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From the best-selling author of Time’s Legacy and Lady of Hay comes her thrilling new novel River of Destiny.

On the banks of the River Deben in Suffolk lies a set of barns dating back to the Anglo Saxons. Within their walls, secrets have been buried deeply. Zoe and Ken have just moved into one of the barns, ready to start a new life away from the hustle and bustle of the city. To the outside world they seem like an ordinary couple, but underneath they are growing more distant by the day. And when Zoe becomes close to local recluse, Leo, she finds her attraction to him undeniable.

Whilst farmers are ploughing the land surrounding the barns, sets of human bones are found and when the police arrive it becomes clear that the bones are much older than first suspected…. From an ancient burial ground to a Victorian murder, Erskine will have you gripped to her every word as the mystery unfolds.

©2012 Barbara Erskine (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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A magical book.

I loved this book. Barbara writes in a way that makes you feel like you are in the book watching over the characters . l love her style.

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Barbara Erskine a favorite

Out of all Barbara Erskine's audiobooks, this was packed full of mystery and intrigue. With 3 story lines I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next, the narrator incredibly good at setting the mood. Beautiful descriptions of the river I could picture the scenes in my mind. It ended perfectly I thought, Barbara Erskine is a truly remarkable writer.

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great story

its been a while since i've read Barbara Erskine and I was not dissapointed. The story line was great with excellent narration. So descriptive you feel you are really there in the story. can not wait for the next book

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Enjoyable listening

Lovely story well told, but would have been easier to understand change of time periods if the narrator had announced the year. I was a little confused at times whilst listening in working out the characters place in the story lines.

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Overwhelmingly fantastic

I loved the storyline I loved the suspense it was captivating and frustrating at times I couldn’t get through some parts quick enough. The romance was just right.

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  • Sharon
  • 11-02-2013

Romantic Entertainment With Suspense

Where does River of Destiny rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The audiobook is an interesting and entertaining experience ... Although engaging, the book does not provoke deeper thoughts or lasting impression... It is, however, amongst the most entertaining books I have listened to so far.

What other book might you compare River of Destiny to and why?

The Book isn't as good as The Lady of Hay but is similarly structured.

Which character – as performed by Gina Peach – was your favorite?

I didn't really have a favourite, but I found Gina conveyed a variety of characters very effectively.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, it just was good entertainment.

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  • Mrs S
  • 30-07-2012

Spoiled by the narrator

I love Barbara Eskine and had been waiting for this for a while, but i so wish i had bought the written version. The story is excellent but this narrator ran one section into another - barely drawing breath and when you are changing time zones you really need at least a short pause in between. Often taken by surprise by scene and character changes because of this, then taking a few seconds to get back on course with the story , sometimes winding back to clarify at which point the change had happened. Reading was flat and boring. Such a shame because as always Barbara Erskine has written an excellent tale.

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  • katethestate
  • 07-05-2019

Over zealous editing.

I’ve no problem with the storyline jumping around, but the editing was so tight that it often seemed to jump from present day to Anglo Saxon times within a sentence!

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  • April Cottage
  • 07-04-2013

Barbara Erskine at her best

I love the mix of real and ghostly in Barbara Erskines books. This keeps you on your toes.

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  • alc
  • 11-11-2018

Shame about the reader

This would have been a good book but it was spoiled by the reader as all the voices were the same.

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  • Hollie
  • 23-01-2021

A cozy mysterious winter read

I'm a fan of Barbara Erskine and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Unfortunately I found the narration didn't have much of a pause between story lines and found it confusing at times. Apart from that I enjoyed the narrator voice, found her quiet comforting actually. The storylines were quite interesting and a lot of research was involved. I felt disappointed with one the stories as I hoped for a better ending but with that being said it was an intriguing story and I'm keen to visit Sutton Hoo one day!

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  • M. Ponsonby
  • 12-11-2020

Barbara Erskine always has a surreal story to tell

I love her stories the ghostiness is exciting and different. This is a great story that I will re listen to then write a better review.

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  • Coco396
  • 01-11-2020

Well constructed and an enjoyable read!

I really enjoyed reading this book, I found it very easy to follow. I was kept on my toes and highly engaged with the subplots. There are many twists and turns to this story to understand before you get to the plot. Excellent pacing, with threads that slowly unwinds as it takes the reader through to a web of mystery, with the many interesting characters which helped the story to unfolds. This is a very well written historical novel!

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  • Jayne Phizackle
  • 18-10-2019

Another Great listen

Loved this story, i couldn’t stop listening . The narration is easy to listen to and matches the story perfectly. This book is beautiful written and i was gripped by the stories from the different time periods and how they all twisted together to make an exciting tale . I can highly recommend this book

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  • thestarandangel
  • 29-09-2017

Ms Erskine never disappoints

Not read / listened to Barbara Erskine for a while, I forgot how good she was... Loved the three stories that all entwined, the characters and the narrator... definitely worth a few hours of happy escapism...

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  • Anita Shrirve
  • 13-08-2017

iver of Destiny<br />

A good story plot though found at times the time shift slightly confusing would recommeand

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