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The Frozen Lake [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Edmondson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A novel of family secrets hidden through two generations, set against the stunning backdrop of the Lake District in midwinter. From the author of The Villa in Italy.

One family Christmas uncovers two generations of secrets…

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, the frozen lake entices long-estranged siblings and children to return home for Christmas.

Some are aware of the storm clouds of war gathering over Europe, yet everyone wants to put troubles aside, however personal, to enjoy a frozen Christmas. But one visitor carries a seed of violence and not even the matriarch of the Richardson clan can prevent the carefully buried secrets of the past from erupting to change 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.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Edmondson has recently settled in Italy. 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: 1352 KB
  • Print Length: 499 pages
  • 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,226 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I write what I like to call Vintage Mysteries, since they're set in the nineteen-thirties, forties and fifties.

They're stories of love and marriage, families and friendship, in which the loyalties, feuds, secrets and betrayals of the past cast long shadows into the present.
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.

With dramatic and glamorous settings from icy lakes to Italian villas, from wintry Budapest to fashionable France, from Cornwall to the Lake District, 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 enthral, delight and amuse readers as they are transported to a different era.
A review posted by a reader said my books take you out of the daily world and make the impossible seem possible--that's just what I want to do.

I also write as Elizabeth Aston, and if you enjoyed VILLA IN ITALY, you might also enjoy VOLCANIC AIRS, which is set on an idyllic Sicilian island. It's one of the books in my Mountjoy series, so please visit my other author page and check out those books.

A few biographical details: I was born in Chile, have lived in India and Italy and now live in Oxford, where I went to university--and where I've recently taken up bell-ringing.

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14 of 14 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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8 of 8 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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39 of 45 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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19 of 22 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of two Families 31 Oct. 2014
By talmine
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I read the novel immediately after 'The Italian Villa' by the same author, which was set in the early fifties. This story is set in the Thirties; more precisely just before Edward 8th came to the throne, when a second war with Germany was beginning to be seen as inevitable. It was the time of the Mosleyites /Blackshirts. The story is the saga of two well off families who each live in mansions set on the shore of a lake(?) in what was then Westmoreland (that part of Lakeland east of Windermere and now incorporated into Cumbria). They live close enough to keep in touch but not on top of each other. It is this shared Lake(?) which is frozen over. One may speculate which particular Lake the author had in mind: Grasmere? Wordsworth apparently skated on both Grasmere and Windermere and and by Googling you can find references to both locals and visitors enjoying this sport. Haweswater (further afield) is unlikely because at the time the story was set it was being converted into a reservoir for Manchester. Whatever the answer: it no way detracts from the story. The two families each assemble for Christmastide to enjoy skating over the holiday and discuss the individual family fortunes which are not unconnected with each other.

It was a time when many people looked back to 1918 (the end of WW1) as the main event in their lives. To us it seems a very long ago, but it is not that much longer a period of time since New York 9/11, an equally significant event.

I won't attempt to outline the plot, except to say that in addition to the range of emotions which the various family members feel for each other (mostly age disapproving of youth), there is also Mystery and Murder.
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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
By Sueh
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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 Five Stars
Excellent period suspense.
Published 10 days ago by christinekightly
4.0 out of 5 stars The Frozen Lake
Excellent book, thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Kept you guessing
Published 19 days ago by Tiggy
5.0 out of 5 stars So many good authors, brilliant books
So many good authors, brilliant books, and if they were still paper and print I think I would be edging crabwise round my little home. Read more
Published 20 days ago by roseanya
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a very good book, from start to finish
It was a very good book, from start to finish, kept you guessing who is it, or who done it. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars LOVED it
Enjoyed this very much...only criticism is the intertwined relationships ...I could have done with a family tree or similar to refer to!!
Published 1 month ago by Melanie Reynolds
2.0 out of 5 stars hope to be good read
Not read yet
Published 1 month ago by jill patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars The frozen lake
This book had me gripped from about the fifth chapter. I will definitely be reading some more from Elizabeth Edmondson
Published 1 month ago by J A Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting story
Really enjoyed this book
Published 1 month ago by boo
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
Wonderful characters that each keep you hooked with their own story to tell. Some twist and turns that lead to a satisfying conclusion. Read more
Published 1 month ago by s parker
5.0 out of 5 stars but an easy bed time read
A bit rushed at the end, but an easy bed time read.
Published 2 months ago by mrs e white
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