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The Paris Secret

Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Not every door should be opened....

With stunning locations, The Paris Secret is an intense and gripping tale from best-selling author Karen Swan.

Somewhere along the cobbled streets of Paris, an apartment lies thick with dust and secrets: full of priceless artworks hidden away for decades. High-flying fine art agent Flora from London, more comfortable with the tension of a million-pound auction than a cosy candlelit dinner for two, is called in to assess these suddenly discovered treasures. As an expert in her field, she must trace the history of each painting and discover who has concealed them for so long.

Thrown in amongst the glamorous Vermeil family as they move between Paris and Antibes, Flora begins to discover that things aren't all that they seem, while back at home her own family is recoiling from a seismic shock. The terse and brooding Xavier Vermeil seems intent on forcing Flora out of his family's affairs - but just what is he hiding?

©2016 Karen Swan (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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A bit slow at the start, but gets better.

A little cheesey but nice narration. interesting characters and easy to follow. A relaxing read.

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  • Lyn Chrimes
  • 23-08-2016

Superb!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
It had drama, intrigue, romance all intertwined in the story

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • rebeccah prince
  • 22-10-2016

Perfect for an entertaining listen

Narrator is great at reading this story. Does the French accents well.
Nice gentle plot line for easy listen. Interesting to learn a bit more about art and the role it played it WW2. Typical romance included. Female character strong and intelligent.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Quartz Anne
  • 10-11-2017

A tempestuous tale, powerfully emotive

An intensely emotional book. The story is soul-stirring, and at times heart-breaking. Wonderfully written with perfect passages capturing the essence of Paris and the French Riviera, and narrated beautifully with fantastique French accents.

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  • Agnieszka Bania
  • 05-10-2017

brilliant how the story just keeps giving

first couple of chapters are a bit detailed and slow but don't give up, it becomes a mesmerising read

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  • madradiant
  • 08-09-2017

Good story

Good story and well narrated. I felt the "love interest"'part of the story slightly distracted overall from the mystery of the plot - and padded out the story too much. But it was overall enjoyable and encouraged me to research some of the historical themes raised in the book.

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  • mrs a j harding
  • 04-10-2019

Fabulous

Wonderful story about ww2 and the French people.
Slow start and perhaps overload on descriptions
But can Recommend

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  • Frankie
  • 11-05-2019

Marvellous

As usual, Karen Swan has written a book with a fascinating story which
Introduces the reader to a subject maybe he or she didn’t’t know much about before. All her books have given me new interests and taken me to new places, and her characters are intriguing, if maybe not always not quite realistic. Who cares, when she writes such marvellous stories? I absolutely loved this. Katie Scarfe’s narration is perfect, it could not have been better. Can’t wait for Karen Swan’s next book!

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  • LJ Knox
  • 01-04-2019

Brilliant

I have to applaud the narrator, she was so easy to listen to and her accents were fantastic. I will look out for other books that have been narrated by her for sure!! The story was also brilliant, I enjoyed it from start to finish and hated having to press pause to speak to people. This is my first book by Karen Swan and it definitely won't be the last. Beautifully written and narrated!!

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  • Liz C
  • 05-02-2019

Another success

The more I read/listen to Karen Swan the more I’m obsessed. The stories and layers are addictive and I’m just about to download another!!!

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  • Marion
  • 15-12-2018

Wow

A good story well read and a very interesting subject as well.
With a slightly different theme