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The Path to the Sea

Narrated by: Pene Herman-Smith
Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Summary

Sometimes going home is just the beginning....

Boskenna, the beautiful, imposing house standing on the Cornish cliffs, means something different to each of the Trewin women.

For Joan, as a glamorous young wife in the 1960s, it was a paradise where she and her husband could entertain and escape a world where no one was quite what they seemed - a world that would ultimately cost their marriage and end in tragedy.

Diana, her daughter, still dreams of her childhood there - the endless blue skies and wide lawns, book-filled rooms and parties, the sound of the sea at the end of the coastal path - even the family she adored was shattered there.

And for the youngest, broken-hearted Lottie, heading home in the August traffic, returning to Boskenna is a welcome escape from a life gone wrong in London, but will mean facing a past she’d hoped to forget.

As the three women gather in Boskenna for a final time, the secrets hidden within the beautiful old house will be revealed in a summer that will leave them changed for ever.

The Path to the Sea beautifully evokes the mystery and secrets of the Cornish coast and will be loved by fans of Kate Morton and Rachel Hore.

©2019 Liz Fenwick (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"The Queen of the contemporary Cornish novel." (The Guardian)

"Swept me away. Just beautiful." (Louise Beech)

"Atmospheric, emotional and full of mystery – an absolute pleasure from page one." (Veronica Henry)  

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not at all like Liz Fenwick other books

I had to give up on the book a third way through the readers monotone voice was to much.

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Can’t listen to it any longer !!!

Sorry, I feel sorry for the lady but what a dreadful narration. Sounds like Penelope Keith reading it. Too lispy, slow, over pronounced and posh, a shame because might be a good story but I can’t listen any more. A relief to turn it off.

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Good enough yarn with decent backstory though pronunciations off in places

The premise makes the book not your average family/romantic saga - and gives it a more engaging facet than simple reconciliation. Period pieces have a draw and create engagement that can really work well with good and accurate detail, which this book captured. The sadness, as so often, is in the basics. Where you have a performer dealing with specific geography, it would be professional to rehearse and make sure that place names are pronounced correctly. Thus we wouldn’t have had Fowey pronounced persistently and annoyingly as ‘Foe-ee’ instead of ‘Fuoy’.

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a good listen

it took me awhile to get into this book but then it was no stopping me

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  • Mary L.
  • 15-12-19

Terrific storyline!!

I enjoyed this book, very much. I loved how much I thought about it when I wasn't reading it. While I couldn't wait to get to the end, I hated for it TO end!!! Can't wait to share with friends as a Christmas gift!