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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,868 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anita Shreve Narrator: Dennis Holland Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A rookie paramedic pulls a young woman alive from her totaled car, a first rescue that begins a lifelong tangle of love and wreckage. Sheila Arsenault is a gorgeous enigma, streetwise and tough-talking, with haunted eyes, fierce desires, and a never-look-back determination. Peter Webster, as straight an arrow as they come, falls for her instantly. Soon Sheila and Peter are embroiled in an intense love affair, married, and parents to a baby daughter. Like the crash that brought them together, it all happened so fast.

Can you ever really save another person? Eighteen years later, Sheila is long gone and Peter is raising their daughter, Rowan, alone. But Rowan is veering dangerously off track, and for the first time in their ordered existence together, Webster fears for her future. Every day, his job shows him every danger the world contains, how wrong everything can go in a second, and suddenly all the love a father can give a daughter is not enough.

Sheila’s sudden return may be a godsend or it may be exactly the wrong moment for a lifetime of questions, anger, and longing to surface anew. What tore this young family apart? Is there even worse damage ahead?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “From its opening car crash, Rescue is worth the ride…No one can create the beginning of a complex relationship like Shreve…Shreve gets deep inside these characters, and her insights draw us into their lives…A story of hope and fear, of promises made and broken…Shreve creates a little world, peoples it with believable characters, and puts them through agonizing and joyful moments without a false note or a dissonant figure of speech.”

    Washington Post

  • “A paramedic and the troubled young beauty he saves propel Shreve’s engrossing latest...With the insistent thrum of life-and-death EMT calls as background, Shreve’s vividly told tale captures the deep-seated fears of mortality and loneliness that can drive us to test the bounds of family and forgiveness.”


  • “Compelling…Fans of Anita Shreve will likely devour this new novel.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Holland vocalizes the simplest scenarios with compassion as he deftly captures Peter’s gentle soul and Sheila’s destructive compulsions.”


  • “A thoroughly absorbing, perfectly paced domestic drama. Alternating between life-and-death scenarios Pete encounters on the job and the fraught family tension between father and daughter, Shreve pulls readers right into her story.”


  • Selected for the December 2010 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Allison Relyea | 2/16/2014

    " I really liked this book, I don't really know why. It was something different, a different kind of story. It was an enjoyable book to read because you always wanted to know what was going to happen next. I read it in one day and I, obviously, think it's a pretty quick read. It's about a man and he's raising his 17 year old daughter alone due to his wife having to leave when their daughter was younger. The book starts off with the girl being 17 and then goes back 18 years and you see the father & mother's life leading up to when the daughter is 17. I thought it was really cute, happy, and sad. I really liked it, i'm kind of sad it's over :( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Melissa Lee-tammeus | 2/8/2014

    " Ok, despite the fact that this is an easy read, is predictable, and is a Lifetime special waiting to happen, I actually liked this book. I do think it had something to do with the fact that my brain is fried with other things going on in my life and I just wanted a no brainer. So, yes, this book is your no brainer, folks. If you are looking for a beach read, go for it. If you are looking for intelligent banter, narrative, and prose, pick something else. Let me give it to you in a nutshell: boy meets alcoholic girl, girl get pregnant, boy marries girl, girl has baby, baby and girl in car accident due to alcohol, boy sends girl away, boy raises baby, baby grows and gets in bad accident, baby is in coma, boy calls girl, girl comes and sits with 18 year old baby, baby comes out of coma, boy, girl and 18 year old baby talk, boy, girl and 18 year old baby live happily ever after. Seriously. Just add in some descriptions of his job, the landscape, their house and various other fluff and you got it. See? I just saved you a ton of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Journeyfan | 1/28/2014

    " I enjoyed this. I was a "quiet" book. Nothing earth-shattering, nothing made me cry or think too heavily (which is NICE sometimes!). It was a story about flawed people making mistakes and others doing the best they can. I'm glad the ending wasn't wrapped up nice and tidy, all forgiveness and light. I'm glad there were consequences for the bad choices made. And I want to set Webster up with some nice single gals I know, LOL. PS: I really enjoyed the medic scenes! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Donna | 1/26/2014

    " This book was on the monotone side. Content was good but seemed to drag along. "

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