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4.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 5 4.11 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kaya McLaren Narrator: Arthur Morey, Kirby Heyborne, Kimberly Farr, Kirsten Potter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781101052952
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An unforgettable debut novel about finding a home, a safe haven, and a family deep in Oregon farm country, Edith and Earl McRae are looking down the barrel of their fiftieth anniversary with none of the joy such a milestone should hold. Instead, they are stuck in a past that holds them to heartbreak and tragedy. Enter the mysterious and ever-so-slightly magical Mara O’Shaunessey who appears on their ranch with the power to mend long broken fences and show them how to recognize the enchantment of their everyday lives. Gracefully capturing the strange alchemy of people and places, Kaya McLaren’s story of redemption and rediscovery will inspire readers to find the magic and power in every day shared with the people they love.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/17/2011

    " This book made me feel grounded. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carole | 8/28/2010

    " This one couldn't compete with the author's DIVINITY OF SECOND CHANCES, but it was OK. The odd characters were more unsettling to me than were the ones in SECOND CHANCES. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 8/17/2010

    " This book was more than a little quirky, but I enjoyed it immensely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andi5567 | 8/9/2010

    " Really liked the characters in this book. Very fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 8/8/2010

    " The book was just OK. Not my style of reading material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathie | 5/25/2010

    " Another of our book club reads. Don't let the title deceive you (its not about a church; and not really about a dog, either). The characters are rich and very likable, the central character being a quirky artist who breaths life into every relationship she encounters! Wonderful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 4/3/2010

    " I can't put this book down! I love the characters! This reminds me a little of Odd Thomas if you took out all the murders. It has the same spiritual tone to it. It's such a feel-good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 1/6/2010

    " I am loving this book. Its hard to put it down. I am really enjoying how it is written from many different characters perspectives instead of one main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/15/2009

    " Sweet. Heart warming. A little funky. "

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About the Author
Author Kaya McLarenKaya McLaren is also author of On the Divinity of Second Chances and Church of the Dog. She lives and teaches third and fourth graders on the east slope of Snoqualmie Pass in Washington State. When Kaya’s not working, she likes to telemark ski, sit in hot springs, moonlight hike, and play in lakes with her dog, Big Cedar.
About the Narrators

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered multiple AudioFile Earphones awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered numerous Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.

Kimberly Farr is an actress and eight-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She has appeared on Broadway and at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Roundabout Theatre, Playwright’s Horizons, and the American Place. She created the role of “Eve” in Arthur Miller’s first and only musical, Up from Paradise, which was directed by the author. She appeared with Vanessa Redgrave in the Broadway production of The Lady from the Sea and has acted in regional theaters across the country, including a performance in the original production of The 1940’s Radio Hour at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage.

Kirsten Potter, who graduated with highest honors from Boston University, has narrated numerous audiobooks and has performed for television and in theaters across the country. She has won several awards, including eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her work has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and by AudioFile magazine, among many others.