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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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    "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.

    5 of 5 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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    barbara 12/02/2018
    barbara 12/02/2018
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Lesley 15/02/2018
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    "Great family saga"

    This charming novel spans both world wars and takes the reader on a journey across continents from LA to Berlin

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    Elizabeth 08/02/2018
    Elizabeth 08/02/2018 Member Since 2016
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    "A wonderful novel, beautifully narrated."

    I enjoyed every moment listening to this wonderful audio book. I cared about all the characters and I enjoyed the beautiful depiction of people and of places. I loved the twists and turns in the story so much that I didn't want to stop listening. I especially enjoyed the different accents of the narrator, which brought the story to life. There were moments which made me gasp and moments which moved me so much that I cried. Bravo to Margaret Pemberton and bravo to Kristin Atherton for the excellent narration.

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    "Brilliant Story beautifully narrated !!!"

    Absolutely loved this book ! Beautifully written and a real depth of understanding of all the characters !!!!!! The narration was also superb !!!!! Highly recommend to anyone who likes a period drama !!!!!!!

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    Sally THEIL-RABIER, France 16/01/2018
    Sally THEIL-RABIER, France 16/01/2018 Member Since 2014
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    "I never thought I'd say this but...... "

    I will be honest I thought this was going to be lightweight rubbish to sleep to.. a bit like a cheap version of Downton Abbey... boy was I wrong.. well sort of..
    It is very much in the Julian Fellows, Downton Abbey style of story but with a difference. I thought it was just going to be telling the lives of all the characters with Carrie being the main character, with no real plot... but you really got drawn in.
    It was set after the great war and took you along to the 2nd world war, and I learnt things that I never knew, about behind the scenes re Hitler and the British and American Governments and the Royal family, and the so called upper class English society
    As we moved forward, you found yourself more involved with the characters than you expected, and really wanting to find out what happened next..
    I am not giving away any plots because that would spoil it, but it got a bit hairy from time to time..
    I really enjoyed it and wanted a sequel to find out what happened next.
    The narration was exceptional Kristan Atherton was very good and made each character stand out.. very well done.
    I've downloaded her other book, so fingers crossed it is as good.

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    MRS L STEWART 12/12/2017
    MRS L STEWART 12/12/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant Story - Brilliant Narrator "
    What did you like most about A Season of Secrets?

    I loved the way the story did not go over and over the same things as others can do - and when something had happened the writer included it in her story by characters having a conversation about it rather than her just writing it - it was so clever and well written


    What other book might you compare A Season of Secrets to, and why?

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    Which character – as performed by Kristin Atherton – was your favourite?

    Carly - loved her


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant narrator so impressed !!

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