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The songbird [sound recording (audio book)] / Marcia Willett ; read by Deidre Rubenstein.

By: Willett, Marcia [author.]Contributor(s): Rubenstein, Deidre [narrator.]Material type: SoundSoundPublisher number: BAB 1606121 | Bolinda AudioPublisher: Tullamarine, Victoria : Bolinda Audio, [2016]Edition: UnabridgedDescription: 7 audio discs (CD) (8 hr., 43 min.) : digital, stereo ; 12 cm ; in containerContent type: spoken word Media type: audio Carrier type: audio discISBN: 9781489344953; 1489344950Subject(s): Man-woman relationships -- Fiction | Families -- Fiction | Secrets -- FictionGenre/Form: Romance fiction. | Domestic fiction. | Audiobooks. DDC classification: 823.92 Read by Deidre Rubenstein.Summary: When Mattie invites her old friend Tim to stay in one of her family cottages on the edge of Dartmoor, she senses there is something he is not telling her, as if he is holding on to a painful secret. But as he gets to know the rest of the warm jumble of family by the moor, Tim discovers that everyone there has their own secrets. There is Charlotte, a young navy wife struggling to bring up her son while her husband is at sea; William, who guards a dark past he cannot share with the others; and Mattie, who has loved Tim in silence for years. As Tim begins to open up, Mattie falls deeper in love. And as summer warms the wild Dartmoor landscape, new beginnings take root. But can fresh hopes bloom where old secrets are buried?
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When Mattie invites her old friend Tim to stay in one of her family cottages on the edge of Dartmoor, she senses there is something he is not telling her. Having left behind his old life in London in a rush, Tim is unusually quiet, as if he is holding on to a painful secret.But as he gets to know the rest of the warm jumble of family by the moor, Tim discovers that everyone there has their own secrets. There is Charlotte, a young navy wife struggling to bring up her son while her husband is at sea; William, who guards a dark past he cannot share with the others; and Mattie, who has loved Tim in silence for years.As Tim begins to open up, Mattie falls deeper in love. And as summer warms the wild Dartmoor landscape, new beginnings take root ... But can fresh hopes bloom where old secrets are buried?

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Read by Deidre Rubenstein.

When Mattie invites her old friend Tim to stay in one of her family cottages on the edge of Dartmoor, she senses there is something he is not telling her, as if he is holding on to a painful secret. But as he gets to know the rest of the warm jumble of family by the moor, Tim discovers that everyone there has their own secrets. There is Charlotte, a young navy wife struggling to bring up her son while her husband is at sea; William, who guards a dark past he cannot share with the others; and Mattie, who has loved Tim in silence for years. As Tim begins to open up, Mattie falls deeper in love. And as summer warms the wild Dartmoor landscape, new beginnings take root. But can fresh hopes bloom where old secrets are buried?

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Booklist Review

An off-the-cuff inquiry about a long-term rental cottage leads Tim to a plum spot in Mattie's family compound west of Exeter. During his exploratory walks around the estate, Tim contemplates his recent diagnosis of a debilitating degenerative disease while simultaneously observing the problems and challenges that confound Brockscombe Farm's other residents. There's Mattie's sister, Charlotte, who is raising her young son, Oliver, on her own while her husband is away at sea; Aunt Kat, a retired ballerina grieving the death of her lover and her career; and William, trying to move on from his divorce yet inextricably linked to his ex, Fiona. Overseeing it all is octogenarian cousin Francis, confined to the manor house by failing health and secrets of his own. For each, Brockscombe is a magical place in which to confront past demons and consider future options. Weaving multiple story lines through seamless interactions, Willett (Summer on the River, 2018) creates real people facing real problems and in so doing immerses readers in a world that is familiar and comforting.--Carol Haggas Copyright 2018 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

A young man quits his marketing job at a London publishing company and rents a cottage in the English countryside in this gentle family saga by the prolific Willett (Seven Days in Summer, 2017, etc.).Tim claims he's taking a sabbatical, but in fact, he's been diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease. Uncertain about his future and nursing a secret passion for his co-worker Mattie, he takes her up on an offer to move into a cottage on an estate where her family lives in the country west of Exeter. A second cottage is occupied by Mattie's sister, Charlotte, who's fretting that her naval officer husband Andy's expected promotion may take the couple, their young son, Oliver, and their lovable dog, Wooster, to Washington. A third cottage is home to William, Andy's father, and his cousin Kat, a former ballet dancer. William is separated from his unfaithful architect wife, Fiona, who wants to rent Tim's cottage. The property's gracious converted farmhouse, Brockscombe, has one occupant: Francis Courtney, a retired MP and widower in his 80s, who's somehow related to William and Kat. Francis tells Tim about his long-ago extramarital affair and illegitimate son, Maxie. Tim and Francis share a love of poetry. Tim and Mattie share a picnic followed by sex. Mattie, Charlotte, William, Kat and Fiona drive to and from the cottages thinking about conversations they've had. The point of view shifts with jarring frequency and no discernible difference in voice. Kat's love interestJerry or Jeremy, depending on which woman he's withis torn between free-spirited Kat and traditional Sandra. A tidy ending affirms traditional old-fashioned values.A sentimental, slow-paced morality tale with a few sheep and lots of flowers. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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