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The Frozen Lake

The Frozen Lake [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Edmondson
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Fabulous family saga of secrets held through two generations, set against the atmospheric background of the Lake District at Christmas

The year of 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 read to curl up and savour.

About the Author

Elizabeth Edmondson has recently settled in Italy, having lived for many years in Dorset while she raised her family. Her grandparents once had a house on the lake shore in Westmoreland, and it was their stories and photographs which inspired her to write ‘The Frozen Lake’.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1386 KB
  • Print Length: 499 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B005O53TPE
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (25 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IND5FG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I write historical mysteries about love, marriage families and friendship, where the loyalties, feuds, secrets and betrayals of the past cast long shadows. I'm fascinated by characters who are quirky, mysterious, funny, unexpected and interesting and I want readers to share, as I do, in their joys and sorrows.

My books are set in the thirties, forties and fifties, at home and abroad. With dramatic and glamorous settings from icy lakes to Italian villas, from wintry Budapest to fashionable France, the landscapes are as powerful as the stories are complex. The tense realities of life mingle with supernatural elements : ghosts, prophetic dreams and voices from the past, but fun and humour also dance in and out of the light and darkness of the stories.

My aim is to enthrall, delight and amuse readers as they are transported to a different era.

And I love a review posted by a reader who said my books take you out of the daily world and make the impossible seem possible.

I also write as Elizabeth Aston

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars KK 11 Jan 2005
It took me a long while to get into this book, because initially a lot of characters are introduced from two different families. However once into it, and at around 2/3rd through the book it picks up pace and is full of surprises that will have you gasping in shock. Well worth a read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing before it gets interesting 19 April 2009
I'd read the author's two other books and thoroughly enjoyed them so felt confident this one would be the same. However, I found the first 200 pages or so of The Frozen Lake introduced so many different characters in different settings that it was difficult to follow. It wasn't until after this point that it started to become much more intriguing and made me want to read on. I would have preferred getting to know some of the main characters better earlier on in the story. In the end the book was gripping and very dramatic, however it took such a long time to build that I was very tempted to put the book down before that point - I'm glad I persevered with it although I have to say that the author's other two books were significantly better!
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars frozen lake 25 April 2005
This is a rollocking good read. It is nostaligic but without being in any way cute about it and dispenses its historical knowledge with a very light touch. It also has a fantastically malign matriarch. I enjoyed the way a large cast of characters is gathered together at the beginning and then they all come together in the Lake District so we can see how they interact. As it progressed it exerted a vice-like grip and by the end I was reading this way into the night. Truly unputdownable.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Two dimensional characters 15 Nov 2007
Ok perhaps I did not give this a fighting chance....200 pages and two dimensional characters still being introduced just induced massive yawns in me and I gave up.

There might be incredible twists and turns to the story but I am afraid I just did not have the stamina to get to them!

This was my first and last Elizabeth Edmondson I am afraid!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gave up on it 19 Jan 2013
By Bertha
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Too many characters for me to keep track of!
Setting the scene was quite drawn out.
Have read better from this author.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story! 25 Aug 2006
I just finished reading "The Frozen Lake" and am still stunned by the twists I didn't see coming at the end of this amazing story! The author gives the reader very interesting + descriptive insight into all of the characters(and there are quite a few!)as the story progresses. Then the characters backgrounds and lives start to intertwine, and now you can't put the book down! This is the first book I've read by this author, but you can be certain I will be ordering more from Ms. Edmondson! Thank you so much for a super read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A chilling read! 3 July 2013
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This book had me gripped from the first page - the introduction of the characters was intriguing and their complex relationships fascinating. An excellent read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyablei 5 May 2013
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Family intrigue; secrets; denial; collusion. This books is a really good read; with hints emerging of who dunnit towards the end. Elizabeth Edmondson resolved the twists and turns of the plotlines to perfection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Her best book to date . A good story, interesting characters and a great twist at the end. You won't be disappointed .
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Fab book guessed story line but still enthralled and couldn't put the book down. Hope the next book by this author is just as good.
Published 1 month ago by C A S Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars slow, disappointing
A bit slow and disjointed in places - not interesting enough to keep me reading for prolonged periods. Somewhat disappointed.
Published 3 months ago by Christine oberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
This was really a shot in the dark whether the person would like this as a gift and it went down a treat. Would recommend
Published 5 months ago by LOUISA BLACK
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good read
This is a really good read - if you have read Elizabeth Edmonson before you will know that there will be a twist in the reveal - this book does not disappoint.
Published 5 months ago by Denise
3.0 out of 5 stars a good read
I did enjoy this book. Although I felt it was missing something. Also some of the characters were not developed enough I thought.
Published 6 months ago by mazza 33
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasurable discovery
Enjoyed this book immensley ,liked all the characters , once again a daily deal introduced me to a book I would not have tried otherwise ! Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Moffat
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing way to present a plot
An intriguing way to present a plot. The main perpetrator was apparent from early on in the book and it was interesting if somewhat tedious to discover how the authoress... Read more
Published 6 months ago by MRS
2.0 out of 5 stars Frozen Lake
I gave up on this about halfway through, so did give it a really good chance to turn out well. It was very much like The ~Shell Seekers which was enjoyable some years ago but... Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. A. Griffiths
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Nothing demanding, perhaps a bit of escapism, but none the worse for that. A wet afternoon, log fire, and enjoyable read.
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