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My Review of The Secret of You by Victoria Connelly

First off, let me just say that I listened to the audio book of this story (although I do have a review copy of the ebook to) and I would like to thank the author for sending this to me in exchange for my honest review.

What They Say:

Journalist Anna McCall has never understood people who collect things so, when she’s asked to interview local collector and eccentric, William Kitson, she isn’t exactly looking forward to the experience.

But she soon falls under the charm of Fox Hill Manor as well as its owner, even though she thinks there’s something very strange about the collection there. What exactly is William hiding in the unused wing of the manor house? And is it a story Anna could sell?

Set in the beautiful Cotswolds, The Secret of You is a novel about love, trust and antiques.

What I Say:

I've spoken to a few people about how to review an Audio book and have come to the conclusion that I will review just as I would for a normal book. It is, after all, the same story. It's just listened to instead of read.

The Secret of You is a wonderful story. Anna is asked to write a piece about someone she has heard mainly negative things about and isn't looking forward to meeting William. He's an eccentric collector and it brings to mind Anna's own sister, Libby who has serious collecting issues too. When William and Anna meet at Fox Hill Manor (FHM) neither is overly impressed with the other. Soon though, the frost starts to thaw and they find some common ground. Their relationship isn't smooth though.

I can't reveal much more, the secret is one you need to uncover for yourself. But I can say that it is brilliant! I have found my favourite character from a Victoria Connelly novel in this story!

FHM sounds like a wonderful, enchanted manor and I would love to visit somewhere like that! Libby's house, on the other hand, not so much. She lives in a standard terraced house (I think) and has filled it to the brim with junk (or collectibles as she sees it). Too much clutter and mess and it causes problems in he marriage. I did, however adore little Toby, her son!

All of the lose ends are tied up perfectly and this brilliant novel ends exactly as it should. It was perfect!

With regards to the audio book - Jan Cramer is the narrator and she is just ideal! Her characterizations were spot on and she told the story with tenderness, humour and warmth. I loved her!

A warm, heartfelt story that made me smile! 9/10


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