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Publisher's Summary

An irresistible World War II story of a forbidden upstairs-downstairs romance in a great English country house.

It’s the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. But war is coming, and the world is changing. When Kit, the son of Tyneford’s master, returns home, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford - and Elise - forever.

A pageturning tale of family, love, loss, and the power of the human spirit set against the perennially popular backdrop of World War II England, Natasha Solomons’ The House at Tyneford is upmarket romantic fiction at its best.

Natasha Solomons is a screenwriter and the internationally bestselling author of Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English and Mr. Rosenblum’s List. She lives with her husband in Dorset, England.

©2011 Natasha Solomons (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Natasha Solomons has written a lovely, atmospheric novel full of charming characters and good, oldfashioned storytelling.” (Kristin Hannah, New York Times best-selling author)

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Very Enjoyable

I enjoyed this book very much. I thought that the main character was harsh at times, but considering she was so young, it was to be expected. All of the characters were well developed. The author, and the narrator, made me feel as though I was living the story along with the characters. I was anxious to find out what happened to everyone. That’s one thing that did disappoint. There is barely an explanation at the end. She skips from the 40’s to one day in the 60’s to a couple of days in the 80’s. Then the story is over.

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Captivating story well read

Couldn't put it down. Historical fiction based on WWII Britain. History should be taught using stories like this.

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Beautifully written

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The author's use of language is gorgeous and very descriptive.

What did you like best about this story?

Very engaging story. I enjoyed every single moment

What does Justine Eyre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Brings the words and feeling to life

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So much like Charlotte Bronte

Loved this book, the authors words twinkle on the tongue of the narrator. The full rich vocabulary choices made me think I was really listening to Charlotte Bronte's writings.

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  • Hollace
  • Newark, OH, United States
  • 12-06-16

Bravo!

One of the best books I have listened to in 2016! A real treat for those of us who like WWII romance. Well written and performed.

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Good start - poor finish

I just didn't care for the story line. I kept listening hoping it would pick up and get involved & exciting, but it didn't.

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Good book

I really liked this book. Live the accent of the reader. Check it out now.

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Very sad

This book was well written well developed characters but I found it horribly sad! The story stays true to war times but be ready to shed some tears.

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  • Jim
  • CONWAY, AR, United States
  • 11-28-15

What a wonderful book!

It's a little reminiscent of Jane Eyre and a little reminiscent of Rebecca, but it is its own book - and a very moving emotional book, full of characters whom I grew to love and will never forget.

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A great joy to listen to!

Where does The House at Tyneford rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love stories just like this so this would rank in the top 10 probably only falling behine Phillipa Gregory or Ken Follett.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hildegard - I love her she was so funny and realistic and did the best she could.

What does Justine Eyre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Justine actually uses inflection of her voice to draw you into the story and to do setting and character changes she does this so well that the reader is instantly enthralled and dying for the next word spoken.

Who was the most memorable character of The House at Tyneford and why?

Anna was the most memorable character because she stood out with her sweet vanity and clubhouse singing voice.

Any additional comments?

Overall a great book well worth the listen!