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The Secret Wife Audiobook

The Secret Wife

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Publisher's Summary

The stories of two very different women, linked by the secrets and lies of history, merge together as past and present weave together in this stunning story of love, loss and resilience.

2016. Kitty, fleeing from a devastating revelation in her own life, finds herself at her great-grandfather's cabin in Lake Akanabee. There she discovers a gorgeous necklace, which leads her uncover to long-buried family secret.

1914. Tatiana, Grand Princess of Russia, falls in love with Dmitri, a Russian solider, as she nurses him back to health. The world is an uncertain place, especially for the Romanov family, and as their romance plays out the world as they know it rapidly crumbles around them.

©2016 Gill Paul (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"A marvellous moving adventure, full of vivid colour and atmospheric detail. If you loved Poldark you'll love this!" (Lulu Taylor)
"Like Vanity Fair crossed with Poldark...Stunning epic." (Claudia Carroll)
"A terrific adventure story, full of romance and atmospheric detail - a great escapist read." (Liz Trenow)
"No Place for a Lady is a gripping historical read about two sisters caught up in the Crimean War: one a young bride following her soldier husband, the other her sister who signs up as a nurse to try and rescue her sister. It's a story of love, both romantic and sibling, against a backdrop of a vividly created historical setting, with an ending which is at once uplifting and heartbreaking I couldn't put it down." (Julia Williams)
"A galloping good story." (Natasha McEnroe, director of the Florence Nightingale Museum)

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    Allison Gordon 28/09/2016
    Allison Gordon 28/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant book could not put it down highly recommended read it you won't be disappointed"

    Brilliant book could not wait to get home get comfy and start listening to the book again . Give it a go it's a page turner

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs K S Warne 16/10/2016
    Mrs K S Warne 16/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "History / drama / romance / mystery - it's got it all"

    This was a fascinating book, based largely on truth but cleverly interwoven into a modern day sub plot.
    I learnt a lot about the Russian Revolution without it being too 'biographical'.
    The first part is very much romantic historical but the second part left me desperate to read more as the book moved forward in time and the mystery developed, leaving me wondering how it was going to link the sub plot with the main story - and with real life events.
    Very clever

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tripster united kingdom 06/09/2016
    Tripster united kingdom 06/09/2016
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    "Laura Kirman is a terrible reader & has let the author down"

    I couldn't bear more than 10 mins of Laura Kirman's voice so I can't comment on the actual story (Amazon didn't give you option of leaving a null review - sorry to the author). Kirman's voice too staccato & clipped, no natural flow / no magical weaving of the story - just reminds me of being scolded by a prim headmistress. Urgh.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn 23/02/2017
    Kathryn 23/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautifully written, tear jerking love story loosely based on true accounts"

    Best book I've read in the last year, now I need to find something to replace it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vicks1963 27/11/2016
    Vicks1963 27/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Fabulous story. I found it difficult to put down."

    loved it and in the end I wished it had been true as it was so well written and was plausible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike & Jacquie Lamont Scottish Borders 18/11/2016
    Mike & Jacquie Lamont Scottish Borders 18/11/2016
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    "Great story."

    great story with wonderful narration. Would throughly recommend. to fans of historical fiction. A must read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. Joyce Davis London, U.K. 08/09/2017
    Mrs. Joyce Davis London, U.K. 08/09/2017 Member Since 2017

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    "Entranced"

    Not only a novel but a lesson on Russian history. I enjoyed every minute of it.

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    Chloe 01/09/2017
    Chloe 01/09/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen"

    I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I looked for others by the same author. Not as clever as some stories, but it revived my interest in history, though the historic part was by no means heavy or meandering in detail. In fact, I enjoyed the historical story more than the present day - I wasn't really invested in the female character. I'd definitely recommend this book - it might also inspire you to look into Russian history, like me!

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    Pat B 28/08/2017
    Pat B 28/08/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Enthralling"

    Enthralling from beginning to end .
    Well narrated and a fascinating story line, it encourages the imagination to picture the period based on fact and embellished with fiction one hopes the love story could be true.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Veron 10/08/2017
    Mary Veron 10/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Good mix of past and present"

    I enjoyed how this story food back to the past until eventually the two parts come together.

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  • Denise
    23/02/17
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    "I have always liked historical fiction but these two narrators have brought this book to life!"

    Although you think you might already know this story, the twists are delightfully surprising and unexpected.
    I am going to pick this for my next book club that I get to host (six months from now) because not only is it a great story, but will make for a very interesting book club discussion!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    17/12/16
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    "An unexpected jewel with refreshing perspectives"

    Rarely do I read a love story that expresses the perplex inner thoughts that many of us feel but never say. I love that her characters were human, made mistakes and had serious regrets yet, somehow chose to find whatever hope, light and love they could in the situations they were in. She bravely wrote about the "gray" we feel when faced with the black and white definition of what love should look like vs how many beautiful shades and layers it creates.. some with which we are unable to outwardly explain or describe... Hauntingly sad in parts but, interwoven with a poignant story about strength, perseverance, loyalty, and of course love

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Leslie
    Smyrna, SC, United States
    27/04/17
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    "wonderful"

    I loved this work from start to finish. the story is just wonderful with twists and turns

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Natasha
    Miami, Florida, United States
    22/01/17
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    "Mindblowingly Beautiful"

    I I've this book 5 stars because it is one of the best well written novel, I have read for a long time. There is nothing bad to say about the book because the characters, storyline and audio performance suited all the elements.
    The transition between the past and present carried with it, a surprising element that will beg the reader asking for more. Although it was bittersweet, I was compelled to look up the real Tatiana and explored more about her life as it was intriguing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    15/09/17
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    "Wonderful story and narration!"

    This story was captivating from the start. It was a book I didn't want to stop listening to. The Romanov story has always been interesting but the twists and turns in this historical fiction were fascinating. I enjoyed how the author tied the story together at the end. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William
    02/09/17
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    "Captivating"

    Well written, great story with well defined and complex characters. Love the details and realism. The American accents of the narrator were not good - a little distracting. But overall I found myself looking for reasons to drive somewhere so I could lose myself in this well written novel for awhile!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lyn
    Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa
    28/08/17
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    "What a pleasure to read"

    A well written enthralling story. Really enjoyed it from beginning to end. Can't wait to get into another Gill Paul story ...
    Thank you Gill, love stories of passed and the present.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Denise Cabana
    28/08/17
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    "Good story "

    good story but the female reader is a little hard to listen to, especially her American accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JRM
    Grand RApids Mi USA
    22/08/17
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    "Historical fiction"

    Good historical fiction novel spanning a century. I enjoyed the readers. The rotation between the time spans was interesting twist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne Nord
    20/08/17
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    "Great story"

    It was hard to stop listening to this compelling story, particularly the descriptions of the political and social changes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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