Ashcombe was the most beautiful house Saskia had ever seen as a little girl, providing a perfect sanctuary to hide from the tragedy which shattered her childhood. Now an adult, Saskia is still living at Ashcombe and, as a book restorer, devotes her days tending to broken, battered books. When she discovers a notebook carefully concealed in an old Bible, Saskia finds herself drawn into a heart-rending tale of wartime love....
©2015 Erica James (P)2015 W.F. Howes Ltd
"[A] heart-warming, romantic story full of engaging characters, an emotional rollercoaster." (Daily Express on The Hidden Cottage)
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What a fun and engaging story! The narration was outstanding. I enjoyed every minute of listening to the book.
Dreadfully soggy characters. The main narrator was good, but the secondary one was awful - sounded far too young for the part.
"Lovely story nicely read"
A really nice story. A bit predictable but what chick lit isn't? Likeable characters and very well read by Emma Gregory who has a lovely soothing voice. Recommended.
"A pleasant holiday read"
A pleasant holiday read, read well. I did cry at a couple of points. I found Saskia mildly annoying. The past & present stories were handled well, paced so that both progressed & neither felt neglected.
"It was so good"
I really enjoyed this book. It was written well and narrated well...
I like the fact that the sex that when on I'm the book it was referred to but it didn't go into details but very reader knew what was going on , I think that makes a nice change in books today ??
suberb. as always Erica James out does herself and produces yet anotherr great novel. you are routing for all characters and laughing with, crying with them. just brillant!
Good story and easy to listen to. Erica James is a good writer who brings out the listeners imagination.
"Enjoyable but predictable"
Pleasurable listen, interesting and undemanding, if a little predictable. Would recommend for a relaxing read.
"Loved it - happy sad funny"
Good story line. Some unexpected turns. Couldn't wit to get back in the car to continue listening
I loved it as all of Erica James books.
I thought the narrator was also excellent
"Gal's Own Romance, dustily"
Suppose it is trying for intellectual historical novel but pulls off very reserved chicklit. Ok if you like that sort of thing and maybe you went to girls' boarding school to appreciate a sort of cosy propriety. Unfortunately the cliches in the language and descriptions defeated me by halfway.
The performance has a pace that suits it, it did send me to sleep effectively as bedtime reading - was it that i missed some drama? Decided not to hang in there any longer.
"Will leave you with a happy heart"
I loved this book from the start. The narration was excellent, perfectly suited to the characters and story.
The mix of historical and present day was pleasing.
I just wish Matthew had done something different with the house in the end, but you'll need to read it to understand, and maybe you will feel the same.
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