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Villa on the Riviera

Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (362 ratings)

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Summary

Absorbing and escapist, The Villa on the Riviera is perfect summer listening for fans of Rachel Hore and Santa Montefiore.

Polly Smith is struggling to make a living as an artist when her friend and patron, Oliver, invites her to the south of France. But her world is unexpectedly turned upside down when she digs out her birth certificate to apply for a passport. Her parents are not who she believed them to be - even her name is different.

Fleeing to the Riviera, Polly finds that the serenity and sunshine brings her art to life as never before. But all is not well in the grand house. Oliver's father was forced to leave England in a cloud of scandal and his past is about to catch up with him. And Polly's own future begins to take on a new and fascinating shape....

The perfect listen for fans of The Villa and Summer's Child, this is a beguiling and evocative tale that will transport you away to the Riviera itself.

©2015 Elzabeth Edmondson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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Compelling

A story with several twists. Nothing it what it seems! Enjoy, you will not be disappointed.

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Nice old fashioned mystery and romance

I am obviously getting a bit sentimental in my old age but I am enjoying this run of Elizabeth Edmonson stories. Yes I saw where most of the storylines were going but that really didn't matter at all. Good interesting bunch of vintage characters and a thoroughly unpleasant villain all very well portrayed by Nicolette McKenzie who suits this type of book admirably.

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What a lovely discovery!

Such an enjoyable book, well read too. I’m going to buy more of these to listen to.
If you like Georgette Heyer’s detective novels and stories with long sentences and interesting people that takes a while to weave diverse threads together and has a happy ending, then you will like this too.

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My kind of book

It has everything: original plot, engaging characters, nicely paced. Didn't want it to end. Would make a good movie.

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Enchanting

The descriptions of characters and places are so detailed it makes one become part of the story.

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Wonderful fairytale

Thoroughly engrossing and enjoyable story with amazing characterisation. Well narrated and I loved the descriptions of the people and scenery. Sometimes the story was a little far fetched but that didn't detract from the experience.

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All round good book

A good story well told, I really cared about the charscters. A cast of many interesting people kept my brain working overtime,

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Good book.

Really enjoyed this book, good characterisation. Well read. Takes you to the time and place.

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Engaging and entertaining, if lightweight

An entertaining and engaging story set between the first and second world wars. I found the characters plausible enough, even if they're very much of their time rather than people I might know now. The various twists and turns of the interwoven plots were brought to a neat conclusion at the end, and I liked the way it finished with a still-developing relationship.

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Another fine European mystery novel from Edmondson

I do like the tales that Edmondson creates. This one twists and turns from the very beginning. A glittering array of characters and set in the 1930's it is all very proper and Agatha Christie like.

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  • Lorriee
  • 16-07-15

Good, too many characters not completely developed

There were far too many characters who were interesting in the beginning, but lost steam towards the end of the book. Still a listenable book for a beach or a car ride.

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  • Callie E Masten
  • 07-07-16

A Good Storyline

This book has a good storyline that is easy to follow. It is well read.

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  • C. Rosser
  • 25-04-16

Too many characters for so thin a plot

The reader was excellent, giving each of the (far too) many characters a separate voice. The characterizations were very good, even the minor characters were described with perhaps more detail than they deserved. The plot was thin and the book went on too long.




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  • Alexa
  • 16-12-15

Meandering and boring

I was hoping this would be a cozy and entertaining mystery/romance story. No such luck.

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  • Eva
  • 19-03-17

It's a bit of fluff

I liked the first of this series but on hearing the second, the formula becomes very apparent. Predictable, tied up in a neat bow, improbable relations and relationships. The author does give us lovely settings and a peek at life in the late 1930s. The narrator is terrific with appropriate accents and inflections. I won't rush to another of these but will remember them for a time when I need something cozy and light.

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  • Angela
  • 20-02-17

Great listen.

Very entertaining,interesting characters well developed. Just enough twists to make you want more. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Andrea mcmillan
  • 15-07-16

Nice story, wonderful reader.

The woman doing the reading was fantastic. Great story. Wish there was another. Will download more books by this author and reader!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-20

Highly recommended.

This is a truly delightful story which I enjoyed even more the second time around.

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  • Sarah Nissen
  • 26-01-18

still delightful

I have liked Elizabeth's other books more, but this one was still delightful. Poly, the main character, was sweet and relateable if a bit annoying at times.

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  • Stephen Reich
  • 16-09-17

Pornographic

Story was fine until introduction of pornography. I did not finish book because of this.

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