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Six months after the sudden death of her husband, Leonora Galloway sets out on a trip to France with her daughter Penelope. At last the time has come when secrets can be shared and explanations begin....

Leonora takes her daughter to the battlefields of WW1, where her father is commemorated on the Thiepval Monument. But the date of his death is surprising and reveals that Captain John Hallows cannot possibly have been Leonora's real father.

This is only the start of a series of revelations that span three generations of a distinguished aristocratic family who are not what they seem. Penelope must piece together a tale of war, of loss, of greed, deception and vice - and the perpetrator of a murder left unsolved for more than half a century....

©1988 Robert Goddard (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Superb...

I read this book many years ago and recall my younger self being moved by the content and awed by the writer’s skill. I think I now own every book Robert Goddard has written. This audio production is superb and brought the story to life through the stunning narration. If only I could have given ten stars for the performance...

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Superb

By far Mr Goddard's best book!
Perfectly structured, full of surprises and very moving. Brilliant.

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Twisty

The usual Goddard fare. Twisty as a sack of snakes, elegantly English and wonderfully well written.
Always a joy

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Excellent

My first experience of a Robert Goddard book on audible, I have thoroughly enjoyed the story and found the narration excellent.

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wonderful!!! great!!!

not to be missed one of the best of goddards sorry to finish this book

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Another entertaining Goddard offering, peoples with his usual cast of dysfunctional

Enjoyable WWI country house whodunnit, offering a cast bulging with shady pasts, dubious motives & emotional repression. What’s not to love?

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Good story

This is a very good story but the narration is very annoying with over emphasised voices

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There should be a higher rating for such excellent stories

I wish I could award a higher than 5 star rating. I could become lost in Robert Goddard’s genius for story telling, all day long.
This one was no disappointment- enchanting, enthralling and gave me such pleasure to loose myself in his narrative.
So many books sound outdated without all the modern conveniences we take for granted now- but I never noticed the lack of them at all thank you Mr Goddard .

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loved it!

Not sure what I was expecting but this book was a wonderful surprise. Beautifully written and narrated and kept me interested until the very end. Will definitely read more Robert Goddard.

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Very moving

An excellent story very well read. Lots of twists and turns. I looked at how long was left several times and was surprised that there was still so much more. It was very moving especially the parts in the cemeteries of France and this story of individuals brought home the reality of the sacrifices made by the young men in that dreadful war.