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Publisher's Summary

Bella Parkinson is the most promising actress in London, bright, sexy...and hopelessly scatterbrained.

Rupert Henriques is dashingly handsome and wealthy enough to buy her every theatre in London if she wanted it; he cannot wait to marry her. But Bella has a secret from her past - and the one man who knows it is about to come back into her life again....

©1976 Jilly Cooper (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Flawlessly entertaining." (Helen Fielding)
"Unputdownable." (Marian Keyes)

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  • CaptainReadALot
  • 08-18-17

Book written in the 60s!

This book was written in the 60s, is very much of its time and therefore it is inappropriate ( as other reviewers have) to compare it to Jilly Coopers more recent books. It has romance and then some very unexpected twists and turns. The narrator copes with these admirably and has a nice tone and pace as well as good characterisation.

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  • joomla girl
  • 11-18-20

Wonderful but poor narration

Such a pity because I loved these books when I was younger but the narrator really can’t speak English - it’s as though she’s American doing an English accent and failing :( please please have this re recorded Jilly xx excellent storyline and such a joy to revisit it after twenty years x

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  • xyz
  • 11-21-19

Couldn't listen to it due to narrator's monotone

Awful narration so bad that I couldn't stand listening to it so no comment on the story. Usually like Jilly Cooper

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  • Lilac
  • 09-26-18

I love Bella but this was difficult to listen to

Dreadful voice over - the words sound almost slurred. Sad as I love this book but it is difficult to listen to as it sounds a bit robotic.

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  • Karen Croan
  • 02-08-18

Fun and frothy

This is a fun romance that’s very evocative of the seventies although now a little dated. Bella is talented, spoilt and hiding a secret which she believes will bring her promising career to an abrupt stop. The Henriques family is rich, well connected, snobbish and definitely don’t see Bella as a viable prospect for their son. This audible was a bit spoiled for me by the narrator whose performance was very uneven. At times she sounded very stilted which really slowed down parts of the story and gave a very unrealistic feel to some of the characters.

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  • fififlower
  • 01-21-18

I couldn’t listen to this book...

The recording is so slow.
If I set it to a faster speed, it became too fast!
I simply gave up...
I will be returning this book

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  • L J L S Brookes
  • 01-04-18

Poor narration.

The poor narration spoilt any enjoyment, my advice would be to buy the hard copy instead.

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  • Becky L
  • 09-07-17

Perfect tale of the 70s

I really enjoyed this, and having read the book many, many years ago, the audio was just as enjoyable. BUT - you have to remember that this is a 1970s book, so judging it by today's standards may seem a little odd. For example, 'Bella took her wireless into the bathroom' and 'she read her mail' - now it would be listening to Spotify whilst checking Facebook! So it's a little culture-dated, but if you were alive at that time and can appreciate that kind of normal, this is one of Ms Coopers brilliantly told tales of poor-girl joining high-country society and a thoroughly 5 star story.

The narration had distinctly different voices and the male voices by a female speaker sounded genuine, although I was a bit put off by the slow speed with which every sentence was finished - it gave the narration a rather robotic feel outside of the dialogue. For that reason, 3 for the performance.

Overall, a solid 4 stars and would listen to again.

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  • Mrs. Angela Campbell
  • 08-10-17

Rubbish

terrible story, language and narrator. worst book I have ever bought. don't waste your money

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  • cami
  • 06-10-21

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The narrator sounds like a computer, using a managerie of recorded natural voice.
It makes it unlissennable sadly - a waste of my money