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Summary

When Olivia Shaw’s mother dies, the sophisticated food editor is astonished to learn she’s inherited a centuries-old English estate - and a title to go with it. Raw with grief and reeling from the knowledge that her reserved mother hid something so momentous, Olivia leaves San Francisco and crosses the pond to unravel the mystery of a lifetime.

One glance at the breathtaking Rosemere Priory and Olivia understands why the manor, magnificent even in disrepair, was the subject of her mother’s exquisite paintings. What she doesn’t understand is why her mother never mentioned it to her. As Olivia begins digging into her mother’s past, she discovers that the peeling wallpaper, debris-laden halls, and ceiling-high Elizabethan windows covered in lush green vines hide unimaginable secrets.

Although personal problems and her life back home beckon, Olivia finds herself falling for the charming English village and its residents. But before she can decide what Rosemere’s and her own future hold, Olivia must first untangle the secrets of her past.

©2018 Barbara O’Neal (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Had me in tears at the end.

Stina Nielson had the exact voice to bring this amazingly put together story to life. I was on textbooks several times. Best audio book I have listened to do far. Must follow up on other books by Barbara O'Neal for sure.

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  • Donna Smith McG
  • 12-11-18

‘The Art of Inheriting Secrets’ a fabulous story except for..one thing

I truly loved this book..I did..and I’m not going to detail every single thing about it because that’s what the summary is about. Just know it’s about a woman, Olivia, from California, who has lost her mom, who’s originally from England. Little does Olivia know that she is about to inherit an estate, a title and a whole lot more, including a beautiful Brit named Samir. That’s my little short summary..the rest is for everyone else to discover. So what did I love and wish was different?

Simply, this story was so complex, but wasn’t hard to follow. There are twists and turns with Olivia and the secrets in the 600 year old or so House with its 37 bedrooms, and then there’s the discovery of her mother and what Olivia didn’t know! I mean it was a book I just couldn’t put down...but, and I refuse to give any spoilers, with literally 15 minutes towards the end of the book, and to me it’s totally not over, IT ENDS!! I can’t tell you how I hate books that end with unanswered questions?! Or is there going to be another book?! Which I obviously see there won’t be..but I was beyond disappointed. It took me less time to read/listen than to think of how I would write this review, because it’s such a great book with an author who pretty much decided “Its over!” This review would have been a true 5 star if it hadn’t been the end, and for that it lost me as the reader. I lost sleep over this book and I wind up with questions unanswered.

As far as narration I don’t think there is a better one than Stina Nielsen, perfect with her British and obviously American accent..she made listening perfect. I’m sorry that just listening didn’t make this book perfect...

In all I truly LOVED the story, the romantic theme, yes sexually too, but not too extreme, but I was disappointed and when you finish a book that leaves you with more questions than answers...I just want to ask the author, “Why?”

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  • Robin
  • 11-11-18

3.5 stars

I thought the book was an easy listen, but contrived. Fine to pass the time.

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  • KC Travis
  • 07-11-18

Didn't want it to end.

It drew me in from the beginning and held my attention until the end. I loved all of the characters and the storyline!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-18

Fantastic book...

Fantastic well written book. well written and easy to follow. Would live too see what happens next.

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  • Therese Van Arsdale
  • 04-10-18

Adore a Secret?

Why would someone fun half way round the world leaving a six hundred year old major house to crumble? Olivia, a good editor from San Fraisco doesn't understand how she came to be the new counters as her mother never mentioned her life in England. Left with a damaged house and two thousand hectares of land Oliva must decide whether to stay and how to run the estate of the estate is to survive. Along the way she has to deal with the circling developers, an irate ex on the make, and a possible new romance. By the way she's also recovering from a car crash, and the deaths of her mother and dog. That 's a lot for one woman to take on but you cheer her on to the end. The is a warm, humans nove!s that reveals the strategies people use to get through live.

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  • 20 Paws Mom
  • 24-09-18

Rosemere, an English manor house.

As a contemporary story, there are many flashbacks. They always return to th present and Rosemere.. Two incredible events leave th readers stunned. But all of the pieces fall together in th end.
The this is a book you can't put down. Enjoy a good read.

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  • Donna
  • 14-09-18

Fabulous Story!

Wish I hadn't read it so I could read it again for the first time.

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  • Ashcleve
  • 11-09-18

Sequel?

Loved this story but feel it should continue so that we can find out what the future holds for all of the main characters.

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  • Evelyn Schumacher
  • 08-09-18

Breathtaking beautiful characters

I was drawn immediately into the story and saw it a!l in my minds eye. Recommend this book.

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  • Too Happy
  • 26-08-18

The story was a good one,

It really was, and a well written story except for a few things:

If you are a food person you won't mind the moderately overdone food segments.

If you are a romance person, you'll like the romance even if the details flatten the experience. Way too much going on about hands and such.

There is no accounting for the necessity of so many perfect people made up of perfect features.

The cat thing is just unnecessary. It went nowhere.

Then age. Really? It's not an issue. Insta-love is.

Put all these overdone ideas together and they overwhelm a good story. Pick one, and you're still on solid ground. But the combination had me clicking past 30 seconds at a time.

The only normal person was the awful boyfriend.

Strangely, I regret that the extraneous got in the way. There was so much promise in a book I heard in 1 day.

The narraration was lovely.