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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

The eagerly awaited, life-affirming and moving new novel from number one best-selling Author Dawn French.

Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock...midnight.

The old millennium turns into the new.

In the same hospital, two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters.

Hope leaves with a beautiful baby girl.

Anna leaves with empty arms.

Seventeen years later, the gods who keep watch over broken-hearted mothers wreak mighty revenge and the truth starts rolling, terrible and deep, toward them all.

The power of mother-love will be tested to its limits.

Perhaps beyond....

Because Of You is Dawn French's stunning new novel, told with her signature humour, warmth and so much love.

©2020 Dawn French (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • penny agnew
  • 06-01-21

Beautiful

Oh my goodness what a great book I so enjoyed listening on audible especially with Dawn French getting into character with each line. I can thoroughly recommend this

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  • A. Simons
  • 03-01-21

A beautiful story

This book really filled my heart. Although Hope and Isaac did an unspeakable thing, the author is so empathetic and insightful about why, the reader really can accept it. The pain of Anna is also empathetically portrayed. This book really breathes and lets all of its characters tell their stories fully, even the odious Julius. I cried at the end, from both the story and because the book was over. I would love to know what happens to all of these characters. Dawn French’s narration is wonderful, too. I loved this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-02-21

Loved this book!

From start to finish this book had me hooked! It’s a very easy listen and an emotional journey through a young woman’s life. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Paul
  • 27-01-21

Psychologically insulting

The characters were either good or bad with no room for ambiguity. it might have worked as an exploration of what motherhood means if the child had been adopted. But using abduction as the main story line was difficult in so many ways. It seemed to justify the snatching of a baby, minimise the pain of still birth and make big moral judgements about divorce and abortion. I found it psychologically weak with little understanding of issues like developmental trauma (that a child snatched would likely suffer from) and a childish description of narcissism.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-01-21

Dawn French is just wonderful

Was unsure of the story at first...but I LOVED IT! What an awesome book and Dawn's reading of it.is just beautiful!

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  • denise scott
  • 13-12-20

Excellent!!

Wow sooo good. I loved every minute of this audio book. I found myself doing housework and grocery shopping with headphones in. I shed a few tears but well worth it. It hits you right where it should. Congratulations Dawn keep them coming! Cant wait for the next one.

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  • Leisha
  • 26-11-20

WOW .. what a story

What a wonderful story to listen to. From beginning to get it just flowed, with a surprise ending.

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  • S.Nordstrand
  • 03-11-20

Life is Good

A tribute to life, motherhood, love and second chances. Thank you Dawn for reading it yourself, because of you, the joy of this book was double <3
Have a hanky for your tears of joy <3

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  • Stacy
  • 02-11-20

A wonderful experience

With engaging characters voiced by the incomparable author, the story unfolds in the mind and touches the heart.

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  • J . Deisenroth
  • 27-10-20

Beautiful and Sorrowful

What a pleasant surprise. I've been a fan of Dawn French any years for her comedic performances. what a lovely story. And better yet read by her. Thank you for such a good story. Although I wish Julius would have fallen on his face, but the story was not about him.

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  • Anne Douglas
  • 30-10-20

Wonderful

Such a beautifully written story and so wonderfully read by The author herself, Dawn French. She put such feeling into every word. I felt as if I knew all the characters as if I were living their lives myself. Feeling very emotional as I write this as I have just finished listening. At last, a real, proper ending to a book. Thank you Dawn x

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-10-20

A well deserved 5 stars!

I was instantly drawn into this audible from the first chapter... I couldn’t wait to put my ear phones in and lose my self for a while each time I listened! I laughed, I cried and I sobbed... 100% recommend

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  • Emma Donovan
  • 15-11-20

Fantastic!

But please next time, give me some warning that the end will make me sob like a baby, whilst out walking the dog, making everyone stare at me! Beautifully written and read. Thank you very much Dawn.

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  • Mrs Downes
  • 19-10-20

Pure French

A sentimental story of family love, brilliantly read by Dawn herself. Made me shed a few tears.

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  • trudy51
  • 01-12-20

Brilliant Story

l have never rated a book before but this story is so good I listened too it within two days it will make you cry in places but I can't recommend it enough

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  • N G Marsh
  • 14-11-20

Wonderful and Beautiful

I could listen to Dawn French all day and to hear her read this story too me as I do my mundane jobs around the house and trudge backwards and forwards to school, has made this week much more pleasant. Thank you Dawn! I love how Dawn writes a family, (who from the outside could be so judged for their makeup), with such love and affection. Made me think about what truly is a full life, made me feel even more comfortable about my own pot noodle family. Beautifully written x

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  • K. J. Robinson
  • 06-11-20

Celebrities, Leave Writing to Proper Authors!

Reads like something I’d have written for GCSE with a few big words thrown in. Predictable, boring and an endurance to get through. Please celebrities, leave writing to authors with genuine talent and stick with the day job.

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  • Lily3
  • 28-12-20

Dawn french is good narrator, but story requires some better editing

Pro; I enjoyed dawn french reading this story. Con; lots of the character were charactures of themselves; for example julius as a character had only one facet, his narcissism; got bit boring. Could have discovered the grey in it, but didn’t, v black and white. Again, the character Anna, hollow and just not real or believable. The fact that Minnie had died just lost to all also.... Not mourned. The way the two mothers came together so easily; just not believable. I didn’t laugh or cry at this book; or was just ok. That’s an honest review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-11-20

Fabulous!

Thoroughly enjoyed this story and loved that it was read by the author Dawn French

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  • Mrs A.
  • 12-11-20

Social conscious misery

I thought this was going to be a joyous story but gave up half way through as I couldn't hack the socially conscious, overall misery of it. I needed something uplifting in these dark days and this is just endless misery

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  • Ash
  • 01-02-21

Absolutely amazing!

A fantastic wholesome story, beautifully written and read. It's will make you giggle and cry.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-01-21

Very entertaining.

This book book could only have been written by a female author.
As a man listening to it, I could not help feel emotional.
well done Dawn.

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  • Christine Curtis
  • 25-02-21

Enchanting !!

Loved loved loved it !! Such a heart warming story of the definity of love !!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-02-21

Easy read

nice story with a surprise ending. Enjoyed the audio read by the author Dawn French

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-02-21

A beautiful book!!

One of the best books I’ve ever read, so moving!! It includes warmth, true love of mother and daughter, loss and hope. Dawn French is an amazing author. Loved it!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-21

Beautifully written and beautifully read

This is the second book written and read by Dawn French that I have have enjoyed on Audible. Both are 5 star despite having completely different story lines. Dawn writes and narrates so creatively and articulately. Thank you so very much Dawn.

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  • Samantha
  • 11-02-21

LOVE

What a beautiful show of love, acceptance and forgiveness. A light, warming read, highly recommended.

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  • Bernadette Sweeney
  • 24-01-21

An entertaining story with a disappointing end.

I enjoyed the story, with the telling of different perspectives from different times. Most of the time you could believe in what was happening, which made the ending disappointing for me, it was a bit too much of a coincidence. Dawn French reads well but personally I find her voice too familiar and it took me out of the story sometimes.

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  • Fiona
  • 20-01-21

enjoyed very much; story that tests moral compass

There are several layers to this book. It is entertaining and challenging - worth reading!

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  • Buster07
  • 19-01-21

Enjoyable listening

It took me a while to get into this audio book, but when I did I couldn't turn it off. I loved the story line, the lively characters and Dawn's performance.