The Milliner's Secret

  • by Natalie Meg Evans
  • Narrated by Julie Teal
  • 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

June 1940. As Paris, the City of Light, approaches its darkest hour, a young woman treads the line between survival and collaboration. Londoner Cora Masson has reinvented herself as Coralie de Lirac, using a false claim to aristocratic birth to launch herself as a fashionable milliner.
When the Nazis invade, the influence of a high-ranking lover protects her business. But the cruel demands of war - and of love - cannot be kept at bay forever. Soon Coralie must find the courage to do what's necessary to protect her friends, her freedom and everything she believes in.


What the Critics Say

"Rich in detail, this is a pacy and engaging read, full of cloak and dagger intrigue, beautiful clothes and romance." (Sunday Mirror on The Dress Thief)


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Customer Reviews

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This book is in my top five of the books I have read over the two years I've been a member! I could not put it down reading into the he wee hours of the night! The story weaves itself from London, just before the second World War, to the Nazis occupation of Paris with all the atrocities this brought on the Parisians. Entwined through this is a love story between a young English Milliner, posing as a French woman, and a high ranking German Officer. The narration is excellent and she brings the story to life! I'll definitely read more by this author.

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- Jenny

Couldn't stop listening

The first 10 minutes or so had me worried as I thought I would not like this book. I couldn't see where it was heading, I didn't warm to the main character and the voice the narrator used for her grated. I almost turned it off straight away but decided to give it a chance and I am so pleased that I did. The narration soon became perfect and each character was brought vividly to life in my minds eye. At the start Paris and the art of hat making was a delicious treat of colour, texture and experiences helping to build the picture and the layers of the story, the perfect backdrop to the characters as they came to life. The pace was steady but in no way slow, each character slowly blossomed, information being slowly dripped in to the chapters until you saw each one in all their colours, dark and light, good and bad. In no time at all I cared about almost all of them, their fates mattered.
The out break of war and the fear of living in occupied territory, food shortages, day to day peril, the struggle for survival. Intrigue, trust and betrayal weave continually through the text drawing the listener in to the centre of the characters world. There are so many ups and downs, none of which were predictable, the story did not fade at any point. This is a story that lasts with you, thought provoking a rollercoaster of emotions. Highly recommend
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-07-2015
  • Publisher: Quercus