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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (294 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cynthia Keller Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9780307967046
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Raised in a Pennsylvania Amish community, young mother Rachel Yoder has led a simple life within her close-knit family. Widowed three years ago, she has moved back in with her parents, attempting to raise her daughter, Katie, without further emotional upheaval. Meanwhile, four hours and a whole world away in New York City, Ellie Lawrence is laser-focused on a high-powered public relations career, with too little time for her family, her friends, or even her boyfriend.

Then one fateful day, these two very different women receive shocking news of a mistake made three decades earlier and long kept hidden: Shortly after their births, the two were accidentally switched in the hospital. Shaken to the core by this momentous news, Rachel and Ellie are plunged into an exploration of who they are and where they really belong. While Ellie is eager to learn more about her Amish family and their life in the countryside, Rachel cannot help but feel jealous as she watches the only mother she has ever known bonding so easily with her natural daughter. But Rachel also knows that her own biological family is out there, and with Katie at her side she heads for Manhattan, where she establishes a connection with the raucous, spirited Lawrences.

As Ellie and Rachel make their way through unfamiliar landscapes, they face life-altering challenges and grapple with a crucial question: Will their old conventions and desires give way to new customs and yearnings? With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, it takes the love of two families for Rachel and Ellie to discover their own paths to fulfillment and happiness.


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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce Boos | 2/13/2014

    " I won this book thru Good Reads and what a good book it was. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Would be nice to see this made into a series :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merceda | 1/20/2014

    " Decent book. The last chapter truly summed up what came to pass through the women having been swapped at birth, and how they both ended up with two families, and how it brought the families together in ways that would not have happened otherwise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 1/14/2014

    " I liked this book about two thirty-year-old girls who find that they were switched at birth. What's different about this book is that one family is Amish from Lancaster, and the other is from NYC. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi | 1/1/2014

    " This was an amazing book!! I wasn't sure if I was going to like it but once I started reading I couldn't put it down. Yah!! I'm almost upset its over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lea | 12/31/2013

    " What a great plot. Only half way through but can't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 12/29/2013

    " Not just about Christmas. A great read about something one can only imagine--being switched accidentally at birth and discovering this as an adult, after living one's life as someone you really aren't! Compelling reading. Good character development and very thought-provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndi | 5/6/2013

    " This is a winner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/26/2013

    " This is the stories of babies switched at birth, however the families do not find out until both girls are 30 years old. The twist one family is Amish and the other is from New York City. The story was very well told and very enjoyable an easy read and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 3/7/2013

    " Great Book I finished it in three nights. I just had to know what happended next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 2/15/2013

    " this was so good i had a hard time putting it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 12/22/2012

    " Quick read. Interesting story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 8/5/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. The characters felt real, but the story was a little far fetched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 3/31/2012

    " What a heart warming pleasure to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathi | 3/26/2012

    " I feel this book did not get interesting until page 89..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 3/22/2012

    " Really sweet book! So much going on but very easy to follow and enjoy! Characters I loved! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy White | 3/21/2012

    " This was a good book. I can't imagine being taken home by the wrong parents at birth, but it has happened. The family's handled the situation quite well. This was a well written story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 10/28/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. I think anyone who is interested in the simple, traditional life of the Amish will enjoy it. Two babies are switched at birth. This book is about the aftermath of this mistake. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 10/23/2011

    " Great Book I finished it in three nights. I just had to know what happended next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 10/10/2011

    " I won this book thru Good Reads and what a good book it was. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Would be nice to see this made into a series :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 10/7/2011

    " Great holiday read!! I can't wait to read Cynthia Kellers other book. "

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About the Narrator

Susan Denaker is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her extensive theater credits include numerous plays in the West End of London, national tours, many English rep companies, including a season with Alan Ayckbourn’s company in Scarborough. In the US, she has appeared in Our Town and Sweet Bird of Youth at the La Jolla Playhouse and Breaking Legs at the Westport Playhouse.