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    Annie McDee, alone after the disintegration of her long-term relationship and trapped in a dead-end job, is searching for a present for her unsuitable lover in a neglected secondhand shop. Within the jumble of junk and tack, a grimy painting catches her eye. Leaving the store with the picture after spending her meagre savings, she prepares an elaborate dinner for two - only to be stood up, the gift gathering dust on her mantelpiece.

    But every painting has a story - and if it could speak, what would it tell us? For Annie has stumbled across The Improbability of Love, a lost masterpiece by Antoine Watteau, one of the most influential French painters of the 18th century. Soon Annie is drawn unwillingly into the art world and finds herself pursued by a host of interested parties that would do anything to possess her picture. For an exiled Russian oligarch, an avaricious Sheika, a desperate auctioneer, an unscrupulous dealer and several others, the painting symbolises their greatest hopes and fears.

    In her search for the painting's true identity, Annie will uncover the darkest secrets of European history - and in doing so she will learn more about herself, opening up to the possibility of falling in love again.

    Irreverent, witty and sharply sweet, The Improbability of Love explores the confusion and turmoil of life and the complexities of love, loss and hurt - revealing the lows to which human nature can stoop and the heights to which the soul can soar.

    ©2015 Hannah Rothschild (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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    "Novel of the week. It all adds up to an ingenious meditation on the true value of art - timely indeed at a moment when paintings and sculpture seem to have become just another currency." ( Mail on Sunday)
    "Though this novel goes into the darkest of dark places, the overall tone is totally delicious; conspicuous consumption on this scale hasn't been seen since the Eighties." ( The Times)
    "Part of the novel's charm is that its characters, rich or poor, are all a mixture of frailties. Like a Rococo painting, this clever, funny, beguiling and wholly humane romance is a treat worthy of its subject." ( Independent)

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    • kindle
    • 17/04/2016

    Entertaining, Educational, Endless Characters

    I was a little overwhelmed at first with the number of players in this book but was quickly pulled into each person and painting's back story and relationship to one another.
    Read this book if you have an interest in history, painting, art dealers, trust fund babies, crooks, the working poor, fine cooking and love.

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    • comedy lover
    • 15/08/2017

    Engaging story and memorable characters

    A masterpiece. It is not only the story of a beautiful painting, but also the journey of the young woman who stumbled upon it, and its effect on those around the painting. The painting is the link to all of the characters.

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    • Margaret
    • 20/10/2019

    Fussy, unintelligible narration ruins book

    An Italian man who sounds like a drunk Count Chocula slurring his words. A Russian whose voice is so low pitched its inaudible. Tweeting, birdy high-pitched female voices that the listener can’t tell from each other. I’ve probably missed 30% or more of this narration simply because the narration SUCKS. This one will go back. Story is fussy with a million half-developed characters - if it were audible, it might be worth surviving till the end, but the unnecessary complexity combined with terrible narration make this an unpleasant endurance test.

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    • 08/03/2019

    Too arduous!!!!

    I read one book per week and never do not finish a book. I gave up on this one.
    This book was too wordy, too long & too detailed with an incredibly sluggish plot. At halfway through the book details, characters and story were still being developed. All in all boring, long, and too arduous.

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    • Sharon
    • 15/02/2017

    Fun Art Story

    Fun to listen bro while working. Made my day go by quickly. Loved having the picture talk to me. He was quite entertaining.

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    • Joanna
    • 15/09/2016

    Storytelling at its Finest

    From the very first word to the last I devoured this wonderful 'romp'. Quite apart from the first-class writing, the fantastic vocabulary and the feeling I was actually there; the narrators chosen were simply perfect. Discovering the Improbability of Love was a character made me laugh out loud. Brilliant. Please download - you'll feel better!!

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    • S D Ackerman - Berman
    • 03/09/2016

    a superb exciting Historical art journey

    this book had me riveted from the first line.. a brilliant plot using art as the link through history . absolutely brilliant. a must for any art historian, WW2 enthusiasts and romantics!

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    • Catharine Gilson
    • 01/04/2020

    Too many minor characters

    Perhaps this book is better read than listened to, but as an audio book it has far too many characters who play too little a role in the story. For instance Vladimir. (And for the life of me it was impossible to understand the reader’s mumbling accent). Why do we bother with him as a character? Having said that there is an excellent kernel of an idea here that with a good editor could produce a terrific book.

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    • Cassanndra
    • 14/01/2020

    I was sorry when it was finished

    I enjoyed the well constructed plot and the sense that this could have been real. The performance was great with a variety of accents that helped you know who was speaking and a gossipy tone. I was sorry when I finished the book because I could have happily continued to eaves drop on this world.

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    • S. Elder
    • 10/05/2021

    Loved this book!

    Well researched, funny, and utterly absorbing! I read Rothschild’s House of Trelawney and loved it as well. Hope she will write more!!!