Palace of Tears

  • by Julian Leatherdale
  • Narrated by Ming-Zhu Hii
  • 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The dazzling story of family, passion, secrets and vengeance, woven through the hardships of both World Wars and revealing the intriguing history of the Palace, the opulent Blue Mountains hotel famed for its luxury and mysterious owner.
A sweltering summer's day, January 1914: the charismatic and ruthless Adam Fox throws a lavish birthday party for his son and heir at his elegant clifftop hotel in the Blue Mountains. Everyone is invited except Angie, the girl from the cottage next door. The day will end in tragedy, a punishment for a family's secrets and lies.
In 2013 Fox's granddaughter, Lisa, seeks the truth about the past. Who is this Angie her mother speaks of: "the girl who broke all our hearts"? Why do locals call Fox's hotel the "palace of tears"? Behind the grandeur and glamour of its famous guests and glittering parties, Lisa discovers a hidden history of passion and revenge, loyalty and love.
A grand piano burns in the night, a seance promises death or forgiveness, a fire rages in a snowstorm, a painter's final masterpiece inspires betrayal, a child is given away. With twist upon twist, this lush, strange mystery withholds its shocking truth to the very end.

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Interestingly centred around the Hydro Majestic

I enjoyed this story probably because I live in Leura and have been familiar with the Hydro Majestic hotel from my early childhood days. I have stayed there throughout my life and seen its ups and downs including the recent renovations. I thought the story which is centred around the family who owned it was a bit loose and could have been tightened up ... it was too drawn out. However, it was entertaining most of the time. I am glad I listened to it even thought the narration could have been better at times.
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- Paddington

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2015
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd