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The Secret Hours

Narrated by: Genevieve Swallow
Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
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Arethusa Clayton has always been formidable, used to getting her own way.   

On her death, she leaves unexpected instructions. Instead of being buried in America, on the wealthy East Coast where she and her late husband raised their two children, Arethusa has decreed that her ashes be scattered in a remote corner of Ireland, on the hills overlooking the sea. 

All Arethusa ever told Faye was that she grew up in a poor farming family and left Ireland, alone, to start a new life in America, as did so many in those times of hardship and famine. But who were her family in Ireland and where are they now? What was the real reason that she turned away from them? And who is the mysterious benefactor of a significant share of Arethusa’s estate? 

Arethusa is gone. There is no one left to tell her story.  

Faye feels bereft, as if her mother’s whole family has died with her. Leaving her own husband and children behind, she travels to the picturesque village of Ballinakelly, determined to fulfil her mother’s last wish and to find out the reason for Arethusa’s insistence on being laid to rest in this faraway land.  

©2019 Santa Montefiore (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • barbara
  • 08-01-19

Brilliant

Thank you Santa Montefiore for writing such a wonderful story, which I loved, and Genevieve Swallow for reading it so beautifully. I found the ending so emotional and was happy that everything turned out so well. Do listen and I am sure that you will enjoy it too.

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  • pamopal
  • 08-03-19

Wonderful.

Another of my favorite author's books that kept me reading long into the night. Beautifully read.

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  • Nancy C.
  • 07-25-19

Superb!

This is a lovely "stand alone" story, however on realising it is about one of the Deverill family from Castle Deverill in Ireland, it is amazing.
The three books: Songs of Love and War + Daughters of Castle Deverill + The Last Secret of the Deverills
The story takes place forty years later in1961 giving an insite into the later lives of some of the Deverill family members, staff and villagers. The storyline also takes the listener to a period before the Songs of Love and War book.
An excellent story and lovely bonus for listeners of the three previous Deverill Castle books.

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  • xenia watson
  • 07-30-19

narration

accent of narrator terrible and why does the Irish Alana have a sort of French accident

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  • Abbey
  • 07-27-19

A lovely summer's read

I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Secret Hours'. A little predictable, but nevertheless most enjoyable and very we'll narrated.

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  • catherine
  • 07-25-19

Yet another excellent Deverill’s story

Good story though 2 chapters too long. I skipped from halfway though the penultimate chapter to almost the end of the final chapter but nothing had happened

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  • Paula
  • 07-22-19

totally enthralled

well written and beautifully narrated, I loved this book. lt was like a modern mills and boon but so much better.

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  • Kathleen A. Reid
  • 07-19-19

Excellent

This book has been the best ever. Lovely blend of old and new. With a few love stories thrown in too. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Trish
  • 08-22-19

I loved it

I can’t wait for the next book by Santa Montefiore, I simply couldn’t put it dow!
All the old characters are still about the castle

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-20-19

An exceptional read

Great Story. Continues the saga of the Deverils. Interesting that it's time frame is not in the current day but back to the late 19th century and the sixties