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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,918 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Kingsbury Narrator: Roxanne Hernandez Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9780310772828
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In between a checkered past and a fairytale future, a decision awaits.

Brad Cutler, twenty-eight, is a rising star at his New York ad agency, about to marry the girl of his dreams. Anyone would agree he has it all—a great career, a beautiful and loving fiancée, and a fairy tale life ahead of him…when memories of a high school girlfriend begin to torment him. Lost innocence and one very difficult choice flood his conscience, and he is no longer sure what the future will bring except for this: He must go back to the shores of Holden Beach in search of his first love, and a forgiveness neither of them has ever known.

Three people must work through the repercussions of a decision made long ago before any of them can look toward a new future.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanie | 2/16/2014

    " Abortion is probably the most divisive social law that we have and will continue to have. The fictional story is about the 3 that abortion affects. The mother, the father and the baby. I liked the Kingsbury gave this baby a name. Just like the holocaust, it was a mass of people without names and abortion in our society has become that. However, there are names, with likes and dislikes, with gifts, and worth. The story is not about judgement, but about forgiveness and healing. The healing comes when dealing with the act of abortion and that was what this story was about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B.J. | 2/9/2014

    " This was a very good book. It helped me to feel and better understand the scars on the heart and soul when a person decides to have an abortion. So sad ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carissa | 1/26/2014

    " Interesting story the addresses abortion. It was heavy with religion and faith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace | 1/20/2014

    " This book blew me away. With the last novel I read of Karen's, Between Sundays, she won me over totally. With this book, I am an official fan. This story is something that is so hard to talk about and with the honesty and realness she wrote with, I felt like almost like I was intruding in their business. The way the plot developed was awesome. The emotions and reactions of everyone were completely true to life and the subject matter wasn't something that was glossed over or made into a pat little sermon. The relationship between Brad and Emma over the course of the weekend was so bittersweet and I teared up more than once. I'm really glad it ended the way it did, however, because anything else would have felt like they were living in the past. I really really liked Laura's character and the journey she went on. Her emotions about the situation were completely normal and she had every right to feel that way. But Karen really flipped the situation around and showed her feelings from a biblical light that isn't shown very often. It helped me personally to read Laura's struggle. The scene between her and Brad when he comes was amazing and I couldn't believe she did what she did but I thought it was an amazing gesture toward him that showed her change of heart. I HIGHLY recommend this book "

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

    " For some, this book might not be that exciting or inspiring; for me it was deep and thought provoking, because it was personal. I don't think I have ever cried so much while reading a book, as I did reading this one. I don't mean a tear or two, I mean tears streaming crying. Unfortunately, I could relate all too well with the young female character in this book, with the pain, the shame, the self-condemnation; I could also relate to the healing, the cleansing and the forgiveness that only God can give. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandie Mixa | 1/14/2014

    " This was my first Karen Kingsbury novel. I was impressed! Beautifully written, handling the topic of forgiveness for the sin of abortion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 1/13/2014

    " Parting is such sweet sorrow.... especially when there are unresolved issues. Before the next chapter of life can be written, the previous one(s) have to be closed -- hurts have to be mended, forgiveness has to be sought / given, etc. This is one such story... a love story, but it is also a life story. As with all of Kingsbury's books, this one is also a sniffler. "

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

    " The story was hit very close to home for me, since I know someone who went through an abortion. It was a very good book, a real tear-jerker!! I'd like to see a sequel with the story line on Emma. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 12/13/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. At times, the plot seemed a little too perfect or predictable, but overall it was a feel-good book. It had a positive message about God's love and forgiveness in our lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 12/1/2013

    " This was my first Karen Kingsbury book and I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 11/21/2013

    " I loved this book. This was my first book that I had read by Karen Kingsbury. It is sad, but good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 10/31/2013

    " I cried. Wow. This was an amazing book, really. Love and first love and regret and forgiveness and God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephany | 10/22/2013

    " This is one of the best books Karen Kingsbury has written. I was going through a rough time in my life, and the feelings expressed in this book is exactly how I was feeling and it pushed me to move on from that tragic time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Slocum | 8/14/2013

    " Loved it. Loved it. And I loved it some more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 5/27/2013

    " This is such a great book, yet so sad, it made me cry but its still an amazing book of love and faith! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 1/11/2013

    " Very solid Christian title, with a tender love story that was tainted by a high school abortion. Thanks Karen KIngsbury for handling a difficult subject with great sensitivity "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita (Zahm) Hagerty | 9/9/2012

    " Always love her books. This was was not as good as most of her others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 6/14/2012

    " Set in my area. Great pro-life message. One of my favorite KK books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 5/28/2012

    " Karen Kingsbury does not every disappoint me. This book is so thought provoking. It is about forgiveness, grace and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nanette | 3/1/2012

    " Another wonderful book by Karen Kingsbury. The emotions are palpable and the plot is all too often true, I'm sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 1/31/2012

    " A beautiful book about love, mercy, and forgiveness! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxanne | 1/29/2012

    " Deals with abortion in a Godly way. Certainly the best of Kingsbury's that I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Foster Smith | 1/22/2012

    " This was a wonderful book. Had me in tears at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary M | 10/14/2011

    " Not one of Kingsbury's best but a solid read with interesting characters. I think it would have been more interesting had the finacee been more a part of the trips back home. As it was, I found the story a bit predictable but, as usual, written to flow well and keep you turning pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynnea | 8/19/2011

    " Wow! An amazing book! This book could have gone so many ways... What an awesome example of forgiveness and service!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 5/19/2011

    " Powerful topic and story--approximately 3 times longer than necessary and belabored. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 5/9/2011

    " Had many twists and turns but very focused on God and what His plan is for our lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 5/5/2011

    " This is the very first Karen Kingsbury book that I read. This is a must read if you have had or are considering abortion. Excellent book! "

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

    " I liked how the author dealt with the issue of abortion. I didn't like that much of the story was predictable. Very good book, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daphne | 4/14/2011

    " I loved this book because it was set in my favorite place - Holden Beach, NC. Some liberties taken by the author but for the most part true to the spirit of HB. Great study on forgiveness and consequences of choices made.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 4/5/2011

    " Karen Kingsbury's writing reminds me so much of Nicholas Sparks but from a Christian standpoint. I love that it was based in the Outer Banks of NC. This is a story of love, betrayal, forgiveness & acceptance. It is a must read!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 4/3/2011

    " Life changing book. A powerful story about forgiveness. I cried for the last hour reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 3/22/2011

    " Looking back this wasn't a book I would have read if I were hormonal. But a very good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 3/11/2011

    " Haven't finished it so far but it is pretty good yet kind of sad "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 3/8/2011

    " Story kept my interest through out the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/6/2011

    " If you want to get an inside look at post abortion syndrome this is a good one to read. One of my favorite Karen Kingsbury books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 1/13/2011

    " Amazing! Brought me to tears in more than one place "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaia | 1/7/2011

    " I've never read anything by this author. She writes Christian fiction. While there are moments where it's a bit too cheesy, overall it was good and I'll likely check out other books by her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 1/6/2011

    " This was an okay read...I found it hard to follow through at some points, but Kingsbury is one of my favorite authors and I have enjoyed all of the books I have read that are by her. "

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About the Author
Author Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty inspirational novels. She has written many successful series and standalone books, including the 9/11 series, Oceans Apart, Between Sundays, the Women of Faith series, and a number of children’s books. Her book Like Dandelion Dust was made into an award-winning movie in 2009, receiving awards from the Las Vegas International Film Festival, the San Diego Film Festival, New York VisionFest, and others. Dubbed by Time magazine as the “Queen of Christian Fiction,” Kingsbury has been a featured guest on the Today show and appeared in many publications, including USA Today. Aside from being an author, Kingsbury is also a songwriter; in 2009, she cowrote the song “Walls” with Richie McDonald and has written a song for Marie Osmond called “Tell Me to Breathe.”

About the Narrator

Roxanne Hernandez is an audio narrator and a top narrator choice for young adult, adult drama, and Latin American/Chicano literature. She was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2011.