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The House at Tyneford | [Natasha Solomons]

The House at Tyneford

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. An irresistible World War II story of a forbidden romance in a great English country house.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“Natasha Solomons has written a lovely, atmospheric novel full of charming characters and good, oldfashioned storytelling.” (Kristin Hannah, New York Times best-selling author)

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    Christine United States 11-05-12
    Christine United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    What would have made The House at Tyneford better?

    A less predictable story line.


    What was most disappointing about Natasha Solomons’s story?

    It bordered on cheap Romance novel


    What aspect of Justine Eyre’s performance would you have changed?

    Naration was the best part of the book, so I wouldn't change anything.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The House at Tyneford?

    I would have cut at least half. It was long and therefore became boring.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased the book based on the narrator. I would not buy another book by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J Grafton, OH, United States 11-04-12
    J Grafton, OH, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2007
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    "wonderful story & reading, beautiful voice"
    Where does The House at Tyneford rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have read too many to rank them. All different kinds of stories and subjects. It was well written and lovely to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gave even more understanding in what happened during pre war (world war II) Vienna to the Jews.


    What about Justine Eyre’s performance did you like?

    very good accents, made it all come alive


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, no time for that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CM 08-27-12
    CM 08-27-12 Member Since 2006

    Better things to do but this is more fun.

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    "Well drawn story but slow"
    Would you try another book from Natasha Solomons and/or Justine Eyre?

    I probably wouldn't try another Natasha Solomons book, particularly audio. I might try it in ebook form. I found the story very slow and am having trouble sticking with it. I've only managed to make it thus far (about 1/3) because it's historically interesting and from an equally interesting viewpoint.


    Has The House at Tyneford turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I found this in the romance genre (I think) but don't think it's representative of Romance books, historical or otherwise.


    What three words best describe Justine Eyre’s performance?

    Hmmm. Good accents.


    Was The House at Tyneford worth the listening time?

    no, nor was it worth the money. A good book should transport you into another world and I found myself zoning out instead.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 04-22-12
    Robin 04-22-12

    Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...

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    "good story, narrator however has a drawl"

    this is a good story. i do agree with other reviewers, however, that the narration takes away from the listening experience.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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