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The Last of the Stanfields by Marc Levy

This is the third book I’ve read/listened to by Marc Levy. The first, The Strange Journey of Alice Pendlebury I really enjoyed. The Second, All Those Things We Never Said, I enjoyed but did find it a little strange and long winded. I went into the Last of the Stanfields not really knowing what to expect apart from the difficulty in translation. I listened to the book on Amazon Kindle Unlimited as it is a cheap way of borrowing books to listen to and you are not restricted to one free book per month like with Audible. I’m still a member of Audible though as they have more choice of books. All my links are affiliate links so I may earn some money if you click through and buy, but it will be at no extra cost to you. Thank you in advance for your support.

The Last of the Stanfields

The Last of the Stanfields
By: Marc LevyDaniel Wasserman – translator
Narrated by: Stina NielsenBraden Wright
Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 01-01-19
Language: English
Publisher: Brilliance Audio

I did listen to the sample and I thought the narrator was okay, but I have to admit that Stina Nielsen did grate on me after a while. She sounded too ‘posh’ and read too ‘literally.’ Braden Wright was fine though.

The Blurb

A mystery, a love story, and a search through a shadowy past. Two strangers unite in this novel of family secrets by international bestselling author Marc Levy, the most read contemporary French author in the world.

When London journalist Eleanor-Rigby Donovan receives an anonymous letter alluding to a crime committed by her deceased mother, her life is turned upside down. It points her to a bar on the Baltimore Harbor, where she finds a stranger who has received the same mysterious letter about his own mother. Together, Eleanor-Rigby and this young man, George-Harrison Collins, embark on a quest through the shadowy past of the Stanfields, a moneyed Maryland family full of unimaginable secrets. These secrets will transport them back decades, across continents, and to a mysterious crime long buried…until now.

My Review

I was really intrigued by this story despite it being a little long winded again. The story jumps around a lot from 1980, to 2016 and even way back to the 1940s. It was really interesting following the historical background to Eleanor-Rigby and George-Harrison and the mysterious letters they both receive. The story binds together well with a satisfying ending and a few little twists and turns along the way.

It was like dipping into a whole other book reading about Eleanor-Rigby’s grandparents during the war and how they survived and recovered their status once escaping to America.

Then it was another story learning about the exploits of Eleanor-Rigby’s and George-Harrison’s Mother’s and trying to work out who George-Harrison’s Father was. Yes, the names are double barrelled and read out in full all the time which was a little annoying. It was quite refreshing when Eleanor-Rigby’s family referred to her as Elby.

There is a lot going on this book and most of it is interesting and managed to keep me going until the end. Some things were predictable but there were also some little surprises.

Here are some more places you can purchase the book for yourself if you are interested.

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My Etsy Shop September Sale

I’ve not really done much to promote my own Etsy shop but I think now is the time. The weather is now getting cooler and I’m sure my cowls would be appreciated as well as my gloves. I have a gorgeous baby blanket for sale as well and I am planning on adding a few more baby items. I have decided to reduce the price of my makes in the hope that I may have my first sale sometime soon. So here are the items in my September Sale.

Cowls

Batik Swirl cowl

This is my cosy Batik Swirl Cowl. It has a dappled effect and is in a graduated colour with a picot edge. Perfect to pop around your neck on a cooler day. Sale price is £10.80 and I offer free P&P

blue graduated cowl

intricate crochet cowl, handmade to feel soft and warm around your neck. The colours are a graduation of blues from a King Cole Caron Cake. Add an extra layer of warmth around your neck, under your coat or on it’s own. The cowl is and infinity scarf so it has no ends, just pop it over your head and away you go. Currently on sale for £9.90

pink cowl, infinity scarf

Lovely soft hand crocheted infinity scarf in graduating shades of pink. Slightly longer to give that scarf feel but easy to pop over your head without having to knot. Currently on sale for £9.90

Shawl

graduated shawl in soft coloured wool

This is a handmade shawl from soft graduated coloured wool. The graduated coloured shawl has a blueish picot edges around three sides. There are some more detailed photos on Etsy.

Gloves

fingerless gloves

Soft and snuggly fingerless mittens or wrist warmers. Handmade in a lovely soft blue wool with a white trim. Fits small to medium. I’m wearing them in the photo and I have quite skinny wrists (7inches) and fingers, but they will stretch a little. Great for keeping your hands and wrists warm while leaving your fingers free for todays technology. I use the same at home to keep my hands warm while I’m working on my laptop. Currently £6.75

orange fingerless mittens

Feel the warmth in these lovely orange fingerless mittens/wrist warmers with a dark emerald picot edging. Hand made with soft wool. Will fit small to medium size wrists, 7-8 inches. Keep your wrists and hands warm while having your fingers free. Thumb also has a little emerald trim. £6.75

Bag

brick pattern little bag

Hand made crochet bag. This little bag is made from mosaic crochet in a brick pattern with crochet handles. It’s burgundy in colour with a graduated grey and pink brickwork pattern. It measures 8 inches (21 cm) in width and 6 inches (15cm) tall with a further 6 inches for the handles. Currently on sale for £7.20

Baby Blanket

Baby blooms baby blanket

Soft and sweet baby blanket, handmade crochet in soft DK baby wool. Pastel colours creating a selection of flower panels, each one unique. Flower bed border around the edge.
Approximately 40 by 36 inches, perfect for babies cot or pram. This blanket was a lot of work and is really pretty, it’s currently on sale for £27.

Thanks for taking a look. If you are a member of Etsy I’d really appreciate a view and maybe a favourite on my items. Being a new seller I don’t get much traffic. Even if you don’t buy anything you can help me get noticed a little more. Thank you in advance. xx

Other Posts: I took the Plunge and Opened an Etsy Shop.

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Bookworms Monthly September Link Up Party for bookish posts

Hello, Welcome to BookWorms Monthly September. After the heatwave in July, here in the UK we had quite a dull and miserable August. No worries, any weather is good for reading!

Reading is my passion and I love to write about what I’ve read. I’m a real book worm and I have been since the day I could read. I decided to start this linky so that other book worms could Share. I’m starting monthly for now, so you have a whole month to link up your posts. You can link up to four posts, so that’s one a week. Or if you like you can link up some of your older posts.

Let’s share what we read and give other’s ideas what to read next. Tell me your reviews, you book reading lists, your author interviews, kids book favourites, Young Adult books, and even posts about your favourite authors. Anything book related is allowed and I can’t wait to read them all. I want to find all the book worms out there.

Here is last months linky to give you some idea of what book worms monthly is about. I’m trying to reach out to all the book worms out there to come and join me with their posts monthly.

Join Us for Book Worms Monthly September


Book worms Monthly will be posted every four weeks, and you can join in at any time. I will share anyone who links over on my Social Media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Mix (formerly Stumbleupon.) I’ll also come along and read and comment on your post. Please do share this link up with your friends.

Link up your BookWorms Monthly September book posts below.

Here is a badge to share, just use the code below if you want to put it on your blog. Or you can just link back to www.athomealot.com thanks.

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This is the bookworms monthly link up for September, you can see the last link up for August here.

Each month I will read through the linked up posts and add to my TBR list here:

The Power of the Pearl https://blogmumjd.wordpress.com/2021/07/23/the-power-of-the-pearl-by-william-edmonds-book-review/