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Publisher's Summary

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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Entertaining

I really enjoyed the storyline. I think the main female character was smart but the feeling of a strong female character is diminished by her consistently jumping to the wrong conclusions. This behavior becomes a bit tiring after awhile.

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  • Sally
  • River Falls, WI, United States
  • 12-24-17

Was the narrator Nurse Turner?

This was a great story that went between present day back to 1918. The setting in Scotland sounds magical! The character struggles are relatable. Loved the narrator!

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Good for the Road

Enjoyed this one. Not one of this life altering books but good entertainment and found myself looking forward to listening! Reader is great!

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Fabulous story from beginning to end

This book was wonderful. I loved every word from the first to the last. Some stories have lulls or are slow to start or get tidied up to quickly at the end. Not this one. Lovely, rich plots simultaneously pull you through twist after twist making you not want to stop listening. I stayed up late one to many nights!

The readers voice and accent only made the story more enjoyable.

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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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  • Elizabeth Martin
  • 03-11-18

Great story and beautifully read

Really very much enjoyed this book. Beautifully written , entertaining and kept my interest throughout

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-18

Clever and twisting

Beautifully written and it kept me guessing. I loved the characters. Didn't want it to end x.

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  • Ms Alison C
  • 01-10-18

enjoyed this book, r ead most of Karen's books.

I was truly addicted to the book and was eager to see where it would go.

Good to listen too

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  • Samara
  • 12-29-17

Beautifully written story in a lovely setting with lots unexpected twists

I absolutely loved this story. I connected wholly with the characters, island life and the unexpected twists and turns as I was fully immersed in their lives. Hoping for certain outcomes, dreading others! I was completely absorbed. It was a perfect Christmas holiday read. I could write so much more but don't want to give away any plots or relationships as that was part of the enjoyment. ... So just read it and enjoy it for yourself!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-17-17

My first EVER review.......

I just loved this book! I loved and recognised explanations of feelings and judgements that are trapped inside me because I can never find the right words. I kept getting little flutters of release and freedom! I just wish I could hold onto them and remember them for ever! Thank you.....

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  • S Day
  • 12-12-17

Excellent Story

This is the first Karen Swan book I have ever read/listened too and I am a new fan! The main female character was strong and determined and the storyline was compelling, funny and at times sad, but I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. I highly recommend this audiobook and I will definitely listen to another Karen Swan book hopefully with the same narrator as she was great.

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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.