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The Swiss Affair [Kindle Edition]

Emylia Hall
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the highly acclaimed author of The Book of Summers comes a tale of love, lies and innocence lost 

For Hadley Dunn, life has been predictable and uneventful. But that is before she spends her second year of college abroad in Lausanne, a glamorous Swiss city on the shores of Lake Geneva. Lausanne is imbued with the boundless sense of freedom Hadley has been seeking, and it is here she meets Kristina, a beautiful but mysterious Danish girl. The two bond quickly, but as the first snows of winter arrive, tragedy strikes. 

Driven by guilt and haunted by suspicion, Hadley resolves to find the truth about what really happened that night, and so begins a search that will consume her, the city she loves, and the lives of two very different men. Set against the backdrop of a uniquely captivating city, The Swiss Affair is an evocative portrayal of a journey of discovery and a compelling exploration of how our connections—with people, with places—make us who we are.

Editorial Reviews


"Hall deftly captures Hadley's transformation, set against the beautiful canvas of a picturesque Swiss city."-Publishers Weekly on The Swiss Affair

"Breathtaking... Readers will appreciate the solid, artistic, beautifully descriptive quality of Emylia Hall's writing." on The Book of Summers

"Tender and lovely....This is a novel I will keep on my bookshelf forever."

-Rebecca Rasmussen, author of The Bird Sisters

"Elegantly written and intensely intimate.... A moving, poetic debut!"

-Marisa de los Santos, bestselling author of Love Walked In and Falling Together

"In her thoroughly enchanting debut, Hall casts a spell with this coming-of-age tale that feels... 'like magic caught and held.'"


"A poignant tale of a daughter strung between two parents and of the kind of silence and secrets that destroy families."

-Kirkus Review

"Hall's lovely and haunting debut...will entrance readers."

-Publisher's Weekly

"A beautifully written debut novel capturing the light and shadow of memory and shared lives. A good choice for book clubs."

-Library Journal

"With writing that is poignant and filled with emotion...this story will stay in the heart for a long time. It's a definite keeper."

-RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick!

"Bold, joyful, carefree...Vivid and beguiling."

-Sacramento Book Review

About the Author

Emylia Hall’s short fiction has appeared in a number of publications, and she was dubbed by Elle magazine (UK) as one of 2012’s three most anticipated debut novelists. She lives in the UK with her husband, who is also an author. The Book of Summers is Emylia’s first novel and is inspired by her childhood memories of vacations spent in rural Hungary.

Product Details

  • File Size: 535 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0778314650
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (January 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F12GZ7Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,207 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written! February 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Swiss Affair is definitely geared to the young adult or college age readers. This is the story of Hadley Dunn, a young woman's coming of age, and her one year of self-discovery while she is abroad. I must say, I had my doubts that I was not going to enjoy this book. But, what a pleasant surprise! Emylia Hall has crafted a beautifully written novel with her descriptive writing. She certainly paints a picture with words - lush descriptions of the scenery in Lausanne - I felt like I was there. And she does a marvelous job getting into the hearts and minds of the characters.

Hadley Dunn was going to be spending her second year of college abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland. French was to be the common language for a year. Lausanne, very elegant and stylish, appears to be a place of privilege. She was far from home, no one knew her, and she was feeling a sense of freedom.

Hadley soon meets the very exotic Kristina Hartmann and they connect from the beginning. Kristina's whole being glowed with sophistication and Hadley was impressed with her, never knowing anyone like her. Kristina is involved in a secret relationship that she's not able to be completely honest about, but this makes her even more interesting in Hadley's eyes.

Joel wilson is an American professor teaching American Literature, specialism - Hemingway. He is twice Hadley's age, but she finds herself attracted to him. Joel seems to be harboring some dark secrets and Hadley's life is about to change quickly. There are many Hemingway references made through Joel's character, which added interest and dimension to the storyline.

Hugo Bezier, a favorite character, is an elderly writer who has lost his zeal for writing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-crafted and evocative novel January 24, 2014
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This novel was an absolutely perfect read for a chilly winter afternoon when I had no desire to do anything but cuddle up with a good book. It would perhaps have been even better if I'd been snowbound in a cozy mountain cabin, but Hall's descriptions of Lausanne and the surrounding scenery were evocative enough that they really didn't need supplementation.

From my perspective, this story is exceedingly well-crafted. As already mentioned, the place descriptions are glorious, and add a great deal of richness to the narrative. The characterizations are extremely effective, especially of Hadley and Kristina, although Hugo as the main "supporting actor" is wonderfully intriguing. The plot is delicately nuanced, and develops suspense without overplaying it. The emotional and psychological aspects likewise ring true without being unduly belabored. There are no real villains here, but there is great tragedy, as must always be true when a young life is lost pointlessly. And as always, there is more than enough guilt to go around, as several characters are overwhelmed by their own probable contributions to the tragic event.

There is an interesting section at the end called a "Reader's Guide" with possible discussion questions if the book is used as part of a book-club study, as well as a rather nice "Conversation" with the author. Both of these should prove of value to readers who desire more than brief entertainment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Mystery April 30, 2014
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"The Swiss Affair" by Emylia Hall is an interesting mystery but didn't pull me into it. The descriptions are rich and very wonderful to read about. The story barely kept my interest enough to finish the book. I didn't find the first part of the book believable and didn't think the characters had enough depth to their personalities. A lot of people seem to have really enjoyed the book so maybe I'm just not the target audience.

I didn't find the book horrible, just okay. There is a "look inside" feature that gives you an opportunity to read a sample of it. My recommendation is to take a look inside and see how you like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Friendship, Romance and Tragedy April 30, 2014
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Hadley Dunn thinks she's perfectly satisfied with her life. She chose to stay at home for university and help her parents care for her baby brother, but when an opportunity to become an exchange student in Lausanne, Switzerland becomes available, she grabs a chance for freedom.

The city immediately captivates her. She meets the other students in her lodging, but doesn't feel particularly drawn to any of them until she meets Kristina, a Danish girl, who has the room next door. The two girls are drawn to each other and for a few months have an ideal friendship. But Kristina has a secret that begins to drive them apart. Then tragedy strikes and Hadley spends the rest of the book trying to understand what happened.

The setting in this novel is idyllic. The city of Lausanne with the quaint houses and shops and the lake is beautifully described. It makes you want to visit.

Hadley and Kristina are well drawn characters, particularly when interacting with each other. However, at the end of the novel where Hadley is acting on her own, I found her less delightful. She clung to her grief, tried to drag everyone else with her, and couldn't let go.

The book is well worth reading for the setting, if nothing else. It's primarily a character study, but isn't overly analytical. The plot is a little thin, but the hints of mystery keep you reading. It's an enjoyable novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to love this book
I really wanted to love this book. College. Switzerland. Friendship. Love. Mystery. What's not to like? Unfortunately, I just couldn't settle in. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mrs.A
4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet look at youth
The Swiss Affair is a coming of age story that combines romance, friendship, and mystery quite successfully. Read more
Published 12 days ago by ephemeral
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great.
I really wanted to like this book more then I did. It sounded like a promising story and with 4 1/2 stars I was sure I would love it. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Arielle Johnston
4.0 out of 5 stars Vivid Imagery, So-So Story
The gentle story of college student Hadley Dunn seems to almost occur out of time. After spending her first year of school living at home, Hadley heads to Switzerland for a year... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. WIlliams
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heart Bent Out Of Shape
I've just finished this book and I'm feeling at a loss for the right words to describe how warm, comforting and professional this story feels and how agilely the story progresses... Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars BITTERSWEET!
This was a lovely story! The author did weave clues to the ending throughout the last chapter. I was sorry to see it end.I plan on looking for more books by this author!
Published 2 months ago by Toni Elise Guerra
5.0 out of 5 stars Harlequin's First Foray Into Literary Fiction
This is a wonderful book about a romance in Switzerland published by Harlequin and surprise! It's really pretty good and in fact it fits the bill of literary fiction. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynn Ellingwood
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully written and beautiful setting
I love Switzerland, but I haven't been there for quite a few years now. It was quite a treat to get to read such a well written and beautifully descriptive book that takes place in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J-J-J-Jinx!
5.0 out of 5 stars Took me right back to my college years
Mira Books is a book publishing imprint of Harlequin Enterprises that focuses on mainstream fiction. Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. B. MULLIGAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance, tragedy, mystery, PLOT TWIST
Hadley Dunn is a girl from a small, lower middle-class family. She applies to do a year abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland and is surprised and overjoyed when she is accepted. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dave Astle
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