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The Last of the Stanfields

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A mystery, a love story, and a search through a shadowy past. Two strangers unite in this novel of family secrets by international bestselling author Marc Levy, the most read contemporary French author in the world.

When London journalist Eleanor-Rigby Donovan receives an anonymous letter alluding to a crime committed by her deceased mother, her life is turned upside down. It points her to a bar on the Baltimore Harbor, where she finds a stranger who has received the same mysterious letter about his own mother. Together, Eleanor-Rigby and this young man, George-Harrison Collins, embark on a quest through the shadowy past of the Stanfields, a moneyed Maryland family full of unimaginable secrets. These secrets will transport them back decades, across continents, and to a mysterious crime long buried…until now.

©2017 Marc Levy. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2018 by Daniel Wasserman.

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  • ALH
  • 26-01-2019

Not ready for it to end!

After two absolute stinkers - I listened to this & those two via Kindle Unlimited, not always a literary treasure trove- this book was gold! While part of a mystery was a bit too easy to solve (perhaps it was meant to be), I still literally gasped at another.
A book is great if the reader misses the characters when it ends. I miss these characters already. A bit of editing would have helped the beginning, it starts a bit slow, but do be patient. I love the different times in history woven together, especially the bit during WWII, and thinking about 1980, when I was little. The readers were wonderful, really enjoyable.

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  • Marianna
  • 22-02-2019

Predictable and clichéd

A Predictable and clichéd story, but engaging enough to finish. Wouldn't buy another Marc Levy novel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-02-2019

Unexpectedly wonderful!

When this book began, it took me a little bit to get into it. I wasn't crazy about the hopping around initially for the character builds and relationship profiles - plus, I didn't love the lesbian relationship at the front. I would likely not have chosen to read it if I'd known. In any event, about 1/3rd of the way, I absolutely enjoyed the balance of the book when more characters came in. I think the author did a nice job of framing each transition of timelines -that is tricky to follow sometimes.My favorite character is Michel! hah- he was hysterical I thought. Good read all in.

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  • Sherry
  • 13-02-2019

Such fun!

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. The characters were well fleshed out and the multiple timelines kept things interesting all the way through. This story beautifully illustrates how vastly different a situation can appear based on the perspective of those involved. The narrators did a terrific job with their characters. You can tell which character is talking even without being told outright by the author.
I'm already trying to decide which of Mr. Levy's books I'll read/ listen to next. If "The Last of the Stanfields" is any indication, I'm going to love it.

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  • cathy a rogers
  • 12-02-2019

Complicated, but too good to put down

I've seen his books, but just kept passing them by..this is my second in 2 weeks,and I can't wait to start the next..Love his style of wtiting,,and this book was a total surprise at the end..loved it!!

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  • Chris
  • 07-02-2019

Fantastic

Excellent story with lots of twists and turns. Author does an excellent job of slowly developing the characters.