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A Season of Secrets Audiobook

A Season of Secrets

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Publisher's 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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    David 05/09/2017
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sally 04/09/2017
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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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    Clare 05/08/2017
    Clare 05/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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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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    Malcolm Blackwood 25/09/2017
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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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    Loraine 08/12/2017
    Loraine 08/12/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "I will miss this book - just brilliant"

    One of the best books ever, such an ingenious story line, clever, interesting and exciting and with amazing skill the narrator brought the individual characters to life seamlessly. Thank you.

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    Mr P 07/11/2017
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    "Exceptional narrator"

    I really enjoyed the story and the characters, but the narrator made it for me. Her range of voices was fantastic. I look forward to hearing her again.

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    Sollenbum 25/07/2017
    Sollenbum 25/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    Where does A Season of Secrets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very pleasant listening experience. It is in the better end of the scale.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Season of Secrets?

    It was nice that the various relationships developed organically. The foreshadowing was deliberate so pairings evolved fairly naturally.


    What about Kristin Atherton’s performance did you like?

    Atherton's performance was great. The different voices, accents, dialects and languages made listening very enjoyable. Fairly good German pronunciation.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The epiphany between Carrie and the love of her life was handled beautifully. Pity their relationship wasn't developed even further. Might have been nice to follow their lives together.


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable summer listening experience.

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    Lynne Burton 18/07/2017
    Lynne Burton 18/07/2017
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    "Wow!"

    I loved this book! The story line, the narration and the characters were all tremendous!

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    Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE Hayling Island, UK 05/06/2017
    Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE Hayling Island, UK 05/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A lovely family drama - strong female characters"
    Where does A Season of Secrets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this audiobook - I was engaged right from the start with the interesting and varied characters.
    I grew to like and respect so many of the personalities and really looked forward to my car journeys so that I could listen to more!
    Definitely among my favourite 'listens'!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carrie was my favourite character - wise beyond her years and so very calm!
    I also admired Thea - such strength of character.


    Have you listened to any of Kristin Atherton’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did cry - happy and sad tears!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the long listen - a good, thoroughly researched story set against the tough background of war.
    I'm not usually a huge fan of historical dramas but this one had me from the first chapter.

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    marsel 13/04/2017
    marsel 13/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "most entertaining"

    thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and the narrator was brilliant - most entertaining and captivating worth a listen

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