Waiting Hours
Ellie Dean

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Narrated By: Julie Maisey

Duration: 12 hours and 53 minutes

What to expect

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Waiting Hours by Ellie Dean, read by Julie Maisey.

Slapton Sands, 1943

War has not been kind to Carol Porter. It took her husband and baby, and with them her heart. At last she’s found some peace, working as a land girl at Coombe Farm. But Carol’s sanctuary, the whole local area in fact, is about to be disrupted.

When Pauline Reilly hears Carol’s news she’s worried for her little sister. But as rumours about Slapton Sands reach Cliffehaven, Pauline can’t help be more concerned for her only surviving son. And despite her sister-in-law Peggy’s best efforts, nothing soothes Pauline’s fears.

As Carol prepares to face the impending upheaval alone her beloved mother, Dolly, swoops in to Slapton, and packing up Carol’s life presents unexpected opportunities for them both: Carol looks to her future while Dolly confronts a ghost from her past, and they both have a chance to mend their broken hearts.

Genre

Generational sagas, Second World War fiction, Historical romance

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Full of atmosphere and period detail, The Waiting Hours gives a fascinating and very human background to the tragic events that took place at Slapton Sands in 1944. The individual stories of the many varied characters are woven together with a compassionate understanding of all the tumult and uncertainly of World War Two. I am sure Ellie Dean’s loyal readers will be thrilled with this new novel, and even more delighted to be reacquainted with Peggy and Jim’s extended family at Beach View.

Helen Carey, author of the Lavender Road series

The Waiting Hours is a gem of a book, which will touch readers' hearts. Ellie Dean effortlessly evokes a sense of time and place, and revisits a fascinating part of wartime history in a story where strong women triumph over adversity, and it's never too late to find love.

Clare Harvey

The Waiting Hours vividly portrays England during the Second World War, revealing the role ordinary women played behind the scenes. If you’ve enjoyed Dean’s wartime sagas so far, this should be next on your list.

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THE NEW CLIFFEHAVEN NOVEL BY SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR ELLIE DEAN.

Slapton Sands, 1943

War has not been kind to Carol Porter. It took her husband and baby, and with them her heart. At last she’s found some peace, working as a land girl at Coombe Farm. But Carol’s sanctuary, the whole local area in fact, is about to be disrupted.

FROM THE PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION

An immensely satisfying and entertaining historical novel.