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The Spanish Promise

Narrated by: Yolanda Kettle
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
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Summary

The Spanish Promise is a sizzling summer novel from Sunday Times best-selling author Karen Swan, set in the vibrant streets of Madrid, for fans of Victoria Hislop and Santa Montefiore. 

One of Spain’s richest men is dying. But as he prepares his estate, his family is shocked to discover he is making plans to give away his wealth to a young woman they have never even heard of. Who is she and what hold does she have over him? 

Charlotte Fairfax is asked to travel to the troubled family’s home in Spain to get to the bottom of the mysterious bequest. It’s the week before her wedding but she is confident she has time - there’s only one reason an older man leaves his money to a beautiful woman, isn’t there? 

But in Madrid, things don’t go to plan when the woman denies knowing anything about the gift. Is she lying? Looking for clues, Charlotte digs into the prominent family’s history and unearths a dark and shocking past in which two people were torn apart by conflict. But now, their long-buried secrets are starting to reach into the present and Charlotte starts to wonder whether love does not need to forgive or forget in order to endure - but just needs two hearts to keep beating.

©2019 Karen Swan (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Too much of the 'F' word

Although I couldn't finish this due to the amount of swearing, I thought that what I did listen to was a really good story. As it was different and interesting i would have liked to finish it, so it's a shame about the abundant use of the 'F' word.

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Another brilliant story

Karen Swan does it again with her complex but likeable female protagonists. The story would be fascinating even without the modern day 'end game' romance. The historical element is powerful and details the Spanish Civil War well but does not distract from the characters personal journeys. I love each one of Swans heroines and that they have interesting jobs. I am always so sad to come to the end of Karen Swans boom as I just want to dive into the story and stay there. This one was also heart breakingly beautiful in so many ways.

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Excellent story

So much to this story. It had everything. I really enjoyed it and will be looking to hear more of Karen Swan’s books. The narration was also excellent.

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Top-notch Karen Swan

I’m a big Karen Swan fan and this is one of her best. There’s also some extra historical heft that gives this work an added dimension. The horrors of the Spanish Civil war - such a complex and still little known about part of our recent past - are interwoven with the pacy and addictive present day story. The shortcomings of history and the forgotten human stories only ever truly known by those who lived them, are beautifully and cleverly woven into the arc of the whole unfolding drama. Some wise reflections that give pause for thought on wealth among other sage and beautifully articulated human truisms, blend pleasingly in to the deliciously light, romantic, and highly compelling feel-good read one is guaranteed with this talented writer. (Personal favourites by this author are The Summer Without You, Prima Donna, The Christmas Party, The Christmas Secret and Players.)

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Captivating

As always from Karen Swan this is a beautifully written romance with attention to historical details

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It was ok

It was narrated well and had some interesting historical detail however I failed to care really about any of the characters. I did listen to it all but was not sad it was over which usually is the mark of a good book to me.

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Great

Loved everything about this book from the storyline to the excellent narration. Couldn’t wait to get back to listening to it felt cheated at the endless interruptions of life

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Perfect read before my Spanish holiday

It is not just a love story book but a lot more in depth than what I expected... the stories contains surprises and well narrated from different characters’ angle Really worth a read, and you will only find the truth until the end...

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Wow

Absolutely loved this book. Incredible unexpected storyline . Brilliant historical context. Very clever characterisation. Not at all what I was expecting but one of my favourite audible listens of the year . Can’t recommend highly enough. Definitely don’t be put off by the deceptively twee cover

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Couldn't put down

I could not stop listening to this book. Another triumph by Karen Swann. Show stopper.