Ellen Trawton is running away from it all. She hates her job, she doesn't love the aristocratic man to whom she is engaged, and her relationship with her controlling mother is becoming increasingly strained. So Ellen leaves London, fleeing to her aunt's cottage in Connemara. Cutting ties with London society, Ellen gives in to Ireland's charm and warmth, thinking her future may lie where so much of her past has been hidden. Her imagination is soon captured by the ruins of a lighthouse where, five years earlier, a young mother died in a fire. The ghost of the young wife, Caitlin, haunts the nearby castle. Unable to move on, she watches her husband and children, hoping they might see her and feel her love once more. But she doesn't anticipate her husband falling in love again...
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Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore. Everything she writes, she writes from the heart.. (Jojo Moyes, author of The Girl You Left Behind.
Like another reviewer, I got this because it was recommended in People (surprisingly, People usually chooses well. Usually.) I was extremely disappointed. You can see every twist and turn in the plot coming from a mile away.
I think what was most disappointing, though, was the romance. Every romantic scene was gag-inducing. Not to mention totally unrealistic. And if I ever hear the words "mischievous grin" or "lascivious gleam in his eye" again...
Add to all of this that the main character in the story, Ellen, is completely unlikeable, and listening to this audiobook becomes more of a chore than a source of enjoyment.
The narrator was quite good! I liked Peg and Dylan.
The protagonist, Ellen, which gives some insight into how bad the book was.
Spend your money on another audiobook. And don't trust People reviews!
I loved the location and narration of this story.
There was there was some suspense, as well as romance in it, even if it was predictable. but the description of the Irish village was enjoyable, and maybe a little more stereotyped then it should have been, but still the descriptions were great, and the story was enjoyable.
This is the second Santa Montefiore book I've listened to, and although charming, just not as good as The Beekeeper's Daughter... until the epilogue! I was dropping chick flick tears on my commute home!
My only complaint was every now and again the narrator sounded like she had a head cold, which was a bit distracting.
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