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Bear No Malice: A Novel

Written by: Clarissa Harwood
Narrated by: Jennifer M. Dixon
Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
4 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Great Expectations meets Grantchester in this story of love and lies, secrets and second chances, set in Edwardian England.

Beaten and left for dead in the English countryside, clergyman and reformer Tom Cross is rescued and nursed back to health by Miranda and Simon Thorne, reclusive siblings who seem to have as many secrets as he does. Tom has spent years helping the downtrodden in London while lying to everyone he meets, but now he's forced to slow down and confront his unexamined life.

Miranda, a skilled artist, is haunted by her painful past and unable to imagine a future. Tom is a welcome distraction from her troubles, but she's determined to relegate him to her fantasy world, sensing that any real relationship with him would be more trouble than it's worth. Besides, she has sworn to remain devoted to someone she's left behind.

When Tom returns to London, his life begins to unravel as he faces the consequences of both his affair with a married woman and his abusive childhood. When his secrets catch up with him and his reputation is destroyed, he realizes that Miranda is the only person he trusts with the truth. What he doesn't realize is that even if she believes him and returns his feelings, he can't free her from the shackles of her past.

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Wonderful story!

The story was full of twists and turns and wasn’t too predictable. Loved how the author included snippets of classic books at the beginning of each chapter, how the two main characters also made mention of some classic stories and how their lives were similar/different to them. The performance was soothing to listen to, I felt like a family member was reading it to me. The performance was less than I am used to in that the actor didn’t have very distinctive voices for each of the characters so sometimes I wasn’t sure who was speaking (and I had to rewind and listen again). But I would still recommend this book because the writing is great and I loved the actor’s voice.

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