Her Last Promise Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A mysterious letter from Spain. A surprising new beginning...
Fall in love this summer with Her Last Promise, a gripping, heart-rending story of how hope can blossom in the ruins of tragedy and of the redeeming power of love. From number one best-selling author Kathryn Hughes.
Tara Richards was just a girl when she lost her mother. Years later, when Tara receives a letter from a London solicitor, its contents shake her to the core. Someone has left her a key to a safe deposit box.
In the box lies an object that will change everything Tara thought she knew and lead her on a journey to deepest Spain in search of the answers that have haunted her for 40 years.
Violet Skye regrets her decision to travel abroad leaving her young daughter behind. As the sun dips below the mountains, she reminds herself she is doing this for their future. Tonight, 4th June 1978, will be the start of a new life for them. This night will indeed change Violet's destiny, in the most unexpected of ways....
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 14 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||May 31 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #77,040 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,681 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#5,109 in Historical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#23,872 in Women's Fiction (Books)
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The premise is common in many books--child searching for mother's history. Recent reads with this same plot were 'The Dressmaker's Gift' and 'The Tuscan Secret' which cleverly went back and forth between decades of time weaving then and now.
This book spent the first few chapters in Spain with Leo and family. Then for the rest of the book, no mention of them. No idea how they would tie in and surely they would or why else introduce these characters.
Romance? Nope...Ralph the loser husband is a non starter. Tom introduced in the 'then' part looked promising but then no further mention of him until near the end of the book.
The last few pages divulged the deathbed confession with ugly truths making the reader and Tara go 'Say WHAT?'.
The ending was angst filled, and frustrating for the characters and the reader and over all, unsatisfying.
I kept reading to the bitter end thinking it just HAD to get better based on the many 5 star reviews here.
There's many other much better summer reads...save yourself a few dollars and hours and give this one a pass.
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Violet Dobbs is a single mum and night club singer, doing the best she can for herself and her fourteen-year-old daughter Tara, so when the opportunity to make huge life changes for them both comes up she grabs it with both hands. That is the last night Tara saw her, now almost forty years later a letter and a mysterious key to a safety box will open up those lost years.
This isn’t just a visual read, I can still hear the music and Violet singing, see her wardrobe and feel the love that she has for Tara. Tara was her world. Violet was a bit of a dreamer though often aiming pretty high for a new life for them both.
I adored so many of the characters, Tara of course but also Alf their landlord. What a lovely man he is. Besides the story of Tara taking place over two times lines, one being in the 1970s which brought the era to life with perfection and present day, there are two separate stories taking place too. One in Spain the other in the UK, revolving around two sets of brothers. The background to the brothers is worlds apart, each one moulding the men that they would become. I knew that somewhere in the future I would meet them again.
This is quite an epic read that I didn’t want to come to an end and impossible not to become part of this book emotionally. Beautifully written, it will stay with me for a very long time.
The story is told in two timelines. The first takes place in 1978 and focuses on single mum Violet Skye, who scrapes a living as a club singer to support herself and her young daughter, Tara. The second shoots forward 40 years, where we find Tara, separated and single, her life thrown into emotional disarray with the receipt of a mysterious letter. As the separate stories unfold and gradually weave together, Tara uncovers long-hidden secrets and must face a new reality that forever changes both her past and her future.
I liked very much that Tara tells her own story in her own voice. This makes her highly convincing and draws the sympathy of the reader. I was totally invested in her voyage of discovery and truly cared what became of her. I also loved the clever twists which took me completely by surprise and added an extra layer of pleasure to an already compelling narrative.
However, as other reviewers have noted, I too was disappointed at the abrupt ending to the novel. Yes, there was resolution and all the loose ends got tied up, but I fully expected to turn the page of the last chapter and find an epilogue. The absence of one left me frustrated and a little bit cheated. For this reason, I have to knock off one star.
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I was very intrigued to know how the characters we were being introduced to were all going to marry up in the conclusion and I hadn't figured it out, which is always very satisfying as well. Some likeable characters, too.....I loved Alf and Tom and Leo and Mateo....and Diablo as well. Seems I picked all the male characters more than the female !!
I have the beautiful cover on my version as well, with the flowers and letters. Really pretty.
There were some very funny moments in this, too.....it's definitely not all tears and doom 'n' gloom. I laughed aloud at the reference to a Barbie phase and also the refugee family.
Another passage I highlighted is when Dylan said, "I wanna say....Sadie ?" I HATE that dumb expression kids seem to utilise a great deal lately.....it means nothing !!
I did smile at the author's reference to her parents at the end, too....that is very sweet.
There were quite a few instances of speechmarks being missed for some reason and not caught but that was it for errors, so that helped made the whole experience more of a delight for this reader.