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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (485 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Gaffney Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9781423330097
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The puppy started it. The poor thing was cold and trembling, abandoned on their front doorstep. Dash, impulsive as always, decides on the spot that they should keep it. But her husband, Andrew, thinks it’s the craziest thing he’s ever heard. A fight over a scruffy little dog doesn’t seem like much of a reason to walk out on your husband of twenty years - but the spat over the puppy is just the last of many straws. Dash is so tired of the faculty parties at Mason-Dixon College that Andrew insists they attend even though he won’t mingle with his colleagues, tired of his constant fretting over illnesses he doesn’t have, tired of the glass of warm milk he must have every night before bed. Why can’t he see that with her mother gone and their daughter off at college, Dash needs something more? Now, living on her own for the first time in years, Dash can do whatever she wants…if only she could figure out what that is. But every time she starts making plans for the future, she finds herself thinking about the past - remembering the mother she’s lost, her daughter’s childhood, and the husband she isn’t entirely sure she wants to leave behind… Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Traci | 2/5/2014

    " This book is about a woman who leaves her husband of 20 years because he won't let her keep a dog she rescues. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debebete Hotmailcom | 2/3/2014

    " Ok but not one of my favorites of Patricia Gaffney "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrissie | 1/13/2014

    " story of a mid-life crisis and the impact on a marriage... interesting, but didn't like it as much as some of her other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katy | 1/8/2014

    " Sweet ending, but it took FOREVER to get there. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 12/23/2013

    " I started this book and decided not to read it. It is about a marriage that is struggling and I found it to be very depressing. I probably won't try to read this one again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marsha | 12/20/2013

    " Okay book - reading the cover looked more interesting than the book actually was...a few odd little obsessions that I didn't care for much "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 12/13/2013

    " This was a light but engaging read about a woman who leaves her husband after their child goes to college. I thought the characters believable and the conflicts (inner too) realistic. I started the book thinking it was silly and lame and in the end I stayed up way too late to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 9/16/2013

    " Any book that involves a woman escaping to the country for a week off from her life is a good read for me! It did drag on at points but it was enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phair | 8/28/2013

    " Pleasant enough. Warm story about relationships, self-realization, goals & ambitions. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandie | 8/28/2013

    " Not really enjoying this. Too much dithering on the part of the main character, Dash who wants to shrug off her old life but can't figure out a new one. Feel more sympathy for her abandoned husband than her. Eventually she comes back to her senses but not soon enough for me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meica | 9/28/2012

    " Good book. I felt bad for the husband in the book, but sometimes relationships go through things that don't make sense. Basically, I wasn't happy with every move the characters made, but that is the sign of a good book-- It make me care. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzanne | 9/10/2012

    " This book was so boring. I almost didn't finish it. Dull dull dull "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandi Kahn | 8/14/2012

    " I loved this book by Patricia Gaffney, because of the wonderful way she handled the delicate story of Dash, who is in the muddled middle of her life. Gaffney writes with such humor and grace and heart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 8/6/2012

    " Predictable and not very entertaining "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cris | 7/21/2012

    " Stopped reading after about 100 pages, which is not like me. Just couldn't get into it. Didn't really care about what happened to this couple. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Anne | 7/17/2012

    " This book just did not draw me in. I did finish it and it was okay, but I was just as glad to see it end. The main characters seemed rather childish and self centered and everything seemed to fall together much too perfectly to have any semblance to reality "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jodi Goldbeck | 12/14/2011

    " Grade: D+ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 10/1/2011

    " I am a big fan of patricia Gaffney. "Saving Graces" is one of my favorite books. Her characters are so well done that you really get to know them. it's funny how the charteristics that draw us to a person can soon drive us crazy. but love conquers all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean Darroch | 8/14/2011

    " it was a bit slow to start but the ending was good. not as good as her other novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 6/12/2011

    " Never did finish this book. It had to be back at the library and it wasn't holding my interest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 5/11/2011

    " This is a story of a woman finding herself. I think it's been done better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 4/12/2011

    " I found this book funny and it kept me wondering what was going to happen. Would she and her husband work things out? Should they? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 3/30/2011

    " If you like Maeve Binchy, you will probably like Gaffney. They do not write in the same way, but their themes of ordinary woman, leading extraordinary lives is very compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 2/22/2011

    " Just finished it - really really enjoyed it - the ending is a bit predictable but I really enjoyed the writing so I'll look for more by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 2/19/2011

    " Thought this was going to be just another of those books about a dissatisfied woman who suddenly realizes she hates her husband and wants out of the marriage. Was pleasantly surprised when it did not fit in that pattern. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet Annie | 1/9/2011

    " boring the main character was such whinner "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/27/2010

    " This book was so boring. I almost didn't finish it. Dull dull dull "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea | 10/26/2010

    " I'm not very far into this one, but the use of the f word three times so far (plus a few other choice words and other things) makes me think it's not something worth my time. Time to return it to the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Howsefrau32 | 9/18/2010

    " This book had me from the first page, I was hooked. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Keri | 8/11/2010

    " This 355 page book was about 300 pages too long. It was such a cliche, very predictable, and I still do not understand the author's fascination with writing in italics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jann | 8/7/2010

    " A story about a 20 yr marriage that has become stale and efforts that are made to make or break it. I like the style of writing by this author. The book is sectioned off by each character telling the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debebete | 7/26/2010

    " Ok but not one of my favorites of Patricia Gaffney "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 5/22/2010

    " Pretty much a waste of time. I'm done with Gaffney. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/7/2010

    " This was pretty good, more literary fiction than low-brow entertainment. it is the story of a separation, a meditation on habits that are irritating after twenty-years, about choices you made in your youth and if you are satisfied with your life. Happy ending, of course. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrissie | 1/19/2010

    " story of a mid-life crisis and the impact on a marriage... interesting, but didn't like it as much as some of her other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marsha | 1/8/2010

    " Okay book - reading the cover looked more interesting than the book actually was...a few odd little obsessions that I didn't care for much "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/2/2010

    " after 20 years of marriage Dash leaves her husband and goes to live in there cabin while she falls in love with her job as a chilrens photographer.

    this book tells the story of how this couple finds there way back to each other with a a little time and space "

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About the Author
Author Patricia Gaffney

Patricia Gaffney began her writing career with the publication of Sweet Treason, a historical romance set in revolutionary Scotland. Eleven romance novels later, she tried something different: The Saving Graces, a story of women’s friendships that ended up spending seventeen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. Circle of Three, Flight Lessons, and The Goodbye Summer followed, all bestsellers that established Gaffney as a premier mainstream fiction writer.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.