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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (291 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marlena de Blasi Narrator: John McDonough, Robin Miles Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Marlena de Blasi, best-elling memoirist of A Thousand Days in Venice, makes her remarkable fiction debut with this poignant tale. Deemed an illegitimate child by her royal Polish family, Amandine is abandoned as a baby at a French convent. As she grows, Amandine struggles to accept her orphaned state. She longs to put together the missing pieces of her identity, but as WWII engulfs Europe, her time to find answers may be running short. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Poignant…In de Blasi’s tale of unexpected turns taken during the search for understanding and identity, she balances heartbreak, loneliness, fear, and hope with aplomb.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Amandine’s journey through life are palpable, and the reader shares in the sensual nature of the food described. The story is captivating, the characters are alive, and readers will hunger for more as the novel ends. Truly, de Blasi can be considered the Julia Child of fiction. A wonderful read for both fans of historical fiction and women’s fiction and one that shouldn’t be missed.”

    Library Journal

  • “Wartime France provides a vivid, dramatic background, and de Blasi’s experience as a food writer makes her descriptions of meals throughout the book even more evocative.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Trudi | 1/31/2014

    " Interesting to read but not a great book. Follows the life of a young girl of Polish birth who is placed in a French convent by her grandmother just prior to World War II. The girl's mother (Andzelika) has borne the child (Amandine) out of wedlock to the brother of the woman who was her father's lover. Amandine is born with a heart defect, and Andzelika's mother tells her daughter that Amandine died during surgery to repair the defect. She then places Amandine in the convent. The story then concentrates on Amandine and Solange, the woman chosen to care for Amandine - their life in the convent and on the road as they head for Northern France after the German invasion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cheryl | 1/23/2014

    " I wanted to give this 4 stars, but was so unhappy with the end. There are so many unresolved issues. I also didn't like that the narration skipped around in a pattern that I never figured out. Otherwise, a great story line and generally a page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melissa | 1/19/2014

    " Good, but not a page turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ronda M | 1/13/2014

    " I almost stopped reading this one in the first few chapters, but I persevered and came to like it more. The characters were great and I enjoyed the look inside the inner workings of a convent. My problem was the slow storyline and the pretentious French vocabulary. (I'm fine with a certain amount, but this was way overboard. I mean, okay, it's set in France, just translate it! ) It was interesting to read about the responses of ordinary French people to WWII, though. I would have given the book three stars, but the cliffhanger supposed-to-be-thought-provoking ending just killed it, even though it did force me to think about what would really constitute a "happy ending" for Amandine. "

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