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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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Absurd! But I still Carried on

The story is ridiculous, and yet I was still committed to the end. I think this was because I had pretty much guessed the way the various threads would lead to the denouement and I wanted to see if I was right (I was, you will be too, once you are 25% in) - but also, I was keen to see how many ludicrous coincidences could be shoe-horned into one 14 hour long listen.

The start is deadly slow, the end is a mad rush of hugely improbable events, all piled up in a heap in the last 5% of the book. And yet, I kept going. It was weirdly addictive; though in the last 1/3rd, as each new coincidence was unveiled, I actually had to laugh out loud - too silly. I also completely failed to see why the main character didn't just tell everyone who needed to know about her real identity once she herself found out - not a spoiler as this is very early on.

I admire the narrator's resilience. She did her best with some grim lines and deadly characters, chiefly the main one, and the Enid Blyton style school girl she conjured was light relief.

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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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Don’t usually go for this

Don’t usually go for this type of book fairy tale but enjoyed the light hearted read despite the abrupt ending

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too explicit

too explicit for my taste. I prefer book's without obscenities and sexual full description in them

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 05-11-20

Light Hearted

The mystery is predictable but it’s still a nice light hearted listen. If you like this one, Villa in Italy is better!

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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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Meandering and boring

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

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  • Jeanie McCoy
  • 12-12-20

Got lost

It started out so good, then it was like a total different book/story, back story lost me. I tried to stay with it

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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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