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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (896 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Wiggs Narrator: Tanya Eby Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597103701
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As an irresponsible young mother, Jessie Ryder knew she’d never be able to give her newborn the stable family that her older sister could, and the security her child deserved. So Luz and her husband adopted little Lila and told her Jessie was but a distant aunt. Sixteen years later, having traveled the world with the winds of remorse at her back, Jessie is suspending her photojournalism career to return home — even if it means throwing her sister’s world into turmoil. Where life once seemed filled with boundless opportunity, Jessie is now on a journey to redeem her careless past, bringing with her a terrible burden. Jessie’s arrival is destined to expose the secrets and lies that barely held her daughter’s adoptive family together to begin with, yet the truth can do so much more than just hurt. It can bring you home to a new kind of honesty, shedding its light into the deepest corners of the heart. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla Sokotuk | 2/18/2014

    " A great story about a family's ties to one another. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Virginia | 2/15/2014

    " My least favorite book by Susan Wiggs. "

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

    " good book but depressing since one of the main characters have an eye disease and loses her sight so not a book I would enjoy reading but was some happiness in it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 chanceofbooks | 1/21/2014

    " I've said it before, but there's really no such thing as a bad Susan Wiggs book. This one didn't grip me as much as some. The book centers around a woman who returns home after 16 years to face the daughter whom she left at birth with her sister. I find that now that I am a mother I have a hard time with the missing/abandoned child plots. This book is masterfully done as always with great characterization. I just had a very hard time getting beyond the selfishness of the heroine, but I think that a lot of that is colored by my status as a relatively new mother. I wonder if others have found that certain plotlines no longer work for them as they age? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 1/8/2014

    " Loved this story! Couldn't put it down "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandy | 12/9/2013

    " This book was pretty good but predictable. The storylines and characters were all good and it was interesting to leran about blindness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anneka | 12/8/2013

    " So good! I've had this book on my shelf for a looong time... To think I could have enjoyed this wonderful book sooner! I didn't necessarily like everything each character did, but it was mostly believable and it was a bittersweet and happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 11/26/2013

    " Wasn't sure if I was going to like this book at first but the characters did grow on me and the story line was good. I enjoyed the dynamics between sisters and mothers and daughters. All in all the story drew me in and I enjoyed the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 11/6/2013

    " There were several different storylines going at the same time, but it was an engaging and rewarding story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Dombrowski | 10/2/2013

    " This was my first Wiggs book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 9/28/2013

    " It was pretty good. Had a little trouble with the download but the story was good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbie | 9/17/2013

    " A good read although a bit predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila Roberts | 9/12/2013

    " I love everything Susan Wiggs writes, but this book still remains my favorite. The writing voice is stellar and I love the positive message of the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky D | 6/4/2013

    " I'm not sure why or how I finished it. It never really caught my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha-carol | 4/5/2013

    " Read this book in two days. First time I have read a book by Susan Wiggs, definitely will read more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan Blooth | 2/17/2013

    " Some of the most unsympathetic female characters have ever had the misfortune to read. Dull writing at best and people who are two-dimensional at best, and rather horrible people. Not my cup of tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 1/3/2013

    " Okay book-felt somewhat unsatisfied at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 10/27/2012

    " What a poignant story. I loaned it to my mother-in-law and she was so captivated by it she jumped to the end to find out how it ended - she couldn't stand the suspense! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadine Haney | 6/29/2012

    " I've forgotten how good an author Susan Wiggs is. So many situations in one family. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 7/12/2011

    " Book was interesting, however I enjoy this author so I knew I would probably enjoy the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 6/16/2011

    " Like Susan Wiggs. She most generally writes a good story. "

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

    " I really enjoy Susan Wiggs books and this one was no exception. "

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

    " Very different than Wiggs's normal novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/8/2010

    " Very good!!! Kept my interest and learned new things once again. I truly enjoy Susan's writing style! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 11/17/2010

    " This book was a real page turner for me. I loved how the truth finally came out and everyone still was family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquemb4 | 7/21/2010

    " Fun book, lighter than may. About following our dreams, or not. About wanting what others have until you realize what you have already. I like her books. Made me cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 6/28/2010

    " I love everything Susan Wiggs writes, but this book still remains my favorite. The writing voice is stellar and I love the positive message of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheree | 1/18/2010

    " This was a heart warming story about a woman who finds out she has a debilitating disease that will soon leave her blind. She leaves her career to go back and make things right with her sister. Great Story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 12/29/2009

    " Susan Wiggs scores yet again. Can she write anything that I will dislike? Doubtful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/26/2009

    " Really enjoyed this book, wanted to be listening to it whenever I could find the excuse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 11/10/2009

    " Book was interesting, however I enjoy this author so I knew I would probably enjoy the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 11/4/2009

    " Good, but I had read it before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 10/31/2009

    " This was my first Wiggs book "

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About the Author
Author Susan Wiggs

Susan Wiggs lives at the water’s edge on an island in Puget Sound and commutes to her writers’ group in a seventeen-foot motorboat. She serves as author liaison for Field’s End, a literary community on Bainbridge Island, Washington, bringing inspiration and instruction from the world’s top authors to her seaside community. She’s been featured on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” and is a popular speaker locally and nationally. She is the recipient of three RITA awards and four starred reviews from Publishers Weekly. Her novels have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have made national bestsellers lists, including the USA Today, Washington Post and New York Times lists. She is a former teacher, a Harvard graduate, an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, a good skier, and terrible golfer, yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book.

About the Narrator

Tanya Eby is a narrator and novelist who has narrated more than fifty New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, earning two AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has a BA in English language and literature from Grand Valley State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her children.