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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,018 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Berg Narrator: Gabrielle de Cuir Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Even on their wedding day, John and Irene sensed that they were about to make a mistake. Years later, divorced, dating other people, and living in different parts of the country, they seem to have nothing in common—nothing except the most important person in each of their lives: Sadie, their spirited eighteen-year-old daughter. Feeling smothered by Irene and distanced from John, Sadie is growing more and more attached to her new boyfriend, Ron. When tragedy strikes, Irene and John come together to support the daughter they love so dearly. What takes longer is to remember how they really feel about each other. Elizabeth Berg’s immense talent shines in this unforgettable novel about the power of love, the unshakeable bonds of family, and the beauty of second chances.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Psalm | 2/20/2014

    " So...I'm still waitin' for somethin' major to happen to her daughter that warranted what I was promised would happen! The whole book basically was about me waitin' and a whole bunch of nothin' happened. It was boring and the dialogue was TOTALLY unrealistic. But I'm not giving up on this author - she has her good moments, I just hope they aren't all in the past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sylvia Whitman | 2/18/2014

    " Certain books rivet you with domestic drama, but this wasn't one of them. The crime in the middle seemed out of place. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Rose Fairbaugh | 2/9/2014

    " I have read many of Elizabeth Berg's books. I didn't care too much for this one. A sappy story, not much kick to it. I am disappointed, but I will read others because I have found her other books most enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Roberta | 2/6/2014

    " This was my first Elizabeth Berg book. I chose it because it was one the few audiobooks available on the library website whose description appealed to me. On the positive side, I was engrossed while listening to it. I like her style and flow. However, I found the plot to be totally unrealistic. First of all, I found it really cowardly that Berg chose to make Sophie's "trauma" so innocuous. Really - if you don't have the heart to create a really traumatic scene, don't write one at all. The abduction was so lame. What purpose did it serve? There was no follow-up. No trial. Why would he abduct her and then just leave her there? It made no sense whatsoever. Then, Sophie's reaction to it! What? I think Elizabeth Berg was totally out-of-touch with what a real 18 year-old would do. I consulted a panel of experts - the 18 year-old daughters of my friends. To a girl, they agreed that they would not have called Ron from the police station, that they would've called their dads. Not a one of them would've gone to hang out in the park for a while. My initial reaction was that I would've felt dirty, both physically and emotionally, and I would've wanted to get in a hot shower as soon as humanly possible. I don't think I'd be wanting to hang out for a while and then go get married. The whole book just seemed so pointless. "

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