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Summary

The Perfect Present is glamorous and festive read from Karen Swan, author of Christmas at Tiffany's.

Haunted by a past she can't escape, Laura Cunningham desires nothing more than to keep her world small and precise - her quiet relationship and growing jewellery business are all she needs to get by. Until the day when Rob Blake walks into her studio and commissions a necklace that will tell his enigmatic wife Cat's life in charms.

As Laura interviews Cat's family, friends and former lovers, she steps out of her world and into theirs - a charmed world where weekends are spent in Verbier and the air is lavender-scented, where friends are wild, extravagant and jealous, and a big love has to compete with grand passions.

Hearts are opened, secrets revealed and as the necklace begins to fill up with trinkets, Cat's intoxicating life envelops Laura's own. By the time she has to identify the final charm, Laura's metamorphosis is almost complete. But the last story left to tell has the power to change all of their lives forever, and Laura is forced to choose between who she really is and who it is she wants to be.

©2017 Karen Swan (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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WOW!

Wow what an amazing book, I just couldn't stop listening to the audio book . It became more exciting and enjoyable the further I went into the story. The end was wonderful, A real joy. Karen Swan is a new author to me but I just want to read all her books, each one is like a jewel

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loved it

This audio book was the best yet, i loved it although i didnt think i would, i enjoyed every moment thanks

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Excellent Story

loved it, could not put it down ,loved the storyteller, gripping to the end. Brilliant

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Fantastic

So, I have just finished this book, tears are still rolling down my cheeks!!! Amazing, heart warming, intense....I loved it and will miss the characters! I wish I had a friend like Kitty!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-06-18

Narrator's Voice Intonation is a Downer

I love all of Karen Swan's books which have been read by other narrators. Unfortunately the narration by Imogen Church of this book ruins the book for me. Imogen's voice intonation carries like that of a pessimistic newscaster. Somehow she manages to make much of the text into sounding pessimistic like it's bad news. It's a real pity. Otherwise, I believe the actual text and book would be an enjoyable read. But, I feel like it's being read by a Debbie Downer.

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  • Robin
  • 08-06-18

Not this author’s best

I recently started reading this author’s books .... I believe this is one of her earlier books. I would definitely recommend her later books, and to probably give this one a pass. I found it superficial and not reasonably believable.

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  • Owlgirl
  • 25-05-18

Laura and Lily

I almost didn’t read this as someone said it was sad!! Not sad to me! Great Story with a glorious ending!! Thank you Karen Swan for such a interesting story once again! Thoroughly enjoyed the story and characters ❣️
Imogene Church well done❣️

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  • U. Kauffman
  • 14-01-18

Really painful ...

That was really really painful, to say the least. Even Imogen couldn’t make it worth your time ....

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  • Kathy Spanberger
  • 28-12-17

Always a pleasant surprise

I love her plot twists. You can’t guess in advance what the issues are with the main character. Also love that her characters are such strong females.