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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,052 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Kingsbury Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2004 ISBN: 9780310261650
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A riveting story of secret sin and the healing power of forgiveness.

Airline pilot Connor Evans and his wife, Michele, seem to be the perfect couple living what looks like a perfect life. Then a plane goes down in the Pacific Ocean. One of the casualties is Kiahna Siefert, a flight attendant Connor knew well. Too well.

Kiahna’s will is very clear: before her seven-year-old son, Max, can be turned over to the state, he must spend the summer with the father he’s never met, the father who doesn’t know he exists: Connor Evans. Now will the presence of one lonely child and the truth he represents destroy Connor’s family ? Or is it possible that healing and hope might come in the shape of a seven-year-old boy?

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Thomasson | 2/16/2014

    " This book was amazing. Anything by Karen Kingsbury is great but I really liked this book. If you are struggling with love and acceptance this is the read for you. Be ready for tears of joy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alice | 2/11/2014

    " I love the author, but this is just one of her books which are just not very good. The ending becomes pretty clear withing the first few chapters and all the time in between is spent wandering how much more shalow and cheesy the characters will get. Really annoying. Read some of her other books though, they are much much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Balconi | 2/3/2014

    " This was a very good book about a woman and a mans journey of mistakes, faith and forgivness. And with being able to forgive someone always you to love them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 1/28/2014

    " I had a really hard time reading this book. It was about a single mom trying to raise her young son. She was a flight attendant who wanted to be a doctor. One night she trusted a man to sleep on her couch 8 years prior. They ended up sleeping together. The man had told her that he lived in California and his wife in Florida. The 23 year old girl though that they were separated. After their night together the man went back to his family, a wife and two daugthers. He never spoke about the affair, or really the one night stand. Eight years later the woman had given up her dreams of being a doctor and was still working as a flight attendant. Her plane crashed. Her son went to stay with a family friend until they could figure out what to do. Never had the girl mentioned the boys father, until they found her will. The mother asked that the son spend two weeks his father and if the father did not want him that he send him back and he go up for adoption. The man had to tell his current wife about the affair and try to welcome his son. The current wife had alot of hurt, anger and resentment with the boy coming. It was a difficult situation all around. In the end it turned out great and the wife got over the affair and learned to look at the boy as one that lost his mother and not blame him for the mistakes her husband made. With God's grace she was able to forgive him and make a second chance for the little boy. He now had a real father, a new mom and two sisters. He even got to keep dog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrianja | 1/23/2014

    " Yet another amazing, insightful book by Karen Kingsbury "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 1/18/2014

    " My best friend loaned me this book. She told me that the story was well worth the time to read. My friend was right! I enjoyed this story from start to finish. I found myself feeling respect for each of the characters. This author used a lot of human emotions in each of her characters. I did enjoy the happy ending, which really did surprise me. I would recommend this book to people wanting a true-to-life story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iemanie Stokes | 1/15/2014

    " This book was so touching i absolutly loved it. At first it's so sad but then... okay i don't want to spoil it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Norma Budden | 1/15/2014

    " One of the greatest books I've ever read and, despite reading it a couple of times, I know I will read this story again. It's a printed book I will never part with and I'd encourage everyone to read this story - women and men, alike. It really demonstrates the power God has to heal and repair relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/14/2014

    " FABULOUS READING!!!! Had me crying, laughing, and soul searching. Wow!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Slocum | 1/12/2014

    " Good read. Enjoyed it above others the author has written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty Benjamin | 1/9/2014

    " I love Karen Kingsbury and she did a great job with the intertwined story of 2 families that would probably have never known the other existed, except for fate. I love the way we see God's hand at work in her stories to touch the hardened hearts and fill them with love! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 12/19/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book and I cried several times! It's a touching story about the power of forgiveness, and about how we should handle life when presented with a challenge. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone and everyone. Second chances in life are an amazing gift from God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenni | 12/16/2013

    " VERY good book....I highly recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/13/2013

    " Absolutely wonderful! Pulls at the heart strings right from the beginning! Very true feelings and related to real life situations! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blsd_BkWm | 11/29/2013

    " A wonderful tear-jerker. Absolutely fell in love with the kid the minute he came on the pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/22/2013

    " Great book....just don't read it before you go on a plane trip across the ocean! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria Chapman | 11/10/2013

    " I totally loved This book, I felt for Max and the rest of his family. Overall A wonderful raed. It had lots of wonderful lessons in it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carissa | 10/24/2013

    " i could read this again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Logan | 10/19/2013

    " I have fallen in love with a new author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 8/22/2013

    " this book is a great one its the kinda book that u cant put down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 8/13/2013

    " I knew Kingsbury was a Christian writer before I began reading this one but it was a bit much for me. I enjoyed the story and I was entirely satisfied with it when it was over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaymi | 8/12/2013

    " This book really touched me. I really recommend it! "

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

    " Another interesting novel makes you cry though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lis | 1/15/2013

    " It took everything I had to get through it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannette | 9/6/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. Clean & refreshing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loraine | 7/25/2012

    " Very well written. Great story. Encourages trust in God and communicating with him. Also great lessons on morals and forgiveness and love. Highly recommend this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 5/14/2012

    " A 3 only because I cried all the way through it! LOL "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 10/19/2011

    " This book was amazing. Such a wonderful story of forgiveness and second chances. Get ready to shed some tears... I think I cried like 5 or 6 different times. SO GREAT!!!! I can't wait to read more of her books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 9/2/2011

    " Tough topic but an okay read. Forgiving after the situation that occurs in this book would be very hard for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 7/19/2011

    " Very good. I love Kingsbury. Happy, tearful, touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlene | 5/15/2011

    " This was a awesome story, had a hard time putting it down.It all about love,patience,kindness,forgiveness,tragedy and God. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/2/2011

    " This was a very good book about a woman and a mans journey of mistakes, faith and forgivness. And with being able to forgive someone always you to love them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 3/6/2011

    " I love Karen Kingsbury and she did a great job with the intertwined story of 2 families that would probably have never known the other existed, except for fate. I love the way we see God's hand at work in her stories to touch the hardened hearts and fill them with love! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/21/2011

    " I like the book, even tho it is a rather simple plot and I think that I know how it will end. It is an insprational book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 1/19/2011

    " I knew Kingsbury was a Christian writer before I began reading this one but it was a bit much for me. I enjoyed the story and I was entirely satisfied with it when it was over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loraine | 12/3/2010

    " Very well written. Great story. Encourages trust in God and communicating with him. Also great lessons on morals and forgiveness and love. Highly recommend this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 11/22/2010

    " I cried a lot it was a very very good book i loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iemanie | 11/21/2010

    " This book was so touching i absolutly loved it. At first it's so sad but then... okay i don't want to spoil it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 11/14/2010

    " FABULOUS READING!!!! Had me crying, laughing, and soul searching. Wow!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannette | 10/10/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. Clean & refreshing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 9/4/2010

    " Very good book about the power of forgiveness. "

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About the Author
Author Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty inspirational novels. She has written many successful series and standalone books, including the 9/11 series, Oceans Apart, Between Sundays, the Women of Faith series, and a number of children’s books. Her book Like Dandelion Dust was made into an award-winning movie in 2009, receiving awards from the Las Vegas International Film Festival, the San Diego Film Festival, New York VisionFest, and others. Dubbed by Time magazine as the “Queen of Christian Fiction,” Kingsbury has been a featured guest on the Today show and appeared in many publications, including USA Today. Aside from being an author, Kingsbury is also a songwriter; in 2009, she cowrote the song “Walls” with Richie McDonald and has written a song for Marie Osmond called “Tell Me to Breathe.”

About the Narrator

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.