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The Secret Wife Audiobook

The Secret Wife

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Publisher's Summary

The stories of two very different women, linked by the secrets and lies of history, merge together as past and present weave together in this stunning story of love, loss and resilience.

2016. Kitty, fleeing from a devastating revelation in her own life, finds herself at her great-grandfather's cabin in Lake Akanabee. There she discovers a gorgeous necklace, which leads her uncover to long-buried family secret.

1914. Tatiana, Grand Princess of Russia, falls in love with Dmitri, a Russian solider, as she nurses him back to health. The world is an uncertain place, especially for the Romanov family, and as their romance plays out the world as they know it rapidly crumbles around them.

©2016 Gill Paul (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"A marvellous moving adventure, full of vivid colour and atmospheric detail. If you loved Poldark you'll love this!" (Lulu Taylor)
"Like Vanity Fair crossed with Poldark...Stunning epic." (Claudia Carroll)
"A terrific adventure story, full of romance and atmospheric detail - a great escapist read." (Liz Trenow)
"No Place for a Lady is a gripping historical read about two sisters caught up in the Crimean War: one a young bride following her soldier husband, the other her sister who signs up as a nurse to try and rescue her sister. It's a story of love, both romantic and sibling, against a backdrop of a vividly created historical setting, with an ending which is at once uplifting and heartbreaking I couldn't put it down." (Julia Williams)
"A galloping good story." (Natasha McEnroe, director of the Florence Nightingale Museum)

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    Vivianne 02/03/2017
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    "Terrific book"

    I loved the storyline and the performance of the narrator. I liked that there was no swearing or graphic sex scenes but only a story well told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Amazon Customer
    17/12/16
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    "An unexpected jewel with refreshing perspectives"

    Rarely do I read a love story that expresses the perplex inner thoughts that many of us feel but never say. I love that her characters were human, made mistakes and had serious regrets yet, somehow chose to find whatever hope, light and love they could in the situations they were in. She bravely wrote about the "gray" we feel when faced with the black and white definition of what love should look like vs how many beautiful shades and layers it creates.. some with which we are unable to outwardly explain or describe... Hauntingly sad in parts but, interwoven with a poignant story about strength, perseverance, loyalty, and of course love

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Denise
    23/02/17
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    "I have always liked historical fiction but these two narrators have brought this book to life!"

    Although you think you might already know this story, the twists are delightfully surprising and unexpected.
    I am going to pick this for my next book club that I get to host (six months from now) because not only is it a great story, but will make for a very interesting book club discussion!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leslie
    Smyrna, SC, United States
    27/04/17
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    "wonderful"

    I loved this work from start to finish. the story is just wonderful with twists and turns

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Natasha
    Miami, Florida, United States
    22/01/17
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    "Mindblowingly Beautiful"

    I I've this book 5 stars because it is one of the best well written novel, I have read for a long time. There is nothing bad to say about the book because the characters, storyline and audio performance suited all the elements.
    The transition between the past and present carried with it, a surprising element that will beg the reader asking for more. Although it was bittersweet, I was compelled to look up the real Tatiana and explored more about her life as it was intriguing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shannon
    OAKDALE, CT, United States
    24/05/17
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    "Very good, but parts could have been better."

    *potential minor spoilers*

    If you are reading this, I'm sure you might find it odd that I gave an overall 5 star review, but 4 each for performance and story. But this is because of the two separate story lines. They came together well, but overall I found Kitty's story to be rather trite, and I didn't enjoy Lauren Kirman's narration as much as I did that of Thomas Judd. To be sure, I have heard much worse narrators in my time; she is by no means bad in any way. And to be honest, it may have been less an issue with Lauren's narration and more to do with the fact that I found the historical portions of the book much more interesting than listening to Kitty fretting over her marital struggles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gBrown
    22/05/17
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    "I loved 99% of the book"
    Would you listen to The Secret Wife again? Why?

    I would not listen to the secret wife again because it wouldn't be the same knowing all the twist the story takes. I have already recommended the book to friends though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the story about the Romanoffs the most. Thomas Judd did a great job pulling me in and making me feel terror, happiness, sadness and all kinds of other emotions. I felt like the book could have done without the modern day story of Kitty. This part of the story like was the 1% I didn't like about the book.


    Which character – as performed by Laura Kirman and Thomas Judd – was your favorite?

    Thomas Judd made me fall in love with Demetri. What a good man who was always looking out for the best for his love. Laura Kirman did a great job performing as Kitty, but her american accent characters annoyed me and they all sounded the same in tone and pitch. This is probably because I am American, it was easy to overlook and thankfully there weren't too many american characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Luckily while listening to this book I had a 10 hour round trip road trip which made it easy to listen to in nearly one sitting. My 13-year-old son (who hates everything right now) was very interested and attached to the story too. I love that we could share it together and at the end say "WOW!" together.


    Any additional comments?

    I would listen/read another Gill Paul book. This one made me want to research the Civil War in Russia and the Romanoffs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jenny
    20/05/17
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    "Loved it"

    What a wonderful book. Could not put this book down. Shows that we should stop to listen to why someone does something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Toni
    20/05/17
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    "took too long to get good"

    This could have been much better if the first 3/4 of book were as good as the last one fourth.. .It came together well but really was boring until 2/3 through. .if i hadnt pd for it i woukdnt have finished it..glad i did... .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • joan
    14/05/17
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    "Great read"

    Well written story that weaves together current day and nearly 100 year history. Both narrators are easy to listen to and do a great job portraying the various characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • bonnie
    12/05/17
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    "A beautiful love story amidst the horrors of war"

    I could not wait to get back to the gripping story that spanned a century. The power of love that could not be torn apart by war and all of its horrors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Allison Gordon
    28/09/16
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    "Brilliant book could not put it down highly recommended read it you won't be disappointed"

    Brilliant book could not wait to get home get comfy and start listening to the book again . Give it a go it's a page turner

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs K S Warne
    16/10/16
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    "History / drama / romance / mystery - it's got it all"

    This was a fascinating book, based largely on truth but cleverly interwoven into a modern day sub plot.
    I learnt a lot about the Russian Revolution without it being too 'biographical'.
    The first part is very much romantic historical but the second part left me desperate to read more as the book moved forward in time and the mystery developed, leaving me wondering how it was going to link the sub plot with the main story - and with real life events.
    Very clever

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tripster
    united kingdom
    6/09/16
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    "Laura Kirman is a terrible reader & has let the author down"

    I couldn't bear more than 10 mins of Laura Kirman's voice so I can't comment on the actual story (Amazon didn't give you option of leaving a null review - sorry to the author). Kirman's voice too staccato & clipped, no natural flow / no magical weaving of the story - just reminds me of being scolded by a prim headmistress. Urgh.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kathryn
    23/02/17
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    "Beautifully written, tear jerking love story loosely based on true accounts"

    Best book I've read in the last year, now I need to find something to replace it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vicks1963
    27/11/16
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    "Fabulous story. I found it difficult to put down."

    loved it and in the end I wished it had been true as it was so well written and was plausible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mike & Jacquie Lamont
    Scottish Borders
    18/11/16
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    "Great story."

    great story with wonderful narration. Would throughly recommend. to fans of historical fiction. A must read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maxine
    19/03/17
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    "a fantastic story"

    a fantastic with great narration. It was well written. It's hard to put down and a must to finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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