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Publisher's Summary

When Olivia Shaw’s mother dies, the sophisticated food editor is astonished to learn she’s inherited a centuries-old English estate - and a title to go with it. Raw with grief and reeling from the knowledge that her reserved mother hid something so momentous, Olivia leaves San Francisco and crosses the pond to unravel the mystery of a lifetime.

One glance at the breathtaking Rosemere Priory and Olivia understands why the manor, magnificent even in disrepair, was the subject of her mother’s exquisite paintings. What she doesn’t understand is why her mother never mentioned it to her. As Olivia begins digging into her mother’s past, she discovers that the peeling wallpaper, debris-laden halls, and ceiling-high Elizabethan windows covered in lush green vines hide unimaginable secrets.

Although personal problems and her life back home beckon, Olivia finds herself falling for the charming English village and its residents. But before she can decide what Rosemere’s and her own future hold, Olivia must first untangle the secrets of her past.

©2018 Barbara O’Neal (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Fantastic book...

Fantastic well written book. well written and easy to follow. Would live too see what happens next.

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Adore a Secret?

Why would someone fun half way round the world leaving a six hundred year old major house to crumble? Olivia, a good editor from San Fraisco doesn't understand how she came to be the new counters as her mother never mentioned her life in England. Left with a damaged house and two thousand hectares of land Oliva must decide whether to stay and how to run the estate of the estate is to survive. Along the way she has to deal with the circling developers, an irate ex on the make, and a possible new romance. By the way she's also recovering from a car crash, and the deaths of her mother and dog. That 's a lot for one woman to take on but you cheer her on to the end. The is a warm, humans nove!s that reveals the strategies people use to get through live.

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Rosemere, an English manor house.

As a contemporary story, there are many flashbacks. They always return to th present and Rosemere.. Two incredible events leave th readers stunned. But all of the pieces fall together in th end.
The this is a book you can't put down. Enjoy a good read.

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Fabulous Story!

Wish I hadn't read it so I could read it again for the first time.

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Sequel?

Loved this story but feel it should continue so that we can find out what the future holds for all of the main characters.

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Breathtaking beautiful characters

I was drawn immediately into the story and saw it a!l in my minds eye. Recommend this book.

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The story was a good one,

It really was, and a well written story except for a few things:

If you are a food person you won't mind the moderately overdone food segments.

If you are a romance person, you'll like the romance even if the details flatten the experience. Way too much going on about hands and such.

There is no accounting for the necessity of so many perfect people made up of perfect features.

The cat thing is just unnecessary. It went nowhere.

Then age. Really? It's not an issue. Insta-love is.

Put all these overdone ideas together and they overwhelm a good story. Pick one, and you're still on solid ground. But the combination had me clicking past 30 seconds at a time.

The only normal person was the awful boyfriend.

Strangely, I regret that the extraneous got in the way. There was so much promise in a book I heard in 1 day.

The narraration was lovely.

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c<br />Couldn't stop listening

Wonderful story, the people so honest, and the descriptions took you into their world. description of food may make you run to the kitchen.

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Lackluster

The ending was rushed and lackluster. It left so many questions like; was she able to have her dreams with having a family in in the kitchen at the main house? Did she get married to Sam and have children? Was she able to get the house renovated. What happened with the garden. Was there an investigation done on the two remains that were found in the Rose's. were there any repercussion gor Sam's father after the discoveries

She also did not complete the treasure hunt to discover the secret, the revelation of the secret came about without any perpetual actions from her. The book was rushed and left unfinished.

The reader was exceptional!

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A Departure from Recent Work - Good but ...

I have become a big fan of Barbara O'Neal/Barbara Samuel. I thought each book was slightly better than the previous book and I loved her focus on the southwest, food, and friendship. This book was a real switch to me. More gothic, set in England, still with a focus on food but not so much on friendship. It was an enjoyable read but didn't seem nearly as authentic or plausible as her previous books. The reader has to really stretch their ability to accept the unacceptable for this storyline to be remotely plausible. For someone so distressed over her mother's death and who was supposedly quite close to her, the mom seemed to have been very busy behind the daughter's back.

However, although I felt there were some disconnects, some loose ends that were never tied up and the author was clearly outside her element, this was still an enjoyable book.

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  • Rick Otter
  • 08-18-18

Had me in tears at the end.

Stina Nielson had the exact voice to bring this amazingly put together story to life. I was on textbooks several times. Best audio book I have listened to do far. Must follow up on other books by Barbara O'Neal for sure.

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  • Lili
  • 08-23-18

Gripping

Never a dull moment! Loved the food descriptions - her “soft thigh” truths and Sameer was just lovely. Would def recommend this to others