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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (358 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Penelope J. Stokes Narrator: Kimberly Farr Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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All her adult life, Grace Benedict has been living a lie. Now that deception is about to catch up with her.

Thirty years ago, Grace and her college roommates—Liz, Tess, and Lovey—made a solemn vow: to hold onto their friendship, to support one another, to keep in touch through a circle journal that would make the rounds among them. And they promised always to tell each other the truth.

For three decades that journal has been circulating, carrying stories of Liz’s social justice activism in Atlanta and D.C.; of Tess’s fulfilling career and perfect home life; of Lovey’s dream marriage to a wealthy and powerful former pro football player.

But what is Grace to say? Her friends seem so happy and successful. She can’t bear to tell them how her life has spiraled downward since college, and she can’t bring herself to be honest about the dismal realities and bitter memories she faces every day.

She never intends to deceive them—not initially, anyway. She simply embellishes the truth a little, presents her life as a bit more respectable than it really is. But over the years one exaggeration leads to another, and the fiction grows …

Until she discovers that she’s going to die.

Alone and desolate and with little left to lose, Grace determines to take the risk of a lifetime, to reach out to Liz, Tess, and Lovey again. And when they reunite, her final battle becomes their struggle as well—a quest for trust, honesty, and enduring emotional connection.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stokes is a competent writer who knows how to craft a well-paced story…adventurous…fans will be surprised.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With abiding warmth and moving sensitivity, Stokes crafts an inspiring tribute to the power of true friendship.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michelle B | 2/17/2014

    " Well-written novel with wonderfully developed and intelligent characters. Great story of friendship. Good Read!! Will definitely read another novel by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Corinne | 1/29/2014

    " This was a pleasant but unremarkable book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kim | 1/28/2014

    " Good girlfriend book. A look at what happens as we all grow up and stay connected to our friends and see what different tolls our lives take. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carol | 1/26/2014

    " Nice story of 4 girls who were thrown together in college who became best friends. 30 years pass and Grace is dying of cancer and is alone. She decides to bring all her old friends together and confess her lies over the years. Predictable but good. "

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About the Author

Penelope J. Stokes is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Circle of Grace. She holds a PhD in Renaissance literature and has taught college level writing and literature.