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THE PRESENT - After her mother’s death, Emilie de la Martiniéres finds herself the sole inheritor of a chateau in the south of France. There she discovers an old notebook which leads her along a journey to unravel the tragic love story of the mysterious Sophia.

THE PAST (1943). Constance Carruthers, arrives in occupied Paris at the height of conflict. There she stumbles into the heart of a wealthy family and is drawn into a web of deception, the repercussions of which will affect generations to come.

©2012 Lucinda Riley (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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  • Maria
  • 13/07/2015

Fantastic historical story... loved it!

I'm an avid audiobook lover, who listens to several each month. Lately, I'm having a hard time getting engrossed in a book - they just don't hold my interest, and I find myself deleting it 3/4 of the way through because I'm bored. I am a huge fan of Kate Morton, Belinda Alexandra, Kimberely Freeman, Jojo Moyes, Liane Moriarty, JH Fletcher, Susanna Kearsley and other authors who love to write deep, complicated storylines that involve intricate family dynamics, genealogy, old diaries/letters, etc. etc. But I've listened to them all - and have grown bored. Then, all of a sudden, I came across Lucinda Riley. What a find! This was my first book by Riley, and it did not disappoint. She did a fantastic job of bridging the past and the present. Her character development is superb, and her ability to create suspense and drama is excellent. It was the perfect mix of history and romance -- not too much of one or the other. I listened to this almost all the way through, and finally had a book that held me captivated to the very last word. I can't say enough about this book, and I look forward to downloading her others. The narrator was terrific, and did an incredible job with the character voices and accents. The only thing that didn't sit well with me and niggled a bit were the poems by "Sophia" that were recited. Sophia was French, and presumably wrote her poems in French, and yet they rhymed perfectly in English. Just one of those things that was like a puzzle piece out of place, but certainly didn't distract at all from the story. If you like historical romances with a bit of mystery and family drama mixed in, or if you're a fan of WWII historical romances, I highly recommend!

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  • Kaye
  • 23/10/2014

Wonderful!

This is one of the best books I have listened to in some time. I originally bought the Kindle book which was titled 'The Lavender Garden' and as it was available on audible with whispersync at a reduced price I decided to listen to it. I was a bit confused when I first downloaded the audible book as the title was different from the Kindle version however, I found it made no difference what the title. The book is wonderful and the narrator is perfect, what a wonderful surprise to find such a treasure. I loved everything about this book and I will look for more by this writer and narrator.

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  • Janet H. Maddox
  • 14/04/2016

What an interesting story

Loved this book. Two interesting linked stories in two time periods make for an enjoyable read. The ending was perhaps a bit too tidy, but who doesn't like a tidy conclusion. The story is well told and well read.

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  • M.C.Garcia Jones
  • 05/12/2015

A very good story

A good plot that held my interest throughout. At times I thought the present-day storyline was a bit predictable, but it has enough small surprises to keep you guessing. It is nice to see the fate of the characters from two different times unravel in parallel to be joined at the very satisfying end - romantic but not soppy. The poems are beautiful and a nice touch. Accents irritate me at times, but the reader did not go overboard.

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  • alison
  • 13/04/2015

Enjoyable read

Having enjoyed Lucinda Riley's Hothouse Flowers I was looking forward to this book. Overall I wasn't disappointed, it was an engaging story which compells you to complete it to the end to discover what happens to the characters. Her characters are all interesting and help weave the story as it moves smoothly between modern day and 1940 wartime France. The dialogue could be a little stilted in places, but it doesn't detract from what is overall a good book. However, I didn't particularly enjoy the narration as I felt it detracted something plausible from the characters - this is just my personal opinion though, and it is still worth listening too.

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  • DHackney
  • 30/08/2013

Dual Time-Line: Modern & WW2

Emilie annoyed me at first but I loved her by the end. The dual story lines were excellent. I especially enjoyed the WW2 story line with the female SOE agent, Constance, behind enemy lines in France. The reader can't help but adore Constance and her bravery. The story had a great deal of twists and turns and it kept me guessing to the end.
Many parts of the story were sad but that fit perfectly with the time period and subject matter. I enjoy Lucinda Riley's style of writing and look forward to more. Gerri Halligan delivers and excellent performance of this story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04/08/2015

Human Story, Not WWll

Publisher notes describe this work as a WWll story. While much of the book does flash back to that time period it is really a story about family, love, loss, strength, and trust. A good listen when wanting a well written tale, not too much drama, just enough to not keep you awake at night. Great book to listen to with the sleep timer on. Narrator is very adept with the various accents and is convincing when speaking the male voices as well.

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  • Debbie
  • 24/11/2014

From WWII to the Present, Remarkable Story

Story of France and England during WWII, what Hitler did to the GERMAN people, who were beat down and defeated by life, and in the frame of mind to accept the lies being fed to them by a tyrannical leader. (Good lesson for all of us.) This book is a broad story of the war and how it impacted the French, English, and German people, but also a personal story of love, pain and perseverance spanning the generations. Listening to this story was humbling. The sacrifices made by citizens during WWII should NEVER be forgotten. One of the best books I have ever come across.

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  • Karissa
  • 13/05/2016

Amazing story reminiscent of a Kate Morton novel

I absolutely loved this book! I'm a huge Kate Morton fan and since finishing all of her books have been searching for past/present historical fiction books to read. I've read quite a few by other authors but Lucinda Riley's was just perfect.

What I love about Lucinda Riley that differs from Kate Morton is what an effectively concise storyteller she is. The whole book felt very meaningful and relevant. At first, I thought it was moving too quickly but soon enough the pace felt perfect. I finished this book in less than a week!

Such a beautiful story that really has a satisfying ending. I love stories set in the time of World War II because there are such amazing but tragic stories of sacrifice. Yet Riley tells this one in a way that doesn't leave you feeling sad at the end but instead optimistic.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for past and present historical fiction books with romance, courage, and a happy ending!

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  • ~A
  • 12/05/2016

loved it

a wonderful historical fiction, exploring wonderful characters of both present day and past of Gaston, South of France

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  • Bel
  • 10/02/2017

Unhappy with the narrator for once

I've read or listened to lots of Lucinda Riley's novels by now, and so far, I've loved them all. This novel is no exception. I really enjoy the way Lucinda manages to connect historical facts with the fate of a family, and then connects it with the present. She does this in an inimitable and very convincing way.
True, so at times there are moments where it borders on kitsch, but as the story is so fascinating, I can forgive that.
As with all Lucinda's novels, my impression is that a lot of research has gone into the story, so it is believable.
She handled a difficult topic -- the Nazi occupation of France, the Vichy Régime, and the Résistance -- really well. The story has everything a good story needs: great characters, an interesting plot, twist and turns.
This time around, I wasn't too impressed with Gerri Halligan's performance: although the whole story is written in English, the (mainly French) characters are speaking French most of the time, and just why they would do so with an accent is beyond me. At least the narrator didn't overdo the French accent, but still. Add to this, that she hasn't got the slightest idea about French pronunciation, and apparently didn't bother to find out, and the narration isn't as enjoyable as it could have been.

Still, the great story makes up for the rather poor narration, so all in all it was enjoyable.

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  • BEF
  • 06/09/2018

Fesselnde Geschichte

Ich war von Anfang begeistert von der Art und Weise wie Lucinda Riley die Geschichte präsentiert. Auch die Sprecher waren hervorragend. Ich bin in eine andere Welt abgetaucht und habe richtig mitgefiebert. Mittlerweile bin ich ein richtiger Fan von ihr und habe fast alle Bücher schon gehört

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  • Adelgunde K.
  • 21/07/2018

Speaker

I did not like the roles of the speaker as a man. It wadsnot convincimg.

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  • G. Horeis
  • 29/06/2018

Very touching story

I couldn't stop listening, I was so enwrapped in the story. The horrible time of the second World War is described so lively, you feel like being there yourself.

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  • carole mueller
  • 13/05/2018

Tränen gegossen

wunderbar bewegende Geschichte. Habe fast alle Bücher von Lucinda Riley gelesen und alle waren gleich fesselnd.