World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.
As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela's family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela's help, stop them before England falls?
Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal.
©2017 Janet Quin-Harkin, writing as Rhys Bowen (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
I am sorry to say that although I would have enjoyed the story I have been unable to listen to the narrator's voice. I tried speeding it up a bit but still no good....I shall have to return this book
The story was good although in places became a bit predictable
Margot - she was feisty
I was disappointed with the narration. The tone of the narrator seemed to make all the characters sound as if they were completely stupid which I don't think was the intention of the author
The story seemed to have some ups & downs, so it took me 3 sittings
Overall a good story a bit spoiled by the irritating narration,
No, it takes too long to set the story. Then it plods along.
Yes, but not with this narrator.
Inflection was all over the place. Often placed emphasis on the wrong word(s).
The narrator has a good voice but needs training on pacing and inflection.
"I see a new series in the works"
First of all, I am a huge Rhys Bowen fan. I looked forward to this book with great anticipation.
I listened to the audiobook and immediately got turned off by Gemma Dawson's narration. I hate when an author's work is negatively impacted by a poor narrator. Eventually I came to accept it (other than not finishing what was I to do?) and let the book speak (!) for itself.
I found this got better as it went along. It was a bit too full of cliches for my liking and the uses of "thinking outside the box" seemed out of context for the time period. But it was an enjoyable book and the characters were easy to like. MI5, Bletchley Park, stately homes, war heroes - what's not to like!
As I finished this I was thinking that there are many characters whose stories we need to follow. It seems Rhys has a new series in the works. At least I hope so.
"If you like a great story...,,"
This was a wonderful listen. If you like England during WWII this is a book for you. I hope there is a sequel!!
This is a wonderful historical fiction book. Delightful read while exercising. Each character was very interesting and enjoyed their interaction. A must read!
"Entertaining and Engaging Storyline"
When I purchased this book, I didn't expect it to be a good as Rhys Bowen's, Royal Spyness books. I was wrong -- it was better! It isn't the light-hearted fun listen that is expected in the Royal Spyness series.
The characters were believable, engaging and interesting. I felt, as I lived through the history of the period, while listening. Whenever I can vividly picture the characters and the scenery, a book has my full attention. I'm stingy with my 5 star rating. It deserves a solid 4 stars but since it exceeded my expectation, and the narration was excellent, I'm giving it 5 stars.
Generally, I like Rhys Bowen's books, especially her Evan Evans series. I expect I'll enjoy this one when I read it but I'm returning the audible version. The narrator employs a plummy, pip-pip, upper class voice that just grates on my nerves.
"Fun New Characters"
I'm a big fan of the Royal Spyness series. This novel, which may or may not be a stand-alone title, has the same sort of class delineation and intrigue, but in a slightly more serious vein. I enjoyed it, despite its predictability (I anticipated the antagonist from very early on in the story). Bowen's pacing is always fine, the dialogue believable, and the plots intricate enough that you're never bored. The narrator had her hands full with so many characters, and she did a good job of giving each character a distinctive voice, though the upper class accents were a bit over the top, and her tone made the story seem lighter than it would have had I read it.
"Love want more"
I loved this book. I've listened to all of the royal spyness series and the molly Murphy series. I'm hoping this turns into a series. It was really good, and couldn't get enough
"Excellent start of a new series"
It took a few chapters to get into the story as is usual for a new series but once I did I was hooked. It is very different from Bowen's Royal Spyness series, more serious although it still has enough light moments. An interesting, historical mystery that keeps you guessing and a nice love interest that leaves you wanting more. I am a big fan of British mysteries and I look forward to more in this series.
I'll get straight to the point: It was excellent and I loved every minute of it!
Not much of a review, I know, but I don't have anything to criticize... I thought it was terrific.
Excellent narrator. She changes her tone and voice so deftly and quickly between characters, you forget it is one person speaking.
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