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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Randy Sue Coburn Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Among the towering firs and windswept beaches of a Pacific Northwest island, a woman’s long-ago first love unexpectedly returns, teaching her the damaging power of secrets and the liberating lessons of love.

Widow Phoebe Allen has single-handedly raised a wonderful daughter and established a successful business supplying nets to fisherman and now enjoys the amorous attentions of a longtime friend. When she learns that her old boyfriend, Whitney Traynor, has purchased a house nearby, she must confront long-suppressed feelings for her charismatic first love, now a high-profile film director. For years, Phoebe has concealed truths from her daughter and may now be forced to divulge them. As the past rushes forth like an inevitable tide, Phoebe discovers the life-transforming benefits of opening one’s heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Seattle writer Randy Sue Coburn wields a confident broad brush and has a sharp eye for tiny, perfect detail…Owl Island is a story that moves along like good jazz: smooth until it surprises, then smooth again.”


  • “Rich and poignant…Like a gem, Owl Island is brilliant, multifaceted and impossible not to enjoy.”

    Oklahoma Gazette

  • “[Coburn’s] depictions of the Pacific Northwest—with its windswept beaches and cedar-scented air—are evocative and rich.”


  • “MacDuffie’s solid reading is particularly sensitive to the characters’ moods and emotions, ranging from delight to grief…Listeners will find themselves drawn into this journey of self-discovery.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “Coburn’s beautifully realized novel perceptively assesses what women do in love. A richly conceived portrait of memory and identity.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Beatrice | 1/7/2014

    " An illuminating novel about mothers and daughters, the power of secrets, and obsessive love. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Tisha | 12/14/2013

    " Setting is in the Northwest. Very slow moving book. Could not wait til I was done. Had to finish since I invested so much time already. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cassy | 12/10/2013

    " interesting read...really liked the characters... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Nancy | 11/1/2013

    " I couldn't get past the third chapter, it was so bad. "

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About the Author
Author Randy Sue Coburn

Randy Sus Coburn, a former newspaper reporter, is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Remembering Jody and the screenplay for the major feature film Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle. She lives in Seattle and teaches writing at the University of Washington.