Audiobook Blog Tour | “Being A Witch and Other Things I Didn’t Ask For” by Sara Pascoe, narrated by Fiona Hardingham

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Acquired Audiobook By: I started to listen to audiobooks in [2016] as a way to offset my readings of print books whilst noting there was a rumour about how audiobooks could help curb chronic migraines as you are switching up how your reading rather than allowing only one format to be your bookish choice. As I found colouring and knitting agreeable companions to listening to audiobooks, I have embarked on a new chapter of my reading life where I spend time outside of print editions of the stories I love reading and exchange them for audio versions. Through hosting for the Audiobookworm I’ve expanded my knowledge of authors who are producing audio versions of their stories whilst finding podcasters who are sharing their bookish lives through pods (ie. AudioShelf and Talking Audiobooks; see my sidebar). Meanwhile, I am also curating my own wanderings in audio via my local library who uses Overdrive for their digital audiobook catalogue whilst making purchase requests for audio CDs. It is a wonderful new journey and one I enjoy sharing – I am hoping to expand the percentage of how many audios I listen to per year starting in 2018.

I received a complimentary audiobook copy of “Being A Witch” via Audiobookworm Promotion who is working with Sara Pascoe on this blog tour in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

What inspired me to listen to this audiobook:

I am on the lookout for pro-positive stories about foster care & adoption, as I’m a Prospective Adoptive Mum. I’ll be adopting from (domestic) foster care here in the United States – which is important to mention, as this audiobook highlights the unique differences between the *UK!* and the *US!* foster and adoptive situations children & youth are facing today. A topic I discussed openly with the author, Sara Pascoe earlier on the tour.

Being involved on this blog tour has re-opened my eyes to the various differences in adoption & foster care services between countries; as I knew a few of those differences previously but not the insight I’ve gained directly by this blog tour. I also loved being able to see how the world within “Being A Witch” was developed and what readers can expect next within the series as this is only the first installment. I was quite thankful Ms Pascoe was open & welcoming to discuss the key components of not just her story but of the foster/adoptive services between both our countries.

I look forward to seeing the next chapters of this series and hoping that the rest of the installments will also be narrated by Fiona Hardingham.

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Audiobook Blog Tour | “Being A Witch and Other Things I Didn’t Ask For” by Sara Pascoe, narrated by Fiona HardinghamBeing A Witch And Other Things I Didn't Ask For
by Sara Pascoe
Source: Audiobook via Audiobookworm Promotions
Narrator: Fiona Hardingham

After a life of hurt and disappointment, Raya, the spiky-haired, Doc Marten-wearing 14-year-old decides it's time to strike out on her own. She leaves the boring English village and what she's determined will be her last foster placement for the excitement of London. But it turns out she's a witch, with the annoying habit of time-traveling - by accident. And a sarcastic witch's cat Oscar tags along for the ride. Why would she fling herself into the midst of the Essex Witch Trials in 1645 England?

After being arrested by one of history's most notorious witch hunters, her social worker and witch mentor Bryony goes back to try to save them from the gallows. But returning to present day London remains out of reach when they find themselves in Istanbul in the year 1645. There, life is more amazing than she ever dreamed.

Places to find the book:

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ASIN: B07N34WBZ4

Also by this author: Author Inteview: Sara Pascoe (Being A Witch)

Genres: Adoption & Foster Care, Children At Risk, Children's Literature, Young Adult Fiction


Published by Self Published Author

on 28th January, 2019

Format: Audiobook | Digital

Length: 7 hours and 40 minutes (unabridged)

This is a self-published audiobook.

Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Audiobook and Ebook

Converse via: #BeingAWitch, #SaraPascoe + #AudioReads, #Audiobook

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About Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe comes to writing after a career in psychology, where she had many wonderful experiences, from the chimp house to the halls of Congress, with neuroscience research in between. Originally from the United States, she moved to Great Britain in 2004. She lives in Bournemouth, on the southern coast of England where they run a B&B for English language students.

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my review of being a witch:

Rachel (better known as Raya) was fed up with being in foster homes, which is why she’s packing her belongings, perfecting her appearance (she liked an emo-goth asthethic) and saying her ‘good-byes’ to Jake; her eleven year old ‘foster brother’. She promised to keep him in the loop of her life via text and was determined to make it ‘on her own’. Raya had a complicated personal life as she was growing more concerned she was going to inherit her Mum’s Schizophrenia. This is only lightly referenced in the opening chapter – almost like an assertion the reader should alomst already know about rather than having the fuller story attached to it. It does get explained more in-depth but you have to wait for it to be revealled. She was of the mind she was old enough to call her own shots, pick her own ‘family’ to live amongst (this has a strong ‘found family’ centering which I do appreciate) and sort out a job to start living independently outside of care. She made a ruse about where she was going and why she was leaving at dinner – except she didn’t make a clean break when she ran into her social worker at the door!

Ms Braxton (Raya’s social worker) was in the throes of sorting out where her cat had run off too – a cat who is quite bewitching in his own right and would become one of the cheekier characters I’ve had the pleasure of finding in a story. Angie her foster Mum didn’t notice anything amiss by Raya’s behaviour (at least by how she’s talking and interacting with Raya) – though, Raya did give her social worker a bit of grief about being a witch; though the term was outdated from how they refer to it in this series as their known as an ‘intergrator’. Raya definitely wasn’t letting herself feel the wool over her eyes over such hogwash as witchy instincts – though in truth, you had to wonder if there was more honesty in the statement than Raya was shrugging off.

You felt for Raya – she had chosen to believe the bloke who told her they could run-off together was reliable despite the fact he made an incredibly wrong choice about how to go about it! Whilst Tony was trying to hold up a business and getting into a layered amount of trouble for the grief of it, Raya was nearly pulled into the fray but a kind person intervened on her behalf and spoke up for her to the police; giving her just enough of an inch to avoid being taken in herself. She made a run for it to get as much distance between herself, Tony and the police.

Angie has a heart of gold for caring after her foster children – she truly cares about the children in her care even though she realises sometimes you can’t help all the children who come into your care in the ways you wish you could. Bryony (Ms Braxton) had a cat whose fur had an odd behaviour pattern of changing at different intervals. Even though Raya (and I listening to her story) had felt she had made a clean break from her foster home it would appear Angie and Bryony were a bit more clued in than appearances showed.

The missing cat was found by Angie soon after Raya’s disappearance and it was his scene of introductions which tickeld my funny bone for how Ms Hardingham brought him to life! He had this unique accent and he was a street-smart cat to where his attitude matched his fur! Laughs with mirth. He was definitely the kind of cat who would give you a chuckle just listening to his woes – not that Angie knew he could talk mind you, but we, the listeners can hear his exclaimations and that is rightfully hilarious as he fills in the missing gaps between what humans are understanding of his behaviour and of what he’s actually saying!

Raya had taken refuge at Angie’s after finding out what Tony had been up too – despite the fact her heart wasn’t allowing her to let go of the fact she’d rather be out on her own. She met Oscar and started to feel concerned she was turning into her mother. You really felt for her – she had the courage to make a break from her life in care but it was hard to reconcile the fact she would now have to go about it on her own. At least I am assuming this as I wish this section (will expound upon in a moment) had been written a bit differently. When I first heard this story I was a bit confused about why Raya went back to Angie’s but I think on second hearing of the story, it was because she was thrown by Tony’s actions. She had to re-group and sort out her plan of action without him; thereby delaying her escape from Angie and Bryony until the next morning. I also think it had a lot to do with how to get Oscar to cross her path which might have a bigger purpose of intention lateron in the story.

She soon made her way towards finding ‘homegirl’ who was someone who was well versed on living on the streets and in ‘squats’; where you could blend into the background of life whilst living on your wits. This felt like a transition that was necessary to get Raya into a position where she was independent of Angie but it felt a bit forced round the edges. I didn’t feel confident that Raya was well developed in the initial chapters of the story. The transitions between scenes and the sequencing was off quite a bit in this part of the story-line (which I outlined below). Also, the pacing starts to pick up quite a heap and the ackwardness way in which we are moving from one setting to another reflects this story needed to be developed a bit more.

At the end of the third chapter and the start of the fourth, we find Raya is planning to travel by tube to reach another section of London. This is where we get to hear more of her back-story, memories about her family but also, a few more insights into her character and person. She was re-travelling into a section of the city she knew quite well and it made her feel more comfortable about her whereabouts. This is also where we learn more about her Mum – how her illness started to take effect and how this impacted her childhood. You can see how living with her Mum had changed her as she had to alter how she interacted with her mother and how she did everyday things like making food for them to eat. Her mother had a lot of pecularities that needed addressing and if she didn’t remember them, it made it worse as her mother would react. Your heart goes out to the younger Raya and to whom she is today; as her heart was torn in self-reflective anguish.

There is a humanness of honesty in this section – where I felt Pascoe was quite strong in presenting Raya and her Mum; she really tapped into the psychological anyalsis of the mother (which makes sense why this would be a strength of hers to depict) whilst cross-relaying how being a daughter raised in this environment would have longer lasting effects. She also taps into the grandparents who would be in a co-parenting role in her childhood – giving her the stability she craved and the influence she needed as a parental influence on her younger self. She might have staid with them if they hadn’t passed. And, it is here where we find the past and the present colliding as Raya tries to seek out information about her grandfather.

I felt it was quite realistic how Raya is seen being distracted on the tube – it was a powerful scene from the angle of how quickly you can be taken by those who have nefarious intentions. When she finally made her way towards this Pavol fellow – who must have been an intergrator himself, she was starting to notice her own instincts coming out. It was here where the witchy moments of the story began to interact with her actions. I liked how Pavol encouraged her to embrace her witchy side and not be as afriad of the things she couldn’t explain nor properly understand. He was the one who was able to bring her to a lovely cafe where the people within were not just approachable but kindly. It was here where Raya took on the alias of ‘Beatrice’ – and like proper bakers, it wasn’t long before she was offered food and tea.

It didn’t take long for Raya to find herself in the hive of activity at the bakery. She took Emma and Ian up on their kind offer of staying with them. It was here where she started to learn more about what being an ‘intergrater’ meant and how this might have an impact on her own perception of her own personal identity. Whilst here, she decided to alter her physical appearance – removing her piercings (more inspired by Ian than her ownself) and altering her hair colour. Although the author mentioned she did this to ‘blend in’ more not to be found out as a runaway – to me it felt more like she wanted to ‘blend in’ in order to fit the image Emma, Ian and Pavol would accept of her style.

All the while, she had these ‘other things’ happening to her which could not be readily explained or logically chastised. She was drawing conclusions about her strange awarenesses to being a blueprint towards inheriting her Mum’s condition. She was so convinced of this she expressed her fears to Emma even if Poval was more intentional towards wanting her to believe another truth; the fact that she could be a bonefide witch. As you observed her in this setting at the bakery you felt she had arrived at the right age to start noticing these changes and how as she was transitioning from being a regular teen into the birthright she apparently was meant to embrace even if that took more courage than she apparently felt she had within herself. She wasn’t always kind in return to Emma – despite this, Emma encouraged her to speak with Poval as perhaps he could guide her along.

It was interesting how Pascoe was showing how responsive Emma, Ian and Poval were towards Raya – it was almost like they were a different kind of ‘fostering family’ as they were the kind of people who could be considered ‘found family’. They took her singularly pecularities in stride and they yielded when they noticed she was having a bad moment; giving her the benefit and wanting to have her stay amongst them. Even though her past at the foster home was still tugging at her whenever she thought about Jake or even kept in communication with him; the more she longed to make cleaner breaks and not keep in communication at all. Poval became a confidante for Raya – a mentor and a friend; as he took her under his wings and tried to leave a positive mark on her life.

Pascoe made the witchcraft in Being A Witch to be relatable – the kind of things you’d expect to find in a young witch, such as her curious ability to hear people’s thoughts (ie. telepathy) and sometimes, the thoughts of animals, especially cats which simply felt fittingly real. As Raya went about the process of understanding what made her witchy she couldn’t help disclose half of this to Jake. In some ways, it felt like she wasn’t okay with being away from Jake – as their text convos were quite regular. Jake had a voice of reason between the two but he also had a keen interest in her newly minted witchy talents. His attention span wasn’t quite as sharp as Raya’s but he had a heart of gold in him as he truly cared after Raya. They shared a special friendship and it was encouraging to see how they liked to keep tabs on each other.

When Bryony showed up with the police all went south – Raya wanted to stay with her found family rather than to be carted off to an emergency placement. I had to smirk when Bryony mentioned the same technique she used to track Raya down as Kay Hunter uses in her investigations – the closed cameras whose eyes see far more than people realise! Finding out that Jake was missing was a bit too much reality for Raya and finding herself in a new foster home made it even more bittersweet. For her, whenever she felt she was drawing close to people she found herself forced to remove herself from them. She had difficulties with attaching her emotions to anyone and anything because of the hard realities of not having any consistancy in her life except for being moved from one foster home to another. That and having Bryony hanging over her and keeping tabs on her whereabouts.

Meanwhile, Oscar wanted his freedom in the worst of ways and a consequence occurs which involves Jake; this gave pause to Raya who had already felt anxious and worried that she might have been responsible for his disappearance. By the time Bryony had sorted out what had become of Jake, Raya and Poval were in her stead. After a short while, Oscar was reunited with Raya – this gave Bryony the chance to finally have the last piece of the puzzle towards why Raya had left Angie’s home. And, to a larger extent to let us understand it a bit better ourselves as it was more muddled when we first went through that sequence.

The first time travelling jaunt involved Raya and Oscar as she was holding onto him with such a fierce grip the two ended up travelling backwards in time together. The narrative took a slight turn in tone when the time travelling began – the new characters being introduced were unkind and instead of having an ‘out of time’ experience, Raya found herself being nabbed by people who thought she was a boy and thereby needing to be taught a lesson. The way they had time travelled was quite unique – they were with Bryony and then, they weren’t. They simply fell backwards in time and suddenly were ‘elsewhere’ where nothing made much sense to either Raya or myself; as although this part of the novel is well developed I felt it was a bit more muddling than the first chapters where I was trying to sort out Raya’s character.

I tried to listen to more of this part of the novel, as it was important to understand why Raya was suddenly time travelling and how this would refer to her being a witch, however, my mind just started to wander outside the story. I was trying to compensate for the muddling bits which were the most confusing whilst trying to remember the key points in the story which I wanted to see how those parts would reconnect lateron. The other side of it of course is I was uncertain why we had such a dramatic turn of events for Jake if Raya was suddenly going to be completely removed from his time-line. Almost felt like it was inserted for dramatic reasons but it didn’t tie together the momentum of what was previously established. They were so interconnected with one another, I almost thought Jake should have been with her as she went back in time. Almost like their friendship would have developed into a partnership – as Jake understood certain things that Raya wasn’t as clued in about and she, of course was sorting out how to be a witch.

Overall, there were some moments I enjoyed listening to but I would say this wasn’t a good fit for me as a story. I love time travelling stories and also stories involving witches and the paranormal, but for me, most of the story felt undeveloped and fleshed out. There were transition errors as I was listening to the story unfold and despite the fact I loved the narrator’s style of performing the story as it was written my love of her voice wasn’t enough to keep me rooted in my chair. I think this might be better for younger readers (as it is originally intended) who are just starting out in their reading adventures to where they might not notice as much out of sequence as I had. We all change how we hear and feel stories as we grow older and also by the number of stories we consume; therefore, I think other readers will gain more out of this title than I did.

The premise was compelling enough but it simply wasn’t enough to give me a reason to stay with the story as I had moments where I was growing bored with the pacing and the ways in which the central arc of the story was moving forward. You want to feel emotionally invested in the stories your reading or listening to and unfortunately I couldn’t make that connection to Being A Witch.

Fly in the Ointment:

Character development and sequencing:

Pascoe puts us directly into the life of Raya – from her time with her foster Mum Angie and how she wanted to live independent from being in foster care. Although we are with Raya the entire opening sequence there were a few places that I felt were a bit disconnected to the overall continuity of the story. The main sequence which felt a bit difficult to follow was when Raya first takes off to find alternative housing options though in theory I know that initial plan foiled due to Tony’s arrest – the reason it felt disconnected is because it felt this opening section was more loosely developed than what happens after Raya connects with ‘homegirl’. I think it might have made better sense to have had her observe what was happening with Tony, even if the dialogue exchange would have placed her at the scene as it originally was revealled but then, shift directly into the sequencing which led her to meeting up with ‘homegirl’ rather than going back to Angie’s.

I think partially the reason she went back is to have a cross-reference to her interactions with Oscar as it felt like the cat was going to play a more substatial role lateron but I was curious why she didn’t have a run in with him on her way to meeting with Tony the first day he went missing? After listening to this story twice – I just felt a bit muddled in the opening sequence rather than feeling everything fit together.

Also, I know Raya has trouble expressing her feelings, her internal thoughts and just how she’s dealing with everything happening to her but as a reader and as a listener of this audiobook, I wish it had been a bit more fleshed out about those thoughts and feelings. In some places, I felt I was making assumptions about what I felt she was experiencing but I wasn’t entirely sure if I was on the same page as Raya. I missed those extra bits of revelation from her to where I’d know exactly what she was thinking or feeling at any given time.

Transitions:

Shortly after Raya left the squat where ‘homegirl’ was living we are immediately ending a scene where she is regretting leaving that situation and speaking with a librarian. The transition between scenes is not just jarring but very ackward as she didn’t just ‘exit’ a place to live and walk through the door of the library? I wish there had been more tucking in on the sequencing of this story-line and also, of planning out the transitions between scenes. This became a larger problem the longer I listened to the story as there are a lot of cutaway sequences that were not knitted into the former scenes the way you would expect the transitions to be written.

Language:

Ironically, I was most surprised by hearing Raya curse when she first time travelled because up til that point I hadn’t remembered hearing her say anything overly strong. It was just a surprise as being YA I was hoping this was on the lower end rather than the Upper end.

on the time travelling & witchy styling of sara Pascoe:

Pascoe has created a layered story set in our modern and Contemporary world where we interact with a foster youth who has lost hope of living a normal life whilst she’s in the system. It is something I can understand being a Prospective Adoptive Mum who knows that the longer a child is in care the harder it is going to be for them to feel like they can find a family of their own to call home. The key difference between the UK foster care system and the US, is that over here they do seek to develop an adoption plan if the child / teen in question is willing to take that journey. Some would rather await a chance to be with a member of their biological family and/or others would prefer to remain in care until they either a) age out or b) seek independent living as an alternative option from being adopted.

In Raya’s case, apparently the UK doesn’t ask the same questions towards her and thereby, her case is quite different than the ones I’ve read about or seen documentaries of about where the US foster care youth are at the same stage of living in state care by the age of fourteen. Knowing those differences, I can see why Raya was motivated to do something keenly radical and ddrastic to exit her life with Angie – as it would seem from her perspective she’d be better off on her own. This is where Pascoe begins her story and although it has a convicting premise, it was the execution of the first three chapters and how we are evolving inside Raya’s shoes where I took issue. The premise and the heart of the story is a key driving force but is how we are entering into Raya’s life, head and heart that I felt needed a bit more help to develop.

Having said that – Pascoe does well at describing modern life – from the streets of where Raya is journeying and how people look in today’s world. You can’t mistake which century this story is set and it was a healthy perspective of modern Britian and the society who lives there. I didn’t find a connection to the past as much as I did the contemporary portions of the novel which is why I haven’t made notes about the time travelling aspect of the story.

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About Fiona Hardingham

Fiona Hardingham

Fiona Hardingham is an award-winning audiobook narrator who has voiced over 175 audiobooks specializing in YA, Children & Contemporary Fiction titles. She is the recipient of several AudioFile magazine Earphones Awards and this year was nominated for an Audie in the 'Middle Grade' category. She is a professionally trained actress and recently played a role in the eagerly anticipated 'Pokemon Detective Pikachu' as well as a role in 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' both out this coming spring.

I am appreciative of Ms Jess providing a cursory outline of how best to articulate my listening hours on behalf of this audiobook and the others I shall be blogging about or reviewing in future. I’ve modified the suggestions to what I felt were pertinent to respond too on my own behalf as well as keeping to the questions I felt were relevant to share.

Number of Times I’ve heard the Narrator(s):

I’m quite sure this is my first time listening to a Fiona Hardingham audiobook and I am most impressed with her voicing instincts and how she sets apart her characterisations of both lead and minor members of the cast.

Regards to the Narrator’s Individual Character performances:

Raya: She had an innocence in her voice and she wasn’t quite hardened against the world. She had a way of self-recriminating herself and second-guessing her choices. There were moments where Raya could be short with people and also where she went off rather impulsively but overall, she had a good head on her shoulders even if she didn’t always trust her own intuitive instincts.

Bryony: She had a cheerfulness about her voice and being a fellow witch – Raya was most angry about not feeling like she was honest enough with her which complicated their relationship further.

Oscar (the cat): The more I hear this cat the more I remember Salem from Sabrina the Teenage Witch series starring Melissa Joan Hart. He is equal parts cheeky with a steeled resolve to where he’s every bit street combined with a knowing mind. He’s not a character to overlook as there is more to him than his changing fur colours!

Secondary characters:

Ian, Emma and Poval: I truly loved being with the bakers and Poval; they each had such sweet personalities and they adapted to how they reacted whenever they were trying to reach out to Raya. They understood how she had attachment issues and they also knew she was a girl at risk and their willingness to take her on spoke volumes about their characters. I liked how they were characterised by Hardingham as they gave a lot of depth to the story.

Jake: He had a very young voice – a higher pitched voice which not just showed his years but how he hadn’t quite grown into himself. He had a good heart but he was three years younger than Raya and sometimes the distances in their ages was more apparent than in other instances.

Minor characters:

‘homegirl’ and the characters in her squat: They had an edge in their voices which reflected their living realities – of how they chose to live and live on their own terms. Their accents changed per character and they openly talked about the conditions of their ‘home’ as well as the rules to remember when ‘out’. It was a place difficult to take-in for Raya, as it was halfway towards being condemned and halfway towards just being shuttered.

The mechanic: His voice was similarly voiced to one of the minor characters I’ve heard from Alison Campbell narrating the Kay Hunter series. I smiled when I recognised that similarity – however, he had such a kind compassion in his voice it was a sweet interaction.

How the story sounded to me as it was being Read: (theatrical or narrative)

I liked how Hardingham approached this story – she definitely tackled it as spoken narrative but she reminds me a lot of Alison Campbell who narrates my beloved #KayHunter series – wherein both women have strong instincts for developing their spoken characters and they etch out an awareness within the worlds they are disclosing to you as a narrator. I love their individual approaches but having listened to six stories of Kay Hunter by Campbell, I can see some of their mutual choices in presenting an audio story are wicked brilliant. They both have the knack for accents and for differeniating their characters, too. In some ways, I would also consider this slightly theatrical as it has the components in places of a spoken play – however, overall I would consider this spoken narrative.

Regards to Articulation & Performance of the story:

Ms Hardingham has a wonderful articulation and performance styling to her narration. I liked how she performed the story as she tucked us into the different voices as if this was an ensemble cast! I love when singular narrators have a way of doing this – almost as an eclipse between hearing one voice and hearing the ‘cast’ of voices. It felt like a proper play and I was most impressed by how she etched out each of the different characters to have lovely distinctions from one another.

Notes on the Quality of Sound & the Background Ambiance:

The sound was crisp and lovely; without background sounds or soundtrack additions.

Preference after listening to re-Listen or pick up the book in Print?

Hmm,… I truly felt attached to Hardingham’s performance – I would suspect I’d like to continue hearing the series in audiobook and I would hope Ms Hardingham could continue to bring this series to life as like I said, it was such a strong and wicked good performance, I can’t imagine another narrator in the same position.

In closing, would I seek out another Fiona Hardingham audiobook?

I definitely am smitten with the voice of Fiona Hardingham – I did a quick search of her audiobooks and have decided to seek out the following: House of Shadows (by Nicola Cornwick); Your Second Life Begins When You Realise You Only Have One (by Raphaelle Giordano); The Summer Before the War (by Helen Simonson); The Memory of Us (by Camille Di Maio); My Plain Jane (by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows); How To Find Love in a Bookshop (by Veronica Henry); The One You Love (by Paul Pilkington); Sherwood (by Meagan Spooner); The Walnut Tree (by Charles Todd); Christmas at the Vicarage (by Rebecca Boxall); The Lost History of Dreams (by Kris Waldherr); The Dark Unwinding and A Spark Unseen (by Sharon Cameron); A Single Breath (by Lucy Clarke) and My Dear Jenny (by Madeleine Robins).

The titles seen in bold are stories I had previously discovered and am thankful are now available in audiobook. It is lovely some of these were narrated by Hardingham as it is an extra treat of joy now that I know I love her narrating style!

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