She is a servant girl... When her father becomes ill, Emily Carter finds herself sent into service at Priorsfield Manor in order to provide the family with an income. He will be the Lord of the Manor...
Emily strikes up an unlikely friendship with the daughters of the house, as well as Nicolas, son of the Earl. But as the threat of war comes ever closer, she becomes even more aware of the vast differences between upstairs and downstairs, servant and master...
If you like Downton Abbey you’ll love this!
©2014 Rosie Clarke (P)2015 Magna Publishing, Random House Audiobooks
From the narrator, certainly. From the author...probably not, which is such a shame because I love the general idea of the book and am always searching for books of this type. The author is clearly talented, but I can't get past the ick factor of parts of the story, and the way the book seemed to meander at midpoint. I absolutely hated all of the parts of the book that contained one particular, loathsome character. Writing villains and danger is one thing, writing long passages where the reader/listener is placed in the point of view or the villain is AWFUL in my opinion. I felt my skin crawl, as if I, myself was guilty of lusting after this innocent girl, and fooling around with another. Frankly, there was SO MUCH sexual undertone in the story that I ended up feel dirty by it, and rolling my eyes at the way the story started to dissolve and become one of endless desires with impossible obstacles.
Possibly the story redeemed itself by the end, but after listening to 2/3 of it I decided that it was not worth the icky, disturbing parts to see it through. I am about to return it. I hope this helps any of you who like a good romance but don't like things that are so explicit. Seriously, I still feel haunted and tainted by some of the villain's stream of consciousness. It was just awful. Indulgent on the part of the author to put us through it.
No, not at all. This is probably my favorite genre.
All but a cursory bit of the main villain's first person point of view. And most containing him, for that matter. Too explicit, too long, to uncomfortable to listen to. The ugliness stays with you days after listening. Maybe months.
It would be wonderful if Audible gave some sense of what the listener can expect from a book in terms of explicitness, like they do for movies. That would be helpful, and it would have made me not look twice at this one.
Yes. It is long enough and narrated well enough I could listen again and pick up more of the story-I listen while driving and working around the house so I don't always pay attention 100% of the time.
The narration is wonderful and I like that it isn't a happily ever after for all the characters and there are a few who are just awful-for instance, her mother never reforms and becomes this wonderful person-she is what she is. Some characters die and others leave. I like not knowing if a main character is going to make it or not and I can't assume everyone will be okay.
She has a lower voice for a woman and can do male characters as well as female. She is a very talented narrator and I will look for more of her books. I love her accents-Emily's mother is annoying and Freeman's interpretation of her is annoying as well.
I'm surprised by all the negative comments. This couldn't be classified as great literature but I thought it was a nice story. I don't believe the summary is accurate-Emily doesn't become a maid until a third of the way into the book and isn't a maid for the last third. It is the story of a farm girl named Emily. She is poor, has some education and has a goal of bettering herself. She is a hard worker and always tries to do the right thing. She is beautiful but that isn't what attracts people. What people love about her is her self depreciating attitude, her wit and her resourcefulness. It isn't a tragedy or a bodice ripper; its IS a nice read for the beach or if you just want an easy escape for a few hours.
I would recommend this audio book. Well written a great character development. Performance was terrific as well. Really enjoyed book.
I wasn't really expecting this particular story. I thought it would be another "upstairs, downstairs" type of narrative. I was pleasantly surprised. This book is a favorite, now. Truly enjoyed.
Yes! I found it to be a delightful story. I truly enjoyed all the character voices and story line.
When Emily stood up to her mother after Derrick "left".
"If you're a fan of Downton Abbey, you're gonna love this movie!
The Secret Keeper.
She is as good as Davina Porter who I love as a reader.
If you're in the mood for some good old fashioned love, this is your book. Great for a Downton Abbey filler and mindless summer listen!
Reader's accent slips a bit and there's little differentiation between many of the male characters but it's still pleasant.
more interesting characters
anyone who can do better accents
so many scenes
I won't be listening to this author in the future
"A brilliant read from start to finish."
At its most basic level this book is a love story with many twists and turns which keep you wanting to read more. The setting for the book essentially around the first world war is educational and I opening. Who knows how many families will have gone through many of the twists and turns that this author describes in this book. An absolutely marvellous read and performed so well. One very tiny criticism of the reading is that sometimes the names of the characters have been muddled but it doesn't spoil the overall book and it is only in a couple of places.
"Upstairs Downstairs story."
lots of ups and downs in this book
yes good storys
she has a good voice keeps the story in interesting
the way they have to keep going through all the hardships
Her mother is some thing else
The story was o k, but was dragged out by repeating things time and time again. It was like ground hog day, how many times can someone hold their head high and not let the tears fall, or 'know she cannot have him' If I had the patience (which I don't) I would listen again and count
There wasn't one - I kept hoping something different would rear it's head, but it didn't
Hers was a voice I could listen to, the highlight of my purchase
I loved the book and storyline, the voice of the reader was amusing at times especially when reading the male parts.
"brilliant summer read"
Not read book
Relationships between friends
Very easy voice to listen to
All of it moved me and very good summer read.
If you just want an easy boo& to listen to this is the one.
I enjoyed it but it did not leave an impression on me.
"Loved this !"
Really enjoyed this family saga. Heard similar tales before but I really enjoy stories set in this period of the last century. The hours of listening just float away. Wonderfully written. Really enjoyed this narrator, in parts it felt like I was listening to play.
"a good listen"
Lots of twist & turns. A really good listen. looking forward to Rosie Clarkes next book
"A must book to listen to."
I have already listened to it twice already just in case I missed anything in the story.
There were several moments but I do not want to give away to much. I did think near the end when they were out in the garden. That is all I'm going to say.
If you enjoy Downton abbey you will enjoy this.
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