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Villa on the Riviera

Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Absorbing and escapist, The Villa on the Riviera is perfect summer listening for fans of Rachel Hore and Santa Montefiore.

Polly Smith is struggling to make a living as an artist when her friend and patron, Oliver, invites her to the south of France. But her world is unexpectedly turned upside down when she digs out her birth certificate to apply for a passport. Her parents are not who she believed them to be - even her name is different.

Fleeing to the Riviera, Polly finds that the serenity and sunshine brings her art to life as never before. But all is not well in the grand house. Oliver's father was forced to leave England in a cloud of scandal and his past is about to catch up with him. And Polly's own future begins to take on a new and fascinating shape....

The perfect listen for fans of The Villa and Summer's Child, this is a beguiling and evocative tale that will transport you away to the Riviera itself.

©2015 Elzabeth Edmondson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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Thoroughly enjoyable

Loved it. Will look for other books by this author. The voices were very realistic and matched the story well.

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  • Lorriee
  • 16-07-2015

Good, too many characters not completely developed

There were far too many characters who were interesting in the beginning, but lost steam towards the end of the book. Still a listenable book for a beach or a car ride.

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  • Callie E Masten
  • 07-07-2016

A Good Storyline

This book has a good storyline that is easy to follow. It is well read.

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  • C. Rosser
  • 25-04-2016

Too many characters for so thin a plot

The reader was excellent, giving each of the (far too) many characters a separate voice. The characterizations were very good, even the minor characters were described with perhaps more detail than they deserved. The plot was thin and the book went on too long.




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  • Alexa
  • 16-12-2015

Meandering and boring

I was hoping this would be a cozy and entertaining mystery/romance story. No such luck.

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  • Eva
  • 19-03-2017

It's a bit of fluff

I liked the first of this series but on hearing the second, the formula becomes very apparent. Predictable, tied up in a neat bow, improbable relations and relationships. The author does give us lovely settings and a peek at life in the late 1930s. The narrator is terrific with appropriate accents and inflections. I won't rush to another of these but will remember them for a time when I need something cozy and light.

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  • Angela
  • 20-02-2017

Great listen.

Very entertaining,interesting characters well developed. Just enough twists to make you want more. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Andrea mcmillan
  • 15-07-2016

Nice story, wonderful reader.

The woman doing the reading was fantastic. Great story. Wish there was another. Will download more books by this author and reader!

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  • Caryn Sapeli
  • 18-09-2020

Entertaining Story With Some Mystery and Romance

This is an engaging story with a broad array of fun, quirky characters. A few intertwined mysteries, a look into the era's art culture, and some romance, provides overall good, light entertainment in interesting European settings, perfect for listening.

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  • Tami Miller
  • 11-09-2020

Not what I thought, but loved it

Had a hard time getting into it the first few chapters, but very glad I stayed with it. Good story loved the bit of mystery. so enjoyed the characters. would read/listen to another book by this author. Narrators did a great job!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-2020

Highly recommended.

This is a truly delightful story which I enjoyed even more the second time around.

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  • Animal lover
  • 14-08-2015

Compelling

A story with several twists. Nothing it what it seems! Enjoy, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Linda
  • 06-07-2016

Nice old fashioned mystery and romance

I am obviously getting a bit sentimental in my old age but I am enjoying this run of Elizabeth Edmonson stories. Yes I saw where most of the storylines were going but that really didn't matter at all. Good interesting bunch of vintage characters and a thoroughly unpleasant villain all very well portrayed by Nicolette McKenzie who suits this type of book admirably.

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  • MiniMum
  • 23-07-2018

What a lovely discovery!

Such an enjoyable book, well read too. I’m going to buy more of these to listen to.
If you like Georgette Heyer’s detective novels and stories with long sentences and interesting people that takes a while to weave diverse threads together and has a happy ending, then you will like this too.

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  • Pamela
  • 04-06-2015

My kind of book

It has everything: original plot, engaging characters, nicely paced. Didn't want it to end. Would make a good movie.

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  • Pamela Savill
  • 01-05-2017

Enchanting

The descriptions of characters and places are so detailed it makes one become part of the story.

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  • Jan
  • 04-11-2015

Wonderful fairytale

Thoroughly engrossing and enjoyable story with amazing characterisation. Well narrated and I loved the descriptions of the people and scenery. Sometimes the story was a little far fetched but that didn't detract from the experience.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-2018

All round good book

A good story well told, I really cared about the charscters. A cast of many interesting people kept my brain working overtime,

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  • donna
  • 18-10-2018

Good book.

Really enjoyed this book, good characterisation. Well read. Takes you to the time and place.

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  • R Hague
  • 01-07-2020

Enjoyed it very much

Great storyline, got me completely hooked - I do like different strands all meeting in the end with lots of characters, a bit of a mystery plus romance. The end is a bit abrupt but still ok.
Narrator is jyst right for this sort of story.

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  • Ian Smith
  • 29-01-2020

Engaging and entertaining, if lightweight

An entertaining and engaging story set between the first and second world wars. I found the characters plausible enough, even if they're very much of their time rather than people I might know now. The various twists and turns of the interwoven plots were brought to a neat conclusion at the end, and I liked the way it finished with a still-developing relationship.