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Summary

Sweeping from the Great War, through the Jazz Age to the 1940s, this unforgettable tale follows the entwined lives of the Fentons, an aristocratic family from Yorkshire.

Thea, the eldest daughter of Viscount Gilbert Fenton, flouts the unwritten rules of her class by embarking on a love affair with Hal, the fiercely socialist son of one of her father's tenant farmers.

Carrie, her close childhood friend and granddaughter of the Viscount's nanny, has always been expected to marry Hal - but when she goes into service she finds herself longing for the one person she can never hope to marry.

Olivia, the middle Fenton sister, follows a more conventional path, forging friendships with the British royal family and attending a finishing school in Germany. Her relationship with Count von der Schulenburg does not raise eyebrows, but as the mid-1930s approach, she finds herself in a country experiencing rapid, radical and dangerous social change.

Violet, the youngest of the Fenton sisters, is also the most reckless. She dreams of becoming an actress in Hollywood, unaware her life will be filled with more drama than any part she will ever play.

And then there is Rozalind, their American cousin, who is secretly in love with a married US Senator. Her ambitions to become a photojournalist will also take her into the heart of Hitler's Germany.

Set against the rich canvas of the first half of the twentieth century, A Season of Secrets is an unforgettable tale of passion and betrayal, love and war from the ever popular Margaret Pemberton.

©2017 Margaret Pemberton (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Exceeds expectations

I thought this would be a bland easy listen but I was very wrong. I really, really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others. I also feel there is a second story and would be happy to read /hear what happened next.
The characters are rather Mitford esque although with a more acceptable political viewpoint. In all honestly I didn't care all that much about most of the characters however the ones I did kept my interest in the storyline and knitted it all together. The characters were well rounded, very individual and I was surprised by how much they evolved. The narrator did a good job in conveying each separate personality and her reading was pleasant to listen to.
My only criticism is that the pace was rather fast, the timespan past quickly and the focus jumps to quickly from character to character. This might have been made better as a series of books.

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Best Audiobook I've listened to

Fabulous story - brilliant narrator. Can't recommend enough. Rare to find a narrator with such a range of accents - all flawless. A pleasure to listen to

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BRILLIANT

Full of suspence and drama a great book loved it. want to try other booms by Margaret Pemberton.

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A wonderful story

What can I say about this wonderful story- it was marvellous from the beginning to the end and the narrator Kristin Atherton , oh my goodness me - so many voices and different accents -. I felt that I was listening to a play. So many twists and turns and the different life styles of people who had plenty and those who had little. I was glad that the story ended so happily.

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A wonderful book

Great characters, great story and superbly read, each character's voice being very distinctive, despite having several different female characters.

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Long but worth getting to the end

A good story, an easy to listen and good narration but I wish it wasn't taken for granted the odd German or French quotes could be understood by everyone. You're left feeling there's a possibility of a second book which hopefully would be as good.

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Good read

I enjoyed this book. The main characters I found likeable and interesting. I was struck by the likeness to the Mitford sisters, although I thought this fictional family probably a more pleasant bunch. The narration was first class, and the voices believable and consistent, and there are a lot of them. Overall I would recommend this book, it held my interest, and I felt satisfied and entertained with the read.

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A good story

This is a story that will hold your attention from the very beginning. Superbly told right the way through. You will not be bored at all. Listen and enjoy a thoroughly good book.

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Very complete story

Brilliant narrator. Very good story line with solid ending. I enjoyed the book more and more as it progressed.

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Fantastic Read

A wonderful sweeping family saga set between the wars. couldn't put it down. Beautifully narrated. Can't wait to read more from this author.