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Villa of Sun and Secrets

By: Jennifer Bohnet
Narrated by: Julia Franklin
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Publisher's Summary

It's never too late to live the dream.... 

Carla Sullivan’s 50th birthday is fast approaching when her whole world is turned upside down. Discovering her feckless husband is having yet another affair and following her mother’s death, she is in need of an escape. Finding an envelope addressed to her mother’s estranged sister Josette in the south of France gives Carla the perfect plan. 

Seizing the moment, she packs her bags and heads to Antibes to seek out the enigma known as Tante Josette. But as the two women begin to forge a tentative relationship, family secrets start to unravel, forcing Carla to question her life as she has always known it. 

A heartwarming tale on the beautiful French Riviera that will keep you guessing. From the best-selling author of Summer at Coastguard Cottages, The Little Kiosk by the Sea and Rosie's Little Cafe on the Riviera. Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell and Fern Britton.

©2019 Jennifer Bohnet (P)2019 Boldwood Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Unputdownable, a heartwarming story of love, family and friendship in the glorious south of France. What’s not to love!" (Lucy Coleman)

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Dreadful recording

Audio quality makes it virtually impossible to listen to. Had to stop at chapter 7. Could not understand a word, the French accents are completely over done. Very disappointing

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I want more!

Ms. Bohnet speaks to every woman who has been taken advantage of by an all consuming and cheating spouse, showing that forgiveness and value of oneself can open a path to wonderful new beginnings!

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Villa of Sun and Secrets

Villa of Sun and Secrets. I tried several times to get into this book because the narrater was so over the top. I finally just read it. As the book progressed her voice settled a bit. I absolutely loved the book I did not want it to end. If you have been there you feel as if you are there again.

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Enjoyable story

Loved the story line, the new beginning & how splendid an opportunity to have that new beginning in a Chalet in France. The narrators accents were awful for me.
Enjoyed the wine & food & the coming together of a big beautiful family.

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love the story and narrator

IDK why the person that gave the poor review .. accents were spot on... and the intertwining story line was fabulous...

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Wow!! Fantastic book & reading

The story was so enticing, it was hard to put it down. The twists were fantastic! I really enjoyed the performance as well!! Highly recommended!!

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Intriguing story!

This book starts out a little slow, but it is worth sticking with it because the plot gets really interesting! I had trouble with a couple of the accents at first. Either the accents lightened up or I got used to them; by a third or so of the way in, I could understand all the character voices. Very entertaining!

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Great Womens fiction

I really enjoyed the twists and turns in this book. It is definitely one for we older ladies who have loved and lost, have grown children and need,or needed to creat a new life for ourselves.
I especially enjoyed the narrator, her voice and delivery was a perfect combination for this book!

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enjoyed, impressive voice over

enjoyed the story and thought the narrator did an excellent job with switching between French, English, and scotch accents.

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  • eddieb
  • 08-26-21

narration dreadful

couldn't finish this book due to the narration. Do the authors not listen to a sample before letting it go out to audible?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-21

A Wonderful listen

Dear Readers
Having spent five summers in Antibe with my beloved wife ,before she died last year, this book brought back glorious memories of our visits The story great in character and place ,filled me with joy.Thank you Author and Reader for the many hours spent in your company .No doubt I will return to re-read it again









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  • Alison
  • 08-15-21

Predictable but still enjoyable

If you fancy an extended stay in the South of France, with an unchallenging, predictable but fair paced plot, I recommend this book. I listened to it free as it is in the Plus Catalogue section.

I liked all the characters, but the best part was the description of pool-side suppers, the ice-cold rose wine and the lovely food. It is never really tense and nothing bad happens.

The narration is definitely in the 'this is theatrical acting' zone, but JF is very good at all the accents, and switches effortlessly between say, Scottish, to French, or Italian, so there are no painful moments.

I really enjoyed it and the fact that is was free is a real bonus - thank you!

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  • Patricia Walker
  • 10-14-21

Struggled with the accents

I quite enjoyed the story although it was fairly predictable. I found the French and Italian accents were far too strong to be comfortable to listen to, authentic or not.
Apart from that the performance was good.

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  • CATRIONA
  • 10-03-21

Didn’t finish

I struggled to tune into the narrator especially when she was doing the French accent. I returned , shame.

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  • MS HELEN M WILSON
  • 08-17-20

Another wonderful holiday book

Thought I had guessed the ending, how wrong I was, a twist around every corner. Ready for the next audio book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-19-21

story wained in last quarter

I enjoyed the story to start with and enjoyed the narrator. I started to get bored after 'the secret' was out and made the mistake of looking at reviews. One ruined the rest of the book by giving a huge spoiler for the only interesting bit left! Because of this I did not finish the book which I felt was dragging on anyway. There were lovely depictions of life in France but I was expecting an announcement that one character was an alcoholic, the amount of wine guzzled at every opportunity remarkable. It was a shame the thread about developing a guest house was not explored much further.

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  • Reader
  • 09-17-21

Somehow finished this

I think I only managed to listen to this because I'm desperate for a holiday somewhere sunny. 😂

Storyline is average, plods a bit and is quite predictable but fine for switching your mind off after work. I feel a significant amount of editing could still have been done, the character's actions/reactions are not believable, and there was a lot of 'we just need time to get to know each other' - could have been a drinking game, they said it so often.

However, what could have elevated this audiobook a little but actually made it worse was the cringey narration. Sometimes I almost thought the narrator had a tone of 'obviously this is what happens next, do you really need me to spell it out?'

Would not recommend. If you want a well-written book set in a Mediterranean villa for a bit of imaginary sunshine I suggest The Enchanted April.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-21

loved it.

very good story but the narrator's accents were a bit strong until you got used to them. Nice that the story was about the "older generations" for a change.

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  • k davis
  • 08-29-21

OK read

Story wasn't to bad with a little twist at the end. The narrator took a bit of getting used to though. Didn't seem to flow and left strange gaps in sentences . And I wasn't keen on the accesents.
Overall it was ok .

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  • L Hamilton
  • 08-02-20

Very enjoyable

This is the second book I’ve read/listened to by this author. (The other was Riviera Retreat which was also very good) I really enjoyed the story. Wish I could say that I’ve only ever read about such bitter vindictive characters as the old grandmother sadly some in my immediate family is even worse than she was however the main message in the story I think is one of forgiveness and moving forward and not letting the past ruin the present. Great book. I’m sure I’ll be rereading it at some point.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-22

Heartwarming book

Absolutely loved this book! I found myself wanting more as the book went along, to see the cruel lengths that Amelia went to, to punish not only Josette but Carla as well and inflicted pain on others was astonishing. If you’re after a book with heartache, laughter and a HEA then this book is for you. The Narrator done an outstanding job in bringing life to this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

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  • Brinda
  • 09-27-22

the story dint do much for me

the story is nice. it's an easy to follow story.
the Narrator tried to do a French- English accent, I have no idea why it was so sing-songy! is that how French speak English ( iv never heard it among my friends) after a point it got so annoying.
but the voice impressions and emotions were very nice and I felt the story alot more. so thanks to the narrator for that. .

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  • julee latimer
  • 05-20-22

Wonderful feel good vibe

A beautiful story that was fun to listen to. Narration was excellent and really added to my enjoyment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-22

Great Read

Not the type of novel I would normal listen to. I thoroughly enjoyed it, loved the setting, characters and descriptions of the French Riviera. The narrator was great. I’ll look for further books by this author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-16-22

Beautiful Story

Secrets kept hidden and twists through to the end
loved it. A great read

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  • suzanne carvell
  • 01-21-22

a devastating effect

Secrets of shame and fear should never be a woman's life, regret is the sadness

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  • Karen
  • 11-26-21

I liked it

I enjoyed this book - a few twists and turns - and even prompted me to ‘Google map’ where they were doing their day trips. Bring on international travel again - this made me want to jump on a plane to France!

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  • Melbourne Gal
  • 10-13-21

Escapism on the French Riviera

I loved this involved family story set on the French Riviera. It was a perfect feel good escape from a tedious life in lockdown during the covid pandemic.
Jennifer Bohnet threw in just enough French to indulge my passsion for the French language and jogged my memories of travel in the south of France.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-20

The narrator

Did not like the narrator made it difficult to enjoy & get the flow of the story

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