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The Light Behind the Window Audiobook
The Light Behind the Window
Written by: 
Lucinda Riley
Narrated by: 
Gerri Halligan
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The Light Behind the Window Audiobook

The Light Behind the Window

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Maria Oscoda, MI, United States 07-13-15
    Maria Oscoda, MI, United States 07-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic historical story... loved it!"

    I'm an avid audiobook lover, who listens to several each month. Lately, I'm having a hard time getting engrossed in a book - they just don't hold my interest, and I find myself deleting it 3/4 of the way through because I'm bored. I am a huge fan of Kate Morton, Belinda Alexandra, Kimberely Freeman, Jojo Moyes, Liane Moriarty, JH Fletcher, Susanna Kearsley and other authors who love to write deep, complicated storylines that involve intricate family dynamics, genealogy, old diaries/letters, etc. etc. But I've listened to them all - and have grown bored. Then, all of a sudden, I came across Lucinda Riley. What a find! This was my first book by Riley, and it did not disappoint. She did a fantastic job of bridging the past and the present. Her character development is superb, and her ability to create suspense and drama is excellent. It was the perfect mix of history and romance -- not too much of one or the other. I listened to this almost all the way through, and finally had a book that held me captivated to the very last word. I can't say enough about this book, and I look forward to downloading her others. The narrator was terrific, and did an incredible job with the character voices and accents. The only thing that didn't sit well with me and niggled a bit were the poems by "Sophia" that were recited. Sophia was French, and presumably wrote her poems in French, and yet they rhymed perfectly in English. Just one of those things that was like a puzzle piece out of place, but certainly didn't distract at all from the story. If you like historical romances with a bit of mystery and family drama mixed in, or if you're a fan of WWII historical romances, I highly recommend!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-24-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-24-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "From WWII to the Present, Remarkable Story"

    Story of France and England during WWII, what Hitler did to the GERMAN people, who were beat down and defeated by life, and in the frame of mind to accept the lies being fed to them by a tyrannical leader. (Good lesson for all of us.) This book is a broad story of the war and how it impacted the French, English, and German people, but also a personal story of love, pain and perseverance spanning the generations. Listening to this story was humbling. The sacrifices made by citizens during WWII should NEVER be forgotten. One of the best books I have ever come across.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kaye Napa, California, United States 10-23-14
    Kaye Napa, California, United States 10-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful!"

    This is one of the best books I have listened to in some time. I originally bought the Kindle book which was titled 'The Lavender Garden' and as it was available on audible with whispersync at a reduced price I decided to listen to it. I was a bit confused when I first downloaded the audible book as the title was different from the Kindle version however, I found it made no difference what the title. The book is wonderful and the narrator is perfect, what a wonderful surprise to find such a treasure. I loved everything about this book and I will look for more by this writer and narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    alison 04-13-15
    alison 04-13-15
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    "Enjoyable read"

    Having enjoyed Lucinda Riley's Hothouse Flowers I was looking forward to this book. Overall I wasn't disappointed, it was an engaging story which compells you to complete it to the end to discover what happens to the characters. Her characters are all interesting and help weave the story as it moves smoothly between modern day and 1940 wartime France. The dialogue could be a little stilted in places, but it doesn't detract from what is overall a good book. However, I didn't particularly enjoy the narration as I felt it detracted something plausible from the characters - this is just my personal opinion though, and it is still worth listening too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DHackney Round Rock, Texas 08-30-13
    DHackney Round Rock, Texas 08-30-13
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    "Dual Time-Line: Modern & WW2"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karissa 05-13-16
    Karissa 05-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing story reminiscent of a Kate Morton novel"

    I absolutely loved this book! I'm a huge Kate Morton fan and since finishing all of her books have been searching for past/present historical fiction books to read. I've read quite a few by other authors but Lucinda Riley's was just perfect.

    What I love about Lucinda Riley that differs from Kate Morton is what an effectively concise storyteller she is. The whole book felt very meaningful and relevant. At first, I thought it was moving too quickly but soon enough the pace felt perfect. I finished this book in less than a week!

    Such a beautiful story that really has a satisfying ending. I love stories set in the time of World War II because there are such amazing but tragic stories of sacrifice. Yet Riley tells this one in a way that doesn't leave you feeling sad at the end but instead optimistic.

    I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for past and present historical fiction books with romance, courage, and a happy ending!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ~A San Diego, Ca 05-12-16
    ~A San Diego, Ca 05-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it"

    a wonderful historical fiction, exploring wonderful characters of both present day and past of Gaston, South of France

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet H. Maddox 04-14-16
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    "What an interesting story"

    Loved this book. Two interesting linked stories in two time periods make for an enjoyable read. The ending was perhaps a bit too tidy, but who doesn't like a tidy conclusion. The story is well told and well read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M.C. 12-05-15
    M.C. 12-05-15 Member Since 2013

    Love dogs, music, books, travel. Listen mostly in the car. Like thrillers, comedy, history, bios, romance, self-help, spirituality, how-to.

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    "A very good story"

    A good plot that held my interest throughout. At times I thought the present-day storyline was a bit predictable, but it has enough small surprises to keep you guessing. It is nice to see the fate of the characters from two different times unravel in parallel to be joined at the very satisfying end - romantic but not soppy. The poems are beautiful and a nice touch. Accents irritate me at times, but the reader did not go overboard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cincy Jeanne 09-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "intriguing story! Loved it!"

    if you love a great story set in WWII, this has it all! suspense, mystery, well-developed characters! I could not stop listening!

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    Folkestone, United Kingdom
    7/19/13
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    "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).

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • MRS.
    TENTERDEN, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "The Light Behind the Window"
    Would you listen to The Light Behind the Window again? Why?

    No because there is a mystery to be unravelled and I now know the answer to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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 !


    What about Gerri Halligan’s performance did you like?

    Mostly her voices of the characters. She is also easy to listen to.


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

    No. It's good to break it up into the separate time periods.


    Any additional comments?

    I like this author and look forward to her future books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
    8/22/14
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    "Heartwarming saga stretching across the years"
    If you could sum up The Light Behind the Window in three words, what would they be?

    Touched the heart!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    Which character – as performed by Gerri Halligan – was your favourite?

    Constance was my favourite.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kathy
    Cornwall
    12/8/13
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    "A good easy listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Light Behind the Window to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book in print but would imagine the audio is better as the reader was very competent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Venetia, a real heroine and Alex, he seemed to be pretty genuine. I had sussed his brother for a scoundrel at the first meeting.


    What does Gerri Halligan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Expression and inflection is good. I find it hard to characterise whilst reading. Also the accent is good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was sad to lose both venietia and James, both heroic characters and symbolic of the bravery shown by ordinary people in wartime.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • laura
    wisbech, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "An Excellent Book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Light Behind the Window to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Light Behind the Window?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Aretè
    Lancaster, UK
    3/11/15
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    "Beautiful! Poetic, Moving"

    A beautiful story, within a story,
    Played between the dramatic setting of the wuthering Yorkshire moors, the rent and tortured Paris of the Vichy Republic, and the idyllic, sunny landscape of the French Bourgogne.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    1/29/15
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    "Gripping moving story"

    It was beautifully read her accents were perfect she has the most gorgeous voice to listen to. the story is charming ups and downs beautifully happy in the end it relaxeed me to read the story. It pulled you into france and to the vineyards ichateau you could see all the people this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    Basildon, United Kingdom
    1/22/15
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    "I enjoyed every minute"
    If you could sum up The Light Behind the Window in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, Sad, Believable


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interweaving of the stories, the lives and the periods in time.


    Which character – as performed by Gerri Halligan – was your favourite?

    Too hard to call. She is excellent in her oratory and made for very pleasant and enjoyable listening.....even in the very sad and harrowing parts of the story.


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

    If I could have, I would have!


    Any additional comments?

    A truly entertaining and interesting story with twists and unexpected ends to plots. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who wants a good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anon
    1/16/15
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    "Most enjoyable"

    Most enjoyable
    Would recommend it to a friend
    Light but intriguing
    Perfect for a relaxing listen
    Past well mingled with present day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A.G.Raynor-Krill
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    1/8/15
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    "Another absorbing story"

    If you like a really good story that holds your interest along with good flesh outed characters then read Lucinda Riley books - she never disappoints!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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