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Summary

Katia and WIley from opposite ends of the social spectrum find love and experience the volatile world of the happily ever after.

The much anticipated sequel to The Summer Palace begins 14 years after Wiley, Katia, and Hans’ flight from the Ukraine in 1682. Foregoing their original destination, they settle in the fortified town of Lvov, then a part of Poland. The struggles and hard life in this exciting time and place in history set the scene and the story continues.

©2018, 2019, 2020 Shirley Forrest Nomakeo (P)2021 Shirley Forrest Nomakeo

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Interesting listen

I was given a copy of this audio book, in return for an honest review. This book is very different to the genre that I would usually listen to and I began it not really knowing what to expect. The tale begins but then goes back 14 years. It is set over 300 years ago. The author has obviously researched the time period well and the detail included in the book really brought the story to life. It was interesting to listen to a story of a period in time that I knew very little about. What was apparent in the story was that even though times may have changed dramatically (thank goodness!), human nature has changed very little from then until now. The narrator I felt was a little slow but I sped it up a bit which was fine. Thank you for the opportunity to listen!

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  • Anjali Panikar
  • 23-07-21

This sequel did not disappoint ❤️

The Summer Palace ended with Katia and Wiley riding off into the proverbial sunset, towards building their life together in a place far away from the place that did not accept their love. Autumn Shelter begins 13 years later in Lvov, Poland. oI was so excited to read about their happily ever after... and the book did not disappoint.

Lvov at that time in history was not an easy place to live in. There were wars being waged; and constant threats from raiders, who made off with women and children to sell as slaves... And the Breuder family gave their all for their adopted country and home...

Katia's and Wiley's family now included their children Blanche and Mitia, Willow and her son - Paul, and Hans... The story also brings us up to date with the lives of Pavel, the Rolfs, and even the Ulenkas.

I can only imagine the hardships faced in those times, with no means of quick communication, and not being able to meet family and loved ones for years, even decades; living as I do in times when I can pick up a mobile and video call the other side of earth in seconds...

I can't wait to continue reading the saga of this family in Brumal Castle.

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  • B.McGrath
  • 20-07-21

meh

A bit dry and the story dragged. I struggled to listen and my Interest lagged. I listened at top volume and still felt like I was listening from a distance. Would have liked it more if it weren't so low volume, especially with the accent. Hard to discern. I made a poor choice with this. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest. The narrator was okay.

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  • Mercedes Rochelle
  • 16-06-21

A new life filled with challenges

Book two of the Summer Palace Series is far removed from the stifling environment of book one. Our protagonists start a new life in Poland, where Wiley finds himself going off to war to fight for his new king while Katia makes the best of it, bearing children in his absence and holding their extended family together. Because this novel starts fourteen years later, we the reader have a bit of catching-up to do. But then again, so do the characters. Katia’s brother Pavel discovers he is a father, though his beloved Willow has made a new life in his absence, thinking him dead. Nonetheless, all these characters with so much emotional baggage find a way to bond together and present a united front to this hostile world. More often than not, ruthless slave-traders rove about the countryside, abducting children and adults alike, and some of the most vulnerable members of the family are their victims. Fortunately, our Ukranians are a tough bunch and the villains have no idea what they are up against. The hazards of this new life give everyday existence a new meaning, and when our characters do try to reunite with their aristocratic family, their differences are unbridgeable.