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Set on the beautiful island of Islay, The Christmas Secret is a gripping story filled with emotion from Karen Swan, author of Christmas Under the Stars.

Alex Hyde is the leaders' leader. An executive coach par excellence, she's the person the great and the good turn to when the pressure gets too much; she can change the way they think, how they operate, she can turn around the very fortunes of their companies.

Her waiting list is months long, but even she can't turn down the unorthodox but highly lucrative crisis call that comes her way a few weeks before Christmas, regarding the troublesome - and troubled - head of an esteemed whisky company in Scotland: Lochlan Farquhar, CEO of Kentallen Distilleries, is a maverick, an enigma and a renegade, and Alex needs to get inside his head before he brings the company to its knees.

It should be business as usual. She can do this in her sleep. Only, when she gets to the remote island of Islay, with the winter snows falling, Alex finds herself out of her comfort zone. For once she's not in control - Lochlan, though darkly charismatic, is unpredictable and destructive, her usual methods gaining no traction with him - and with Christmas and her deadline fast approaching, she must win his trust and find a way to close on this deal.

But as she pulls ever closer to him, boundaries become blurred, loyalties loosen and Alex finds herself faced with an impossible choice as she realizes nothing and no-one is as they first seemed.

This audiobook contains an exclusive bonus feature with the author, Karen Swan, who shares some of the inspiration behind The Christmas Secret.

©2017 Karen Swan (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • Gary
  • 11-28-17

Predictable, implausible and irritating

This is not a Christmas story. It is full of ridiculous and poorly researched management theory. The main character is a 30 year old business coach (without a degree) supposedly advising CEOs of major corporations. The plot is wafer thin and predictable, I kept hoping for a surprise but none came; except that the main character was really good at everything! Very disappointing.

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  • suet
  • 12-02-17

Amazing Secret

I so enjoyed this book, interesting characters. Lots of secrets and twists and turns along the way

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  • Mercedes Ledwith
  • 11-25-17

Lighthearted reading

It’s a nice story. I didn’t quite understand the relevance of having the other piece of story going on, it was distracting and I ended up dreading those chapters... overall I always enjoy a happy Xmas read and this was no exception.

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  • Julie
  • 11-23-17

Great

Couldn't stop listening to this one....was great and felt every emotion from all characters. twists and turns.