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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (929 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Narrator: David Coburn, Jeremy Redleaf, Duana Speights Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For five years Pearl has managed to keep the past from catching up to her and her bright, frail five-year-old son. Life has given her every reason to mistrust people, but circumstances force her to trust her neighbor Mitch with watching Leonard while she goes off to work. Then one day Pearl drops her son off…and never returns.

They are an unlikely pair: Mitch is a young, unattached business owner, and Leonard is a precocious, five-year-old boy. But together they must find a way to move forward in the wake of Pearl’s unexplained disappearance. Their bond as parent and child shifts and endures, even as Mitch must eventually surrender Leonard to a two-parent home.

Is it possible to love the people who can’t always be there for us? The answers will surprise and move you. As their lives unfold, profound questions emerge about the nature of love and family. Ultimately, this novel’s richest reward is watching Mitch and Leonard grow up together, through the power and the magic of the human heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A sweet and honest look at the pains and pleasures of love, and who could not fall in love with Leonard—what a beautifully drawn character. Jane Green, bestselling author of Jemima J
  • Reviewers praise Catherine Ryan Hyde:
  • [Hyde’s] talent for portraying human emotions…she not only tugs at heartstrings but also deftly plays them while building to a poignant crescendo. [Hyde is] a perceptive and gentle-hearted writer. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • “Hyde is a remarkable, insightful storyteller, creating full-bodied characters whose dialogue rings true, with not a word to spare. Library Journal
  • “Brutally lyrical…Hyde movingly conveys the toll of years of emotional damage. Publishers Weekly
  • “Hyde is a magnificent storyteller, an expert at plot and pacing and voice…[Hyde] is worth reading again and again and again. Denver Post

    Brilliantly wrought, finely plotted…Every scene is sketched with beautiful brevity…Every vista takes your breath away.
  • “Haunting. Washington Post Book World

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adele Walker | 2/17/2014

    " If you are looking for a break in your usual heavy going books, this is it! A great heart felt story about a little boy and the people in his life (or missing from his life). It was a wonderful story even if a bit on the soppy side. It is about relationships and love, not love in a relationship sense but the truest form of love, which can be found in the most peculiar places. A great read and I highly recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Suz | 2/16/2014

    " I normally get books from the library. This is one of the few books last year that I want to own. It's the story of a young man growing up without a mother and what he makes of his life. I know, I know, it sounds like a made for tv movie, but there was a twist that made it interesting. It's pretty light reading... nothing too stressful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Candy | 2/5/2014

    " I read this at the same time I was reading HEFT, so this book suffered in comparison. I think by next month I will forget that I read this book- to me it was sort of pale and shallow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mallory | 2/5/2014

    " It's kinda schmaltzy... okay, REALLY schmaltzy... but I like this book in spite of myself. The characters aren't very real, but they serve more as an allegory than as real people. It's not great, but I enjoyed it anyway... almost in spite of myself. "

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