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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (212 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Samuel Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2002 ISBN: 9781415912287
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With her acclaimed hardcover debut, No Place Like Home, readers enthusiastically welcomed Barbara Samuel into the ranks of bestselling women’s fiction, applauding her stirring novel of loss and redemption. In A Piece of Heaven, she shares another poignant tale rich in atmosphere and insight that explores the complexity of relationships, the importance of family, and the healing power of love.

In the sun-baked hills of New Mexico, Luna McGraw has lived a lifetime of regrets, struggling to conquer the demons that destroyed her marriage and caused her to lose custody of her beloved daughter. But as Luna fights to rebuild a relationship with the troubled teenager, she remains haunted by images of her own childhood and the father she barely knew.

Strong and resilient as the houses he builds, Thomas Coyote comes into Luna’s life one extraordinary night when his grandmother nearly dies while conjuring a fiery brew of spiritual enchantment. Luna does not need a man— especially one with a needy ex-wife—to complicate her fragile dreams of the future. Their attraction pushes them both beyond reason into a place where there is only possibility. Yet it will take more than passion to recover the tattered pieces of Luna’s soul, more than time to forgive the sins of an offending husband, and more than promises to mend the broken heart of a child.

A Piece of Heaven is an irresistible novel full of colorful characters and lush settings spiced with the magical flavors of the Southwest, a brilliant tapestry of romance and realism by a master storyteller.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Samuel has created truly three-dimensional characters, filled with flaws, strengths, and idiosyncrasies. As lyrical as a Spanish ballad, peppered with Southwestern metaphors and allusions, and written in a style evocative of Barbara Kingsolver at her best. Library Journal
  • “BARBARA SAMUELS IS ‘A POET OF THE NEW WEST.’ MARY JO PUTNEY
  • “BARBARA SAMUELS IS IRRESISTIBLE. She writes compelling, poignant stories that will touch the heart of any woman. SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS
  • A deep and wise love story . . . Mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters—there’s something wonderful here for every reader. JO-ANN MAPSON
    Author of Bad Girl Creek and Along Came Mary
  • “The humorously self-effacing characters and sensitive exploration of family relationships ensure the book’s appeal to readers of women's fiction.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Samuel has created truly three-dimensional characters, filled with flaws, strengths, and idiosyncrasies. As lyrical as a Spanish ballad, peppered with Southwestern metaphors and allusions, and written in a style evocative of Barbara Kingsolver at her best.”

    Library Journal

  • “A deep and wise love story…Mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters—there’s something wonderful here for every reader.”

    Jo-Ann Mapson, author of Bad Girl Creek

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 12/4/2013

    " I read this book when it first came out and am re-reading it. Sometimes a second read gives another perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 12/1/2013

    " Enjoyed it. Good beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 10/24/2013

    " Wonderful tale of loss and redemption. Samuels characters are full of warmth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 10/3/2012

    " I cared about each and everyone of the characters that Barbara created. I thought the descriptions of New Mexico were lovely and I could picture the places. There was a bit too much sex that I didn't think really added to the storyline, but overall a great book that has made me read more of hers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 9/20/2012

    " I really enjoyed this. The book is set in Taos, NM and the characters are very interesting and layered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 7/3/2012

    " I like her books because she talks about real issues and the characters have flaws. Refreshing and real! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 6/4/2012

    " Loved this book. It is one I would read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stasha | 11/23/2011

    " I really enjoyed it.It's a classic story of learning to let go of the past to embrace new beginnings and possibilities, but at the same time it was just so...different. I really loved the New Mexico setting - reading about the place makes me want to go there :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 10/21/2011

    " Great story. It took Walker 2 beach trips to read this. I did it in 3 days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 7/9/2011

    " Great book! I haven't read a good one like this in a long time! These characters, although flawed, were great together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geralyn | 6/13/2011

    " i forgot i already read this, good love story, relationship(s) with daughter etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vikki | 5/16/2011

    " This was a great book. A girl goes to live with her mother after not being with her for nine or so years. Great characters in this book. I loved the teenager and the mom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 4/20/2011

    " I just really like her books. I don't know why. Maybe because they are so full of hope. Here are these characters that have gone through so much, and yet everything turns out OK for them in the end. It give the read hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 8/26/2010

    " I like her books because she talks about real issues and the characters have flaws. Refreshing and real! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 8/10/2010

    " I really enjoyed this. The book is set in Taos, NM and the characters are very interesting and layered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vikki | 5/6/2010

    " This was a great book. A girl goes to live with her mother after not being with her for nine or so years. Great characters in this book. I loved the teenager and the mom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 5/2/2010

    " I cared about each and everyone of the characters that Barbara created. I thought the descriptions of New Mexico were lovely and I could picture the places. There was a bit too much sex that I didn't think really added to the storyline, but overall a great book that has made me read more of hers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geralyn | 12/17/2009

    " i forgot i already read this, good love story, relationship(s) with daughter etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stasha | 8/25/2009

    " I really enjoyed it.It's a classic story of learning to let go of the past to embrace new beginnings and possibilities, but at the same time it was just so...different. I really loved the New Mexico setting - reading about the place makes me want to go there :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 4/3/2009

    " I just really like her books. I don't know why. Maybe because they are so full of hope. Here are these characters that have gone through so much, and yet everything turns out OK for them in the end. It give the read hope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tif | 3/26/2009

    " It took a while for me to get into this one. But I do love that Barbara Samuel's characters are always flawed--some very much so--but in the end you always find a way to identify with and appreciate them.

    Loved all the details about New Mexico again. This time it was Taos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 4/12/2008

    " Loved this book. It is one I would read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 3/27/2008

    " Great story. It took Walker 2 beach trips to read this. I did it in 3 days. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Samuel

Barbara Samuel is an award-winning author and lives in Pueblo, Colorado with her husband and two sons.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.