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The Winter Secret is a thrilling mystery from Lulu Taylor, top 10 best-selling author of The Snow Rose.

‘My dear boy, the place is cursed. It always has been and it always will be....’

Buttercup Redmain has a life of pampered luxury, living in beautiful Charcombe Park. Her older husband, Charles Redmain, is wealthy and successful and proud of the house he has painstakingly restored, once owned by a famous ancestor. Buttercup is surrounded by people who make her life delightfully easy. But the one thing she really wants seems impossible.

There are other discomforting realities: her husband’s ex-wife, Ingrid, still lives nearby, although Buttercup has never met her. And it soon becomes clear that all the people who make Buttercup’s life so carefree are also watching her every move. Does she actually live in a comfortable but inescapable cage? And what is the real story of her husband’s previous marriage?

Xenia Arkadyoff once lived in Charcombe Park with her father, a Russian prince, and her mother, a famous film star. Life seemed charmed, full of glamour and beauty. But behind the glittering facade lay pain, betrayal, and the truth about the woman Xenia spent her life protecting.

Now Charcombe Park is calling back people who were once part of its story, and the secrets that have stayed long hidden are bubbling inexorably to the surface....

©2018 Lulu Taylor (P)2018 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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  • Ire
  • 03-02-2019

Lovely story

I loved the book from the start and couldn’t stop listening for hours. Highly recomended

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  • Frankie
  • 15-01-2019

Wonderful

I have read all of Lulu Taylor's books, and think this is probably her best, although I loved the first one. This is a marvellous story, involving several intriguing characters and two different time zones, all connected by a large house. The author has very cleverly woven the people and their stories together, with the house always at the centre of the web. The ending is very dramatic, tying up the strands in a satisfying way, with a final surprising twist.

I would recommend this book without hesitation, especially as it is so beautifully narrated.

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  • SJC
  • 10-01-2021

Couldn't stop listening!

Absolutely loved it, even though I worked out a few things before the end. One thing in particular, something extremely important to the protagonist, I found glaringly obvious, and it was 'revealed' as a potentially shock moment in the book. I instead said out loud "Well, well. At last, the penny's finally dropped!" This, however, didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story and I found the final twist quite a surprise

Thought the narrator was excellent and thoroughly enjoyed her portrayal of each character. I get irritated when female narrators try too hard to deepen their voices for make characters, etc, but this voice artist got it spot on in my opinion. Found the various accents enjoyable too.

Overall, highly recommended and looking forward to Ms Taylor's next novel.

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  • Marple
  • 02-01-2019

Not for me

This is a new author for me and although the writing is good I’m afraid I had to return this book. After over 3 hours and 10 chapters nothing really happens. It starts at Charcombe house and centres on Buttercup an annoying woman who is under the thumb (in a subtle way) of her wealthy husband. He seems to adore her but is controlling. There is also a story that goes back and forth to from an earlier era in the same house with characters that again I couldn’t warm to. I may revisit this on kindle as it’s described as a thriller and would hope it picks up pace so will wait for other reviews in case I am missing something very good . I wouldn’t rule out another book from this author but this one didn’t grab me.

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