Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2019
15 hours 31 minutes
This New York Times bestseller from “one of the great storytellers of our time” (San Francisco Book Review) turns from the glamour of the royal courts to tell the story of an ordinary woman, Alinor, living in a dangerous time for a woman to be different.

A country at war
A king beheaded
A woman with a dangerous secret

On Midsummer’s Eve, Alinor waits in the church graveyard, hoping to encounter the ghost of her missing husband and thus confirm his death. Until she can, she is neither maiden nor wife nor widow, living in a perilous limbo. Instead she meets James, a young man on the run. She shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marshy landscape of the Tidelands, not knowing she is leading a spy and an enemy into her life.

England is in the grip of a bloody civil war that reaches into the most remote parts of the kingdom. Alinor’s suspicious neighbors are watching each other for any sign that someone might be disloyal to the new parliament, and Alinor’s ambition and determination mark her as a woman who doesn’t follow the rules. They have always whispered about the sinister power of Alinor’s beauty, but the secrets they don’t know about her and James are far more damning. This is the time of witch-mania, and if the villagers discover the truth, they could take matters into their own hands.

“This is Gregory par excellence” (Kirkus Reviews). “Fans of Gregory’s works and of historicals in general will delight in this page-turning tale” (Library Journal, starred review) that is “superb… A searing portrait of a woman that resonates across the ages” (People).
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Kimberly D.

This is a solid Women’s Historical Fiction story set in the 1600s. It is not a great time to be a woman especially an impoverished one. England is in midst of a Civil War, witchcraft accusations and superstition abound, a hardscrabble domestic life of poverty. These characters feel more real than many “based on true story” ones. They are brought to life. Alinor is heroic in spite of life’s struggles and pain. Excellent Narration-I highly recommend this book. If you’re looking for fairytale court life and intrigue this book isn’t it. You will be transported to life for women in the 1600’s—as rugged a life as it is—I thought it was beautifully written.

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Sarah K.

Another amazing story and intricate web of history and details from Philippa Gregory!

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Chasi D.

This book was so depressing! I generally love Gregory's work but this one was terrible. The characters weren't loveable. Pretty much all of them were annoying except for the little boy. The only good thing about the book was the detail on the time period and the narrator.

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Ester F.

Another very satisfying story from P. Gregory. I enjoyed this book very much and finished and less than a week. The story and its portrayal of daily life and struggles that women faced back in the 17th century is very vivid in the details... great read!

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Carolyn S.

Thought it very trite. Not a Gregory book at all.

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The story seems well researched but the storyline is slow. I kept waiting for something to happen and when it does it’s slow and anti-climatic. I was very disappointed as I have always enjoyed this authors books in the past. The narration is very good.

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