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The Temptation of Gracie

Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Gracie Burton is a grandmother living quietly in Devon. She has rarely left the village over the past 40 years. Her daughter, Carina, is immensely high-powered, with her own fast-paced business in London. She has very little time for her 17-year-old daughter, Anastasia, away at boarding school, and even less time for her ageing mother. In many ways, the three of them barely know each other. 

Then Gracie stumbles upon an advertisement for a weeklong cookery course in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. She cannot resist and ploughs her life savings into the trip. Carina and Anastasia accompany her. They have no idea why Gracie has been drawn to this venture. They have no sense of her past; she has never spoken about it. They have no idea that Gracie is harbouring the secret of an extraordinary life that preceded them....

©2018 Santa Montefiore (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Great Story

Really enjoyed this story! Unfortunately the narration didn’t match it and it very nearly made me return this book. The different character voices nearly all sounded extremely elderly, even the younger ones.

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  • Julia Gooderham
  • 03-08-2018

Brilliant from start to finish!

I always enjoy reading Santa Montefiore books and this is no exception!Story is full of plot and interest and found the time lapse of stories blended beautifully. Also loved the added comic touch with the character of Flappy too!
Rachel Adkins has to be the best narrator of stories by far ... fabulous timing , accents and emphasis- brilliant from start to finish!
Highly recommended !

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  • barbara
  • 01-08-2018

Wonderful - Gracie’s Story

Oh what a lovely story read beautifully by Rachel Atkins.. As I listened, with my eyes closed, I felt that I was there in that beautiful area of Italy. From the beginning of Gracie’s story, to the lovely ending, I found it hard to stop listening. Loved it!

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  • Ms
  • 14-08-2018

Average & tiresome

Personally, I found this books so loaded with stereotypes, that it was tedious, overly fantastical. However, I did listen to it
so it must have held something for me.

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  • Kathy
  • 22-09-2018

Tuscan Escape

I enjoyed this book - could almost feel the sunshine of Tuscany! Interesting story and characters and how they interacted

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  • patricia walker
  • 06-09-2018

My Tuscan holiday

listened to it in Tuscany and it enhanced my holiday. The story was captivating and very well presented

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  • suet
  • 05-09-2018

Fascinating story

Such a beautifully written and read book, I really enjoyed every minute, find the time to listen or read!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-08-2018

loved it

great story, easy to listen too. I loved the way the story unfolded, highly recommend.

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  • Marion
  • 07-02-2019

Slow to start

But bear with it. A romantic story that I enjoyed very much. Giving a rather fanciful picture of Italy.

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  • sugary1too
  • 01-02-2019

Enjoyable

I found this book really enjoyable. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and how their lives changed over 40 years. I will certainly buy more books from this author

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  • Ann Cahalane
  • 26-01-2019

I was lost in the storyline

My favourite so far I love this Author and like to follow her. Rachel Atkins is the perfect Narrator.