An irresistible World War II story of a forbidden upstairs-downstairs romance in a great English country house.
It’s the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. But war is coming, and the world is changing. When Kit, the son of Tyneford’s master, returns home, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford - and Elise - forever.
A pageturning tale of family, love, loss, and the power of the human spirit set against the perennially popular backdrop of World War II England, Natasha Solomons’ The House at Tyneford is upmarket romantic fiction at its best.
Natasha Solomons is a screenwriter and the internationally bestselling author of Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English and Mr. Rosenblum’s List. She lives with her husband in Dorset, England.
©2011 Natasha Solomons (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Natasha Solomons has written a lovely, atmospheric novel full of charming characters and good, oldfashioned storytelling.” (Kristin Hannah, New York Times best-selling author)
I didn't finish it because I didn't like the performance.
First of all the reading is sloppy. Numerous mistakes including:
Desert for Dessert.
Brasserie for Brassiere.
Companiable for Companionable.
Oddly Street for Audley Street.
And so on and so on.
Why did the reader adopt such a nasal, croaky delivery? If it was in order to indicate that the story is being told in retrospect by an older woman, then why not hire an older actress? Eileen Atkins, Claire Bloom, Penelope Wilton. Sadly, the delivery really affected my enjoyment of the book, and I abandoned it after a few chapters.
I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long time. I was completely swept into the story and thoroughly enjoyed the progression of the characters from one place in time to the next. I loved this book.I was sorry to hear it come to an end.
The accent of the narrorator got to be a little much after a while. Other than that is was a good story. I often found myself lost while listening. It might have been easier to read than listen to.
Great characters, interesting historical perspective. It takes place at the time of WWII, but it's not a war story. It's a love story, historical narrative, a peek into a world that no longer exists. I loved it. Excellent for fans of Downton Abbey.
Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.
The story line will keep you captive. The characters are somewhat so real, that you want to shake them, or you will want to step in and say your two cents, the characters will make you feel with them. The performance is good, not the best, but definitely good. Get this book you will not regret it!!
It started off slow but it is worth staying with. Same with the narrator. She took a little getting used to but ultimately did a very good job.
Carol 18 quilts
Very good and quite like the goings on at Downton Abbey.
The butler of course
The government taking over the estate
Maybe. The writer does some impressive things with how characters capture memories onto paper. That said, I was very disappointed with the ending.
Only if it got really strong reviews. While I think she's a very good storyteller, I was disappointed with the book.
I love how the narrator muses on memories.
I was displeased with the ending. It was well written, but I wish the writer would have chosen to go another route. I think the fact that she foreshadowed what would happen so strongly throughout the novel hurt the book. I kept waiting for a surprise twist at the end and there wasn't one. You can pretty much tell what will happen to the characters within the first half hour of the novel.
For as much as I disliked the ending, the book did hold my attention and I hated to put it down. The pace of the novel is slow and lyrical, but also mesmerizing. The author is talented. I simply wish that she either would have not given the ending away so early in the book or surprised me. I finished the novel wondering what the point of it all was. Once again, it was entertaining, but the last half hour was painful.
Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.
The story was very depressing and tragic. The author was overly descriptive about every detail. Several times I debated just stopping the book but I did want to know the ending so I skipped a chapter here and there to get to the end. Fortunately, this was a 4.95 special. I would not spend a full credit on this book. I may have like the book better if it had been abridged.
A bit of historical fiction thru the eyes of a Austrian nanny working in an English manner during the pre and early WW2. Not exactly packed with facts about the period, but that can be expected as the protagonist was a very young lady. The author does seem to project female qualities on the the men in the novels, which I have found that this is not a-typical for female authors.
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