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Summary

The new novel from Britain's favourite gardener and TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh is a sweeping story of love, danger, courage and betrayal, set in wartime London and Paris.

As war rages across Europe, one young woman faces an impossible choice. Will she save her country...or the man she loves? 

It is the late 1930s. In London, socialite Rosamund Hanbury is determined to give up the parties and social sets of which she is a prominent member to join the war effort, along with scores of other young women. 

After a stint at Bletchley Park and as one of the Air Transport Auxiliary's 'Atagirls', Rosamund is recruited by the Special Operations Executive under the code name 'The Scarlet Nightingale' and eventually moved in secret to France. There she falls under the charm of Count Thierry Foustier, a gallant Frenchman with a taste for danger and women. 

But in the high-stakes role of secret agent Rosamund can't trust anyone, for if her true identity is revealed, she will be killed. As the peril of her top-secret operation mounts, Rosamund will be drawn into the very heart of the war, where her love and her loyalty will be put to a test more devastating than she could ever imagine.  

Set between wartime London and Paris, this is a thrilling story of love, danger and betrayal from best-selling novelist Alan Titchmarsh. 

©2018 Alan Titchmarsh (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Story was fair but ending quite expected. Narration by author not good as he too well known as a garden guru, not an author.

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Captivating

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Can truly recommend. Listened during my walks and at bedtime and kept my interest all along.

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Great story and believable characters. recommended

great story, I'm new to Titchmarsh as a writer but have found his stories very engaging and he is a great narrator

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Lovely story

I never realised what a talented writer Alan is. I always loved his turn of phrase when presenting garden programmes but this story had a bit of everything and left me in tears at the end. I fully recommend it. It’s not slushy but very moving. I’ll be looking to listen to more of his books.

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Wonderful!

Absolutely wonderful. What an emotional and beautiful story of love and loss, I could not stop listening!

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Moving and uplifting in equal measure.

I've been a fan of Alan Titchmarsh's writing for quite a long time and have either read or listened to many of his novels. He has such a lovely, kind and gentle writing style, which really envelopes you, the reader/listener, and evokes both image and feeling for the people and characters he creates.

His narration style is perfect, too. In fact, it's lovely to hear him reading his own words, and the passion he feels for his stories is modestly evident. And I do love the fact that even when taking on other accents (French and German amongst others in this title), he never quite loses his Yorkshire lilt; something which may annoy other listeners, but not me.

I think the details given by the publishing company are more than adequate a synopsis of the book without me adding extra information. After all, I certainly wouldn't want to spoil this story for anyone else, suffice to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and warmly recommend it to fellow listeners.

Anyway, I do hope Our Alan is onto the next one. He cannot write them quick enough.

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Loved it

I like all Alan Titchmarsh novels and this is no exception. Some of it is maybe a bit slow paced but that suits me. Love the sound of his voice so the fact that he narrates the book is a bonus to me.

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amazing

As usual Alan portrays his characters and places brilliantly.Love that he reads his own books.

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Lovely bit of drama and a nice ending!

Very much enjoyed listening to this book. Good story well read by Mr Titchmarsh. Set in WWII is a reminder of what people gave up and fought for.

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Patience

Slow build up but persevere as the story develops and becomes captivating by the middle