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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (523 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Meg Mitchell Moore Narrator: Emma Galvin, Suzanne Toren Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Thirteen-year-old Natalie Gallagher is trying to escape: from her parents’ ugly divorce, and from the vicious cyber-bullying of her former best friend. Adrift, confused, she is a girl trying to find her way in a world that seems to either neglect or despise her. Her salvation arrives in an unlikely form: Bridget O’Connell, an Irish maid working for a wealthy Boston family. The catch? Bridget lives only in the pages of a dusty old 1920s diary Natalie unearthed in her mother’s basement. But the life she describes is as troubling—and mysterious—as the one Natalie is trying to navigate herself, almost a century later.

I am writing this down because this is my story. There were only ever two people who knew my secret, and both are gone before me.

Who was Bridget, and what became of her?

Natalie escapes into the diary, eager to unlock its secrets, and reluctantly accepts the help of library archivist Kathleen Lynch, a widow with her own painful secret: she’s estranged from her only daughter. Kathleen sees in Natalie traces of the daughter she has lost, and in Bridget, another spirited young woman at risk.

What could an Irish immigrant domestic servant from the 1920s teach them both? As the troubles of a very modern world close in around them, and Natalie’s torments at school escalate, the faded pages of Bridget’s journal unite the lonely girl and the unhappy widow—and might even change their lives forever. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Moore wields a powerfully emotive style, not unlike that of Francine Prose, in which she displays both deep compassion and winning humor…A beautifully told story of human fallibility and connection.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This sweet and thoughtful novel is both tense and elegiac, exploring the damage we inflict on ourselves and each other and the strength it takes to heal.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A 2012 Booklist Editors’ Choice Selection: Adult Books for Young Adults

Listener Opinions

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

    " I really enjoyed this book, but I feel the ending was just a little too abrupt. Very glad I read it, though, and I still give it 4 stars. I will have to get my hands on her first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Becky | 2/5/2014

    " Pretty good novel. Easy read and interesting, especially the historical diary they find. I could see this being made into a movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stacy | 1/7/2014

    " This story had such great potential, with 3 separate stories being woven together. One of those stories comes from a tall, skinny yet beautiful 13 year old girl whose mother is nearly non-existent, her father is busy finding someone else to love and her best friend has become one of her cyber bullies. Another part of the story is an older lady who has 'lost' her only child, and then the third comes from a very old book found in a basement. I was intrigued, because I love that concept of finding old diaries. I did like the story, but I feel a little let down. I don't need to have every aspect resolved in the end---I like a good story that makes you wonder a bit--but it felt like the author decided, 'i don't know how i want this to end, so i will just leave it at that'. The characters seemed to get thinner and thinner as the ending approached and then the story line just dissolved into nothing. I was left wondering 'why didn't this character do this' and 'whatever happened to so and so?' It was frustrating and a bit disappointing. I appreciated Ms. Moore's writing style and feel she has talent, but I think she could have done better with the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Meg | 1/6/2014

    " if you want to read a book about cyberbullying and its effects on many people and how it works, then this is your book. horrible stuff. it's also about mothers and daughters and how they work and don't work. especially how a mother learns to live with sorrow, not knowing, yet having to carry on. "

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