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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,079 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lori Lansens Narrator: Ruby Dee Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9781594833700
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Sharla Cody is only five, but has already lived a troubled life—only to find herself dumped on an elderly neighbor’s doorstep when her mother takes off for the summer. Although Sharla is not the angelic child Addy Shadd had pictured when she agreed to look after her, the two soon forge a deep bond. To Addy’s surprise, Sharla’s presence brings back memories of her own childhood in Rusholme, a town settled by fugitive slaves in the mid-1800s. She reminisces about her family, her first love, and the painful experience that drove her away from home. Brilliantly structured—and achingly lyrical, this is a story about the redeeming power of love and memory, and about two unlikely people who transform each other’s lives forever.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/19/2014

    " Glad I read the book. It was hard to read at first because of the way the children were treated. As I got into the second half of the book, it was hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 2/16/2014

    " After reading and enjoying The Girls by the same author, I was really looking forward to Rush Home Road. I didn't care for it as much as The Girls. I found the plot predictable and the characters too one-dimensional. However, the story kept my interest and I looked forward to reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emilie Frechie | 2/15/2014

    " I can't say this was memorable. I read it for a Literature course in college and I think the professor just wanted to teach is because she was friends with the writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Farahnaz | 1/28/2014

    " I absolutely love this heart-warming book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M.J. | 1/26/2014

    " One of the saddest books I've ever read, but very touching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 1/17/2014

    " Probably up there with one of my all time favorite books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren Gerfen | 1/14/2014

    " this is actually a 3.5. This book was very sweet and enjoyable to read but not that memorable. It would be the perfect book for vacation or summer reading. I liked it, just didn't love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 1/14/2014

    " Sweet story of a little girl and the woman who takes her in and loves her! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 1/13/2014

    " Loved it, loved it, loved it. Couldn't put it down which was a total surprise to me. The summary sounded so depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 12/30/2013

    " good story - well told "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katharine | 12/21/2013

    " Lori Lansens is a truly wonderful storyteller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Agape Hammond | 12/15/2013

    " Didn't ever want to put it down. I love Addy and Sharla. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jazzie077 | 11/28/2013

    " Good, not great. I could pick it up randomly and still be familiar with the story, but I never sat down and couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hanna Mercado | 11/24/2013

    " Absolutely a page-turner! Seems like I finished two books in one! Got teary-eyed in the end! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Wilson | 11/17/2013

    " Really great book. I've read two of Lori Lansens' books now and she's a great story-teller! This is the story of one woman's often desperate life told while she is suddenly become the guardian of an abandoned five year old as an older woman. The two stories inter-twine very well. I enjoyed it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mich | 11/3/2013

    " love it love it love it.. go get it.. read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Quathamer | 9/13/2013

    " Even during the Olympics, Rush Home Road could not be put down. And it is always nice to have a little cry in the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Johnson | 5/23/2013

    " great characters...interesting and worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 5/11/2013

    " Beautiful story...beautiful, heart-wrenching and heart-warming!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah Watring-ellis | 4/7/2013

    " One of my favourites of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 2/22/2013

    " Couldn't...put ...this...down. Book jumps back & forth in time telling the life story of Addy Shadd. A woman who has had a full life & many loves, yet ends up alone in a trailor park. It takes a 6 yr old girl going thru some rough times of her own to bring Addy back home where she belongs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karalynne | 2/19/2013

    " Love it! Great read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/11/2013

    " Everyone should be so lucky to have an Addy Shadd in their lives, and gratefully five year old Sharla Cody does. Love, necessity and chance binds seventy year old Addy and five year old Sharla. Their journey together brings awe and wonder to the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 3/15/2012

    " Very well developed characters that became friends. Touching story line and good subplot development...just enough twists to keep it a page turner. Well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marfa | 12/30/2011

    " Wow! It is hard to believe this is Lansens first book. I have read the Girls and Wife's Tale, but this is by far my favourite. You become very connected to the characters and are sad when it is finished. I will re-read this book someday, and I say that about very few books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 8/22/2011

    " I didn't really like this book. I found it depressing and the ending was not very good . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 8/21/2011

    " Wow, this book was sad. Poor Addy just had tradegy after tradegy, so much death and sadness. Very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Prehn | 5/27/2011

    " I liked how the author used flashbacks to recount the Addy's life story. And how she linked them in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/12/2011

    " I actually give this 3 1/2 stars. It is a good read, just got a little slow in the end.
    If it was just a bit shorter (to take out some unnecessary info) it could have been a five! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 5/10/2011

    " Touching story of unconditional love and the pain of poverty and race. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/25/2011

    " A compassionate story about a women who lost everything but had the courage to give a young girl a second chance she never had. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 4/8/2011

    " I liked that there were two stories going on at the same time. I liked that I couldn't predict how the stories were going to intersect until they actually did. I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 4/1/2011

    " Great book. even better than "The Girls". Hope to read more of this author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 3/31/2011

    " I'm generally powerless in the grip of a Lori Lansens book. Stayed up way too late the last two nights reading this. A lot of it is almost too freaking sad to even bear thinking about, but what a story, past and present. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 3/15/2011

    " I couldn't put this one down. A nice sad story with beautiful characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 3/8/2011

    " I loved this book! Addy Shadd was an amazing character, highly recommend to all my Goodreads friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hanna | 2/28/2011

    " Absolutely a page-turner! Seems like I finished two books in one! Got teary-eyed in the end! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 2/23/2011

    " Granted the Bookworms Anonymous Stamp of Approval, this multigenerational tale has the reader emotionally involved from page one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 2/23/2011

    " Loved this book... wonderful story of redemption and resilience!!! Addy's story will stay with me... HIGHLY recommend!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monique | 2/13/2011

    " I think this book was awesome. I read it about 3 times and each time it got to me like it was the first time I had read it.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CynthiaA | 2/5/2011

    " What a wonderful story. Lansens weaves a beautiful tapestry of love and loss, sin and forgiveness, cruelty and kindness, and above all, redemption. The characters connected with me, the history of the place moved me, and the miracles within the story gave it depth and hope. "

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About the Author
Author Lori Lansens

Lori Lansens has written several films and is the author of the bestselling novel The Girls, among other books. She lives in California with her family.

About the Narrator

Ruby Dee is an award-winning actress, playwright, screenwriter, and activist, perhaps best known for starring in the 1961 film A Raisin in the Sun and for her role as Mama Lucas in American Gangster, for which she received an Oscar nomination. She is also known for her civic work with husband Ossie Davis. She and Ossie had a series on public television called With Ossie and Ruby, and later published With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together, a book about their life experiences during their fifty years of marriage. Now in her nineties, Ruby continues to perform, most recently as a narrator for the Lifetime original movie Betty and Coretta.