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Publisher's Summary

A USA Today best seller!  

"I've loved every one of Susanna's books! She has bedrock research and a butterfly's delicate touch with characters - sure recipe for historical fiction that sucks you in and won't let go!" (Diana Gabaldon, number one New York Times best-selling author of Outlander)

"The house, when I first saw it, seemed intent on guarding what it knew; but we all learned, by the end of it, that secrets aren't such easy things to keep."

It's late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.

Part history, part romance, and all kinds of magic, Susanna Kearsley's latest masterpiece will draw you in and never let you go, even long after you've closed the last page.

©2018 Susanna Kearsley (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Loved it

Although I’m used to Susanna’s books being set in Britain, I loved the colonial American twist. Great story as always.

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Absolutely Loved This Book and Narration!

I really enjoyed having the two narrators. It helped really envision the characters by having a Male and a female reading for the characters

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Wow!

I’ve read many “set in history and set in the present” mysteries before, but none as beautifully layered and detailed as this. The characters are especially well written, each in the middle of complex circumstances with difficult choices to make, each with an awakening realization that their choices will affect many lives. A WONDERFUL read!

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Enjoyable Book, A Little Long

Enjoyable Susanna Kearsley, I always enjoy how she weaves time periods together and moves seamlessly between the two yet manages not to be confusing. This was an interesting story with the historical section occurring during a time period that isn't frequently used in newer books - the seven years war. Narrators were OK. I usually don't care for multiple narrators but in this book I think it helped keep the period straight. Did go on a little too long though.

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5 Stars!!!

I loved this book! Susanna Kearsley is one of my favorite story tellers of all time! Highly recommended.

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A Satisfying Sigh

A truly sweet story and a welcome respite from my post-apocalyptic fiction addiction. Kearsley’s other works are going only list of future listens.

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Yay for French-Canadian content!

I was so excited to see a romance novel with a French-Canadian theme! The story was great, with enough content in both timelines to keep me interested. My only complaint is that the narrator uses a "French" accent for all characters who are French-speaking. If you've ever met a French-Canadian, the accents when they speak English are very different from the typical "Continental French" accent. It's a small detail, but it bothered me enough that I switched to the kindle version.

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  • Meg
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Another great Susanna story!

I adore the stories Susanna Kearsley produces and this is no exception. The back and forth of past to present weave together a heartfelt story. The characters are well developed and suck you into the story, and the narration of it by the three performers was well done.