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4.02 out of 54.02 out of 54.02 out of 54.02 out of 54.02 out of 5 4.02 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Samuel Narrator: Kristine Thatcher Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597105408
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No Place Like Home tells the unforgettable story of a family bound together by tradition - and the emotional journey of an estranged daughter risking everything for a second chance at life and love. Twenty-one years ago Jewel Sabatino left her childhood behind and never looked back. After a magical taste of fame, she found herself alone with a son to raise and not much else. She survived with the help of Michael, her one true friend. But now Michael is too sick to care for himself, and Jewel has run out of options. She leaves New York for the hills of Colorado, unsure if the family she ran from will welcome her back. For Jewel, coming home is falling back into a world that smells of Italian restaurants and home-baked pies. It is the laughter of sisters preparing for a summer wedding, and the peaceful haven for a treasured soul mate's last days. It also means facing the unforgiving eyes of a father betrayed by his favorite child - and letting go of a son who is ready to become a man. But most of all, it is the love she discovers in her own wary heart when Michael's brother Malachi unexpectedly arrives on her doorstep. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 2/20/2014

    " A sweet story about love, loss, and going home. I was impressed, I expected a much more "romance-y" feel to the writing. What I got was a not only plausible but poignant tale of a woman caring for a dying friend and her son. A good book to curl up with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/18/2014

    " I love this author. I haven't read a bad one from her yet!! She also writes under the name Barbara O'Neal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 2/12/2014

    " At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book. But then the family dynamic made me think of my family. No matter what you do they will always love you and be there when you need them most. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 2/12/2014

    " This was a touching book about love, loss, acceptance, and letting go. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 CB | 2/4/2014

    " If one does not wish to receive raised eyebrows (but no verbal comments, that would be unseemly) when one is riding on the Central Line on the London Underground, then one should NOT read the ending of a Barbara Samuel novel. For one will have tears streaming down one's cheeks at the heartfelt emotion, gorgeous language, and sense of joyful yet painful catharsis. Trust me, I know. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary | 1/27/2014

    " The bridesmaid dress part was halirious. Could have done without the sex. "

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

    " Good writing, funny, poignant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 1/15/2014

    " I believe this is an earlier book by Samuel who also writes as Barbara O'Neal. I enjoyed this, but felt some good editing would have been in order - she tends to overuse some adjectives wa-a-ay too much. It is a sweet story - kinda racy though!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 12/26/2013

    " some tears were shed but I enjoyed it all the way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 12/21/2013

    " I believe this was her debut novel, and it hooked me completely. Her characters are warm, loveable, and flawed. The book's language is lovely. Samuel clearly knows how to turn a phrase. I now have a list of her books in my Kindle queue awaiting my attention! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/21/2013

    " Another great book by this author. I fear the day that I run out of her work to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanne | 12/16/2013

    " I love how this book had recipes from the family in the book!! Great book about family relationships! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 12/15/2013

    " I love her writing. There is no place like home, but sometimes getting there is half the battle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 11/18/2013

    " A real tear jerker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Halah Lovesbooks | 11/15/2013

    " Yes yes yes yes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jann | 10/23/2013

    " I loved this book. I basically sobbed during the last 50 pages. A good kind of crying. Yes, it hit my buttons but was cathartic and beautifully written and oh so heartfelt. I have really enjoyed some of Barbara's other works but this is by far the best, so far at any rate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 10/22/2013

    " A girl goes back to her hometown of Pueblo to let her friend die of Aids. Meets brother. She bakes pie in the morning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dora | 5/23/2013

    " At first I was not too taken back by the book but after chapter 3 I fell in love with this Italian-American Family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patan | 4/22/2013

    " Great family drama very poignant story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tif | 3/10/2013

    " I checked this out from the library thinking it would just be a cheesy love book (which I do secretly love) but it was much more. It was poignant and sweet and the characters are so completely developed, you just fall in love with all of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Boyer | 2/27/2013

    " Another beautiful story by a fabulous author, Barbara Samuel. I was drawn into the story and felt at home. The characters come to life and are so wonderfully written. I laughed, I cried, I even made scones from scratch while listening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/14/2012

    " Excellent! Couldn't put it down. Barbara sucks you into her characters and her description of the countryside makes you want to be there. The sex scenes are magic and her relationship with her son and best friend brought me to tears. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tressa | 10/1/2012

    " This was an excellent book. It was about family, self, choices, letting go, and acceptance. I liked all of the characters and all of the relationships. It was an enjoyable and satisfying story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lyndy | 7/16/2012

    " Definitely chic-lit-ish, but had potential. It also had some inappropriate parts that I chose to skip so I can't really recommend it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 4/22/2012

    " I adored this book. Kept me interested the entire time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/4/2012

    " I read this book years ago, but I can still remember that it had a lovely recipe for gingersnap apple pie. I had to make it after I read the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traci Kohler | 3/13/2012

    " I could read this a couple more times! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Staci | 4/8/2011

    " Loved this book. It had everything I enjoy.

    Food
    Family
    Comfort
    Good friends
    Amends
    Tears
    Love

    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 12/12/2010

    " Really liked this book about forgiveness, redemption, acceptance and moving on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 12/6/2010

    " A sweet story about love, loss, and going home. I was impressed, I expected a much more "romance-y" feel to the writing. What I got was a not only plausible but poignant tale of a woman caring for a dying friend and her son. A good book to curl up with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 11/2/2010

    " I adored this book. Kept me interested the entire time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 7/28/2010

    " some tears were shed but I enjoyed it all the way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicola | 7/19/2010

    " The firs Barbara Samuel book I ever read, one of few books to make me cry.

    Made me glom her entire backlist and put her on my favourite author list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 3/5/2010

    " A girl goes back to her hometown of Pueblo to let her friend die of Aids. Meets brother. She bakes pie in the morning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patan | 10/21/2009

    " Great family drama very poignant story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 4/3/2009

    " I don't know what exactly about her books that I love so much, but I do love them!

    Just a sucker for romance I guess.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 3/27/2009

    " I believe this is an earlier book by Samuel who also writes as Barbara O'Neal. I enjoyed this, but felt some good editing would have been in order - she tends to overuse some adjectives wa-a-ay too much. It is a sweet story - kinda racy though!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tif | 3/20/2009

    " I checked this out from the library thinking it would just be a cheesy love book (which I do secretly love) but it was much more. It was poignant and sweet and the characters are so completely developed, you just fall in love with all of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 8/22/2008

    " Excellent! Couldn't put it down. Barbara sucks you into her characters and her description of the countryside makes you want to be there. The sex scenes are magic and her relationship with her son and best friend brought me to tears. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 7/19/2008

    " I love her writing. There is no place like home, but sometimes getting there is half the battle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dora | 7/16/2008

    " At first I was not too taken back by the book but after chapter 3 I fell in love with this Italian-American Family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanne | 4/21/2008

    " I love how this book had recipes from the family in the book!! Great book about family relationships! "

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Author Barbara Samuel

Barbara Samuel is an award-winning author and lives in Pueblo, Colorado with her husband and two sons.