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Summary

When her husband dies in a tragic accident, Antoinette's world falls apart. He was her rock and the man she thought she knew better than she knew herself. But as she arrives at the church for George's funeral, she sees an unfamiliar woman. Phaedra loved George too, and could not bear to stay away from his funeral. As she sits before his wife, she knows that what she is about to reveal will change their lives forever….

©2012 Santa Montefiore (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"I couldn’t put this book down." (Julian Fellows, creator of Downton Abbey)
"Now is the perfect time to read this gripping romance...It is as believable as the writing is beautiful." ( Daily Telegraph)

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excellent story line

loved this story, kept my interest right to the end. Well written and brilliantly performed. Highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a bit more than a chic flick!

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Challenging story-line

I have enjoyed the story so far but the narration is awful and absolutely ruins the characterisation. I could not bear to listen to it again.

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wonderful

Where does The Summer House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my favourite stories and I will definitely listen to it again

What about Tara Ward’s performance did you like?

Tata read this story very well with a lot of feeling

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Sorry to leave the characters

A lovely easy listen . Just nice to relax without having to think too much ! Despite this the story had twists which kept the interest . Perhaps a little rushed at the end but nice listen nevertheless. Was sorry to say goodbye to the family ... could there be Frampton sequel 😃

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Easy and entertaining read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it has enough tension to keep the pages turning

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Summer House?

the exposure of the main character's real relationship to the family

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The above

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no

Any additional comments?

Montefiore's characterisation is good and I appreciate a new plot in each of her books rather than an old one in new clothes

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Excellent book

Loved the story really enjoyed.
Did not like the male voices though,otherwise very good.

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Predictable

This is the first Santa Montefiore book I have read and three chapters in I am pretty sure how it is going to end. I would stick with it, if it was not for the appalling reading - the arch female voices and the terrible attempts at male voices spoil the whole thing.

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Not the best

I’ve listened or read a lot by this author now and this is one of my least favourite. It got more interesting in the last quarter or so of the story but otherwise I felt like nothing really happened most of the way through it and it was just plodding along and being dragged out to the final reveal at the end. There certainly weren’t any twists and turns like other reviews have said. As far as the narrator was concerned she was just diabolical. Definitely the worst I’ve listened to. She had a very grating and unfortunate ending to most of her sentences which had a “can’t be bothered” feel to her narration. Like she was just reading it but trying to get it over with as quick as possible and was bored herself of the story. Hard to explain why I mean but you’ll understand if you listen to I’m sure. Will not listen to anything by this narrator again. She also made the story seem very old fashioned with the voices she did of the characters. It was set in modern times but other than the odd mention of an iPhone it felt like I could have been listening to Downton Abbey! Not the best but some of this author’s books are brilliant so I will not be put off her other books I’m still yet to read.

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I enjoyed this book

Narrator was good, lovely bedtime story, family saga, easy to imagine, easy to follow, worth the listen.

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Light and uplifting

Easy to listen to and some humorous episodes great story in pandemic down times