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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,056 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Paul Evans Narrator: John Dossett Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9780743574846
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We Can Bury the Past, But It Never Really Dies

Dear Listener,

I am often asked where my stories come from. I'm not always sure. Sometimes a story just comes to me in waves (or trickles) of inspiration and oftentimes it's not until the very end of the book that I see where my characters are taking me. This is such a tale.

Grace is the story of a young runaway girl and the boy who hides her from a frightening world too large and unfathomable for him to comprehend. It is also about two brothers and the love that binds them together through difficult times.

In some ways this is the most autobiographical of all my novels. When I was eight years old my father lost his job, and we sold our home in beautiful and aptly named Arcadia, California, to move to a poor neighborhood in Utah and into a rundown home like the one I describe in the story. I have no fond memories of that time. Not one. I wanted to go home.

I've found my home now, and it has nothing to do with the place where I live, and everything to do with the family I love.

Sincerely,
Richard Paul Evans Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Evans knows how to pull on the heartstrings, and the conclusion to this one will have readers reaching for a hankie.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Touching and sad, this is sure to match Evans’ previous successes on the bestsellers list.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcie | 2/16/2014

    " As usual I was not disappointed in this one! A beautiful, heartbreaking yet hopeful book. A must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 2/6/2014

    " finsihed this book in one day. really enjoyed the story telling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni Garcia | 2/2/2014

    " This book made me cry.. It is amazing how one person can make such a difference in someone else's life. This is a wonderful book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trisha | 2/1/2014

    " Didn't really like this. Way too sad. I felt badly for his wife in the end because clearly, she was always his second choice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 1/31/2014

    " I liked this book, it is a fast read. It is sad though and covers a subject that is not pleasant but is unfortunately out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherae | 1/26/2014

    " Easy to read. Read it in one day. I liked the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bart Andersen | 1/23/2014

    " I thought this was a wonderful, yet very sad heartfelt tale about compassion for others. If we all could look outside ourselves and realize for even just a fraction of a second. How it feels to care for someone who is truly in need, Then maybe we just might get a glimpse of what "Life" Is really all about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara Kelly Merrill | 1/22/2014

    " Richard Paul Evans always does a wonderful job bringing social issues to light in a way that readers can handle...and he leaves us with the knowledge that we, too, can help out. His novel Grace does just that. Told through the eyes of a teenage boy, we learn the story of Grace, and it's one that could unfortunately be told by too many...Yet another thought-provoking book by Evans. (On a side note, I'm always impressed with his philanthropic works. He's a good man who has luckily been recognized for the 'goodness' he does.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellie | 1/22/2014

    " I found this in the audio section of our library and was pleasantly surprised by the book. I enjoyed it a lot - UNTIL THE END!!! I must admit I am a happy endings type woman and this was not it - it was such a depressing and sad ending...sigh....but the main body was really good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandy | 1/17/2014

    " I read this one in less than one day. It's such a sweet, yet heartbreaking story. It's a good reminder that there is always someone that has it harder than we do, and makes you realize what a resounding effect that people have on our lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandra | 1/15/2014

    " I would give it a 4.5 stars, wish it was an option. I read this in 2 days, had a hard time putting it down. Very good, very sad. Would recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/7/2014

    " Des keeps giving me these books that make me cry. I don't normally like this, even when I'm home alone; however, this time I was on a plane with close to 100 other people. Otherwise, this was a good book. It is a quick read and is worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauramccue | 12/26/2013

    " Thought it would be a sweet Christmas read, but I was mistaken! I enjoyed it, but it was actually very depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LemonLinda | 12/17/2013

    " Another moving Christmas story from Richard Paul Evans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 12/7/2013

    " This book had a great story with great characters. I really liked how parts of Grace's diary were included at the beginning of every chapter. A great holiday read during christmas time. "

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

    " I thought it was predictable, a little disturbing, but I liked how it opened the readers mind to what is going on out there in this big world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/1/2013

    " Mr. Evans' books are always thought provoking. I loved this one even though everyone does not end up living happily ever after. I read the whole book in a couple of hours. But I will remember it for a long time. It touched my heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 11/21/2013

    " Not your usual Christmas story -- in fact, it has a sad and yet uplifting ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Seamons | 10/14/2013

    " Loved this story about a young boy who hides a run-away girl in his treehouse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Mckinney | 4/29/2013

    " A beautiful story about sacrifice, friendship and love, this book is one of my all time favorites. My heart aches for the children who suffer what Grace has. Every time I read it, I am reminded that there IS a difference I can make in this world- if only I care to take the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy McClanahan | 4/3/2013

    " I love the way Richard Paul Evans writes. His is the kind of book I have a hard time putting down... He has some hard lessons, but I love the way he writes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April Bloom | 3/22/2013

    " It was ok. I thought it was fairly predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jillcocking | 1/13/2013

    " I know, I know, it's a totally cheesy Christmas book. But, when I was in high school a teacher read us one of his and now, I am hooked! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiff | 11/8/2012

    " I loved this story about a courageous young woman. READ IT! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlin | 10/14/2012

    " I loved this book!! I got it for Christmas and I absolutly loved it!!! I cried!! Yeah, you will need some kleenex for this book!! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 9/11/2012

    " I would give this a 3.5. Not my favorite of his books but a quick enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri | 8/1/2012

    " Good for a quick, relaxing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richelle | 5/6/2012

    " Sweet little story. A tear jerker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlene | 5/5/2012

    " I liked the book. It dealt with some issues very personal issues for me. It was a fairly quick read and I liked how it felt very personal to the author as well. I would recommend it to a friend but I am not sure I would read it again myself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 1/27/2012

    " I actually really liked this book, but it was also sad. Really sad. And I don't handle really sad very well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashleigh | 1/8/2012

    " I know he's a cheesy writer but I guess I'm a sucker for cheese. I really liked this book. It made me think. Sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubrie | 9/20/2011

    " This book was good, but kind of a sad holiday tale. It makes a good point and I really enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danni | 8/24/2011

    " this book was really sad especially at christmas time. I don't think that I would recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 5/17/2011

    " Easy read. This book made me think a little about what I would do if faced with similar situations that the teen characters are faced with. It's interesting that when put into certain situations, we find our values challenged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/10/2011

    " I was actually surprised by how much I liked this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 N | 4/28/2011

    " Such a good book highly recommended. Quick read but only because you can't put it down. I look forward to reading more books by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 4/27/2011

    " I think this is no doubt his best book. It was a walk into the past and also a look into a tragic life of a young person who couldn't ever have survived it all on her own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danette | 4/18/2011

    " This is one of my favorite books! I haven't lent it out nor will I give it away! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 4/18/2011

    " This was a little slow I though for a Richard Paul Evans. The end made me cry, as all his books do. Just not my favorite of his. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cme | 4/14/2011

    " It was well written and unfortunately very true to life. Made me sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 4/14/2011

    " A poignant story of innocence, loss thereof, and child abuse, told by a lad who befriends a victim. I liked it despite the heavy plot, which had its lovely moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 4/5/2011

    " Not my favorite Richard Paul Evans... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 3/9/2011

    " This book is about a run away girl Grace in the 1960's and a boy Eric who helps her and tries to save her. A touching story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 3/1/2011

    " This book made me cry. It's a true story of great friendship "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/14/2011

    " Child abuse should never be hidden and should not happen. May we strive harder to protect our children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/10/2011

    " Good book, but not exactly what I expected. I wouldn't say it was the best by Evans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 2/7/2011

    " So sad! But an excellent book! "

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About the Author
Author Richard Paul EvansRichard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than thirty novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than thirty million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than twenty-four languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Mothers Book Award, the Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Audience Gold Award for Romance, two Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Awards, the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children. You can learn more about Richard on Facebook at Facebook.com/RPEFans, or visit his website, RichardPaulEvans.com.