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Daughters for a Time Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 8 hours
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 24 April 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007X50BQI
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By Frances Stott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 May 2012
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This debut novel is about mothers and daughters; about loss, and the brevity of life, and about how things rarely go according to plan.

Helen and Tim have been trying unsuccessfully to have a baby, and finally decide that this is not to be, and adopt a Chinese baby girl. Helen has already lost her mother at a young age, and is very close to her elder sister, Claire, who was like a mother to her during the latter part of her childhood. Claire too has a small daughter, Maura, and Helen and Maura share a close bond. All is well until, tragically, Claire succumbs to the disease that claimed their mother, and there follow further inevitable separations; Helen loses a beloved sister, and her small niece, a mother (these are not spoilers, since they are revealed in the blurb on the back of the book). But Claire leaves Helen an unexpected legacy (here I will avoid spoilers), and that is able to compensate, at least in some small part, for what has happened to the family.

This plot forms the bones of a strong, emotional story, and the author writes well about the pain of infertility and the difficulties of adoption, having experienced both herself. However, I found the writing generally poor, and this let the book down. Facial expression in particular are described very strangely: "I turned the corners of my mouth up into a smile; "Larry's mouth pulled tightly to the side"; "Maura's mouth darted downwards". These are just a few examples, and for me, they interfered with the flow of the story. I didn't really manage to engage with the story emotionally, either, and while I did want to finish the novel, on the whole, it failed to move me.

I also found there were one or possible inaccuracies.
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This is the story of Helen who lost her mother to cancer when she was young.

Helen is unable to conceive but desperately wants a child,so decides to adopt a girl from China. She seems to have everything now, a successful business,great marriage and a family who she adores including an older sister 'Maura' and her niece.
Sadly her sister is diagnosed with the same disease which took their mother and Helen is struggling to accept it.

Ultimately 'Maura' dies but leaves a legacy which Helen could never imagine

This is well written and helps you to understand that illness affects all members of a family not just the one person.
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By bookworm8 VINE VOICE on 23 Jun. 2012
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Interesting, but reads more like a novella padded out to a novel. A good edit would have kept it sharper and cut out some of the navel-gazing, which seemed self-indulgent and repetitive at times.
I did enjoy it to a degree, but never really cared about the characters very much, they were too self-absorbed for me to relate to - but it may be an ideal read for other readers.
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Lovely well written book about the importance of family it covers everything from birth to death in an empathic manner. You feel the pain that all the characters feel, you are happy when each of 'the characters have something good happen to them. You feel part of their stories and I found myself thinking about my own family stories good and bad.

I am looking forward to Jennifer's next book.

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Elaine
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Not sure why I bought this book, but so glad I did, what an excellent debut novel by Jennifer Handford!
The story centres around the close relationship of 2 sisters and their lives. Won`t go into too much detail about the plot, but the story has many emotional lows and highs as we find out about their lives. There are some very sad parts to the story, so have the tissues ready, but also some wonderfully happy parts too - read this and enjoy!
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I have experienced many of the issues in this book so thought I would relate well to the character but was really disappointed. The plot was good but too much happened and not enough detail and emotion given over to the text. All about years of trying to achieve having a baby and when the character did she barely mentioned the child. I appreciate her sister's illness was a huge part of the story but feel the author couldn't cope with too much happening so stuck in many annoying recipes her husband had prepared earlier to distract me further. I was pleased to finish it but I forced myself to.
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What a book!! Loved this from start to finish, maybe because I could identify with the main character.
This was a strong emotional read, it made me laugh, it made me cry, so you have been warned!!
Beautifully written, made me feel like I was there.
Will recommend this to friends and family, this was a real up and down turmoil of a read and glad I did.
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pretty boring, cheesy and predictable, written mundanely, nothing exciting or clever about the writing. saying that it was chosen from our bookclub read and a couple of people really liked it and the others pretty much thought the same as me.
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