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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (25,244 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Berg Narrator: Becky Baker Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2002 ISBN: 9781598872972
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With her so-and-so husband gone, Samantha needs money. To pull together a new life for herself and her young son, and to make ends meet, she takes in boarders. One is an older woman who offers sage advice and sorely needed comfort. Ultimately she learns t 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 Rhonda | 2/5/2014

    " Another great book by Berg. I don't get tired of reading her books. This is about a mother and daughter set in the early sixties. This book is fiction but she indicated it was based on someone who had written her about her relationship with her disabled mother. Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 chambejd / Joy | 2/4/2014

    " I enjoyed this look into a woman who emerges from divorce. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Blessing | 1/28/2014

    " Everyone who has been divorced will find something to relate to. I didn't like the woman too much at first....but by the end of the book I was into her journey. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karyn | 1/20/2014

    " Rather disappointing. Thank goodness it was only a library book! Friends keep recommending this author. I gave her a fair chance and read two of her books. The first was tolerable, and this one was less than tolerable. Oh well...moving on to better books! "

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

    " While not a "love it" book by any means, I did like it. I enjoyed the authors clever way of capturing the thoughts a woman keeps to herself. She made it easy for me to relate to the main character. I was a bit bored at times and the ending was a little predictable, however I still wanted to finish it. I'll pick up another by her in the near future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 1/15/2014

    " How is it possible to be funny, hopeful, scared and still be able to argue with your mother or rant about Marths Stewart in the same paragraph, all by way of tightly constructed, lyrical prose? Like the opening paragraph: "You know befor you know, of course. You are bending over the dryer, pulling out the still-warm sheets, and the knowledge walks up your backbone. You stare at the man you love and you are staring at nothing: he is gone before he is gone." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 1/7/2014

    " Loved it! Very funny too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruthy | 1/5/2014

    " It's about a woman who is left by her husband. She and her son Travis are forced to do without, by letting others live in their home, to be able to keep the house. It's a very very good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna Tapio | 1/1/2014

    " Fast read - liked the main character. Surprised by some of her actions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolee Wheeler | 12/19/2013

    " Another book I borrowed from my mother-in-law during the great snowed-in book-drought of 2009. Reading Elizabeth Berg, I know nothing too weird is going to happen, and I like the way she writes characters. It's relaxing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 12/12/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading this book. Samantha (Sam) is starting a new life during and after divorce. The way she looks at her new life is uplifting and refreshing. Its a page turner for me and plan to read a lot more of Elizabeth Berg's books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carrieann22 | 11/14/2013

    " Absolutely hated it. Hated the characters, the writing style and most of all, the "cake on the counter" metaphor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faye | 11/9/2013

    " Loved it loved it loved it...nice easy read but kept you interested enough, this could happen to any of us.First book I have read from this author will search out more of hers to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marlene | 11/8/2013

    " I liked this book. Interesting, because you get to understand how the main character really feels. Really liked the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 10/31/2013

    " Husband leaves her and she learns to cope and even like her new life. Down to earth, realistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayva | 10/29/2013

    " A rummage sale find.....pretty good read. As a twiced divorced, middle aged woman, I can relate to the content. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Booklover, Indianapolis | 10/19/2013

    " 2.5* I still don't understand how she could determine that bringing strangers into her house to live where she has a child makes more sense than getting a job! BC rating: 2.75* "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherryl | 10/4/2013

    " It was a good book. I really liked the message that was delivered in the book. The characters seemed real and I could relate them, especially the main character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Thomas | 9/29/2013

    " Hysterical. Liked this book a lot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Morris | 9/5/2013

    " A cute story about a woman whose husband leaves her and the attempt she makes to start a new life. Very fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Redfox5 | 6/29/2013

    " Not a bad book. Didn't rock my world though. Makes me glad my parents are still together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lela | 6/7/2013

    " Excellent, must read for women!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Dyer | 5/5/2013

    " This book was just ok. Reminded me of many other books, a journey of self discovery for a woman suddenly in a life changing situation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yaya | 11/26/2012

    " It was an easy reading book, the story is easy to follow but I feel depressing reading Sam's character. She is sooo very lonely, more to pathetic. The ending isn't quite satisfying too :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 10/8/2012

    " Read it on a 2 hour plane ride. Quick read and amusing for divorsed or widowed. A funny look at making it alone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginnie Leiner | 9/6/2012

    " Another great book by Elizabeth Berg. I could relate to several things in her struggle to be "unmarried" and find a new life. The Martha Stewart incident is amusing yet meaningful as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 9/3/2012

    " dealing with divorce and the aftermath - very close to too depressing, but I persevered and she prevailed. Good emotional read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara Truax | 7/30/2012

    " ...okay...nothing more to say here. This author basically writes the same book over and over. I'm done with her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Bailey | 2/16/2012

    " This is a book that you can relate to when you have been or are facing a divorce. Sam has lots of decisions to face and sometimes you aren't really rational about life during this time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K Kelley | 2/15/2012

    " one of her better ones "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolanne Washburn | 1/22/2012

    " Like all her books, I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 9/16/2011

    " Excellent book, had a hard time putting this down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 5/16/2011

    " The plot is about a woman in her late 30's - early 40's working thru divorce. I would have enjoyed this more if I were younger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shereekjohnson | 5/14/2011

    " Read this in one day and loved it. Her writing is excellent and so right on with all the emotions and angst of divorce and parenting. Loved the relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/2/2011

    " Elizabeth Berg always has interesting characters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Academicsupport | 4/26/2011

    " I have just begun to read Elizabeth Berg, who seems to write from an "older" woman's point of view. "

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

    " I loved this book. I found it to be an uplifting view on coping with divorce "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 4/14/2011

    " I love Elizabeth Berg. I have read fourteen of her books. Her style is fluid and keeps you reading without wanting to stop and stir your soup. She sinks you into her character's lives with passion, detail, pathos and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 4/5/2011

    " An adult "coming of age" where a woman finds that to know who she is, she must reclaim the person she used to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 4/4/2011

    " Fast read - liked the main character. Surprised by some of her actions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/24/2011

    " Not quite as described but still a good read. You get taken in by the main character and want to keep reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashlie | 3/19/2011

    " I thought this was a very good story of a lost woman finding herself. I enjoyed following her along on her journey to love herself and find love and joy in others again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope4flowers | 3/11/2011

    " A story about a women who finds the strength within herself "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leana | 3/10/2011

    " Was a good book, not great but a quick easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 3/9/2011

    " I like the worldview of the narrator. Was let down by the ending. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Berg, the author of three New York Times bestsellers, won the NEBA Award for her body of work and was an ABBY Award finalist for her book Talk before Sleep. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Ladies’ Home Journal, Redbook, and the New York Times. Berg also teaches writing workshops at Radcliffe College.