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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (242 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lynne Griffin Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Laura Martinez is wedged in the middle place, grappling with her busy life as a nurse, wife, and devoted mom to her two young children when her estranged mother, Helen, suffers a devastating stroke. In a desperate attempt to lure her mother into choosing life, Laura goes to Sea Escape, the pristine beach home that Helen took refuge in after the death of her beloved husband, Joseph. There, Laura hunts for the legendary love letters her father wrote to her mother when he served as a reporter for the Associated Press during wartime Vietnam.

Believing the beauty and sway of her father’s words will have the power to heal, Laura reads the letters bedside to her mother, a woman who once spoke the language of fabric—of Peony Sky in Jade and Paradise Garden Sage—but who can’t or won’t speak to her now. As Laura delves deeper into her tangled family history, she becomes increasingly determined to save her mother. As each letter reveals a patchwork detail of her parents’ marriage, she discovers a common thread: a secret that mother and daughter unknowingly share.

Weaving back and forth from Laura’s story to her mother’s, beginning in the idyllic 1950s with Helen’s love affair with Joseph through the tumultuous Vietnam War period and on to the present, Sea Escape takes a gratifying look at what women face in their everyday lives—the balancing act of raising capable and happy children and being accomplished and steadfast wives while still being gracious and good daughters. It is a story that opens the door to family secrets so gripping, you won’t be able to put this book down until each is revealed.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jackie | 2/15/2014

    " Laura is in the sandwich generation--she's got two kids at home, a thriving nursing career, a loving husband, and a very difficult mother who shut down years ago when Laura's father died. When her mother has a massive stroke, Laura breaks her mother's long held demand for privacy by beginning to read to her the letters her father wrote to her mother years ago, describing their perfect love. Or at least that was always the story. As the letters unfold, a different tale of her parents lives and relationship emerges, and Laura finds she has more in common with her mother than she ever dreamed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Judy Collins | 2/14/2014

    " "A thoughtful and deeply moving but complicated love between mother and daughter from two different eras. The daughter uncovers the details of her parents' marriage, thru letters and between the spaces each line is written, and more secrets unspoken...and discovering a common thread of secrets mother and daughter unknowingly share. Characters you will despise and some you grow to love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patricia Sanders | 2/13/2014

    " This novel is about family secrets and how they shape family dynamics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barb Bailey | 2/7/2014

    " Gosh, I thought this book was going to be an entertaining /easy beach read...but it surprised me and was better than I expected. I am giving it a 3.75 rating..... it had an unusual twist in the end and for that alone I want to give it a higher rating. Parent /child relationships my generation ! "

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About the Author
Author Lynne Griffin

Lynne Griffin, a nationally recognized family life expert, is the author of Life Without Summer and the nonfiction parenting title Negotiation Generation. She is a frequent radio and television guest and has written for national parenting and writing magazines. Griffin teaches at Wheelock College and Grub Street Writers. She lives with her family outside Boston.