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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (394 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Buchan Narrator: Joanna David Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN:
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Barbara and Siena, two women living 50 years apart. Both constrained by choice; one has too little and one has too much.

Siena, a 21st century woman, has so far managed to avoid the tick of the biological clock, her high-powered career as a stylist, making over a succession of tired, fraught housewives, has given her a horror of the toll a family can take on a woman. Without children she can control her own wonderful, ordered life. Only thing is, her husband Charlie longs for a baby.

In 1959, Barbara is married to Ryder, an airline pilot, for 24 years. Her life revolves around her house and family and she is happy that it is that way. Then, she meets the young and brilliant Alexander who tells her that she has a mind and a life of her own. And, to her astonishment, Barbara is seduced into a different way of thinking.

The intimate, inner lives of two women, destined never to meet, yet strangely linked, are woven together as they struggle to find resolution, between the families they love and their own desires.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 zespri | 2/10/2014

    " found on shelf at holiday apartment - a quick holiday read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janis | 2/5/2014

    " This books parallels the lives of two women, Barbara and Siena. Siena is modern day and Barbara's story takes place mostly in the l950s, just after WWII. Very interesting book. I recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/29/2014

    " I liked her previous book "Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman" much better. I just didn't find the story as compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila Stitzel | 1/27/2014

    " GOOD ENOUGH TO READ BUT THE BEST PART WAS THE END OF THE BOOK, WHEN YOU SAW HOW EVERYTHING TIED TOGETHER....UNTIL THAT POINT YOU WERE KIND OF WONDERING... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Veronica | 1/23/2014

    " Blech, blech, blech...5 chapters in I gave up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 1/14/2014

    " Two stories told in tandem. You spend the book guessing the connection. I'll never tell. The two stories are pretty absorbing portrayals of the challenges women face. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Hanberry | 11/20/2013

    " Parallel stories from WWII and today. Very British, well-plotted. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 9/22/2013

    " Another good read on marriage. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 3/20/2013

    " compare and contrast, the lives of two women, one in 1959, one in 1999. not chic-lit, maybe women-lit? nice try, but I couldn't get interested in these two shallow and self-absorbed people. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth | 8/13/2012

    " Couldn't finish. Just didn't hold my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathi | 5/16/2012

    " Great book about two different women - one in 1950's and one more present day. They both had choices in their lives and decisions to make. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 12/13/2011

    " I agree that the potential for this was great. Unfortunately, I think it fell short. The book narrated what the characters did and said but not what they were feeling. I did not feel any of their inner conflict. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 11/19/2011

    " If I could have, I would probably have rated this book a two and a half - not as goood as what I've expected from Buchan. I felt she failed to tie the two storylines together satisfactorily. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 11/15/2011

    " It's on my shelf, I recogize the story - but it left no impression. That says a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 11/10/2011

    " listened to it on CD "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Arra | 2/20/2011

    " I kept wondering how the two women would be linked and was a bit disappointed that it was the house. I thought it could have been something more substantial or exciting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eloisa | 2/11/2009

    " Well in a way i just read half the book, Sienna story, because igot bored quickly with barbara's so didn't read the rest of that story. And well Siennas, what i can i say she did in the end what she had to do... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 12/28/2008

    " An interesting book. Follows two women in two time periods experiencing marital difficulties and explores how they deal with them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 6/8/2007

    " Ughh, I got to chapter 5 on this book and couldn't go on. :( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 11/22/2006

    " It was ok. A little dragged out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pia Thompson | 5/16/2006

    " This book was hugely disappointing. You slogged through the whole thing and there is no resolution, no message, no theme. Pretty rotten on the whole. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Buchan

Elizabeth Buchan is the author of many acclaimed novels, including the bestselling Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman and the prizewinning Consider the Lily

About the Narrator

Joanna David is a highly acclaimed actress whose theater credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, The Ghost Train Tattoo, and The Deep Blue Sea. On television, she was the second Mrs. de Winter in the BBC’s Rebecca, while among her other credits are Foyle’s War, The Forsyte Saga, The Glass, Dalziel and Pascoe, Midsomer Murders, and A Dance to the Music of Time.