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3.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 5 3.31 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fern Michaels Narrator: Michele Pawk Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2003 ISBN: 9780743549219
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Twenty years have past since the incident involving six lonely children at a secret playground in Indigo Valley, Pennsylavania which left the town bully dead and ten-year-old Cady Jordan seriously injured. Now Cady has returned to the valley to care for her ailing grandmother Lola, the only person Cady has ever truly loved. While Cady has grown into attractive, intelligent, but overly cautious young woman, she has no memory of her childhood tragedy. Lola desperately wants to see Cady embrace life and find the happiness she deserves so she pushes her granddaughter to "remember".

As Cady reacquaints herself with her old friends, she begins to recalls bits and pieces of what happened that fateful day. She also discovers a new zest for life and falls in love for the first time. But her friends don't want her to remember. If the truth comes out, their safe and secure lives might be ruined forever. Which of them will do what is best for Cady and acknowledge the truth, and which of them will betray her again and do what is best for themselves?

With vibrant, complex characters and her distinctive blend of humor and poignancy, Fern Michaels is at the peak of her storytelling abilities. Late Bloomer takes listeners on the young woman's journey of self-discovery that is exciting, heartbreaking and ultimately triumphant. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Fern Michaels's] characters are real and endearing, her prose so natural that it seems you are witnessing the story rather than reading about it.”     

    Los Angeles Times

  • “ This sharply written romance offers cutting insight into the place of aging women in society, the definition of manliness and the dance of courtship itself. The joy that accompanies the happy ending of romance novels is restrained here by the gritty tone, the blunt presentation of cultural differences, and by Pritchard's insistence on the conflicting views that men and women have of courtship. ”

    The Washington Post

  • “[A] feel-good page-turner…Michaels's protagonist may be a late bloomer, but this novel won't be— expect it to hit bestseller lists early.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “ Michaels' delightful sense of humor and understanding of human nature and frailties make this a riveting and poignant tale. Highly recommended for all public libraries. ”

    Library Journal

  • “A powerful, charachter-driven story.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Energetic melodrama in straightforward style from the ever-popular Michaels.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/17/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book it was very enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 2/16/2014

    " interesting book... its a mystery in a sense that the main character is trying to figure out the details of a certain day that changed her life; while everyone around her know their own version of the story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Entwistle | 2/11/2014

    " This was the first Fern Michaels book I ever read. I enjoyed it. Kept me interested even though the "mystery" was a little predictable. Some good twists and turns but the ending doesn't get cleared up very well, it does answer the questions though. My only criticism is with books like this about 30 something virgins in love scenes. Nobody loses their virginity "painlessly" LOL, especially at that age. Why do authors have to paint it that way? And for a virgin, this chick couldn't stay clothed when there was a camera around to catch her. Anyways, I would read another by Fern Michaels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julianne | 1/29/2014

    " Fern Michaels is good! Something that happened among a bunch of kids many years ago has shaped all their lives. Maybe it's finally time to talk about it. Maybe not. And what does Grandma think? "

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

    " Read this one a few years ago. I can't really reamember it, I just know that I really enjoyed reading it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristi | 1/22/2014

    " I really could not connect with any of these characters, so it was a challenge just to finish reading the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/20/2014

    " What one does in their past can sometimes control their future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev | 1/19/2014

    " Listened to this book in the car. It was OK. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara Kable | 1/17/2014

    " Meh...not that great...decided i didnt want to waste any more time reading it, so i skipped the middle and went to the end...and i did not feel i missed anything. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/16/2014

    " vacation book...good for the ride home but thats about all i can say "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 1/5/2014

    " Cady wants nothing more than to come out of her shell, but to do so means resurrecting her lost memory of the day (during her childhood) when a foolish stunt ended with a young bully's death and Cady's serious injury... a tragedy for which everyone holds Cady responsible. They're adults now... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 1/3/2014

    " A good book about 4 childhood friends and how they deal with a tragidy after they grow up "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 11/18/2013

    " Very good, story of friends sticking together through the years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jewett | 10/13/2013

    " I really liked this book. The ending was very fitting. Fern Michaels makes the characters so real you can see them in your mind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Virna | 10/9/2013

    " Michaels' work reminds me of Nicholas Spark's - but the latter's much more engaging and the plot flows smoothly. I read this book just once, and shoved it right away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 10/3/2013

    " loved this story.Plenty of drama and suspence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 9/15/2013

    " I've been a real reading rut lately. Got this for free, and it seemed a quick easy read - something to hopefully get me reading again. It was okay. Didn't really bond with any of the charcaters, and some of the plot was just too unbelievable for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynne | 3/22/2013

    " The main characters were to much like Barbie and Ken. It was to predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne Tindol | 11/13/2012

    " Great story about a girl who is hurt in a terrible accident. One child is killed. She moves away, but she returns to her hometown to find out who was involved in the accident. I could not put the book down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 9/11/2012

    " This is such an amazing book, it is one of my all time favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 4/22/2012

    " Easy reading, half way done and no way of knowing how it is going to end. Looking forward to picking it up tonight. Finished book, did enjoy it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 4/21/2012

    " A silly book. I listened to this one in the car. Good for not having to pay too much attention. A girl that gets blamed for a murder as a child she can't remember. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer JImenez | 3/25/2012

    " This is the first book I have read from her and I liked it. I think I will continute reading her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Sophis | 1/17/2012

    " Very good - keeps you thinking "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Dommert | 12/23/2011

    " girl returns to find out about past, stays with grandmother "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/22/2011

    " I just loved the grandma character...she had me laughing out loud numerous times. I think I found a new author to read... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 12/14/2010

    " vacation book...good for the ride home but thats about all i can say "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 12/10/2010

    " loved this story.Plenty of drama and suspence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/18/2010

    " Very good - keeps you thinking "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trina | 11/1/2010

    " I liked the story telling and characters in this book. You can't help but love her grandmother. Although you know what happened, you can't help but want Cady to find out what happened. It's a pretty clean romance with some pretty funny parts. I'd read it again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristi | 8/28/2010

    " I really could not connect with any of these characters, so it was a challenge just to finish reading the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 8/6/2010

    " A good book about 4 childhood friends and how they deal with a tragidy after they grow up "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avery | 3/30/2010

    " Read this one a few years ago. I can't really reamember it, I just know that I really enjoyed reading it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynne | 2/12/2010

    " The main characters were to much like Barbie and Ken. It was to predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 2/9/2010

    " Fabulously great book! Enjoyed it from the begining to the end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 12/28/2009

    " interesting book... its a mystery in a sense that the main character is trying to figure out the details of a certain day that changed her life; while everyone around her know their own version of the story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 virna | 12/26/2009

    " Michaels' work reminds me of Nicholas Spark's - but the latter's much more engaging and the plot flows smoothly. I read this book just once, and shoved it right away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev | 10/5/2009

    " Listened to this book in the car. It was OK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 9/20/2009

    " girl returns to find out about past, stays with grandmother "

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About the Author
Author Fern Michaels

Fern Michaels (a.k.a. Mary Ruth Kuczkir) is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of romance and thriller novels, including Hey, Good Looking; Pretty Woman; The Nosy Neighbor; The Real Deal; and many others. There are more than seventy million copies of her books in print.