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......
"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....
"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!
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
A great story that was gripping and kept me going through long sleepless nights. Sandra Duncan brings the characters alive with her narration but the voices sound a bit similar and it can be difficult to differentiate between them.
"Spooky but lovely story"
Very good narrator making following the story on my commutes very easy.
Really good atmostpheric story with lots of twists and turns
love Barbara Erskine's books
"Barbara Erskine Never fails to give a fascinating tale!"
I loved this novel. I'm particularly interested in this period of history and was fascinated by her characters and her skill in weaving the whole drama together. Don't miss this read!
Thoroughly enjoyed this listen, Barbara Erskine is a most wonderful writer who takes you deep into each story and character superbly. Narration was perfect. Will listen to this audio book again V soon
"The darkest hour"
Brilliant book loved every minute of it I will listen to more of her books in the future also a brilliant narrative great
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