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The Christmas Secret

Narrated by: Laura Main
Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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Set on the beautiful island of Islay, The Christmas Secret is a gripping story filled with emotion from Karen Swan, author of Christmas Under the Stars.

Alex Hyde is the leaders' leader. An executive coach par excellence, she's the person the great and the good turn to when the pressure gets too much; she can change the way they think, how they operate, she can turn around the very fortunes of their companies.

Her waiting list is months long, but even she can't turn down the unorthodox but highly lucrative crisis call that comes her way a few weeks before Christmas, regarding the troublesome - and troubled - head of an esteemed whisky company in Scotland: Lochlan Farquhar, CEO of Kentallen Distilleries, is a maverick, an enigma and a renegade, and Alex needs to get inside his head before he brings the company to its knees.

It should be business as usual. She can do this in her sleep. Only, when she gets to the remote island of Islay, with the winter snows falling, Alex finds herself out of her comfort zone. For once she's not in control - Lochlan, though darkly charismatic, is unpredictable and destructive, her usual methods gaining no traction with him - and with Christmas and her deadline fast approaching, she must win his trust and find a way to close on this deal.

But as she pulls ever closer to him, boundaries become blurred, loyalties loosen and Alex finds herself faced with an impossible choice as she realizes nothing and no-one is as they first seemed.

This audiobook contains an exclusive bonus feature with the author, Karen Swan, who shares some of the inspiration behind The Christmas Secret.

©2017 Karen Swan (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • Dani Harris
  • 11-01-2019

Laura Main - fabulous as always

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I loved it! Laura Main’s narration was what roped me in and it was even better than I anticipated! The story was entertaining, well thought out, and well described.

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  • Ashley
  • 08-01-2019

Sooo good

The narrator was so good, the history so enthralling, never knowing what was next, thinking I had it figured out but definitely was wrong..sigh. Such a good listen.

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  • Donna F. Rodriguez
  • 06-02-2018

Entertaining

I really enjoyed the storyline. I think the main female character was smart but the feeling of a strong female character is diminished by her consistently jumping to the wrong conclusions. This behavior becomes a bit tiring after awhile.

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  • Sally
  • 24-12-2017

Was the narrator Nurse Turner?

This was a great story that went between present day back to 1918. The setting in Scotland sounds magical! The character struggles are relatable. Loved the narrator!

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  • Spencer Kate
  • 23-12-2017

Good for the Road

Enjoyed this one. Not one of this life altering books but good entertainment and found myself looking forward to listening! Reader is great!

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  • R. Johnson
  • 22-12-2017

Fabulous story from beginning to end

This book was wonderful. I loved every word from the first to the last. Some stories have lulls or are slow to start or get tidied up to quickly at the end. Not this one. Lovely, rich plots simultaneously pull you through twist after twist making you not want to stop listening. I stayed up late one to many nights!

The readers voice and accent only made the story more enjoyable.

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  • S Day
  • 12-12-2017

Excellent Story

This is the first Karen Swan book I have ever read/listened too and I am a new fan! The main female character was strong and determined and the storyline was compelling, funny and at times sad, but I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. I highly recommend this audiobook and I will definitely listen to another Karen Swan book hopefully with the same narrator as she was great.

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  • Red marjo...
  • 29-12-2017

Beautifully written story in a lovely setting with lots unexpected twists

I absolutely loved this story. I connected wholly with the characters, island life and the unexpected twists and turns as I was fully immersed in their lives. Hoping for certain outcomes, dreading others! I was completely absorbed. It was a perfect Christmas holiday read. I could write so much more but don't want to give away any plots or relationships as that was part of the enjoyment. ... So just read it and enjoy it for yourself!

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  • Mercedes Ledwith
  • 25-11-2017

Lighthearted reading

It’s a nice story. I didn’t quite understand the relevance of having the other piece of story going on, it was distracting and I ended up dreading those chapters... overall I always enjoy a happy Xmas read and this was no exception.

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  • Elizabeth Martin
  • 11-03-2018

Great story and beautifully read

Really very much enjoyed this book. Beautifully written , entertaining and kept my interest throughout

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-12-2017

My first EVER review.......

I just loved this book! I loved and recognised explanations of feelings and judgements that are trapped inside me because I can never find the right words. I kept getting little flutters of release and freedom! I just wish I could hold onto them and remember them for ever! Thank you.....

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  • Aileen
  • 31-12-2018

Great read, couldn't stop listening

Great story, felt I was in Islay with them. My late husbands family worked at an Islay distillery and found a cask from 1965, of which I have a bottle, so to Hear of a lost cask in the story was amazing. Loved the book, which I was spending Christmas with Alex and Lochie in Perth.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-12-2018

Way beyond just a Christmas romance

I could not stop reading/listening to this tale. It draws you in so you feel along with her all the emotion of her turbulent story. Swan writes so much more than just a holiday romance

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  • Trevelyan
  • 24-12-2018

Very enjoyable

l really enjoyed this Christmas romance. Lots of lovely description of cold , snowy weather and characters that you genuinely feel you know. Good to cuddle up with on a cold, dark night.

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  • Mrs
  • 19-12-2018

thoroughly enjoyable listen

I loved this book. It gripped me by the second chapter. The right amount of twists for it not to be a girly book. A good book all year round but extra special at Christmas.

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  • Katherine
  • 17-12-2018

Couldn't put it down! (or at least stop listening!

Loved it. Emotional rollercoaster. Very interesting plot and character development and didn't see them coming and may have sobbed at one point! If you get stuck towards the beginning stick with it - it improves. Would definately recommend. Lovely setting on Islay very realistic descriptions - made me miss the Islands, and want to drink whisky!