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A Place of Secrets: A Novel | [Rachel Hore]

A Place of Secrets: A Novel

Auction house appraiser Jude leaves London for her dream job at Starbrough Hall, an estate in the countryside, examining and pricing the manuscripts and instruments of an 18th-century astronomer. She is welcomed by Chantal Wickham, and Jude feels close to the old woman at once. Hard times have forced the Wickham family to sell the astronomer's work, their land, and with it, the timeworn tower that lies nearby. Jude's arrival brings a host of childhood memories. She meets Euan, a famed writer and naturalist who lives in the cottage at the foot of the tower, where Jude's grandfather once lived.
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Publisher's Summary

A runaway best seller in Britain with over 100,000 copies sold, a riveting historical mystery in the tradition of Kate Morton.

Auction house appraiser Jude leaves London for her dream job at Starbrough Hall, an estate in the countryside, examining and pricing the manuscripts and instruments of an 18th-century astronomer. She is welcomed by Chantal Wickham, and Jude feels close to the old woman at once: they have both lost their husbands. Hard times have forced the Wickham family to sell the astronomer's work, their land, and with it, the timeworn tower that lies nearby. The tower was built as an observatory for astronomer Anthony Wickham and his daughter Esther, and it served as the setting for their most incredible discoveries.

Though Jude is far away from her life in London, her arrival at Starbrough Hall brings a host of childhood memories. She meets Euan, a famed writer and naturalist who lives in the gamekeeper's cottage at the foot of the tower, where Jude's grandfather once lived. And a nightmare begins to haunt her six-year-old niece, the same nightmare Jude herself had years ago. Is it possible that the dreams are passed down from one generation to the next? What secrets does the tower hold? And will Jude unearth them before it's too late?

©2012 Rachel Hore (P)2012 WF Howes Ltd

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    Nathalie Carr. 04-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Really enjoyed story along with the plot and character development.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jude- having the courage to look beyond what seems so ordinary and her ability to love once again


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The moth hunt


    Any additional comments?

    Love Kate Morton and Lucinda Riley. Bought this book only since some else mentioned this story was as lovely as those from the aforementioned authors. I am so glad to find another author who held my rapt attention for the whole performance.

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    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 03-26-13
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    "The book that never got there"

    In honesty, I didn't finish listening. Definitely my preferences pushed me to move on. Too much little old lady to little young lady and I've never been a big fan of heavy British accented narration. But I try from time to time. This time simply didn't catch me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "TERRIFIC"
    Where does A Place of Secrets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best - could listen to it again & again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Everything involving the folly.


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    This book was a researcher/analyst's dream. It was a pleasure to follow the main character as she delved deeply into not only into the history of the collection but also the people involved. It was hard to put it down.

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    Diane LOXAHATCHEE, FLORIDA, United States 11-08-12
    Diane LOXAHATCHEE, FLORIDA, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2014

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    I can't really say the story itself was bad because I didn't finish it. Couldn't get past the narration.

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    S. KTthompson Canada 08-28-12 Member Since 2013

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    "One of the best audio books I have listened to."
    Where does A Place of Secrets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely at the top of the list.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love stories that travel 'thru time.


    Have you listened to any of Jilly Bond’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No-but I will definitely look for more as her performance was excellent


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

    There were many, but maybe the death of Marcus.


    Any additional comments?

    Do hope you buy more similar titles.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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