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The Secret Wife Audiobook

The Secret Wife

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Publisher's Summary

The stories of two very different women, linked by the secrets and lies of history, merge together as past and present weave together in this stunning story of love, loss and resilience.

2016. Kitty, fleeing from a devastating revelation in her own life, finds herself at her great-grandfather's cabin in Lake Akanabee. There she discovers a gorgeous necklace, which leads her uncover to long-buried family secret.

1914. Tatiana, Grand Princess of Russia, falls in love with Dmitri, a Russian solider, as she nurses him back to health. The world is an uncertain place, especially for the Romanov family, and as their romance plays out the world as they know it rapidly crumbles around them.

©2016 Gill Paul (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"A marvellous moving adventure, full of vivid colour and atmospheric detail. If you loved Poldark you'll love this!" (Lulu Taylor)
"Like Vanity Fair crossed with Poldark...Stunning epic." (Claudia Carroll)
"A terrific adventure story, full of romance and atmospheric detail - a great escapist read." (Liz Trenow)
"No Place for a Lady is a gripping historical read about two sisters caught up in the Crimean War: one a young bride following her soldier husband, the other her sister who signs up as a nurse to try and rescue her sister. It's a story of love, both romantic and sibling, against a backdrop of a vividly created historical setting, with an ending which is at once uplifting and heartbreaking I couldn't put it down." (Julia Williams)
"A galloping good story." (Natasha McEnroe, director of the Florence Nightingale Museum)

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    "An unexpected jewel with refreshing perspectives"

    Rarely do I read a love story that expresses the perplex inner thoughts that many of us feel but never say. I love that her characters were human, made mistakes and had serious regrets yet, somehow chose to find whatever hope, light and love they could in the situations they were in. She bravely wrote about the "gray" we feel when faced with the black and white definition of what love should look like vs how many beautiful shades and layers it creates.. some with which we are unable to outwardly explain or describe... Hauntingly sad in parts but, interwoven with a poignant story about strength, perseverance, loyalty, and of course love

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Denise 02-23-17
    Denise 02-23-17 Member Since 2011
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    "I have always liked historical fiction but these two narrators have brought this book to life!"

    Although you think you might already know this story, the twists are delightfully surprising and unexpected.
    I am going to pick this for my next book club that I get to host (six months from now) because not only is it a great story, but will make for a very interesting book club discussion!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Natasha Miami, Florida, United States 01-22-17
    Natasha Miami, Florida, United States 01-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Mindblowingly Beautiful"

    I I've this book 5 stars because it is one of the best well written novel, I have read for a long time. There is nothing bad to say about the book because the characters, storyline and audio performance suited all the elements.
    The transition between the past and present carried with it, a surprising element that will beg the reader asking for more. Although it was bittersweet, I was compelled to look up the real Tatiana and explored more about her life as it was intriguing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy anderson 04-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "as subtle as a jackhammer on a quiet morning"
    What would have made The Secret Wife better?

    The writing is very elementary--so much so it is hard to listen to. No subtleties. I've only listened to the first three chapters and will probably delete.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise BURLINGTON, CT, United States 04-19-17
    Denise BURLINGTON, CT, United States 04-19-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I really enjoyed the story. Makes me want to know more about the Romanov family. Would recommend

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    Jeffrey Heroux 04-18-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved this book don't misd"

    This was such a great book loved the story and the reader. Didn't want it to end. A must read.

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    Cyndi Orlando 04-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable audiobook"

    This was an intriguing story. Very well done using 2 different readers going between past and present day story lines. Loved how it all come together in the end.

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    Amazon Customer 04-16-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A great love story!"
    What did you love best about The Secret Wife?

    The dedication of Demetric to Tatiana


    What other book might you compare The Secret Wife to and why?

    America's First Daughter. It is a real person with a story written around that person life.


    Have you listened to any of Laura Kirman and Thomas Judd ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could take any character from The Secret Wife out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Rosa. She is an amazing women and I think I would and could learn a lot from her, such as patience and acceptance.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book! A must read! The best narrators ever!

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    Amazon Customer Rochester NY 04-07-17
    Amazon Customer Rochester NY 04-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Good Historical Fiction about Romanov's"

    I really enjoyed this story and characters. It was a great plot that was finely detailed over decades. What a tragedy that was for the Romanov's and it is very intriguing to wonder the mysterious lives they lived. Tatiana and Dimitris love story is wonderfully spelled out over the years and leaves you curious and suspenseful.

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    Lorraine P. montclair, nj USA 04-02-17
    Lorraine P. montclair, nj USA 04-02-17

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    "Fabulous Story"

    I couldn't put this book down. Wonderful characters, well written novel. It spans different historical periods, with fascinating storyline. Loved this book.

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    "History / drama / romance / mystery - it's got it all"

    This was a fascinating book, based largely on truth but cleverly interwoven into a modern day sub plot.
    I learnt a lot about the Russian Revolution without it being too 'biographical'.
    The first part is very much romantic historical but the second part left me desperate to read more as the book moved forward in time and the mystery developed, leaving me wondering how it was going to link the sub plot with the main story - and with real life events.
    Very clever

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Allison Gordon
    9/28/16
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    "Brilliant book could not put it down highly recommended read it you won't be disappointed"

    Brilliant book could not wait to get home get comfy and start listening to the book again . Give it a go it's a page turner

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tripster
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    "Laura Kirman is a terrible reader & has let the author down"

    I couldn't bear more than 10 mins of Laura Kirman's voice so I can't comment on the actual story (Amazon didn't give you option of leaving a null review - sorry to the author). Kirman's voice too staccato & clipped, no natural flow / no magical weaving of the story - just reminds me of being scolded by a prim headmistress. Urgh.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kathryn
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    "Beautifully written, tear jerking love story loosely based on true accounts"

    Best book I've read in the last year, now I need to find something to replace it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vicks1963
    11/27/16
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    "Fabulous story. I found it difficult to put down."

    loved it and in the end I wished it had been true as it was so well written and was plausible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mike & Jacquie Lamont
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    "Great story."

    great story with wonderful narration. Would throughly recommend. to fans of historical fiction. A must read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maxine
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    "a fantastic story"

    a fantastic with great narration. It was well written. It's hard to put down and a must to finish

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