THE PRESENT - After her mother’s death, Emilie de la Martiniéres finds herself the sole inheritor of a chateau in the south of France. There she discovers an old notebook which leads her along a journey to unravel the tragic love story of the mysterious Sophia.
THE PAST (1943). Constance Carruthers, arrives in occupied Paris at the height of conflict. There she stumbles into the heart of a wealthy family and is drawn into a web of deception, the repercussions of which will affect generations to come.
©2012 Lucinda Riley (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
Emilie annoyed me at first but I loved her by the end. The dual story lines were excellent. I especially enjoyed the WW2 story line with the female SOE agent, Constance, behind enemy lines in France. The reader can't help but adore Constance and her bravery. The story had a great deal of twists and turns and it kept me guessing to the end.
Many parts of the story were sad but that fit perfectly with the time period and subject matter. I enjoy Lucinda Riley's style of writing and look forward to more. Gerri Halligan delivers and excellent performance of this story.
I really enjoyed this book as to the occupied France during WWII. However, the modern day plot was predictable and disappointing.
yes,i was very inspired by the females in the story.
any personal stories from ww11 move me,people just cared more about their fellow
man back then then they do today,
"A very compelling listen"
I must congratulate Lucinda Riley on this very compelling "listen" - this is a superb story that weaves its way through two time frames very effectively. I am usually not keen on dual timelines but here I make exception - I marvelled at the lengths Lucinda has gone to in depicting some very palpable scenarios - the two times frames could have been separate books themselves - so brilliantly written that it made me forget one "story" whilst listening to the other! This really was a book I didn't want to stop listening to and I started to feel disappointed when it was obviously nearing conclusion. True, I found some of it predictable - but it was a thrilling, emotional and enjoyable read throughout. Special mention must be given to Gerri Halligan who narrated it brilliantly - and made the characters believable. I thoroughly recommend this compelling listen - I have now listened to all Lucinda's books on Audible and can't wait for her next one to be published. A truly enjoyable author (and narrator).
"The Light Behind the Window"
No because there is a mystery to be unravelled and I now know the answer to it.
The characterisation, especially the sympathetic insight into the main character Emily.
The vivid description of the various settings.
The tense atmosphere of the two main stories.
The twist at the end. You think that you know it all but you don't !
Mostly her voices of the characters. She is also easy to listen to.
No. It's good to break it up into the separate time periods.
I like this author and look forward to her future books.
"Heartwarming saga stretching across the years"
Touched the heart!
The story was brought to life by a very talented narrator who gave credence to all the characters. As the story moved easily from one era to another the reader was able to feel all the emotions of the characters in the different times. The war years in particular were very poignant. I wonder if we had been living in that time we could have been so selfless for our country. I hope I could have!
Constance was my favourite.
There were many moments that moved me but I think the moment at the end when Frederick was able to see his grandson moved me the most.
This is the first book I have read by Lucinda Riley and it wont be the last!
Also the narrator, Gerry Halligan is my favourite. Her voice is pleasing on the ear and she brings all her talent to every book she narrates.
"A good easy listen"
I haven't read the book in print but would imagine the audio is better as the reader was very competent.
Venetia, a real heroine and Alex, he seemed to be pretty genuine. I had sussed his brother for a scoundrel at the first meeting.
Expression and inflection is good. I find it hard to characterise whilst reading. Also the accent is good.
I was sad to lose both venietia and James, both heroic characters and symbolic of the bravery shown by ordinary people in wartime.
"An Excellent Book!"
The narrators voice is interesting and also sympathetic to the story which definitely helps to draw you into the plot. Her voices and accents are good for the different characters.
There are many memorable moments in this stunning story of love, war, brutality and the strength of the human spirit in times of crisis. Each time you return to the past and to the wartime struggles of occupied France, you could almost be there.
The plot and characters in this book are exceptional. Although to begin with the modern day Emilie is quite irritating, she becomes stronger throughout the book, and the way she deals with her husband - later in the book is very refreshing!
"Not a great story and narration really irritating!"
Probably not - I didn't think it was that well written
The accents she used for the characters were infuriating - I'd probably have enjoyed the book more if I'd read it
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