When Grace Manners takes up residence on Wittering Manor estate, she little realises working alongside eccentric Fraser Stratton will change her life.
Grace has struggled to make ends meet, and the little cottage on the estate is both a refuge and a workshop for her jewellery business. It's only when Grace uncovers the story behind a diamond brooch she inherited that she becomes drawn into a family secret that threatens to destroy what little she has left....
"Sweepingly romantic...heartbreaking at times; a vivid, gripping read." (Katherine Webb on The Perfume Garden)
"I found myself bewitched...a deliciously winding narrative that takes us into the heart of battle, the locked rooms of family secrets, and the alluring promise of finally finding true love." (Good Housekeeping on The Perfume Garden)
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- Danny W.
Excellent book. Very enjoyable read
Very well written. The narrator was outstanding.
As of late, I have made some poor audiobook choices (bizarrely based on good reviews?!...'The Rose Girls' - it was like pulling teeth - don't go there - dreadful experience) but to finally find a well written book that, more importantly, is well read, has been an absolute delight. Thank you to the author & reader.The whole book was a joy to listen to. The story is about a 29 year old woman who has a feckless husband who drowns himself, and leaves her to pick up the pieces financially & emotionally. It is about her life starting over again with her young daughter. She starts a new job working for a wonderfully eccentric Manor owner who has a handsome godson. The book weaves their stories together.
Fraser. He was a delightful man & Ms Gregory did a wonderful job of making his twinkling personality come alive. I really looked forward to each time Fraser came into the conversation. One reviewer said that if there were ever a film version Bill Nighy might play Fraser. She was right, he is very Nighy-esque. Everyone should have a Fraser in their lives.
Towards the end when (not wanting to spoil anything) everything works out well for Fraser. I also liked the way the author drew Grace & Jack's intimate time together as just that, intimate (without having to go into gory details). Very classy.
I loved the book & I enjoyed listening to a very talented reader. It has made me realise just how rare it is to find not only a well-written book but also a narrator that does it justice. It is a book that I will definitely listen to again, as it was a delight. The 'Christmas' bit in its title nearly put me off but it isn't about Christmas. The gemstone theme was interesting & there were a few nuggets of factual information about the war that I didn't know about.Highly recommended.