Unlike the other residents of Middleton Hall, Stella is elegant, smart, and in control. Only Jenny, her care assistant, knows that she harbours a painful secret, and only she can prevent Stella from carrying it to the grave. As the women talk, Jenny pieces together the answers to many questions that arise: Why has she kept possession of a house that her family don't know about? What happened there that holds the key to a distant tragedy? As Jenny uses the house to meet her lover, she makes some unusual discoveries, but only when Stella leaves Jenny her tape recorder, into which she has recorded the true events of the past, can the truth be finally-and shockingly-revealed.
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"Terminal cancer patient Stella Newland spends her remaining days in an English nursing home. She reveals her darkest secret to her compassionate caretaker and friend, Genevieve Warner. Laural Merlington delivers an elegant interpretation of the refined Stella as she exposes her scandalous past. In her warm and majestic British accent, Merlington introduces the listener to Genevieve's gregarious lover and his self-indulgent, high-strung wife, establishing harmony with the first and a dislike for the latter. Through out the story, Merlington mesmerizes the listener with her rapid character exchanges, especially during Stella's reenactment of the worst day of her life. B.J.P. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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