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Publisher's 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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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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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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Good listen

My first book by Elizabeth Edmondson, and the narration by Nicolette McKenzie was very good. I think the mystery aspect was somewhat secondary to the family tale, even though the focus of the book. It was not too hard to figure out as the book progressed. But the character development and story was quite good, and held my interest. I'd only say that it did seem very long, and though interesting, I felt ready for it to end. I would read or listen to other books by this author or narrator.

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Great Character Driven Book

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This is my fourth Elizabeth Edmondson novel. Her books are very character driven with a fully realized world, rich in details. I will say it took me a little while to get invested in the beginning of this book, as the number of characters can be hard to keep straight when in audiobook format. Someone on the amazon site has a list going and I used it as a reference in the beginning. I got to the "mystery" before the book did but as I said the characters are so well written I was happy to just follow along with them. The narrator was fantastic. I found this book to be a joy to read/listen to and look forward to reading more of her work.

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Just love this!

I love this book . I cannot guess how many times I have listened to it as it is my go-to book at night, or when I am waiting, or doing chemo.

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More period drama...

There isn’t much of a mystery here. That said, I chose to endeavor till the end because I enjoyed the writing style and the narration. The story is driven, or rather rests entirely, on the strength of its portrayal of plenty of interesting characters. Since there were so many characters to consider, I found that delightfully, not all were predictably or wholly likable or otherwise. Other than one domineering soul, that unsurprisingly had much to do with all the turmoil. So though the plot as a whole holds no suspense, the story is still quite engaging. And even then, the drama element doesn’t devolve into protracted, schmaltzy scenes.

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Mediocre

What did you like best about The Frozen Lake? What did you like least?

Since I didn't hate this book, there had to be something I liked, but I can't think of it. I hate the way it was written! It would have been amazing if it were one of those slipping in and out of time stories, but this was written in a way that by the time the "mystery" was revealed, I already had it all figured out.

Would you recommend The Frozen Lake to your friends? Why or why not?

Nope. I cannot, in good conscience, recommend a book that is so poorly written and mostly boring.

What does Nicolette McKenzie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She was a fair narrator. I think if I were reading this book or it had a bad narrator, I would have just put it down.

Do you think The Frozen Lake needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Please, no! I cannot take anymore of the melodrama of these dumb families and the panty-waist relatives.

Any additional comments?

I'm going to give this author one more shot, if that one is as stupid as this one, I'm not touching another of her books. I mean, in at least 20 years of the matriarch dominating her family to the point of emotional and verbal abuse, not one person, even her husband, has the nerve to stand up for one another? No thanks.

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lots of characters

I have to say that I am surprised that I ended up enjoying this book as much as I did! Listening to a book with so many different characters and how they are all interconnected was a little bit confusing. But ultimately the characters were well-written, plenty to dislike and plenty of quirky characters to fall in love with. #happyending #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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Ok, but too long.

What did you like best about The Frozen Lake? What did you like least?

Grandmama had no redeeming characteristics whatsoever. I should have paired the audible version with a hard copy to keep better track of who is related to whom and which group lives on which side of the lake.

Would you recommend The Frozen Lake to your friends? Why or why not?

I did recommend it to my sister.

Which character – as performed by Nicolette McKenzie – was your favorite?

Great Aunt Daphne.

Do you think The Frozen Lake needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. I would have trouble remembering who everybody was. It was hard enough this time.

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Brilliant narration. Intricate story

This was an enjoyable mystery. The narrator does an amazing job with many distinct voices and accidents. Warning: Teenage girls are marginalized and victimized.

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  • MaMaMason
  • 02-21-16

Nicolette McKenzie is a fabulous narrator!

I've just discovered Elizabeth Edmondson and have really enjoyed both this book, and the Villa in Italy. Exactly right for a Sunday afternoon in front of the fire on a rainy day in the Lake District. Quite convoluted in places and far fetched, but it's a story, and I love the era in which these books are set. The narration is spot on and really evokes the period. I'm nearly old enough to remember people talking like this, and find it very nostalgic! Will be purchasing other books by both the author, and narrator.

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  • 08-20-16

A very enjoyable read

The author has presented us with an easy to follow story line with many interesting characters.

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  • B. Deverell
  • 10-14-18

The most wonderfully written story

Don’t read this for the intrigue that happens later on. Read it for the amazing atmospheric delight. A tale of family, friends, conflicts, wars. This beautifully crafted story had me captivated and I felt lost when it finished. Sensational writing.

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  • Andrea Spencer
  • 02-04-20

Awful

It was so bad I only got to chapter 10. It was like slow torture

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  • 05-15-16

A 'slow burn' book but very enjoyable

What made the experience of listening to The Frozen Lake the most enjoyable?

The narrator has a beautiful voice which made listening a pleasure. Her voice entirely suited the era in which the book was written

What did you like best about this story?

A very English setting and story and I enjoyed the portrayals of the various characters. I do not think I would have enjoyed reading the book but listening to it gave it more depth

What about Nicolette McKenzie’s performance did you like?

Her lovely very English voice

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No as it wasn't an exciting book and I could stop it at various times and then get right back into it

Any additional comments?

A well written and fascinating vintage story

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  • 10-14-16

Enjoyable but slow

I did enjoy this but it was a slow starter. Basic story good although figured it out well before the end. It's not a book I would recommend but wouldn't slate it either.

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  • kytumai414 I enjoyed the theme of the story as I enjoy all of Maeve's stories
  • 02-19-16

A WOW of a super story!!!

This is truly a truly magnetic story that really holds the imagination for the reader many thanks.

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  • 02-28-16

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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  • Julie
  • 01-13-16

loved this book

Where does The Frozen Lake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the nicest books very easy listening

Who was your favorite character and why?

Grandmother

What about Nicolette McKenzie’s performance did you like?

Good pace pleasing voice

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Slow start then definitely

Any additional comments?

do not like writing much as do not want to spoil story for others

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  • Trina
  • 05-09-16

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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  • julee latimer
  • 01-19-22

Mixed Feelings

I honestly didn't think I would get past the first few chapters as the narration was irritating. Might have been better to talk in regular voices rather than emphasising the hoity toity jolly hockeysticks accents. The story did improve, however, although some characters were so unbelievable. overall, it was pleasing enough with some unexpected twists and turns.

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  • Ozzie
  • 10-13-16

Terrific book!

Excitement, drama, suspense and intrigue .. this book has it all. Set just before WWII in the north of England, the story commences in London with Alex, who has just come out of a failed relationship, learning that for the first time in sixteen years the lake near the family home has frozen over. She recalls the happy hours spent skating on the lake with her twin brother Edwin and, persuaded by him, she decides to return to the family home for Christmas. Raised by her wealthy grandparents, Alex has stayed away for years and the big question is whether she can cope with her critical Grandma over the Christmas period. What unfolds is a complex web of lies and cover up, leading up to a very dramatic conclusion. I absolutely loved the book and couldn't put it down. And congratulations to the narrator for doing justice to Elizabeth Edmondson's exciting story. Can't wait to read more books by this authoress.

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  • Tamara
  • 05-03-16

Complex yet engaging reveal of family secrets

A large cast of characters, narrated brilliantly. The story keeps you engaged until the final secret is revealed. Many characters to love and loath. An enjoyable listen.

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  • Janette J Ryan
  • 04-25-22

Generational Saga

Many characters in two families..
Some still live near the lake, but others return when the lake freezes.
It has been 16 years since the lake froze, and it brings family home to enjoy the skating.
The younger members are now much older, and they want answers about what happened to their mother.
It is a tawdry past.
One family is manipulated and cowered by a nasty controlling Grandmother.
The other family is undermined by a tight-fisted wife.

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  • Wendy Stow
  • 03-29-22

Wonderfully tangled relationships

Do draw the family trees of these two families, their servants and their connections with others as you move through the story or you might get lost! A most enjoyable ultra-English yarn from an amazing time in history between World Wars.

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  • raven
  • 03-04-22

An enthralling read once again

The twists and turns in this novel were fantastic.
A great book to sit back on a winters night and lose yourself in.
And yet again the narrator did a superb job

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-02-22

disappointing

Had 2 attempts at reading listening to this book. Found it long and boring ,have listened to other by this author and ejoyed. narration also uninteresting. over all very disappointing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-22

Absorbing family drama

A family Christmas in the North of England brings skeletons out of the closet. Elizabeth Edmondson excels at plots with diverse characters whose lives are intertwined with each other. Her insight into attachments, motivations is often profound and light-handed. One criticism of The Frozen Lake is that a couple of the characters seemed a bit 2-dimensional at times. Even so, I was absorbed by this story, which was beautifully narrated (as always) by Nicolette McKenzie.

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  • Jenn
  • 01-17-22

What a wonderful story

I loved this book! Yes, there are a lot of characters but I enjoyed learning about them and didn't expect the twist at the end.

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  • Yvette Olsen
  • 01-01-22

Fantastic narration... finally!

Firstly I'd like to credit the Narrator for a job well done 👍 you really are very good at what you do.
I have to admit at first I thought it was just another romantic "white noise" filler type novels BUT was i in for a pleasant surprise... when I realised there where indications that the story was heading into a unsolved family crime woo! I was there. That changed my opinion immediately and the storyline did not disappoint!!! Thank you 🙏