Wendy, Darling by A.C. Wise (Audiobook)

Blackstone Publishing

Audible Release: April 18, 2023

Listening Length: 11 hours 33 minutes

Narrator: Ella Lynch

Genre: Fantasy

KKECReads Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

KKECReads Rating for Performance: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

KKECReads Rating for Story: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I purchased this audiobook on Amazon, and I leave my review voluntarily.

A.C. Wise is a Canadian-born author currently living in the US. In addition to her fiction, she contributes review columns to The Book Smugglers and Apex Magazine. In her spare time, among other things, she wrangles two corgis and one very opinionated tuxedo cat.

Find the second star from the right, and fly straight on ’til morning, all the way to Neverland, a children’s paradise with no rules, no adults, only endless adventure and enchanted forests – all led by the charismatic boy who will never grow old.

But Wendy Darling grew up. She has a husband and a young daughter called Jane, a life in London. But one night, after all these years, Peter Pan returns. Wendy finds him outside her daughter’s window, looking to claim a new mother for his Lost Boys. But instead of Wendy, he takes Jane.

Now a grown woman, a mother, a patient and a survivor, Wendy must follow Peter back to Neverland to rescue her daughter and finally face the darkness at the heart of the island…

“Once invited always welcome.”

Wendy has grown up. She’s married with a daughter. She had tried to keep her adventures quiet because it didn’t go well when she returned. When her daughter goes missing, Wendy knows what she has to do. She hopes she is strong enough to do it.

I loved this book so much. It was such a brilliant take on the story of Peter Pan! I enjoyed the descriptions and imagery, and I loved seeing Neverland through Wendy’s eyes.

The timeline was done so well; we got to experience everything with Wendy and Jane. I loved the use of light and shadow throughout this story. It added such dimension to the tale.

It was fantastic getting to experience Neverland through Wendy, both as a child and as an adult, but also through Jane. It helped shape the world and Peter and his Lost Boys.

I loved the friendships in this book, both old and new. And I loved seeing Wendy as an adult. There was such a charm to this story. It was a beautiful mix of dark and fantasy.

Ella Lynch was brilliant as the narrator. She brought this story to life. Each character was so distinguished. Her emotion was spot on, and there were several moments when the performance brought tears to my eyes.

The only thing missing was Tink!

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