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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (907 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Therese Fowler Narrator: Jen Cohn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9780739358443
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In this powerful fiction debut, Therese Fowler combines the emotional resonance of Nicholas Sparks with the intense, true-to-life richness of Jodi Picoult to create a stunning and dramatic novel all her own.

Meg Powell and Carson McKay were raised side by side on their families’ farms, bonded by a love that only deepened. Everyone in their small rural community in northern Florida thought that Meg and Carson would always be together. But at twenty-one, Meg was presented with a marriage proposal she could not refuse, forever changing the course of her life.

Seventeen years later, Meg’s marriage has become routine, and she spends her time juggling the demands of her medical practice, the needs of her widowed father, and the whims of her rebellious teenage daughter, Savannah, who is confronting her burgeoning sexuality in a dangerous manner and pushing her mother away just when she needs her most. Then, after a long absence, Carson returns home to prepare for his wedding to a younger woman. As Carson struggles to determine where his heart and future lie, Meg makes a shocking discovery that will upset the balance of everyone around her.

Unfolding with warmth and passion, Therese Fowler’s vibrant and moving debut illuminates the possibility of second chances, the naïve choices of youth, the tensions within families, and the wondrous designs of fate. A searing yet redemptive novel, Souvenir is an unforgettable tale about the transforming power of love.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vivian | 2/18/2014

    " I can't believe all of the favorable reviews that this book has generated. I couldn't read past the first 75 or so pages. It all felt very Lifetime movie to me with plastic characters and a less than interesting storyline. I don't think she writes that well. I've lost interest in reading her debut effort and will be posting that book onto my bookshelf shortly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 2/17/2014

    " This was one of those books that I didn't want to end...but at the same time I could not stop reading it! I don't want to write too much and spoil it but I highly recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura O'Tuel | 2/14/2014

    " I was surprised by this book and I cried and cried and cried. Great!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 2/10/2014

    " The story line was fairly interesting, but it didn't stretch me at all. It was a pleasant, relaxing read. The main character, Meg, faces several challenges at once: her 16-year old daughter is getting distant and into a bit of trouble, her marriage is loveless, she finds out she has ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), and struggles with the decision to get back together with the love of her life after having married someone else so that his father's bank would forgive her parents' mortgage. I didn't feel for the characters very strongly, so it wasn't a downer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffanie | 2/6/2014

    " most amazing book i've read in a while. Everything this mother goes through to help her parents keep their farm. an the unhappiness she endured giving up the person she felt was her soulmate to help her parents. All the unknown questions she didnt have answers to an left the world still not knowing the one she wanted to most. Im glad she got to spend as much time as she could with her daughter. i dont think she was being selfish with how the book end. its a must read in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha J. | 2/1/2014

    " I read this book on a Sunday afternoon when I was in bed sick. This is a lovely story and offers a frank, but still sensitive portrayal of the hard decisions people have to make in life. You'll need a tissue at the end! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Onewooga | 1/28/2014

    " What can I say--my mom left it after her last visit and I was curious. It was sad, but sort of a romance novel in slightly more sophisticated clothing (the guy doesn't get the girl, and there's less bodice-ripping). Actually, I take that back--there's not that much sex, so it's more like Jodi Picoult (the one book I read of hers, anyway) with a bit more depth. I wouldn't buy it, but I didn't hate it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kirstin | 1/15/2014

    " What a horrible story! Totally unethical ending! What a downer of a book. I do not recommend to anyone unless they want to be depressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adeelizabeth | 1/7/2014

    " A great great love story. The description said it was a cross between Jodi Picoult's drama and The Notebook's romance and I agree. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elly | 12/23/2013

    " More like 2.5..it is like a lifetime movie, no substance to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/14/2013

    " I loved, loved, loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Anne | 11/25/2013

    " I really liked this book about a middle aged woman struggling with a terminal illness. It depicts how she re-evaluates her relationships and choices made in her life. Don't always agree with her decisions, but found it a compelling read - hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 11/24/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. IT wasn't the deepest book I've read but it was engaging and thought provoking at times. At the time it was a nice distraction while driving to and from work. Would be a great book for a weekend getaway or at the beach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larramie | 8/31/2013

    " Read the UK edition last summer, it made me think, feel and question. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 8/15/2013

    " I really loved this book - I read it in a day....perfect beach book. Story of courage and love and selflessness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/3/2013

    " Great story. Tear Jerker, but really enjoyed this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Therese Fowler | 1/27/2013

    " I'm kind of partial to this book, it being my first published novel and all. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 12/9/2012

    " This was an awesome book. I was very surprised (and a bit disappointed) with the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 1/4/2012

    " Good enough for a beach read but a bit sappy to me. Not Harlequin level but ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 11/24/2011

    " It's a beach read, but pretty good. "

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

    " A very well written, though tragic, book. "

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

    " Moving and heartbreaking, Souvenir will have you reaching for the tissue box and hugging your mom and daughter a little tighter each night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 4/22/2011

    " I'm overwhelmed, speechless, wiping tears from my cheek. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/10/2011

    " Really interesting book....much different then I thought it would be. While the premise is heart-breaking, the book is not. It made me like and understand all of the characters by the end. Well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 3/25/2011

    " We discussed this one at our book club. No one gave it a real high rating on it. I couldn't wait for the end to come! A couple of the storylines where not believable. I am going to read her next book Reunion to see if it is any better.
    If you like Jodi P. you will probably like her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/22/2011

    " Beautiful and heartbreaking. I like the way she writes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 The Reading Cove | 2/11/2011

    " 115th: SOUVENIR by Therese Fowler
    Trivia Winner - Katherine

    ~COVE OPINION: C+, Above Average story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/26/2011

    " A grown up version of teenage love thwarted, couple is later reunited. Is it too late for love.
    You must read it to find out. Nothing heavy here--a good beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabel | 1/8/2011

    " Definitely has a Nicholas Sparks quality. Read it in one day; a real tear jerker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 12/31/2010

    " Dieses Buch hat mich über die Jahre hinbegleitet, im neuen Jahr um 0:45 war ich fertig. Das Thema fand ich traurig, berührend und spannend, aber manchmal wünschte ich mir, dass sich die Personen nicht so unerklärlich hölzern verhalten hätten. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.M. | 11/19/2010

    " Looooved this book. Loved it. Did I mention I loved it? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 11/15/2010

    " A little predictible but a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 10/26/2010

    " Just started, I just finished her second book called reunion. This one seems better already. Finished. I really liked this first book of hers alot better than the second one. It was very sad though and made me cry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lovesmukiwa | 10/14/2010

    " Woman discovers she has ALS.
    Reunites with former lover and writes journals for her daughter in preparation for her death. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 7/6/2010

    " GREAT READ! Really makes you appreciate the people in your life, i didnt want to put this book down! "

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About the Author

Therese Fowler is the author of several novels, including Souvenir, Reunion, and Exposure. She has worked in the U.S. Civil Service, managed a clothing store, lived in the Philippines, had children, sold real estate, earned a BA in sociology, sold used cars, returned to school for her MFA in creative writing, and taught college undergrads about literature and fiction-writing—roughly in that order.  She currently writes full-time from her home in Wake Forest, North Carolina, which she shares with her husband and family.