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Author: Jan Stites Narrator: Karen Peakes Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9781501200359
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Along the banks of the Sweet Oak River, deep in the heart of the Ozarks, a book club takes five women on stunning journeys of self-discovery.

After losing first her husband, then her daughter, seventy-eight-year-old grandmother Ruby wants to teach her risk-averse granddaughter, Tulsa, that some leaps are worth taking, no matter how high the potential fall. Tulsa loves her grandmother dearly, but she has a business to run and no time for romance—not even the paperback version. But when Ruby ropes her into a book club, Tulsa can’t bring herself to disappoint the woman who raised her.

Together with Ruby’s best friend, Pearl, as well as family friends BJ and Jen, the women embark on an exploration of modern-day love guided by written tales of romance. What they discover is a beautiful story that examines the bonds of friendship and the highs and lows of love in all its forms.

“This sweet, well-paced work is concerned with the gathering of five women who live on the banks of the peaceful Sweet Oak River deep in the Ozarks. Each of them is in need of love, and the matriarch of the group gently guides them to their own best decisions through a romance book club. A subplot in which a boy from outside the community has a whirlwind romance with a hometown girl features an unexpected plot twist, and the result is much more realistic than other examples of the trope. Of special enjoyment for avid readers are the discussions of other actual romance novels. Karen Peakes's narration is excellent; her slight country twang hits the right regional notes. The low-key approach to the relationships makes this one suitable for readers of Christian fiction. VERDICT: For romance listeners and fans of gentle fiction.” —J. Sara Paulk, Houston Cty. P.L., Perry, GA

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Quotes & Awards

  • Reading the Sweet Oak will find its way to your heart by way of your funny bone.”

    Elizabeth Rosner, award-winning novelist and bestselling author of Electric City

  • “A charming new voice in women’s fiction, Stites writes from the heart about friendship, love, and what it means to find where you belong.”

    Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author

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About the Author

Jan Stites is the author of the novels Edgewise and Reading the Sweet Oak. She received a BA from the University of Missouri and a MA from Purdue University, both in history and English. She has held a multitude of jobs, including screenwriter, screenwriting instructor at San Francisco State University and the University of California–Berkeley, secretary, middle school teacher, journalist, transcriber for doctors and documentary filmmakers, teacher in Kenya and the Yucatán, and translator for American doctors in Mexico. She is from Missouri, where she has vacationed extensively in the Ozarks. She currently resides in Northern California with her husband.

About the Narrator

Karen Peakes is a narrator and an actress who works primarily on stage in theaters in and around Philadelphia. She has also worked with the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC, and can be heard in several of the Folger’s audio recordings of Shakespeare plays.