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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (782 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Gaffney Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN: 9781596007826
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Can grief last for a person's whole life? That is the question that haunts Carrie as she mourns the sudden death of her husband, and the much earlier death of their love. Carrie's overbearing mother, Dana, also silently mourns a painful loss: the disintegration of her relationship with her daughter. At the end point of their two generations, Ruth—Carrie's precocious child on the brink of womanhood—struggles with the loss of her father and the emotional abandonment of her mother. Still, she is eager to discover who she is and what life holds, even if that knowledge draws her away from the people she loves.

Through the stories of three unforgettable women, New York Times bestseller Patricia Gaffney explores the despair and hope, misunderstanding and compassion, anger and love that can divide a family…yet ultimately binds it together.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila Guevin | 2/16/2014

    " Like many female writers, it is a romance novel but with more depth of character. There is a dead husband, a teenage daughter, an emotionally absent older father, and a dominating mother. Middle age woman comes of age and gets a second chance with the boy she loved in high school. Despite its predictable plot lines, the characters are colorful and the story a pleasant read. The concept of the "Arkists" a church group built on the principles of Noah and his Ark is the one truly original plot line! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/12/2014

    " I quite liked this one. Interesting and poignant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Kundrath | 2/9/2014

    " Very good book. My mom recommended that I read this, and reluctantly, I agreed. Coming up on the 1-year anniversary of my father's passing, I felt a lot of the emotions that the characters in the book felt. The book was written in such a fashion that each chapter was narrated by either the mother, the daughter, or the granddaughter. I saw a lot of myself in the granddaughter and in the daughter(at times). I definitely saw a lot of my mom in the mother and the daughter. All in all, I enjoyed the book. "

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

    " Basically, a story about 3 generations of mothers and daughters dealing with the loss of a husband, father, and son-in-law, their struggles with the pain of that loss and the complexities of relationships. Funnily enough it made me question some of my parenting, wishing I had handled a few things differently; wishing I could have some do-overs. Patricia Gaffney writes, "And mothering never got less complicated. All you could do was hope...to do no harm." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marti | 1/27/2014

    " Passed on to me from Mom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 1/25/2014

    " A quick, light read. I was grabbed quickly by the situation and enjoyed the relationships revealed throughout the novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marsha | 1/16/2014

    " Interesting story about Dana, Carrie and Ruth and the mother-daughter relationship and how it changes over time - odd sub-plot about the ark being built in town and Carrie's involvement with that - overall a decent read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mklinthicum | 12/29/2013

    " This book is about a teenage daughter, her mother, and grandmother. Each chapter is narrated by one of them. To me this book was very slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 10/22/2013

    " This was a re-read. Funny, I had more sympathy for the young daughter the first time around - I guess that just means I'm getting old. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanie | 10/15/2013

    " After really liking The Saving Graces this book was sort of a disappointment. The concept is good, the story is told from the points of view of three generations of women after the husband/father/son-in-law dies. Okay story, not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 10/9/2013

    " Nowhere near as good as her first book, The Saving Graces. It didn't have much of a plot and I found most of the main characters unlikeable. A lot of the action centers on the fact that a 42 year-old woman is unable to stand up to her overbearing mother. Might as well just watch Dr. Phil. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/30/2013

    " The book was an easy read, and told an interesting story of the interaction with mothers and daughters across generations. I could relate! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/26/2013

    " Nicely told story. From 3 characters points of view: Mother, Daughter, and Grandmother. The 3 different perspectives made the story even more enjoyable. I would recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susie Klinefelter | 10/17/2012

    " This was a good, solid book about the relationships of a grandmother, mother and daughter. It was a bit of a slow start, but glad I stuck with it. I got way more invested in the characters toward the middle of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 3/18/2012

    " I loved the interaction between the three women - gradmother, mother and daughter. Each chapter is written from the perspective of one of the three and as the story unfolds one can understand each woman, and how she sees, and deals with problems. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 3/5/2012

    " It wasn't the compelling, read-read-read kind of book I'd been expecting/hoping for. Which is also to say that by the end, I just wanted it to be over and nearly didn't finish it, rare for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha Grace | 1/8/2012

    " A novel about 3 generations of women - interesting but traditional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy T | 12/6/2011

    " I enjoyed this book about mother and daughter relationships. I did find the book dragged at times, but then pick up again up enough for me to complete the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 10/21/2011

    " Sympathetic and entertaining story of three generations of women in small-town Virginia (grandmother, daughter, and granddaughter). Well-developed characters are easy to identify with. Also a few laughs! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirstie | 9/30/2011

    " Not one I'd recommend, but not horrendous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 9/12/2011

    " I really enjoyed reading about the relationships of the three women in this story. The author did a good job making the characters real, and I really cared what happened to them in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy Molloy | 6/15/2011

    " Good book, good have picked something else besides the part about the ark though "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pam | 6/9/2011

    " I thought this book started out slow and was not a smooth read. I didn't like the transition between the characters/chapters and found myself trying to figure out who was the narrator rather than enjoying the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen | 3/11/2011

    " I was disappointed with this one as I'd just finished reading her novel "The Saving Graces", which I really enjoyed. This one was bland and predictable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah (Mood Reader) | 1/19/2011

    " A slow book to get into and then VERY DRY! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 12/27/2010

    " I liked this alot, but it was kind of slow going. The last several chapters went real quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 11/20/2010

    " A novel about 3 generations of women - interesting but traditional. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah (Mood Reader) | 2/28/2010

    " A slow book to get into and then VERY DRY! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pam | 2/25/2010

    " I thought this book started out slow and was not a smooth read. I didn't like the transition between the characters/chapters and found myself trying to figure out who was the narrator rather than enjoying the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mklinthicum | 11/24/2009

    " This book is about a teenage daughter, her mother, and grandmother. Each chapter is narrated by one of them. To me this book was very slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 8/19/2009

    " Nicely told story. From 3 characters points of view: Mother, Daughter, and Grandmother. The 3 different perspectives made the story even more enjoyable. I would recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 8/10/2009

    " Easy and entertaining, told from viewpoints of a grandmother, mother, and daughter "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy T | 3/24/2009

    " I enjoyed this book about mother and daughter relationships. I did find the book dragged at times, but then pick up again up enough for me to complete the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 2/28/2009

    " I loved the interaction between the three women - gradmother, mother and daughter. Each chapter is written from the perspective of one of the three and as the story unfolds one can understand each woman, and how she sees, and deals with problems. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 1/19/2009

    " Sympathetic and entertaining story of three generations of women in small-town Virginia (grandmother, daughter, and granddaughter). Well-developed characters are easy to identify with. Also a few laughs! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/5/2009

    " This was a re-read. Funny, I had more sympathy for the young daughter the first time around - I guess that just means I'm getting old. "

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About the Author
Author Patricia Gaffney

Patricia Gaffney began her writing career with the publication of Sweet Treason, a historical romance set in revolutionary Scotland. Eleven romance novels later, she tried something different: The Saving Graces, a story of women’s friendships that ended up spending seventeen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. Circle of Three, Flight Lessons, and The Goodbye Summer followed, all bestsellers that established Gaffney as a premier mainstream fiction writer.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit and a winner of eight Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.