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3.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 5 3.85 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Luanne Rice Narrator: Susie Breck Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9781596005372
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Being a good mother is never simple: each day brings new choices and challenges. For Diane Robbins, being a devoted single mother has resulted in her greatest joy and darkest sorrow. Weeks before her daughter was born, she and her husband, Tim McIntosh, received the news that every parent fears. Tim had not reckoned on their child being anything less than perfect, and abruptly fled to a solitary existence on the sea. Diane was left with a newborn—almost alone.

It was Tim's brother, Alan, the town pediatrician, who stood by Diane and her exceptional daughter. Throughout years of waiting, watching, and caring, Alan hid his love for his brother's wife. But one of the many hard choices Diane has made is to close her heart toward any man—especially one named McIntosh. It will take a very special twelve-year-old to remind them all that love comes in many forms, and can be received with as much grace as it is given.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tightly paced story that is hard to put down…Rice’s message remains a powerful one: the strength of precious family ties can ultimately set things right.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Beautifully written with exquisite moments of tranquility.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “One of those rare reading experiences that we always hope for…What a joy!”

    Library Journal

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonica | 2/15/2014

    " I have seen this movie, and like all movies it seems the book is much more indepth. Tears of beauty and tears of sadnees melted into my pillow. I couldn't put the book down until I finished. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Swanbender2001 | 2/12/2014

    " I returned this to the library unfinished. I found I didn't have the patience to listen to this woman's problems and what was keeping her back from finding love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/11/2014

    " I loved this book. There was a movie made from it, but the book was so much better! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 2/9/2014

    " I read this after watching the Hallmark movie of the same title. It is a sweet story but not the best written book in the world. If you like mushy stuff and kids you will like this but if you do not, pass on it. "

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

    " Very touching story about the power of love. One of her best! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Blaine Morrow | 1/16/2014

    " More mushy than tender, but the last chapter was surprisingly moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerri | 1/15/2014

    " Terrific book about life with a special needs child and what it can do to a relationship...good and bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie Basham | 1/15/2014

    " This is the book that the Hallmark movie was based upon. The movie was better because there was no illicit sex scene in the movie...that was the most disappointing thing about this book. Had I known, and it not been near the end, I wouldn't have read it! I don't care to read such drivel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/8/2014

    " Really, really enjoyed the book. There were a few twists and turns that I totally did not see coming! I would recommend this book! I am excited to check out some other selections by this author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bcgrad | 12/20/2013

    " Favorite Quote: "We are, all of us, approaching the end of our time on earth. We all have gifts to bestow, but not one of us is finished yet." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denice Hogan | 12/14/2013

    " Loved this book. It was really good and kept my interest the whole time. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 12/12/2013

    " What can I say? I love Luanne Rice. She's definitely my guilty pleasure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shea | 12/11/2013

    " This is my favorite Luann Rice book. What a tribute to mothers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelle | 5/31/2013

    " It took me until about page 100 to really get into this book, but once I did, I couldn't put it down! I hope Luanne Rice continues the book into a Series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanie | 5/27/2013

    " Things happen for a reason and love still hangs on right to the end. This book gives strength and love to the reader "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie Whitehurst | 5/5/2013

    " One of my all time favorite books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Burks | 4/8/2013

    " Inspirational and moving story of girls and women and their capacity to love and nurture and forgive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lester | 2/27/2013

    " A 'nice' story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 dreamer | 1/2/2013

    " I enjoyed this, as I have all of Rice's works :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy C. | 11/20/2012

    " I enjoyed reading about the long developing relationship between the main characters, Diane and Alan. Diane's relationship with her exceptional daughter really adds to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicky | 9/17/2012

    " I like Luann Rice because she's from the Twin Cities & most of her stories are based in Minnesota. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rayni | 6/21/2012

    " I just wanted to shake Dianne, but I loved her mother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aiden Levi | 6/2/2012

    " satistying...teaches to forgive people you once loved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 8/9/2011

    " I loved this book, and I love Luanne Rice!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phyllis | 7/26/2011

    " Loved the book - loved the story as told on Hallmark. Great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 6/20/2011

    " Luanne Rice write great books to escape the reality of the tense world we live in, even if it is only for a few minutes a day. Improbable, self-sacrificing love! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dixie | 5/28/2011

    " Our book club selection of the month. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denice | 5/4/2011

    " Loved this book. It was really good and kept my interest the whole time. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 4/24/2011

    " This was my first Luanne Rice book, and still my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 12/11/2010

    " Woman gives birth to a child with special needs, her husband leaves her. They are introduced to a young girl from a dysfunctional (neglectful) family and they form a bond based on the child with special needs. A little predictable...but, lovely, nonetheless. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ali | 10/18/2010

    " Oh man, so unbelievably corny. And I have a high corny threshold. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aiden | 10/17/2010

    " satistying...teaches to forgive people you once loved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 9/8/2010

    " One of my all time favorite books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerri | 6/23/2010

    " Terrific book about life with a special needs child and what it can do to a relationship...good and bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 4/28/2010

    " Luanne Rice is always a good read. I had seen the movie on the Hallmark Channel. The book is a little different than the movie. Luanne really captures the complexities of human beings. Great love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/17/2010

    " Really, really enjoyed the book. There were a few twists and turns that I totally did not see coming! I would recommend this book! I am excited to check out some other selections by this author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/27/2010

    " This was a really good book, and its hard to describe what it is, because it was kind of a comedy/tragedy/romance type of book. I saw the movie first, and then read the book. The book is different from the movie, maybe a little better, but its still good. Would recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/26/2009

    " Hallmark Hall of Fame made a movie from this book and it's one of my favorites. When I found the book, I was anxious to read it. The characters are great and it was thrilling to know that after eleven years everyone's dreams are finally coming true. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronica | 10/21/2009

    " This was my first Luanne Rice book, I recall have a hard getting through the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanie | 10/3/2009

    " Things happen for a reason and love still hangs on right to the end. This book gives strength and love to the reader "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 9/5/2009

    " This is one of my favorite books. Not many books have the ability to make me laugh one minute and cry the next! Its a beautiful story of life and love, and how hardships can be turned into blessings. I would have given it 5 stars but I do not like the sex scenes. Otherwise I LOVE this book. "

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About the Author
Author Luanne Rice

Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels. Many of her novels, including Crazy in Love, Blue Moon, Beach Girls, and Silver Bells have been made into movies for television. Rice’s short stories, essays, and articles have been widely published in magazines and newspapers. “A Kiss after Dying,” Rice’s account of a Connecticut murder trial very personal to her family, kicked off Glamour magazine’s series of true crime pieces. She received an honorary degree from Connecticut College in 2002, and the school’s special collections library contains a collection bearing her name. She currently divides her time between New York City and Southern California.

About the Narrator

Susie Breck’s work has garnered awards both as narrator and director. She won an Audie Award, the audiobook industry’s top honor, for her narration of Sharyn McCrumb’s Ghost Riders. She is married to fellow voice talent Dick Hill, an AudioFile Golden Voice.