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One Summer in Montmartre

Narrated by: Nano Nagle
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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Paris 1873: Despite being a devoted husband and father, Luc Marteille, a charismatic Impressionist artist, becomes obsessed with his young model, Hélène. Flattered by his attentions, she becomes torn between Luc and her fiancé; and faces a decision that could destroy the lives of everyone around them. 

Paris, 2007: Grieving over the death of her son, and with her marriage in trouble, Anna's life is falling apart. When a long-hidden love letter is discovered in the back of her favorite painting, she seizes the opportunity to go to Paris. Intending to research Hélène, the mysterious recipient of the letter, she is thrown together with the arrogant François. Dependent on his help, Anna realizes the tension between them is attraction. Should she continue a lifetime of playing it safe or listen to her heart? If you enjoy perceptive, complex stories exploring the rich variety of human emotions, you'll love this beautifully poignant love story.

©ebook: 2014 paperback print: 2017 Teagan Kearney (P)2018 Teagan Kearney

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Charming story

A charming story, brilliantly narrated. It brought to life Paris in 1873 with great characters and a good plot.

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  • Teresa
  • 18-07-18

A Parisian Affair

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This is a story that starts with grief and ends with a fling. It is a love story, but not a love forever story. In fact there are several love stories, the one for a lost child, the one for a rebellious but so lovable daughter, new love, old love, young love, love of adventure, vicarious love, love for a new start. It is all there in the streets of Montmartre, expressed in its art, joie de vivre, ancient cobblestones. But its also the story of profound grief for the loss of a son, a wife, a brother, a grief that is about to destroy the remaining family members. This break from the everyday life is just what the doctor ordered. Away from the constant memories and familiar places, the healing process can finally really start. And it is this healing process at the end that it's at the heart of this book. Nicely written and narrated, you will enjoy this different type of love story.

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  • Listener
  • 09-07-18

Great story

I was looking forward to listening to this book as I was on my way to Paris and Montmartre.

After the main character finds a letter behind an old painting, it gives her a reason to go to Montmartre with her daughter. The narrator did a fine job of going back and forth between times, (the artist time and present). I enjoyed this story.

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  • mandy
  • 10-06-18

Great!

Unique, well written and fantastic narration - this was fantastic!

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  • Shoppermom
  • 14-05-18

Or, Two Summers and several aspects of love

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request from AudioBoom and agreed to give an honest review. I liked this book, and I'm glad I listened to it. I'm not sure it's one I would have picked out on my own as it is not your typical romance, despite its subtitle. Anna, the contemporary heroine, is close to my age (i.e. not young!) and her fascination with a work of art combined with her despair over the loss of her son leave her vulnerable and unsure of the foundations in her life she previously thought sound. Her research in Paris uncovers a century old love story between a painter and his subject while it simultaneously allows her to explore passion from an unfamiliar perspective in a new-to-her city. There are no heart-stopping moments of excitement, but the story gently peels back the illusion of love to reveal the foundations important in every relationship, regardless of time or place.

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  • Margaret
  • 23-11-19

Way more than a romance story

This is the sixth book I’ve read/listened to by this author. I’ve previously listened to her Adept Solutions and Saoirse Saga. Each one is different. It’s nice when an author can write so varied.
I am not a fan of a Romance typically. I agreed to review this book only because Teagan wrote it and it had an historical element (I love historical fiction). Boy, I was pleasantly surprised. What a down to earth, realistic tale. I love how we get the history behind the painting and letter by following the interactions between Luc and Hélène, and then follow Anna on her journey to discover the story behind the letter. In the process she learns a lot about herself and the effect her son’ death has had. Anna’s daughter joins her on the trip to Paris. There is a great interplay between them which is also realistic, not idealistic.

This is the second book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Nano Nagle ) and I would listen to another. Her smooth voice is perfect for this story. Her tone adds emotion to the narration that emphasizes the emotion in the story.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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  • Catrina P
  • 08-10-19

One Summer in Montmartre

Not one love story, but two... Anna is researching a note she found attached to the back of a painting. It leads her to Paris and she uncovers the story of a painter and his muse. What she didn’t expect was to also find something to ease her broken heart.

Teagan Kearney does a fantastic job of going back and forth between two different time periods and two emotional love stories.

Nano Nagle really brought the characters to life. I really felt the emotions.

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  • Shannon G
  • 06-01-19

A Wonderfully Refreshing Love Story

This is not your typical romance story. This one is quite complex and intelligently written. The characters (past and present) are nicely developed. This story goes back and forth from the past (the letter's story) to the present. It's really refreshing to hear such a well written love story. It's not perfect love or insta-love instead it's more like real life. I'm not talking bad about most of the romances I own, I love reading and rereading those stories but this one is more for those who appreciate the intricacies of human love. The narration was great! Nano Nagle has a very nice voice and did the many voices of the characters with style and proper emotions. Overall, an intricate and complex love story that pulls you in and keeps your interest to the last word.

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  • Teresa
  • 15-12-18

Paris, Art, and Love, The Perfect Trifecta

I loved listening to One Summer in Montmartre. It was multi-layered with parallel stories and well-rounded, likeable characters. I think the author Teagan Kearney did a fabulous job writing this story. It was descriptive and dreamy. I'll look for more audiobook by this author. I really enjoyed this one.

The narration by Nano Nagie was exquisite. She had such a lovely voice with excellent voice inflections while portaying the characters perfectly. A great pairing with author and reader. I'll look for more from her as well. i'd recommend this one all day.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-04-18

A love story that's human

Everyone loves a good love story right? Long lost love letters? Even better. The reading of the letters was my favorite part. The characters were brought to life in a way that made them seem real and human. Sacrifice is such a hard topic to bring up in books. Often it is exaggerated to the point of being uncompromising. One Summer In Montmartre does a great job of keeping it human and accessible. Family is such a strong focal point of this book again in a way that is relatable. Everyone deals with kids who don't seem to connect with their parents or family members. I love how truly relatable this story is and weaves together so many great aspects of what makes us human; love, loss, grief, strength, and family. I received this book in return for my unbiased review.

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  • Believer50
  • 28-04-18

Nice Story

I got this ARC via audiobook boom. This story begins very slow but picked up after the baby's birth. It was twisted and wrapped around two sets of people. The letters were the best part of the story for me. The narrator was not my cup of tea but she did a good job of bringing the story to life.