Jeff's families live.

We follow Valerie and Jeff, their little daughter and families on both sides through many years in this book. Which is not only bliss although it's feelgood reading. Tragedy strikes and shatters all of their lives forever. Grief, misunderstandings, jealousy, hate - but in the end, most of all love. Love and forgiveness are what finally bring the two families together and heal the bitterness and wounds.

The book entails priceless accounts of little happy girls and their endeavours. Valerie's daugther Briony and later Briony's daughter Katie, so much alike, are bright as button little madams adding their own unique wisdom to the world around them. "Gamma", "Gandad" and "Valwie" and little Briony and Katie. So much sharing and so much missing out due to a family feud, or rather two women not able to share and understand each other's love for a son and a lover.

Read this book and give yourself a wonderful weekend (if it lasts that long) engulfed in Patricia Scanlan's world of love and wisdom. A book like this does not come often.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will Love this! 28 Feb 2013
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
'With All My Love' is a poignant, heart-breaking yet touching look at different kinds of love, and how they shape the people who we are, and the people we are destined to be. The tale is told through flashbacks into the life of Valerie Harris when she was a young girl, falling in love with her new boyfriend Jeff. Valerie suffers with a poor relationship with her controlling father, and this influences her as she grows older, her need for independence is quite desperate, and as such she's a fairly lonely girl. I really did like Valerie, even though I didn't necessarily agree with the things she did, particularly towards her 'in-laws'.

I enjoyed the way it came full circle too, with Valerie being taught a harsh lesson the way she had acted all those years ago as well. Brioney and Valerie's adult relationship as mother and daughter isn't always plain sailing, but Scanlan manages to keep the relationship realistic and believable, whilst ultimately conveying the hurt and betrayal both women are feeling. Valerie's despair and Briony's anger are beautifully written, you can almost feel these emotions along with these characters. Some of the scenes are so painfully raw, you cannot help but shed a tear, I certainly did, and credit goes to Scanlan for really conveying the emotions these scenes warranted. It is good too to see Briony as an adult, and we are shown how Valerie's behaviour early on in her life has impacted her own adulthood, this added a new dimension to the book, and it was fun to flick back and forth between past and present.

As well as focussing on the Harris women, Scanlan also focusses in on Tessa and Lorcan, Jeff's parents. Tessa was quite a dislikeable women, judgmental and unkind at times, and I struggled to warm to her at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.. 11 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have always enjoyed Patricia Scanlan's books and have read and re-read them many times. I found this book depressing, and I guessed the end twist as soon as it was introduced,. Although it was interesting, and held my attention, I was disappointed compared to her previous books and know that I will not read this one again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars With all my love 2 July 2013
By Clare O'Beara TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This tale is an okay read, if you want a relaxing book that doesn't challenge you in any way.
Except perhaps to keep track of the many mothers, daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters. Leave it down and go to work, and come back and you'll be mixing up the first names that are largely used. A paragraph can refer to one woman as a mother, a daughter and a grandmother in one go, so when someone thinks about her mother we have to do an inventory.

Mainly the book tells of a girl who becomes pregnant in Ireland in the early 1980s and both sets of mothers involved, oddly enough, are not keen on marriage for her. Though the boy is quite willing and there is no lone parent support like today. I don't remember Ireland's attitudes as being like that. Fallings out occur and the girl grows up not letting the grandparents on her boyfriend's side meet the little girl. The message is that this is wrong as it hurts all the generations. But that's the sum of the book. There are no sub plots, no further social comment, just a skip across the years from time to time as one or other person reflects on the past. Early on we get a few pages of with-it writing about how the recession has affected the main protagonist, although we hear no more about finance and politics for the rest of the story. Given some of the characters work for County Councils there could have been very interesting opportunities for stories. There is little or no character development. If your message is that brief, it could I suggest be made in a shorter book. The last quarter drags and is repetitive. Tighter editing would have made for something which held our attention better. By the way, when she's trying to get up to date at the end, people don't actually say Lol to each other.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent once more
really enjoyed another Patricia Scanlon book she never fails to please her readers

keep on delighting us with your incite into ordinary lives
Published 6 hours ago by Mr G Diamond
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner
A very emotional journey, hooked from start to finish. Sad the story has ended. Can't wait for her next book.
Published 1 day ago by Sussexlass
5.0 out of 5 stars Before you go
Loved this book. Have read all her books and am never disappointed. Makes characters so true to life. I feel I know them personally
Published 1 day ago by Margaret breen
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I loved this book, have always liked Patricia Scanlan,her stories are very heart warming, have told my friends about this latest book and am sure they will enjoy it as much as I... Read more
Published 2 days ago by val egan
4.0 out of 5 stars Particia Scanlan
Easy book to read and very enjoyable and believable. have read Patricia Scanlan before but not on Kindle, will look for more
Published 3 days ago by marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I didn't want to put this book down from the minute I started to read it. Easy reading just what you want in a holiday read.
Published 4 days ago by Alyson
5.0 out of 5 stars Ann
another great 'read from Patricia Scanlon I was trying to read faster to get to the end kind of guessed and hoped I was wright and I was not disappointed loved it
Published 5 days ago by Ann Lee Reid
4.0 out of 5 stars With all my love Patricia Scanlon
Loved the book excellent recommend to all my friends but there were sentences and paragraphs missing and some duplicated annoying
Published 6 days ago by margaret oates
5.0 out of 5 stars a well weaved story
A story of how bitterness can almost destroy a family. A story filled with love, loss, happiness and dispair. Set in beautiful Ireland starting in the 1980s to present day. Read more
Published 7 days ago by mrs julia a cartwright
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this
This had me hooked from the begining , I did not want to put it down, it had me crying in places it was such a beautiful story. I thoroughly recommend this book
Published 9 days ago by maryanne
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