©2005 Belinda Alexandra; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.
I want everyone to hear this wonderful story. It is one of the best I have ever heard (read) and will remain one of my favorites. I know I am in love with Simone Fluerier the main character. The novel is filled with suspense, merriment, love, sadness and other emotions that follow us through life. Kate Hood's narration is superb and she has command of all the varied voices in this book.
Historians of this period 1930-1945 will find this novel highly researched and informative equal to any historical fiction even though the book is not. I felt as though I was in Paris as the Germans filled the city. Don't miss this one if you like life stories wonderfully told.
Such a beautiful novel. I laughed and I cried. Been a favourite for years, there is no other that i'd recommend with all my heart. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I have listened to all of Belinda Alexandra's books that are available on Audible. I am impressed with how much her writing improves from one book to the next. That said, this book is her earliest published book available, and it is rather weak. It doesn't have the character or plot development or complexity of her latest books. While this one is not her finest, I will be looking forward to more Belinda Alexandra books. If you haven't already, I would suggest listening to "Golden Earrings" instead.
This story covers a long time frame, and takes an unexpected twist when it lasts all the way through WW II. It's a beautiful story, especially if you like romance.
What a wonderful story! This is my fourth Belinda Alexandra novel and I loved it every bit as much as her previous ones. Maybe even more! The story is expertly researched, set in the period prior to WW2 and during the war in France and unfolds as a remarkable story about a young woman, Simone Fleurier. It portrays her determination and courage in the face of a range of difficulties and challenges, mixed with a delightful twist, sensitive romance and French culture. Kate Hood narrates it very well. I can’t wait for Alexandra’s latest novel Golden Earrings to come out on audio.
In the top 10.
The Tea Rose - for its terrific heroine.
Love her voices and accents.
I cried many times in the book, there are a great number of moments which make you laugh or cry!
Loved this story and have since listened to 2 more of this author's novels. I love how she weaves history into fiction.
I don't know. People who like to listen to a bad French accent?
I couldn't get into it. The start dragged and dragged. I tried several times, but I just didn't like the story. And the really bad narration didn't help.
Caroline Lee who does the other Belinda Alexandra books. She is really good!
What a great story. I enjoyed it and it held my interest through it's entirety. I'm anxious to experience more of Belinda Alexander's books. Just shows that when good and evil spar, good wins out most of the time.
After having listened to Silver Wattle, Tuscan Rose and Wildflower Hill I was so looking forward to this book, but contrary to the other reviewers I couldn't stand the narrator's voice - especially for Simone - and couldn't even finish listening to it. Compared to the other books, I found the story didn't keep my interest. I hardly ever actually write a review - just use the star system - but this one...oh my...not in my top ten.
While this book started out slow and I thought I was going to give up, after the first couple of chapters it certainly picked up steam and I was drawn into the story. I highly recommend this book if you like animals, wartime romances and french history. I know some don't like the narrator's accent but I thought she did a wonderful job without being over the top.
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