Thirty years have passed since Greta Marchmont left the Marchmont Hall. Now she finally returns, with amnesia and no memory of her past.
But a walk through the wintry landscape leads to a disturbing discovery: she comes across a grave in the forest, and the weathered inscription on the cross tells her that her own son is buried here. Greta begins to search for the woman she once was, and to do so she must summon all of her courage....
©1995 Lucinda Riley (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"Spellbinding storytelling." (Choice on The Midnight Rose)
"A captivating read from Lucinda Riley." (Daily Mail on The Midnight Rose)
Someone who has 22 hours of their life spare to waste listening to an incredibly average book
No, other books such as this have been enjoyable. This one, for me was hard work.
No, I didn't warm to her narration at all, and the children's voices were irritating in the extreme.
I would cut the book in half, after taking out all the excess 'padding'. After certain sentences, I found myself asking what was the point of what I just listened to? There was too much waffle that didn't enhance the story in any way - it just added nothing to the story but frustration
Not an enjoyable endurance test. I saw the reviews & downloaded my book, but on this occasion was disappointed. I ploughed on until the end, but the last 5 hours or so, I listened to while cleaning/painting/gardening so that I didn't have to give it my full concentration.
I didn't enjoy this as much as other books of Lucinda Riley's that I've listened to. In fact I 'fast-forwarded' through a little bit as I was getting bored with that part. Perhaps it was partly due to the narrator, some of her 'voices' we're very irritating and she spoke with a nasal delivery - 'through her nose' as my mum would say - the whole way through, which is not pleasant to listen to.
I'm a big fan of Lucinda Riley, but this book captured my imagination from the start .. I was captivated right to the last words. A wonderful story that spans many years & lives.
What a fabulous book! Made all the better by Julia Barrie's narrative. She is excellent at switching from female to male voices and makes you feel you are truly listening to a male narrator.
The story was about three generations of a family and I felt the trials and tribulations of each one. I didn't want it to end but end it did and left me feeling satisfied. Thank you for a wonderful story Lucinda and Julia for the fabulous narration.
Started as a nice story but as each piece of the story fell into place became a gripping read- skillfully crafted and woven together. Got frustrated with characters, cried with them, even nearly shouted at them! Editing not quite thorough but good tempo and well read.
I write short stories and love reading. I can't stand poor grammar though. I like most types of books but I don't like erotica or romance.
This book is a confusing read. It's written in a typical regency style and might remind the reader of something like 'Wuthering heights' or 'Downton Abbey' that kind of thing but it lacks something of the proper way of doing it. There's enough drama and tragedy but some of the dialogue is lame and a bit prissy. The characters are not necessarily individual and the time line of the book is all over the place. For instance it's impossible to read 'David Copperfield' in one afternoon and still leave time to dress for dinner. The research leaves much to be desired. Such a well appointed house as Marchmont would have a nursery and nursery staff even in 1946 so why is the mother doing the work of a day nurse? Then there is the narator who, while she reads it well enough tends to make all the men sound like stroppy little boys. I'm not yet halfway through this book but really I don't expect it to alter much. If I were you I'd stick to the real classics. At least they were well researched.
Hesitated in purchasing this book because there were so few reviews, but so glad I took the chance. Although the story was not real suspenseful, it was both in depth and had great character development. Also, narration was incredible! J.B. did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. I actually grew to care for them, and wanted to find out what happened to each of them. Story was definitely long, but the time still passed quickly. Try it out, and do not think you will be disappointed with the purchase.
Excellently drawn characters. The narration added tremendously to the story! I usually listen to audiobooks while I exercise and drive, but I could not wait to get to the end of this story. Thank you for the great entertainment!
"Great book! Terrific performance!"
This was my favorite of her books so far! Truly three dimensional in character development.
True Lucinda Riley .Loved the story and narator!! This book pulls you in and although predictable at times, still captures your attention.
"Loved this story"
This story is awesome! A twisted suspenseful story! Great clean fiction. Maybe one love scene and a few curses words. I love this author!
Loved this story and character development. I never tired of listening to narrator's lovely voice. I would recommend this story if you enjoy family sagas over the generations.
"Characters elicited no sympathy"
The main character was so unsympathetic. She was a weak woman who couldn't see beyond her own warped view. I could not understand why the male character found her so attractive. She was insipid both as a young and old woman. I haven't slogged through the last five hours so perhaps she will redeem herself. The supporting characters were engaging.
She should have done some research. At the time period, the studio system in Hollywood, as well as morality clauses we're thing of the past. I also don't believe a schizophrenic can go fifteen years without a psychotic episode.
Not too bad. Overall was OK but American male characters were not very good.
I hate to say it but the main one, Greta.
I have enjoyed several books by this author so I was surprised that this one was so slapdash.
kept me going the whole time. loved the characters. ...I was able to get invested in what happened to them ....I could see them all clearly in my minds eye
"A very long soap opera"
I had high hopes for this novel, but it was little more than a sappy soap opera.
"Rich but predictable"
An expansive story across generations and rich in detail and character development, but I could always see the bigger plot coming. This made the story much less interesting than it might have been. I did like the authors attention in details of the time period, but I only gave the book three stars.
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