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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (278 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Catherine Hall Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At the beginning of World War II, twelve-year-old Nora Lynch is one of thousands of London children sent away to the safety of the English countryside. Her surrogate family, Reverend and Mrs. Rivers and their daughter, Grace, are like no one she has ever met, offering shelter, affection, and the sister she never had. But Nora is too young and too naïve to understand the cracks beneath the surface of her idyllic new life at the rectory or the disappointments of the Riverses’ marriage. And as her friendship with Grace grows more intense, she aches to become even closer. What happens next is a secret that she keeps for more than fifty years, a secret that she can begin to reveal only when, elderly and alone, Nora knows that she is close to the end.

A beautiful meditation on love, friendship, and family, Days of Grace is a stunning debut that brings a tumultuous era to life. Nora tells her story in alternating chapters from the past and present, projecting her childhood nostalgia with a cinematic glow.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bailey’s light British accent is perfect, and her subtle adjustments of pitch and clarity, which permit effortless transitions from naïve child to bitter old woman, are most impressive.”


  • “The prose, flitting between the present and wartime Kent, is as crisp, efficient, and quietly moving as Nora herself. Her attempt to find redemption and her struggle to forgive herself will engage readers to the end.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Et | 2/20/2014

    " Kept my interest, good story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Judith Yeabsley | 2/12/2014

    " Really enjoyed this. It was not cheery but a good story and I raced through it. It follows a girl evacuated during the war who falls in love with the daughter of the host family and all the repercussions that emanate from that and her decisions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allyson | 2/7/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book.....the beginning was kind of slow but once you got into the story, it was very intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by K. East | 1/30/2014

    " This book had a dark side to it from the start that almost put me off, but eventually, the main character grew on me and I wanted to know how it ended. This is the third book I've read lately that alternates chapters between two times in the life of the main character [or characters]. It's an interesting device, and it can make more interesting a story that might otherwise fall flat. This one lacked something in the telling that would have made it more immediate, more urgent. The historical background was interesting and made real, but I never really felt the depth of passion Nora had for Grace. Despite that fault, I still found it engrossing, hence the 4 stars. "

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About the Author

Catherine Hall was born in the Lake District in 1973 and brought up in an extended family on a remote hill farm. After reading English at Cambridge University, she moved to London, where she worked in documentary film production and then for an international peace-building organization before becoming a freelance writer and editor for human rights and development charities. She now divides her time between London and Italy.