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Summary

Escape to the heart of enchanting Brittany with the best-selling author of The Villa and The Little Theatre by the Sea. The perfect treat for fans of Santa Montefiore and Veronica Henry. 

For many years Colette has avoided returning to her homeland - the magical island of Belle-Île-en-Mer in Southern Brittany - afraid to confront the painful memories she left behind. She is living on the Cornish coast when she hears about her mother Thea's failing health and realises that the time has come for her to go home. But can Colette ever forgive Thea for what she has done? 

Despite Colette's wariness, romantic Belle-Île still fascinates her. She takes on the running of her mother's flower shop and makes friends with Élodie from the Old Lighthouse where Thea once worked as a nanny and with the enigmatic Étienne, who shares Colette's mixed feelings about the island. As Thea opens up to her for the first time, Colette finds herself softening and being drawn back into the landscape of her past. But can Belle-Île also be a part of her future? 

The ghosts of that past still linger. What happened all those years ago, and how did it cause the rift between mother and daughter? It becomes clear that the beauty of Belle-Île hides a devastating family secret - one that Colette is determined to unravel at any cost. 

©2018 Rosanna Ley (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

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Morbid story

A most depressing story and far too long and the French accents were terrible. Very dissappointing

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Very very nice loved it keep you thinking all the time , well worth a read.

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I struggled with this book, the storyline wasnt as exciting as other Rosanna Ley books

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Good holiday read

Enjoyed listening to this story. Escapism in France.
Family secrets cast long shadows with a surprise ending.

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Spoilt by unintelligible narration.

Not one of Rosanna Ley's best. Story was ok but totally spoillt by unintelligible English spoken with a seriously exaggerated (& unnecessary) faux French accent. Volume was also poor, frequently wavering between being too loud to too quiet to hear.

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I loved this book, the story, characters & especially the setting. I am definitely going to visit Belle Île.

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I’ve enjoyed all the books by Rosanna Ley that I’ve listened too and I did enjoy this story too. She always weaves an interesting plot and brings a location to life in one’s imagination.
There was just something about the narration of this book that I wasn’t really convinced about and I can’t quite put my finger on why it irritated me so much

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This story is so beautiful.

Flowers, beaches and driftwood shaped by the sea. Redemption and the secrets unfold to understanding like the petals of an opening flower. The only slight annoyance is Collette's blindness towards her "estate agent" boyfriend. Motherhood is the elemental force which moves the characters on levels seen and unseen.