From the Sunday Times bestselling author comes an epic tale of love, passion and heartbreak.
Love is as uncertain and as untamable as war…
In the summer of 1940, most eyes are focused on the skies above the South of England. The battle for Britain has just begun. But young Evie Lucas has eyes for no-one but a dashing young pilot called Tony. Evie has a glittering career as an artist ahead of her but seems to be wasting her time sketching endless portraits of Tony. She wants his parents to have something to remember him by in case it all goes wrong in the war…
Seventy years later, and recently widowed art historian Lucy is trying to put the pieces of her life back together. And in order to do that, Lucy needs to uncover the mystery surrounding a painting in her home. But as she accidentally ends up stirring up a hornet's nest of history which has been deliberately obliterated, Lucy finds herself in danger from people past and present who have no intention of letting an untold truth ever surface.
©2014 Barbara Erskine (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Praise for Barbara Erskine:
"Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson" (Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times)
"Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable" (The Times)
"Marvellous escapist stuff" (Woman and Home)
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I absolutely loved this book. I have never listened to anything by this author before, but found the story totally engrossing, I really didnt want to stop listening. The story is full of twists and turns, I loved the idea of the present day researcher uncovering the past, and the stories of folks long past. Its not perhaps great literature, but it was a really good story, well told and the 1940's 'Britain at war' setting gave the story a great back drop. There were bits of the narration that I found a little bit irritating, particularly what i thought was an overdone "camp" character, but as I got more involved in the story this faded in significance.
20 plus glorious hours of story telling, I was tempted to call in sick just to hear the end......
"Brilliant story and beautifully read!!!"
The story actually pulls you in. you forget yourself.
Evelyn, I could feel her pain.
This was the first but never the last! She is wonderful.
Very emotional at times both happy and sad.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough, her very best!
This is currently joint favourite with another that is so different, it's not fair to compare.
This is similar in formula to all Erskine's novels, but with a much more modern setting, even when the past is revisited.
Confident, competent, versatile
I was completely hooked into the story and listened whenever I could. The story unfolds slightly faster for the listener than it does for the characters, which is a very exciting technique. I have read most of Barbara Erskine's novels, and after Lady of Hay this is now my favourite. I was impressed to see that this time, her main protagonist doesn't allow the evil male character to send her mad or overwhelm her! I would recommend just about any of Erskine's novels if you enjoy history and supernatural nailbiters, with a dramatic climax and characters so well described that remembering the book is like remembering watching a film!
"Could not stop listening .."
Great story, atmospheric..
Don't really like supernatural..but Barbara Erskine makes you believe..
Excellent narration, accents..
Having read Lady of Hay..was reluctant to try any more from Barbara Erskine as that was wonderful and did not think any thing could be so good. However, this held my attention from beginning to end and even though the end may have been a bit predictable - could not wait to hear the outcome. I would definitely buy Lady of Hay in audible form..but for some strange reason only available in abridged version. Having read the hardcopy, would not want to miss a sentence..come on audible don't short change us. Bring Lady of Hay out in its full unabridged glorious version....
intriguing, dark, fascinating
Evie. Her true feelings weren't expressed in the book & I wanted to feel where she was taking her future all the time
where all their spirits amassed at the end
lose yourself in the mystery & atmosphere of passing generations
can't wait to read another Barbara Erskine
"enjoyed the book"
enjoyed this book very much . Had you thinking about the story from near the start
As with all Barbara Erskine books this one was also brilliant and kept you hooked the whole way through
"A PAGE TURNER!"
I was totally immersed in the story that I couldn't put it down and lost many hours sleep but it was worth it! This was Barbara Erskine at her best and the narrator brought it to life. I also learned more about the Battle of Britain which added to my enjoyment of the book. The characters were plausible which added to the impact of the story as Barbara Erskine weaved her magic.
"qq The Darkest Hour"
A thoroughly good read. In parts it was tripping difficult to put down. In parts it was sad but showed how things can happen and have a life long effect. This book was well narrated and would make an ideal book to take on holidayaq
"Not as good as previous Barbara Erskine books"
LAdy of Hay has been one of my all time favourite books for a large portion of my adult life, and consequently I have always rushed to Barbara Erskine books. This story is enjoyable but a little too unlikely! Obviously all her books are "other worldly" but I felt this one was just too far fetched which spoilt my enjoyment a little. Previously I have always enjoyed the conversation with myself about whether I believe such things and to what extent....... This conversation won't last so long ;-)
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