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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary-Rose MacColl Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2013 ISBN: 9780698135918
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Iris Crane’s tranquil life is shattered when a letter summons memories from her bittersweet past: her first love, her best friend, and the tragedy that changed everything.

Iris, a young Australian nurse, travels to France during World War I to bring home her fifteen-year-old brother, who ran away to enlist. But in Paris she meets the charismatic Dr. Frances Ivens, who convinces Iris to help establish a field hospital in the old abbey at Royaumont, staffed entirely by women—a decision that will change her life.

Seamlessly interwoven is the story of Grace, Iris’s granddaughter in 1970s Australia. Together their narratives paint a portrait of the changing role of women in medicine and the powerful legacy of love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “At once chilling yet strangely beautiful…MacColl’s narrative is fortified by impeccable research and her innate ability to create a powerful bond between readers and characters. Well done.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “In this intricately woven tapestry, Australian author MacColl, making her U.S. debut, seamlessly fuses the distant past in Iris’s story with the more recent past in Grace’s tale. Both women exhibit bone-deep strength, and while their stories are richly detailed and can stand alone, readers will enjoy the way they play off each other.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This satisfying saga from an award-winning Australian author takes the reader across continents and time…Women as healers, family secrets, medical mysteries, historical setting—call the producers of Call the Midwife.


  • “The well-crafted new novel from Australian author MacColl, her first to be published in America, traces an elderly woman’s reflections, avoiding the trappings of sentimentality while easily slipping through time…MacColl’s novel will appeal to a wide audience including those who enjoy historical fiction and medical drama.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Orlagh Cassidy excels in her portrayal of the two main characters in this novel..Aided in no small part by Cassidy’s performance, this is the rare dual-time-period novel in which both stories are equally compelling. Cassidy gives distinct personalities to each woman with her vocal inflections, completely pulling the listener into the story. The novel is full of beautifully wrought emotion, which Cassidy conveys perfectly. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “At once perceptive and sympathetic, In Falling Snow beguiles, a tale of selflessness and youthful indiscretion as singular and seductive as one could hope for.”

    Robin Oliveira, author of My Name Is Mary Sutter

  • “An epic tale of love, heartache, and a sisterhood created by nursing in a time of war, In Falling Snow is one of those novels you will want to read again. If you liked The Aviator’s Wife, you will love this book!”

    Michelle Moran, author of Cleopatra’s Daughter

  • “A thoroughly absorbing time-switching tale that gives a fascinating insight into one of the little-known stories of the Great War, that of the Scottish Women’s Hospital at Royaumont Abbey on the Western Front. Mary-Rose MacColl brings the courageous women of Royaumont to vivid life as we follow their joys and sorrows and discover secrets that will affect their families for generations to come.”

    Lucinda Riley, author of internationally bestselling The Orchid House

  • "In Falling Snow is expertly researched and written with a keen eye to the complexities of wartime and the mighty role of women therein. From past to present, Australia to France, MacColl guides readers through unknown lands abroad and territories of the heart. For readers, like me, who love to see history’s forgotten heroes given powerful voice, you will delight in this novel.”

    Sarah McCoy, author of the international bestseller The Baker’s Daughter

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
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About the Author

Mary-Rose MacColl is the author of several novels and a nonfiction book about maternity care. She divides her time between Brisbane, Australia, and Banff, Canada, with her husband and son.

About the Narrator

Orlagh Cassidy, an American actress of stage, television, and film, is an audiobook narrator who has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, as well as many AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a graduate of SUNY at Purchase and a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. She has been seen on and off Broadway and in films, including Definitely Maybe and Calling It Quits. Her television credits include roles in Law & Order and Sex and the City and as Doris Wolfe on Guiding Light. She has done voice work for commercials in which she is probably best known for her role as the mom in the “BFF Jill” spots for AT&T.