Summary

Fabulous family saga of secrets held through two generations, set against the atmospheric background of the Lake District at Christmas. The year 1936 is drawing to a close. Winter grips Wetmoreland and causes a rare phenonmenon: The lakes freeze. For two local families, the Richardsons and the Grindleys, this will bring unexpected upheaval, as the frozen lake entices long-estranged siblings and children to return home for the holiday season.
Some are aware of what is happening in Europe; others don't want to know. Everyone's keen to put aside their troubles - money worries, love tangles, career problems, domestic rifts - and enjoy themselves skating while they can. But one visitor carries the seed of violence, and not even the redoubtable matriarch of the Richardson clan can prevent the carefully buried secrets of the past from reappearing and transforming everything.
A compelling blend of family closeness and strife, dazzling passion and the dark influence of history, this is an enthralling listen to curl up and savour.
©2004 Elizabeth Edmondson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Trina on 09-05-16

Another world

A book that takes you to another time and place. Engaging characters and a good sense of place.
Pre-war English society, heroes and villains and a satisfying conclusion.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Gillian on 28-02-16

Rather predictable and over long.

This story is well thought out and well read but there is a deal of frustration with the predictability. I quickly realised who the strangers really were but the end takes forever to get there. How dense/ ignorant can the characters be and how complicit in so many coverups? I listened to the end out of curiosity to see how neatly the ends were all tied up, but there were no surprises, and all the clues were dropped into the plot unsubtle to the end.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michaela on 12-04-16

Enjoyable story, superb narration

I'd stongly recommend this to anyone who enjoys well-constructed 'tween wars British cozies. The characters are well drawn and the details of every day life in the upper class of that era are convincing. The descriptive writing and sense of place and time are excellent and occasionally beautiful. The plot is fairly predictable, but the writing and wonderful narration completely blotted out the book's flaws -- for me, anyway. McKenzie even gets the Welsh accent right, which is a painfully rare achievement .

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By girlofgrace on 28-01-16

Good story

I struggled to get all the characters straight in the beginning. Once I figured out who's who I really got into the book and hard a hard putting down.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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