In the early 1900s, the playwright Galeazzo D’Ascanio lived for Celia Sands. She was his muse and the inspiration for his most stunning and original play. But the night before she was to take the stage, Celia disappeared. Now, decades later, Alessandro D’Ascanio is preparing to stage the first performance of his grandfather’s masterpiece. A promising young actress - who shares Celia Sands’ name, but not her blood - has agreed to star.
She is instantly drawn to the mysteries surrounding the play - and to her compelling, compassionate employer. And even though she knows she should let the past go, in her dreams it comes back.
©2012 Susanna Kearsley (P)2012 Oakhill Publishing
"Like something out of the pages of Daphne du Maurier." (Daily Express)
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. This story is superbly written and transports the listener to another world. Narration by Carolyn Bonnyman is supreme. I have now listened to all of Sussanna Kearsley's books and wish her latest book The Firebird was available in my country of Canada.
Yes. I love Bonnyman's narration, the characters are intriguing, the story is at once romantic and mysterious. A most enjoyable story.
Since this novel takes place in the first person, I truly was engaged by Celia's inner thoughts. Bonnyman has a soft, winsome, and dreamy voice that gives encompasses Celia's self.
Although I usually prefer Susana Kearsley's later books with stronger other-worldly elements, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. As usual, she paints incredibly vivid scenery and characters that feel like old friends.
Eclectic, fun, zesty. Life is too short to not live fully.
Solid story line, superb performance. Celia Sands and her namesake will keep you engrossed until the end. The characters are completely developed; I could actually see them in my mind. There were a few surprises like the parentage of a couple of the characters. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Poppy and Celia, and liked how the author brought her brand of drama to it. I wasn't surprised that a rift would happen, but how it happened was spectacular!
Overall, the book is great, I didn't give it 5 stars only because I felt that it could have used one more chapter after the big reveal. I also wanted Celia's mother to be involved a little more in the story, but I'm not the author, so..... This book is definitely worth a credit.
Both are excellent.
Celia Sands is my favorite.
Great narrator and story.
Great story but audio was very difficult to hear even at full volume via Bluetooth. I missed quite a bit of it. I love this author, though.
"Excellent book. I really enjoyed listening to it."
I have already recommended this book to many of my friends. It keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Some of Barbara Erskines book
I tried but it was taking too long I give up about 1am each morning
Looking forward to reading the next one.
I love books by this author and have listened to all the others available on audible, this one however I just couldn't get into. I restarted 4 times and each time found my mind wandering within minutes. I'm not sure if its the narrator although she has a pleasant enough voice, but I was just bored by the story and couldn't figure out what was happening. In the end I realised I just didn't care enough about the characters to continue and give up.
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