Absorbing and escapist, The Villa on the Riviera is perfect summer listening for fans of Rachel Hore and Santa Montefiore.
Polly Smith is struggling to make a living as an artist when her friend and patron, Oliver, invites her to the south of France. But her world is unexpectedly turned upside down when she digs out her birth certificate to apply for a passport. Her parents are not who she believed them to be - even her name is different.
Fleeing to the Riviera, Polly finds that the serenity and sunshine brings her art to life as never before. But all is not well in the grand house. Oliver's father was forced to leave England in a cloud of scandal and his past is about to catch up with him. And Polly's own future begins to take on a new and fascinating shape....
The perfect listen for fans of The Villa and Summer's Child, this is a beguiling and evocative tale that will transport you away to the Riviera itself.
©2015 Elzabeth Edmondson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
Thoroughly engrossing and enjoyable story with amazing characterisation. Well narrated and I loved the descriptions of the people and scenery. Sometimes the story was a little far fetched but that didn't detract from the experience.
I am obviously getting a bit sentimental in my old age but I am enjoying this run of Elizabeth Edmonson stories. Yes I saw where most of the storylines were going but that really didn't matter at all. Good interesting bunch of vintage characters and a thoroughly unpleasant villain all very well portrayed by Nicolette McKenzie who suits this type of book admirably.
An excellent story. I couldn't wait to get to the next chapter. The plots were fantastic, and the characters,and views were depicted beautifully. I felt that I was transported into another world. Absolutely fantastic. The narrator brought the characters to life. Very enjoyable. E B. Northwest
Brilliant story lone and the performance was also very good. I easily got lost in the world of Polly. Story line and intrigue was so good. looking forward to downloading the next one.
A good story of an impoverished young artist in 1920/30s, thrown into high society. Her beguiling character has an innocence about it. She is likeable with no expectations from life. She gets surprised enormously by the end.
Good mix of characters interesting storyline nothing to keep you awake at night.I wanted to keep on to the end.
"Too many characters for so thin a plot"
The reader was excellent, giving each of the (far too) many characters a separate voice. The characterizations were very good, even the minor characters were described with perhaps more detail than they deserved. The plot was thin and the book went on too long.
"Good, too many characters not completely developed"
There were far too many characters who were interesting in the beginning, but lost steam towards the end of the book. Still a listenable book for a beach or a car ride.
"A Good Storyline"
This book has a good storyline that is easy to follow. It is well read.
"Meandering and boring"
I was hoping this would be a cozy and entertaining mystery/romance story. No such luck.
"Nice story, wonderful reader."
The woman doing the reading was fantastic. Great story. Wish there was another. Will download more books by this author and reader!
"It's a bit of fluff"
I liked the first of this series but on hearing the second, the formula becomes very apparent. Predictable, tied up in a neat bow, improbable relations and relationships. The author does give us lovely settings and a peek at life in the late 1930s. The narrator is terrific with appropriate accents and inflections. I won't rush to another of these but will remember them for a time when I need something cozy and light.
Very entertaining,interesting characters well developed. Just enough twists to make you want more. Looking forward to the next book.
"terrible and annoying narrator!"
i really struggled to make it to the end. The narrator was terrible, extremely annoying.
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