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 really liked this book. The narration was perfect for the story. I love stories set in this era.
This was a beautiful story. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved Elise's courage and beautiful soul.
The voice of Justine Eyre was so perfect for this book. She made me feel like I was at Tyneford.
I was very eager to get back to the story each time, but I wanted to savor it. I didn't want it to end.
Well worth the credit I used to purchase it!
A different narrator
-anybody else I've ever listened to
I didn't listen long enough to make a valid assessment of the story.
Justine Eyre's voice irritated me so much that I couldn't listen to the story.
What I heard was promising, so I tried listening, but had to abandon for the safety of my iPod, which I came perilously close to throwing on the floor and stepping on !!! I can't describe the voice adequately except to say that I spent more time imitating it than listening to it.
I put the book aside for a week and tried again - thinking that a different mood might prove to be the answer - but no! I won't be buying any more books with that narrator.
If I could have given no stars for the narration - I would have.
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.
I'm always listening -from driving to working out and I'm learning..Historical Fiction is my love currently WWII. Prefer British Narrators
It started slowly but very soon it became a beautifully haunting story that I couldn't stop listening to.
It's a little reminiscent of Jane Eyre and a little reminiscent of Rebecca, but it is its own book - and a very moving emotional book, full of characters whom I grew to love and will never forget.
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