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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,486 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Debbie Macomber Narrator: Trini Alvarado Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2004 ISBN: 9780060818203
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They were sisters once.

Almost forty years ago, in a more innocent time, two girls enter the convent. Angelina and Joanna come from vastly different backgrounds, but they have one thing in common: a desire to serve, to join in the community of sisters.

Despite the relative seclusion of the convent house in Minneapolis, they’re not immune to what’s happening in the world around them. In 1972 Angie’s involvement with a pregnant teenager triggers a crisis of faith. At the same time, Joanna’s relationship with a Vietnam veteran brings her face-to-face with the choices she made and didn’t make in her own life.

Then, Angie and Joanna leave the sisterhood, abandoning the convent for the exciting and confusing world outside. The world of choices to be made and risks to be taken. Of men and romantic love. The world of ordinary women.

Debbie Macomber illuminates women’s lives with compassion, with love and with grace. In Changing Habits she proves once again why she’s one of the world's most popular writers of fiction for, and about, women.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Macomber’s storytelling sometimes yields a tear, at other times a smile.”

    Daily Press (Newport News)

  • “Ms. Macomber provides the top in entertaining relationship dramas.”

    Reader to Reader

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evan | 2/13/2014

    " Actually quite an interesting story that was obviously researched. Changes in the Catholic church really impacted women called by God. The simplicity of the life of the three woman Debbie depicted was actually quite appealing; however, giving up all or most contact with the outside world would be too much of a downside. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patt | 2/13/2014

    " Spanning years from 1958 - 2002, this is an interesting story of three women, Angelina, Joanna, and Kathleen. All three, at different times, enter the order of St. Bridget Sisters of the Assumption.The book covers their adjustment to convent life and then, eventually, their adjustments to leaving the religious order. Very interesting story which delves into the years in which there was so much change going on in the Catholic church. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 2/5/2014

    " Read a long time ago "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 2/2/2014

    " I picked this up thinking it was a quickly read romance novel, but it isn't. The author wrote this historical fiction novel about three girls who become nuns. It follows them from their decision to enter the convent through their decisions to actual leave the convent and become ex-nuns. The author did a lot of research about the Catholic Church and the life of a nun. It is very interesting and provokes a lot of discussion. I never thought I would say this about a Debbie Macomber novel, but it would make a good read for a book club!Changing Habits "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonya | 2/1/2014

    " I really enjoyed the first part of the book. I learned about being a nun and even thought the transition from nun to not was interesting. It seemed like she hurried through the end though after having such a rich story in the beginning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 1/13/2014

    " So far this is my least favorite Macomber book. It follows 3 young women who become nuns but eventually leave the order to go out into the world. Other than the details of convent life (in the 60's and 70's) this was a fairly boring book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 1/9/2014

    " Still addressing women's issues, Macomber deals with women who have left the convent and their challenges within and subsequent leaving in a compassionate manner. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/9/2014

    " I enjoyed the charicters of this story...It shows you what women in the Catholic church went through in the 1970's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryann | 1/6/2014

    " Interesting story of 3 girls who became nuns. Interesting conflicts and resolutions each face during their lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/22/2013

    " Anyone who grew up in the Catholc Church around the 60's will like this story. "

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

    " This was a story following the lives of three girls who become nuns and eventually leave the convent. I don't know what it was, but I couldn't put this book down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue (booknbeachbag) | 12/2/2013

    " My only complaint with the story was that the relationships between the nuns wasn't well-developed. Yet we are supposed to believe that in 2002 they were thrilled to be together again because they'd be so close? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne | 11/28/2013

    " Predictable but still good. Nice tone. 3 young women enter the convent and all end up leaving for various reasons. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brittany | 11/20/2013

    " This book contained explicit content that I was not expecting. I have read several books by this author, and they were all very mild. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen S | 11/20/2013

    " This was a very enjoyable book. Kind of reminded me of my friend years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 11/18/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was about 3 different women who chose to become nuns. It followed their religious life for a while, and then how they came to make the decision to leave the convent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 8/1/2013

    " The story of three women who became nuns and later left. Probably, not a popular book with devout Catholics, but I found it interesting and easy to read. I read it after work and did not stay up late to finish :) If anyone wants to read it before I resell it let me know! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti | 3/9/2013

    " I read this while I was on vacation in Hawaii (down-time in the condo). I found it to be quite interesting, but somewhat predictable and formulaic. It was a great read though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 1/14/2013

    " I love Debbie Macomber books. This book is alot different than all her other books. I didn't know if I would like it when I first started reading. But I got hooked after the first few chapters. This is a must read book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misty Dickson | 8/21/2012

    " I am not catholic but I was very intrigued by this book. Great story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Eckel | 6/17/2012

    " Almost a sequel to "The Nun's Story" that I read in my youth when I was fascinated by the movie I saw on late night TV. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joyce | 4/21/2012

    " Very disappointing..very predictable..very boring!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kath | 2/12/2012

    " I've learned so much to this book: 1. it's okay to question 2.you really have to be true yourself 3.let go "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbie | 1/10/2012

    " I like Macomber's stories. I expected a little more detail about nuns. It was an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 11/5/2011

    " Good discussion and an interesting topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 8/23/2011

    " I always enjoy reading Debbie Macomber, light, quick reading and of course happy romances mixed in - what more could I ask for :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie Brazeau | 8/6/2011

    " Helped me to understand the sacrifice that a nun must make upon joining the convent. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brittany | 4/5/2011

    " This book contained explicit content that I was not expecting. I have read several books by this author, and they were all very mild. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-Frances | 3/14/2011

    " I really enjoyed this - the characters sort of seemed a bit contrived at times, so she could get her research all into the story, but I found it educational and liked the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hope4flowers | 3/11/2011

    " Good book. Like this author. Interesting to read about life in a convent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nanette | 9/11/2010

    " Does this portray the Catholic Church negatively? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 7/12/2010

    " Although this was enjoyable, it's not my most favorite book that Debbie Macomber wrote. Although it did get me teary eyed a few times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 6/7/2010

    " It was okay...library book..mama read this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 5/31/2010

    " I always enjoy reading Debbie Macomber, light, quick reading and of course happy romances mixed in - what more could I ask for :) "

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About the Author
Author Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Her novels have hit the number one on the New York Times bestsellers list as well as making the USA Today and Publishers Weekly lists. Her novels Mrs. Miracle and Call Me Mrs. Miracle inspired the Hallmark Channel’s top-watched movies for the year when they were released. She has more than 160 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

About the Narrator

Trini Alvarado's film credits include The Perez Family, Little Women, Stella and The Babe. On stage she played Melinda in Broadway's Runaways and appeared off-Broadway in Yours, Anne and Godspell.