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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: Patricia Kalember Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2004 ISBN: 9780739312117
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Thirty years ago, Grace and her college roommates (Liz, Tess, and Lovey) made a solemn vow: to hold on to 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 one another 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 everyday.

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 and Tess and Lovey again. And when they reunite, her final battle becomes their struggle as well, a quest for truth, honesty, and enduring emotional connection.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 2/15/2014

    " It was a little depressing at first because it seemed they all had terrible lives but it ended okay. It was interesting to hear what they come up with for the definition of truth. Some things to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loni Spendlove | 2/4/2014

    " I've always wanted to write a book about the power of friendships, but apparently it has been written by Penelope Stokes! This was a beautiful journey through the years as college women find unexpected kinship between 4 different personalities, and learn to love one another. As life's hardships happen, they build unnecessary walls that prevent the full measure of love they could glean from the friendship. Only when death faces one of them do they reach out to fully complete the circle that connected them from the beginning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane Hoppe | 1/30/2014

    " Four women learn (the hard way) that transparency with true friends leads to intimacy. In spite of the pain, the joys of intimate friendships are worth everything. Stokes tells the stories of 30 years of secrets in these college friends' lives; I could identify with parts of all the stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh Anne Wilkes | 1/30/2014

    " Story of friendship and forgiveness. I group of friends are reunited years later and learn to understand and love each other all over again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/25/2014

    " I read this book at a time in my life when I was in a downward spiral. I felt abandoned by many of my close friends and seemed to be disgruntled by almost everything. I've since realized the downward spiral had nothing to do with my friends but my own inner struggles but this book helped to get me started back on the right track. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy B | 1/15/2014

    " Another wonderful Penelope Stokes book. Would highly recommend it! "

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

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grannyvango | 12/28/2013

    " Very good book held my attention all the way thru.You feel you know the people in the story & get caught up in whats going on in their lives.A real page turner for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynett Heritz | 12/20/2013

    " A great book about friendships, how we preceive each other and our lives. You will cry and laugh. To Girlfriends.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 12/2/2013

    " Four girls were friends in college. Forty years later they get together. For me, this was a very good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia Cluthe | 10/22/2013

    " This is a wonderful book about truth, faith and the unbelievable bond of friendship between women "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kerri | 10/11/2013

    " I know other people liked it, maybe I just wasn't in the mood for a predictable downer of a book. Didn't even finish it, I skimmed the last 100 pages just to wrap it up "

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

    " What an idea! & books on female friendships always grab my eye...this one was worth looking into! Well written. I truly loved the ending. Not contrived. Will look to read others from this author. She has a knack for depth of characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Van Peenan | 10/9/2012

    " This is a good beach/quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 7/31/2012

    " Penelope is great at creating cathartic feel good stories. I can always imagine a Hallmark movie made from her books. Someday perhaps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin K | 6/1/2012

    " This is a great book about womens friendships and how important they are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emilie | 4/27/2012

    " This was a plane read. Easy to follow along without you full attention. A bit predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 4/2/2012

    " Pretty good, I like her style of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 12/21/2011

    " Not a fast reading book~but a good one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan Rodriguez | 12/9/2011

    " Kind of cliche, but kind of sweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle B | 11/21/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/26/2011

    " Wonderful story of friendship, truth and the longevity of friendship. Very touching story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cammie | 6/20/2011

    " On the top of my list! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 2/24/2011

    " Story about women's friendships, the strength and support through the years. Touching. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhoda | 11/21/2010

    " This would make a good Lifetime movie; a little too predictable and sappy but it did have some redeeming moments. A story of college friends who had shared a circle letter for 30 years before meeting together for a reunion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 5/22/2010

    " It was a good story of friends who had lost touch over the years and then reconnected "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 4/18/2010

    " Four girls were friends in college. Forty years later they get together. For me, this was a very good book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Casey | 3/8/2010

    " Good story, but I did not appreciate the language. I thought it was a Christian novel, but the swearing was atrocious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 2/18/2010

    " This is a good beach/quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corinne | 2/9/2010

    " This was a pleasant but unremarkable book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 8/13/2009

    " Not a fast reading book~but a good one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 8/2/2009

    " Four women learn (the hard way) that transparency with true friends leads to intimacy. In spite of the pain, the joys of intimate friendships are worth everything. Stokes tells the stories of 30 years of secrets in these college friends' lives; I could identify with parts of all the stories. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kerri | 7/19/2009

    " I know other people liked it, maybe I just wasn't in the mood for a predictable downer of a book. Didn't even finish it, I skimmed the last 100 pages just to wrap it up "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 kelly | 7/5/2009

    " Read on vacation for book group. Women in midlife crisis trying to reevaluate their lives and oops - someone has cancer... sorry - yawn. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellie | 5/29/2009

    " I gave it 50 pages or so, but could not handle the total web of lies told by Grace--for 30 years. I felt sorry for her but did not want to descend into her personal hell. Interesting to see how others seemed to love it. No matter---on to the next book! "

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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.