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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,010 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Luanne Rice Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9780307704931
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Clare Burke’s life took a devastating turn when she tried to protect her sister, Anne, from an abusive and controlling husband and ended up serving prison time for assault. The verdict largely hinged on Anne’s defense of her spouse—all lies—and the sisters have been estranged ever since. Nearly twenty years later, Clare is living a quiet life in Manhattan as an urban birder and nature blogger, when her niece, Grit, turns up on her doorstep.

The two long for a relationship with each other, but they’ll have to dig deep into their family’s difficult past in order to build one. Together they face the wounds inflicted by Anne and her husband and find in their new connection a place of healing.

When Clare begins to suspect her sister might have followed Grit to New York, she and her niece hold out hope for a long-awaited reunion … but will it be the joyous occasion they dream of? And will Clare and her longtime partner, Paul, whose complicated relationship has been sorely tested through the years, find a way back to love and to each other—again?

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 2/15/2014

    " I have read most of the author's books. This one is the worst ever. The story concerns an estranged family. Once two sisters, Claire and Anne, were close. Now they haven't spoken for years, since Anne's husband accused Claire of trying to kill him, with Anne agreeing, and Caire went off to prison for a while. One day, years after her release, Anne's daughter, Grit, shows up at Claire's door and stays on with her. The story line is weak. The sequence of events, slowly put forth through the book is not done well. Claire and Grit are the best developed characters in the story. The character of Grit's mother is very badly developed. There is a simmering (for years if you can believe it!) relationship between Claire an a park ranger, Paul, but it is not well developed, and, if better done, could have made the story more palitible. Even Grit's relationship with a boy/man she meets leaves much to be desired. The only other character, one I grew to hate, was Grit's father, who is a bully and tyrant and basically the root of everyone's problems. I found it difficult to just get through the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 2/11/2014

    " I am a Luanne Rice fan and have read all of her books. I did not think this was one of her better books. I had a hard time with the characters and at the end just felt like there was a lot of loose ends. Can't really put my finger on it, but there was just something off about this book for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keli Wright | 2/8/2014

    " My friend Michelled loaned me this and I almost read it all in one day ..but I fell asleep.. I liked it.. and enjoyed the story.. but that is all I just liked it.. and one day it will blend in with all the other books that I read.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Bryn | 2/5/2014

    " I've been increasingly disappointed in Luanne Rice's books. This one was "okay", but not gripping like some of her past books. If you're a bird lover, you might love this book! "

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

    " I liked this book but not the ending. However, it made me think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauri | 1/26/2014

    " not as good as her other books. a decent read however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Hickey | 1/19/2014

    " Definitely worth reading. Loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/15/2014

    " Disturbing story, but very well written. Enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/12/2014

    " I've been a big fan of Luanne Rices since "Beach Girls". Well written and unique. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/4/2014

    " This book hit home for me in so many ways. I cheered and cried at the ending, but felt hope for a family trying to heal. There is nothing more frustrating and disturbing than watching one person control another in every way possible. I really loved this book, it was riveting to the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 12/22/2013

    " I was disappointed in this book. It seems the last few books by L. Rice aren't as good as her earlier ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 11/28/2013

    " I won this book from the GOod Reads Frist reads giveaway. I loved this book, I thought it was so beautiful and tragic. I really enjoyed the characters and getting to know them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Kelleher | 11/28/2013

    " An interesting read; definitely not your typical love story. I liked it well enough, but some parts were hard to believe. I enjoyed the nature aspect of it though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy a/k/a LuLu Brown | 9/13/2013

    " This was a good book, but there has to be a follow-up! Quick read because you can't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 8/13/2013

    " I got this book on audio from the library. Other than the sections being put on in the wrong order and sections missing, I really enjoyed this story. The slot was great. I enjoyed the relationships and dynamics between the characters. I especially liked the nature and natural elements. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 8/12/2013

    " Very compelling story about the relationship between two sisters and one of their daughters. It follows the years-long impact of an abusive husband on their relationship. It's really quite good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/4/2013

    " Not one of her better title, sisters ill defined, and plot too thin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 7/10/2013

    " A story about family dynamics, what some families do to each other and forgiving. Wasn't sure I would stick with the book when I started out then reached a point where I had to read on to find out what happens! Was dissapointed the way it just ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 5/31/2013

    " Unusual story as many of Luane Rice's are. Not quite as involving as usual, but still well worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaclyn Reagan | 5/26/2013

    " Stopped halfway bored didnt like character or plot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/22/2013

    " Good plot but very thin on character development and background. I really wanted the author to give me more character motivation. The opportunities were there, just never realized. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Jones | 3/10/2013

    " This was one of the best books I have read all summer. So much more detailed and involved than her usual work. Compelling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lodie | 1/1/2013

    " Sounded like a great book but had a hard time finishing it. Several times contemplated not finishing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne Mulcahy | 12/16/2012

    " Not having any sisters, I could not really identify personally with their relationship, but I still thought the book was good. I wish a little more had been written about Anne, especially what happened after she returned to New York. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy T | 10/3/2012

    " I loved this story. I loved the mystery this had throughout the whole book and I loved how this story ended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meg | 9/20/2012

    " ugh!!!!!!!!should be on teen age girl shelves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dayna | 8/23/2012

    " very good book, usually like Luanne rice this was no exception. Didn't end how expected it would... Very good twists.. : ) "

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About the Author
Author Luanne Rice

Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels. Many of her novels, including Crazy in Love, Blue Moon, Beach Girls, and Silver Bells have been made into movies for television. Rice’s short stories, essays, and articles have been widely published in magazines and newspapers. “A Kiss after Dying,” Rice’s account of a Connecticut murder trial very personal to her family, kicked off Glamour magazine’s series of true crime pieces. She received an honorary degree from Connecticut College in 2002, and the school’s special collections library contains a collection bearing her name. She currently divides her time between New York City and Southern California.

About the Narrator

Blair Brown is a Tony Award–winning actor. Her best known role is Nina Sharp from the television series Fringe. She prepares for recording audiobooks the same way she does for her other roles: by reading the text three times. Brown has won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.