The Secret Orphan

Narrated by: Anna Cordell
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (232 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Keep her secret 

Keep her safe

On the 14th November 1940, Hitler’s bombs rain down on Coventry. From the rubble of a bombed-out family home, a young girl is saved....

This is a stunning and memorable tale of love, loss and resilience for fans of The Secret Wife by Gill Paul. 

As the Nazis’ relentless bombs fall during the Blitz of Coventry, six-year-old Rose Sherbourne finds herself orphaned and under the guardianship of a Cornish farmer's daughter, Elenor Cardew. 

Elenor knows that the only way to protect spirited Rose is to leave the city and make a new life for themselves away from harm. But soon Elenor discovers that Hitler’s firestorm is not the only thing she must fear when she learns a devastating secret about Rose....

With Rose’s life in imminent danger, Elenor turns to the only person she can trust to keep the deadly secret, heroic Canadian pilot, Jackson St John. And amidst the destruction of war, an unlikely romance blossoms as they find a way to protect the child they have both grown to love...and each other.

©2019 Glynis Peters (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Touching, charming, intense

This is an excellent book. The historical value was good. The surprise ending was great!

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Slow in parts and a mad dash at the end

I enjoyed this book and the narration was wonderful. My only issues were that some of the story really plodded along, and some of the characters and plot lines seemed unnecessary. When you arrive in the last few chapters it seems like the ending is very rushed. The story is pulled together as though the author was given 30 minutes to wrap everything up. Saying that I still enjoyed the book and the war time setting very interesting. The main characters were very likable.

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Loved characters, but a bit slow

I love WWII historical fiction, but this was not intoxicating, as others can be. The sidelines outside of a concentration camp can be equally as gripping as the victims encamped. In this case I kept waiting and waiting on the pull of drama. It was a lot of ordinary life in the middle and obvious conclusions of spies. And even at the end it was a bit of a light puff of smoke. Nothing groundbreaking. This was average.

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Loved this book

I was a little confused at the beginning not knowing where the story started but understood later But I I kept waiting for the story to go on farther. I was just me

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Wonderful

Simply refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I couldn't wait til my next free time to activate audible to listen again to the next few chapters. I have yet to research author and audio book voice talent, but I definitely will.

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loved it read and reread narration was pleasant

loved the story so very much everything I expected and more the narration was easy and pleasant to listen to would highly recommend the book

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The Secret Orphan by Glynis Peters

What an awesome book. Love historical mysteries because they can make you think of the time period of which they are based. Thank-you

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Enjoyable read

Nice easy read. One to relax to. You know the ending at the Beginning of the book. You read too find how it could happen.

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  • 01-28-20

Emotional, historical....and just lovely!

I really loved the story. A story about an innocent child, love, war, secrets, trust, emotions and protection. An easy flow to the story and a great performance by Anna Cordell. You will not be disappointed!

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Great story

Until you get to the very end this was a great story and it seemed like the author just wanted to end it. She could’ve taken another chapter to fully develop the ending