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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 Dunn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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

  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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