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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,001 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joanna Trollope Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN:
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For 20 years, Anna Bouverie has been the dutiful wife of a village rector, scraping by on his pitiful salary, making cakes for the church bake sales, ironing her husband's surplices, and clothing herself and her children in hand-me-downs. But when an expected promotion to archdeacon falls through, her husband retreats into bitterness.

Faced with isolation, the lost hope of a better life, and the bullying of her daughter at school, Anna finally rebels. She takes a job in a supermarket, earning money and a sense of her own worth, along the disapproval of the parish and the icy fury of her husband. At the same time, she is observed with passionate interest by three men, each of whom plays a role in the part-tragic, part-triumphant blossoming of her life.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jlms | 2/18/2014

    " bathtub book #3, read first chapter "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 2/17/2014

    " A very honest and sympathetic story of the reality of life as a rector's wife. She makes her characters live in the minds of most readers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/12/2014

    " I usually like her books, but this was not one of my favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa (scarlet21) | 2/12/2014

    " Okay. Easy to read, probably quite forgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/5/2014

    " I have read most of Joanna Trollope's books, this is a favorite. Anna choses to do what is best for her and her children regardless of village opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline Mcaleese | 1/25/2014

    " Can't remember it, too long ago! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline Wooden | 1/20/2014

    " I wanted to read this book because I had viewed a wonderfully produced version of the book on TV. The book did not disappoint - in fact it clarified several plot points and fleshed out many of the characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen Lawless | 1/19/2014

    " So far am very unimpressed. After reading the back cover and recommendations just not there...It reads could not put down, I a, finding it hard to pick up... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chloe Nathan | 1/10/2014

    " Wonderful book about the life of clergy wives in a small town in England. This writer develops her characters so well, that you feel you know them. A really, really good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/24/2013

    " I saw the PBS series before reading this book. Trollope is an excellent writer and I found the book to be equally as good as the television series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 12/20/2013

    " This was the first book I read by Joanna Trollope and I immediately became a fan. She writes clear, beautifully drawn characters in believable situations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marla | 12/15/2013

    " I re-read this most years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 4/14/2013

    " I've read this book before and I really enjoy what's it about which is a woman who is lost. Good book - not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya | 4/3/2013

    " I really really liked this one. One of my favorites so far. Real, yet hopeful, and so well-observed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nranger7 | 3/27/2013

    " This is the 2nd book in two days that I just couldn't get into...I think it's because I have Gone With The Wind nearly finished at home and I'm just not interested in reading anything else! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Murphy | 3/1/2013

    " A great story. Trollope develops characters in a way that brings her stories to life "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mellen | 12/31/2012

    " A book that made me think about taking responsibility for my own life while also caring for my friends and family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie Gunn | 11/30/2012

    " Read this to see how it compared to the tv serial. I was not disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 11/22/2012

    " Well written story about a middle-aged woman seeking her identity after 20 years of long-suffering marriage. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Little | 11/6/2012

    " This was about what you'd think from reading the cover, which I stupidly didn't do. Plus an improbable "twist" ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 10/31/2012

    " This book was kind of boring. But i loved Anna she did everything she could for kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Q | 10/19/2012

    " I love this book, it's my favourite Joanna Trollope to date. Very well-developed characters. I can always visualise Joanna Trollope's stories they are so well written. "

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About the Author
Author Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope, a descendant of nineteenth-century English novelist Anthony Trollope, is the author of historical novels and a study of women in the British Empire. However, she has become best known for her lively contemporary novels, often centered on the nuances and dilemmas of domestic life in England. She has now written seven of these novels. Joanna Trollope was born and still lives in Gloucestershire, England.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.