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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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The perfect read

Fabulous book keeps you interested and makes you want to keep reading I have enjoyed the book

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just wonderful

one of Karen Swans best. lots of little mysteries about each character to be unravelled. charecters are complex. as usual i love the focus on the woman's life and job etc rather than focus being mostly about her feelings towards the love interest. beautifully read. never wanted it to end. really liked the ending. felt female charecter 'rescused' herself and created her own happily ever after rather than the man being the hero

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Irresistible summer listen

Having listened to several Karen Swan books and enjoyed Imogen Church’s reading of other novels I decided to give this a listen. The more I listened the more I struggled to switch this off, listening late into the night. I even looked forward to ironing as I couldn’t walk the dog further to listen to the story...

The prologue sets the scene for Laura and Lillie’s loss and it soon becomes clear that there is more of a mystery and that the main character is hiding something as she is asked to create the ‘perfect present’ for a clients wife. This is not the only secret and at times I felt on edge waiting for the inevitable to happen, but still desperate to know what would happen next. Not as predictable as I first thought, a well paced story.

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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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  • Kelsey
  • 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.