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3.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 5 3.73 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beth Gutcheon Narrator: Elizabeth Marvel Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN:
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In this beautifully written tour de force of a novel, Beth Gutcheon takes readers back to the coastal village of Dundee, Maine. There, in a Victorian summer house called Leeway Cottage, we witness the scenes of a long 20th-century marriage.

In April of 1940, a rich girl of the Dundee summer colony named Sydney Brant marries a gifted Danish pianist, Laurus Moss. But almost at once, their views of the world and their marriage begin to diverge. When Laurus chooses to leave Sydney in the fall of 1941 to help build a Danish Resistance from London, Sydney is dismayed. By the time they are reunited four years later, Laurus' family and the reader have been through one of the most stirring stories of the war: Denmark's courageous grass-roots rescue of virtually all 7,000 of the country's Jews.

In the decades to come, many people, especially their three grown children, will wonder if these two very different people understand each other at all. If they do, how do they stay together? Laurus likes to claim that in heaven you get to see the movie of your life, with all the blanks filled in. In their old age Sydney fears what he might see and why he wants to know; their children fear he'll die and there won't be any movie.

But there will be.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 2/9/2014

    " Oh, I so identify with this young girl who can never please her mother no matter what she does. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerstin | 2/9/2014

    " This book was so good. It's really fascinating, and it weaves in some tragic scenes from the Holocaust right near the end for a heart-breaking finish. My only beef with it was that it seemed a bit fragmented; I never really saw one continuous theme throughout -- more like 4 different themes and it felt like the author couldn't really decide what the point of her book was. Considering it took place over 100 years, I can give her a little slack, but it was still a really good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 1/7/2014

    " I have to admit that the reason I liked this book so much is only that I just returned from Maine and coincidentally picked it up. It was in the enormous pile of ... I have to get through these someday, because I continue to buy more books, and never read any of the ones in the pile of books that "I must have thought I would like when I bought it"... The story of the Danish Jews was very interesting. Except for the fact that the whole point of being in Maine was Sydney and Candace, I could have done without them! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 12/7/2013

    " I am not quite sure what to think about this book - part of it reads like a Anne River Siddons novel and part of it a much more compelling description of the occupation of Denmark during the WWII when the whole country came together to get their 7,000 Jewish residents to safety. Since I didn't know this part of history it was interesting. For some reason I have been reading a lot of WWII-set books lately and I am finding it harder and harder to understand the Nazi mentality. The ending of the book left me devasted... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 11/28/2013

    " This book was ok. It was not exactly what I expected. I would read more by this author though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peggy | 10/13/2013

    " Didn't care for this book, after reading it awhile, I lost interst. I gave the author 2 stars for the effort of writing it, but it just didn't hold my interest. "

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

    " At the beginning I was thinking it's like Great Gatsby people but in Maine. I had no idea Hitler and the Nazis reached as far as Denmark. It was a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/26/2013

    " I really enjoyed the characters and story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Hamlin | 4/22/2013

    " I love fiction that surprises me, and this is a novel, that like life, takes you in places you don't expect to go, showing things that you didn't expect to see. It's astonishing. A subtle, thoughtful, mind-bending tour de force. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/27/2013

    " This was pretty good. I liked the part during the war more than after the war. It got a little slow. But it was still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula Umlauf | 11/20/2012

    " Could quite grasp my interest. Might read at another time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer coniglio | 10/12/2012

    " Interesting, espeically after reading the author's comments in the back "

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

    " Great book - I like best the details of the Danish people is protecting almost all their Jews from the Nazis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 2/23/2012

    " Very interesting to analyze these characters. Themes of family, marriage dynamics, wealthy East Coast American lifestyle through the decades, Cutlural and racial differences, and even the Holocost from Denmark's perspective - fascinating! Well-told and informative. Contemplative and inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 12/13/2011

    " Enjoyed the book a lot. Had to go back and read it because Beth Gutcheon's new book is a sequel to this one. Story of an old New England family, the main character married a Danish musician. Some info about the Danish resistance during WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 5/11/2011

    " Good read, great characters whom were easy to relate to. Slow at times but motivated to hang in there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 8/22/2010

    " This was a very good book for most of it. It got a little boring towards the end and then the last two chapters were good again. I loved the history in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxanne | 8/8/2010

    " spectacular view of the Danish resistance against the Nazis "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rampoo | 8/7/2010

    " Really intense, sad love (kind of) story. Hard to get through at points- especially the info about Nina. Wow. Totally worth reading. Notebook-like ending, which slightly upset me- make your own endings people! Be original! But really very good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peggy | 7/28/2010

    " Didn't care for this book, after reading it awhile, I lost interst. I gave the author 2 stars for the effort of writing it, but it just didn't hold my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/14/2010

    " Enjoyed the story, but when it was over, I wondered what exactly was it about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/9/2010

    " I really enjoyed the characters and story. "

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About the Author
Author Beth Gutcheon

Beth Gutcheon published her first novel, The New Girls, in 1979. Her second novel, Still Missing, was translated into fourteen languages and made into a major Twentieth Century Fox film called Without a Trace, starring Judd Hirsch and Kate Nelligan, for which Gutcheon wrote the screenplay. Gutcheon lives in New York City with her husband and dog. When not reading or writing, she spends her time working for PEN, the international writer’s organization that promotes literacy and defends freedom of expression in the United States and around the world.