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Publisher's Summary

1995, London. When Sir James Harrison, one the greatest actors of his generation, passes away at the age of 95 he leaves behind not just a heartbroken family but also a secret so shocking, so devastating that it could rock the English establishment to its core. 

Joanna Haslam is an ambitious young journalist assigned to cover the legendary actor's funeral. The great and the good of the celebrity world are there. But Joanna stumbles on something dark beneath the glamour: the mention of a letter James Harrison has left behind, the contents of which others have been desperate to conceal for over 70 years. 

As she peels back the veil of lies that has shrouded the secret, she realizes that there are other forces attempting to prevent her from discovering the truth. And they'll stop at nothing to reach the letter before she does.

©2018 Lucinda Riley (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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  • Martha
  • 09-09-2018

Fantastic!

I would give this book a “10” if I could!!!! It will ruin me for a while because all books will not be able to live up to this performance and brilliant writing!

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  • LB
  • 03-09-2018

Throughly enjoyable read!

This book has well developed characters and relationships, that pull you in. Continued and surprising plot twist throughout. Hard to stop listening!

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  • Staci G
  • 14-10-2018

Sweet and thrilling

Loved this story. It was a little long in places but had many twists and turns. I just downloaded another book from this author based on how much I like this one. Loved the British narrator.

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  • Pam McGovern
  • 08-10-2018

Loved it!

Couldn’t stop listening! Kept me intrigued until the end! I can’t wait to listen to another Lucinda Riley book!

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  • Patrice M Pennington
  • 06-10-2018

This would make a great movie!

This book was wonderful; the story complexed , with very well developed characters. The crowning glory was the excellent narrator.

I will be listening to more work by this author.

Well done!

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  • Renee H. Smith
  • 29-09-2018

Good but flawed

Enjoyed the story up until the end. The author was a little heavy handed with the deaths of her characters. It was almost like that was the only way she knew how to deal with a character she wanted to get rid of. And the ending? Is it supposed to have a sequel? Had the makings of a good story. Just not quite there for me.

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  • dpreader
  • 11-09-2018

Couldn't wait to keep listening!!

The story was riveting and has lots of twists and turns. The narration is very good! Love the British accent.

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  • Haveenoughstuff
  • 04-09-2018

Wonderful fun listen!

If you like a book full of intrigue, interesting characters and good narration, this one’s for you. I couldn’t put it down. Full of intrigue. Having seen a number of documentaries about the British monarchy, I also believe it’s plausible. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was surprised. Romance without being tawdry added sparkle to its enthralling plot. Great ending, too. Riley is a must follow for her inventive fiction.

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  • D. Fields
  • 23-10-2018

Get this Book Right This Minute!

What an entertaining listen! Everything I could hope for in a book: romance, suspense, royalty, great characterizations, detailed settings, excellent narration, and skilled writing. Lucinda Riley really knows how to develop a story and tie multiple threads together. AIthough I love all of Lucinda Riley's books, I think this is my favorite. This is a great long saga of a book, which I prefer, and it grabbed my attention from the very beginning and never let it go.

My only criticism is that there is always a cup of tea being made. Seriously, I know this is England, but there is A LOT of tea mentioned. Prepare to buy some PG Tips or Harney and Sons to accompany your listening experience.

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  • Mary Smiroldo
  • 08-10-2018

Good Start, but....

I began listening to this book with a lot of hope, but by the last three hours, I was checking the time to see how much longer I had to endure the very predictable end. The whole mystery got lost in all the love affairs and nonsense that pervaded. Until, that is, until the last seven minutes when all was revealed in a flurry! Camilla Rockley was the only saving grace for this one!!