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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (757 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tawni O’Dell Narrator: Paul Boehmer, Laural Merlington Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When their hard-drinking but loving father dies in a car accident, teenage brothers Kyle and Klint Hayes face a bleak prospect: leaving their Pennsylvania hometown for an uncertain life in Arizona with the mother who ran out on them years ago. But in a strange twist of fate, their town's matriarch, an eccentric, wealthy old woman whose family once owned the county coal mines, hears the boys' story. Candace Jack doesn't have an ounce of maternal instinct, yet for reasons she does not even understand herself, she is compelled to offer Kyle and Klint a home.

Suddenly, the two boys go from living in a small, run-down house on a gravel road to a stately mansion filled with sumptuous furnishings and beautiful artwork - artwork that's predominantly centered, oddly, on bull fighting. And then there's Miss Jack's real-life bull: Ventisco - a regal, hulking, jet-black beast who roams the land she owns with fiery impudence.

Kyle adjusts more easily to the transition. A budding artist, he finds a kindred spirit in Miss Jack. But local baseball hero Klint refuses to warm up to his new benefactress and instead throws himself into his game with a fierceness that troubles his little brother. Klint is not just grieving his father's death; he's carrying a terrible secret that he has never revealed to anyone. Unbeknownst to the world, Candace Jack has a secret too - a tragic, passionate past in Spain that the boys' presence threatens to reveal as she finds herself caring more for them than she ever believed possible.

From the muted, bruised hills of Pennsylvania coal country to the colorful, flamboyant bull rings of southern Spain, Tawni O'Dell takes us on a riveting journey, not only between two completely different lands, but also between seemingly incompatible souls, casting us under a narrative spell in which characters and places are rendered with fragile tenderness.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Megan Johnson | 2/12/2014

    " couldn't put it down and really enjoyed it. I loved that I didn't get overly involved as I didn't identify with any of the characters deeply at all, so I could just enjoy their stories. However, I was a little disappointed in the direction one of the storylines took toward the end - too predictable and a little melodramatic. But it did not ruin the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/3/2014

    " This is the first book that I've read in awhile that I couldn't wait to pick up. The writing was wonderful. The characters were believable and well developed. I loved this book. I can't say enough about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karla | 1/31/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It's about two teenage boys in Pennsylvania who have to figure out their futures after their father is killed. Like all of Tawni O'Dell's books, this one is set in a coal-mining town, but it's not central to the plot in this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Graham Botha | 1/30/2014

    " This is a story that will have you chuckling amusedly as well as bring a lump to your throat. O'Dell has the ability to really make you care about her characters. She accomplishes this by using a variety of point of view. Throughout the novels she puts the reader inside the head of all of the major characters. At times this can be confusing as you begin a new chapter. However, it becomes quickly evident whose thoughts you are sharing as she manages to create different personas for all of these characters in her writing. Clever little philosophical quips are used throughout the novel. ("Capitalism is based on the concept that in order for someone to succeed, someone else has to suffer") An entertaining novel that would appeal to all readers: young or old, male or female.. "

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