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The Swiss Affair

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  294 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published September 12th 2013)
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Okay, so, I didn't really read this properly. I read about half, scanned through most of the rest, and then read the last couple of chapters. The reason I am giving it an I-liked-it rating of three stars anyway is that I don't think I am really the right audience for this book, and I think it would be unfair for me to write a bad review when my problems lie with some of the details of what happens, and not with the author's ability to create atmosphere or tell a story.

The book is set in the Fren
Lindsay (Little Reader Library)
I thought The Book of Summers was a beautifully written debut novel by a gifted new writer, and this captivating second novel by Emylia Hall confirms that talent.

Hadley Dunn is studying English at University, her life quiet and contented, when she discovers there is the opportunity to spend a year abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland. She’s still living happily at home, yet, realising this would be a year of freedom and opportunity for her, she grasps it. There she becomes firm friends with Kristina,
Liz Barnsley
Paperback Publication Date: March 13th 2014 from Headline.

For Hadley Dunn, life so far has been uneventful – no great loves, no searing losses. But that’s before she decides to spend a year studying in the glittering Swiss city of Lausanne, a place that feels alive with promise. Here Hadley meets Kristina, a beautiful but elusive Danish girl, and the two quickly form the strongest of bonds. Yet one November night, as the first snows of winter arrive, tragedy strikes.

I adored “The Book of Summers
Shaz Goodwin
Nov 17, 2013 Shaz Goodwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful prologue about Lausanne and its effect. From the very beginning I felt the magic of this place …

Beginning with Hadley observing a fellow student looking through the brochure for L’Institut Vaudois we find out how Hadley has stayed in her home town for Uni and how inexperienced she is with life. Family is the focus and mainstay for her.

She’s ready for change though and on the brink. Her perceptions are changing as she takes a step out of that ordinary life …

Hall captures the excitemen
Nov 25, 2014 Sue1958 rated it it was ok
I received this book from Good reads first reads.

I really can't say much about this book as it wasn't like anything I was expecting. It just wasn't for me, I tried very hard to get into the story, half way through I started to skim pages and just read the ending.

Its no reflection on the book, its just not my cuppa tea
Jan 31, 2014 Kristine rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Original review found at

* I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.*

I had mixed emotions when it came to this book. On one hand, I adored the setting and the description of Lausanne and felt that it was a story in itself. Reading how Hadley viewed the city and landscape was pure pleasure. On the other hand, the story that happens within the beautiful landscape fell a little bit short. I'm not sure if it was meant
Mar 01, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Hadley leaves her simple English life to travel to Lausanne, Switzerland for a year's study abroad. She immediately befriends the beautiful and mysterious, Kristina, and the two embark on a friendship riddled with secrets. When a tragic accident happens the night of Hadley's birthday, Hadley tries to decipher the secrets and make sense of a senseless accident.
This book, apparently somewhat based on Hall's own experiences studying abroad in Lausanne, puts a stunning city on display (I was especia
Nov 08, 2013 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Emylia Hall’s first novel, The Book of Summers, so I was always going to be looking out for more of her writing, but I suspect that a lovely title, a beautiful cover, and an intriguing title would have pulled me into this, her second novel, even if I’d had no idea who she was.

This is Hadley’s story. She was in her first year at university, still living at home, and shed had a smooth passage through life. She was bright, she was pretty, she was bookish and she came from a happy family. Bu
Tara Russell
Dec 21, 2015 Tara Russell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I took too long reading this; I got a library book with a waiting list while I was part-way through and so had a stop-start reading experience. This book has an absolutely wonderful sense of place, first experiences and the powerful nature of friendships, it seemed to lose momentum a bit in the middle, but that might be due to picking it up again after a break of a few days. Very enjoyable.
Apr 30, 2016 AudreyK rated it it was ok
When I read the beginning of The Swiss Affair, it appeared to be one of those books that wouldn't be able to hold my interest. I put it aside for a few days, but later continued and found myself drawn into the story - I completed the book at this second reading.

I never write reviews for books; however, the ending left me feeling exasperated and indignant somehow. I agree with some of the other reviews that it felt rushed and abrupt. I did love the plot twists and did not expect the ending. At al
Margaret Clark
2.5 stars

I picked this book up because it was set in Lausanne - I recently moved to Zurich and so am a sucker for any novel set in my newly-adopted home country. As other reviews have stated, the sweeping descriptions of Lausanne and the rest of Switzerland are the highlights of the book.

Unfortunately, most of the characters don't rise to meet the scenery. The overall plot was fine, the main character a bit boring, but I could not get over how creepy and unbelievably inappropriate it was for a
Amie Gaudet
Aug 20, 2014 Amie Gaudet rated it really liked it

I received an advance paperback copy of this book for free through the Goodreads Giveaway Program at
The idea is that authors provide readers with a copy of their book and the reader posts a fair and honest review in exchange. However, a review is not required, but it is appreciated.

Before reading this book I was unaware of the author, Emylia Hall. I have since learned that she has also authored a book called THE BOOK OF SUMMERS which has
Apr 30, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it
Friendship, Romance and Tragedy

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
Apr 03, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Swiss Affair is so many things, wrapped up in beautiful language, distinct and varying characters, and set upon wintery white Lausanne, Switzerland.

While reading, I felt like I WAS Hadley, young British innocent. I was brought back to my university days, with eyes wide and bright, seeing more in people than may have truly been there.... A time and place where anything was possible, adventure abounded, and I lived for luxuriating in every moment.

"There's a phrase in French, you know ... Il
Mar 26, 2014 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
English university student Hadley departs on a once in a life time university exchange to the Swiss town of Lausanne. Is she prepared for all of the different people that will cross her path in this beautiful city or will everything prove too much for her?

This is the first Emylia Hall book I have read and it will definitely not be the last! I started reading this novel whilst having my hair cut and to be honest I probably wouldn't have noticed if my hairdresser would have chopped off all of my h
Angela Oatham
Book review for A Heart bent out of Shape by Emylia Hall
(Amazon, Netgalley, Goodreads)

I wasn’t sure about this book to begin with. I found it difficult to believe that Hadley, a girl who hadn’t even left home to go to university, would suddenly decide she wanted to study in Switzerland but before we know it there she is and the book definitely improved with the beautiful descriptions of Lausanne. I haven’t been to the city but I have been to Switzerland and could relate strongly to the settings
Sepideh Sahebsara
Mar 16, 2014 Sepideh Sahebsara rated it really liked it
love it
***Proof review***

You may remember Emylia's name from The Book of Summers (a Richard and Judy Bookclub pick) which I read in August 2012. I loved that book - read it from the Library and then went out and bought my own copy! So I was very excited when I heard Emylia had a new book coming out (thank you Ben for the ARC).

Hadley is spending a year studying abroad. She won a university place at Lausanne, Switzerland and for Hadley it is a fresh start, an adventure and a year full of promise.

In hall
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Mar 01, 2014 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2014
2.5 stars. "The Swiss Affair" is the story of Hadley who travels to Lausanne, Switzerland during college to study abroad. Hadley is sort of sheltered when the book opens and is instantly swept up with Kristina, her Danish roommate, who seems much more worldly than Kristina. They fall into a fast friendship until suddenly their idyllic life in Switzerland comes to an abrupt halt. This book was a mixed bag for me.

I really liked the setting of the book. You all might know that I really like armchai
Mar 30, 2014 Ashleigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Heart Bent Out of Shape was definitely a deviation for me when it comes to my reading habits. Usually, I stick to the YA genre, but once in a while I like to dip in to the Adult genre for a change. This time, I chose to read A Heart Bent Out of Shape, which happens to be the first book I’ve been sent through Bookbridgr (which is awesome, by the way).

I’ve never read Emylia’s acclaimed debut novel, The Book of Summers, but I thought that the blurb for A Heart Bent Out of Shape (which was publish
Jan 07, 2015 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A chance encounter gives Hadley the exciting opportunity to spend a year studying abroad with a twinned university and herein her adventure starts.

What first strikes you is the beautiful surroundings that she arrives in and the author does a brilliant job at conveying the setting. It does just leap off the page to you, so much so you can almost feel the coldness of it all!

Coupled with the incredible setting, Hadley begins to forms new relationships. The unlikeliest of friendships with Hugo, an e
Jan 26, 2014 Vox rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

Before we begin, let me say that I loved this book. I hated – HATED – the ending, but in the best way possible.

Hadley is a college sophomore and leading a fairly staid, predictable, if not slightly dull life. She lives at home, where she helps her parents take care of her young brother. It isn’t that life isn’t good; Hadley’s life is almost idyllic to a certain extent. Her parents are happily married, her brother precocious, and she’s one of those people destined to lead a happy life.

May 27, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've only just finished the 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 from timid, homely Hadley applying to go to university in Switzerland to the confident young lady she becomes after being bashed about by life and love.

Hadley is a lovely character and I fell in love with her naivete and pretty personality almost immediately. Fairly quickly into the book we have met all the major pl
Mar 25, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I missed out on Emylia Hall's first novel, The Book of Summers: but I'll most certainly be putting that right in the not-too-distant future because I was absolutely captivated by her second, A Heart Bent Out Of Shape, published by Headline Review on 13th March.

Hadley Dunn - unexceptional in every way, living at home with her family and studying English at a nearby university - gets the opportunity to spend a year studying in Lausanne. Her excitement and enchantment with her new surroundings are
Robyn Koshel
Mar 31, 2014 Robyn Koshel rated it it was amazing
Read as A Heart Bent out of shape in the UK:

A heart bent out of shape is set in Lausanne Switzerland and offers the most breath-taking frosty setting. It is a slow burning mystery with plenty of sub plots. The characters are so beautifully crafted that you are immediately drawn into the story.

Hadley is a true representation of a young woman off on her own in the world alone for the first time. It is also a great depiction of the bonds and friendships that she forms along the way.

A Heart bent ou
Alisha Marie
In which I have immense wanderlust part deux. So, lately I've been reading books about different locations than mine, mainly because I'm so friggin' sick of my current location and really, really, really want to travel. So, in preparation for my travels (or to curb the feeling of wanting to leave now, and now, and NOW!), I keep wanting to read fiction books taking place in different countries. The book, Abroad brought me to Italy and now The Swiss Affair takes me to Switzerland. And man, was I t ...more
Lisa Dess
Feb 27, 2014 Lisa Dess rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful coming of age story.

Hadley leaves England to go to Switzerland for an year abroad program for college. What she wanted was an a debenture, something that would broaden her life; what she got was more than she expected.

Throughout the book you can see how Hadley is transforming herself. All the experiences she endures, both positive and negative, help mold her into a stronger person. Hadley went to Switzerland being naive and dull and by the end she matured and became more ad
LAUSANNE Une Aventure*

Anyone who dreams of a picture book build-up to Christmas should spend December in Switzerland! "In Lausanne's old town, felt-hatted merchants in leather aprons sold brown paper bags of hot chestnuts and cups of spiced wine. Sturdy, apple-cheeked men and women set up their tables in the Place de la Palud, laying out discs of hard cheese, and bouquets of lavender. At nightfall, the frost-licked shopping streets were swept with quiet, perhaps just a blast of music as the door
I love novels that draw you in within the opening pages and A Heart Bent Out of Shape does exactly that. The heroine Hadley is a sympathetic character, initially I felt she was a little too innocent and if I'm being harsh, a bit boring. But her character grows up throughout the novel and I found myself starting to like her more and more as the plot developed.

The story is based on Hadley's year abroad in Switzerland where she sparks a new friendship with her beautiful flatmate Kristina. The two
I was intrigued by this book because of the description: "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." (from BookReporte ...more
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