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Summary

Heartbroken and hoping for a new start, Abi Howes takes a summer job in rural France at the Château Bellevue. The old château echoes with voices from the past, and soon Abi finds herself drawn to one remarkable woman’s story, a story that could change the course of her summer - and her life.

In 1938, Eliane Martin tends beehives in the garden of the beautiful Château Bellevue. In its shadow she meets Mathieu Dubosq and falls in love for the first time, daring to hope that a happy future awaits. But France’s eastern border is darkening under the clouds of war, and history has other plans for Eliane…

When she is separated from Mathieu in the chaos of German occupation, Eliane makes the dangerous decision to join the Resistance and fight for France’s liberty. But with no end to the war in sight, her loyalty to Mathieu is severely tested.

From the bestselling author of Sea of Memories comes the story of two remarkable women, generations apart, who must use adversity to their advantage and find the resilience deep within.

©2018 Fiona Valpy (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Beautiful story of courage and resilience

Beautiful story of courage and resilience of two women in particular, whose stories are parallel ed and intertwined across time.

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  • dn
  • 18-08-18

So disappointed

I have tried with this book but its not for me. The story is very flowery with unnecessary descriptions. I cannot understand the French accent and this frequently sounds Welsh. I miss the story and have no idea who is who really. Read the first 5 chapters and still cannot get any involvement with characters. After all the advertising I thought this would be good, and I think it may be better actually reading it yourself, but I am not going to bother.I

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French accent

I have never written a review but I feel I need to on this occasion. Why on earth did you read this story with an abysmal French accent?. You either tell the story in English or in French. I am French and live in England. I couldn’t understand anything and it really frustrated me. I gave up half-way through the book as it was so painful to listen too.

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Dance through the storm

Story of recovery mental and physical learning from the past. How a French family coped with the controlling power of their Nazi conquerors and how this helped heal a girl broken by a controlling man in 2016.

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Good book

It is good book about the war. Marries are not always great . Hope love life

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A must have

really good story, set in the present and the past. Extremely well read with exceptional accents

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gripping. such a wonderful narrator too!

Loved the storyline and parrallells. Henrietta the narrator gives a wonderful believable per for,mince that truly brings to life all the key characters no matter what gender. terrific thank you

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lovely

what a lovelynstory
beautifully read and so pretty.
I was moved to tears and smiled when our characters did the impossible.
I would happily lounge in a field of flowers with a breeze lightly cooling my shoulders and hear this story again.

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  • C. Phillips
  • 08-10-18

Not as expected... poor narration

I couldn’t finish this as the narrator was so monotone and quick you had a hard time getting it. You have to listen very hard. Then there were times she spoke in a very heavy French accent, which if it was someone very new to the English language, you could see how it would be so heavy, but for listening purposes, it made it even harder to understand. The story just got lost in all that. I can’t even tell you exactly what the story was. I listen at night before sleep. So many are so good, but this wasn’t one of them. Authors need to pick their narrators very thoughtfully, cause they can make or break your book. I would have rather heard a person not trained to narrate then listen to this. No feeling, emphases or anything in this.

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  • Haveenoughstuff
  • 15-09-18

Très bien fait

Good intertwining story of two women survivors - one of war, one of abuse. Takes place in my favorite province of la belle France. Although many years apart, the two women’s stories are bittersweet, yet show their strength of character and ability to find peace after their traumas. Excellent narration with super French accents making the story come alive. Bravo!

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  • Deborah
  • 04-12-18

I would read it from the book- not the audible

The audio of this drove me crazy. I couldn't finish it. Between the thick French accent that I couldn't understand and the narrators voice raising at the end of every sentence, I couldn't get through it. From the first 3 chapters I listened to, I could tell the story was well written and I will go back and read it myself.

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  • BH0408
  • 01-12-18

Loved the story! Narration not as much

This was a great historical novel. The narrator has a beautiful voice and what I assume is a French accent. This made it really hard for me to understand what some words were. Luckily I had the Kindle version as well so I read the beginning chapters to get the names and such. Then I was able to go back and forth and listen a well. But this is the first book in a while I had to listen to as just normal speed. I usually like to do 1.5 but could not understand a thing with faster speed.

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  • J.Rupp
  • 30-11-18

French accent too much for me

I struggled to understand the French accent. I felt like I was back in my high school French class, my least favorite class. I listened for an hour and gave up. Life is too short.

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  • 12-11-18

Beautiful story!

Such a beautiful story of WWII era France. A story of strength, bravery and survival. Really enjoyed the narration as well!

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  • Carol Steele
  • 26-10-18

A Beautiful Story of hope and healing

Each character dances to life amidst the most difficult of times! The past and present intertwine to weave a story of hope and healing! Beautifully written and performed!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-10-18

Fabulous book

This was my first time reading this author! It will definitely not be my last ! I loved this book! The book went back and forth from world war 2 and then 2017 the stories were different yet had the same message!

The narrator was wonderful! So many different characters and each were unique! Speaking of characters I felt as if I knew each one !

I was sad when the book needed ! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 😊

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-10-18

Great listen.

Engaging. Really made time fly by. Will surely look for other titles by Ms Volpy

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  • Lisa C
  • 03-10-18

Wonderful but devastating

This book is beautifully written. As it does take place during the period of World War II, there are of course many tragic turn of events. The interweaving of current and past is well done. I would listen to this book again.