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When they were children, Erica Calcott and her sister, Beth, spent their summer holidays at Storton Manor. Now, following the death of their grandmother, they have returned to the grand, imposing house in Wiltshire, England. Unable to stem the tide of childhood memories that arise as she sorts through her grandmother's belongings, Erica thinks back to the summer her cousin Henry vanished mysteriously from the estate, an event that tore their family to pieces. It is time, she believes, to lay the past to rest, bring her sister some peace, and finally solve the mystery of her cousin's disappearance.

But sifting through remnants of a bygone time is bringing a secret family history to light - one that stretches back over a century, to a beautiful society heiress in Oklahoma, a haunting, savage land across the ocean. And as past and present converge, Erica and Beth must come to terms with two shocking acts of betrayal...and the heartbreaking legacy they left behind.

©2011 Katherine Webb (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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  • Kathy
  • Minnetonka, MN, United States
  • 07-26-12

I really wanted to like this book

I really wanted to like this book, but alas; I did not. This type of book is the kind of book I usually go crazy for (I love British Historical drama and I love America pioneer life so I thought it would be perfect. I thought it will get better so I kept listening.but it just became more disappointing!

First, the story is not very convincing, or believable but only continue cause you want to know the secrets. Once its revealed you've already put the pieces together and know everything (granted there is 1 twist I didn't see coming). Second, the characters are irritating, especially the sisters. Third, the story is repetitive and just long and paced out badly. The narrator was good except her male voices were very annoying.

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Great read

This was a complex book in the sense that there were several generations of events being discussed throughout. I made a family tree just to keep people straight.

Fabulous character development and storyline. I could have listened to this book for at least 10 more hours. I love the mystery of "what really happened, here "!