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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,495 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen White Narrator: Ki Gottberg, Gin Hammond Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN:
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In the aftermath of tragedy, life goes on - painful and forever altered, but ripe with new beginnings. For Julie Holt, travelling to the beautiful but ravaged coast of Biloxi, Mississippi, is a journey into a secret past, and a life she never expected....

Julie first knew loss at the age of 12, when her sister disappeared, never to be found. As her once close-knit family grew apart, Julie's mother obsessively searched for the girl, and when her mother died, Julie took up the search, never letting go of the hope. Then, at an art exhibition in New York, she meets Monica - a struggling artist and single mother who reminds Julie so much of her sister that she can't help feeling drawn to her: Monica paints a vivid picture of her family, but never says why or how she lost contact with them. And she has another secret: a heart condition that will soon take her life.

When Monica dies, Julie inherits from her an antique portrait - as well as custody of her young son. Taking him back to Biloxi and New Orleans to see the family he has never met, Julie discovers a connection of her own. The portrait, of an old relative, was done by her great-grandfather - and unlocks a family history she never knew.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 2/2/2014

    " I really liked this book-probably a "chick beach book" but a good story anyway. It involves several mysteries of disappearances and murder, a love story, and tragedy set against the background of the rebuilding of the Gulf coast after Katrina. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 1/30/2014

    " Loved this book!! What an awesome story. Author kept it interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/11/2014

    " This book is written in a two person narrative, which I enjoyed. As the chapters unfolded, mysteries, tragedy and family secrets are exposed. The character development seemed a bit slow at first but eventually revealed the complex and diverse personalities of each of the players. The author has described a Post-Katrina New Orleans and Biloxi area beautifully and it left me with a new appreciation for the resiliency of the Southern people that call this place 'home'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie Snodgrass | 1/5/2014

    " Haven't had a book in a while that I sat up late at night because I just HAD to finish it. Not a cliffhanger by any means, but just a really, really good read. In a different sort of way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Strawn | 12/26/2013

    " I did really enjoy this book for many reasons. I love the setting and I love books that go between different time periods. A bit predictable and some surprises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Kayden | 12/24/2013

    " Great book, I'm a new fan of Karen White and can't wait to read more of her books. This book had two parallel stories that never really came together until the end, which I appreciated (I hate figuring out the mystery halfway through). I couldn't get through Julie's parts fast enough to get back to Aimee's story of the past. Great book and can't wait to read another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 12/23/2013

    " Karen White is one of my favorite authors. I love all her books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 12/14/2013

    " good read .... liked it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Leonard | 11/10/2013

    " I liked it. Quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 10/22/2013

    " In the end, I enjoyed this book. The first half I felt was predictable. In the second half, however, the story picked up. I enjoyed Aimee's story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 9/16/2013

    " Good book...a little predictable. It was still a good read to find out how the main character gets to the conclusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 9/10/2013

    " 4.5 stars. Another winner from Karen White. I enjoyed the dual viewpoints, and I was equally engrossed by both Julie's and Aimee's stories. I loved the New Orleans/Biloxi settings, and, even though I figured out part of the mystery early, another part WAS a bit of a shocker. Well done! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/6/2013

    " I liked one of the two main characters, Julie, but this book left me feeling very unsettled. I think White is a talented writer, but I don't agree with many of the conclusions in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy Hasson | 11/3/2012

    " The perfect beach read! Read it in two days, on the beach in Hilton Head. Real page turner. Loved it!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 8/6/2012

    " Enjoyed the read. And the many layers of mysteries made it better for me and not confusing as some reviewers state. I learned some new things I did not know such as those trees. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne Radcliffe | 5/27/2012

    " I enjoyed the story and how Karen White uses language to tell her story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gina | 4/27/2012

    " Well, this book was "just ok" for me. I liked the first half but by the second half I was bored. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/28/2011

    " Liked this book very much. Enough mystery to keep me going. Couple loose ends I'd like a sequel to close. Definitely will read more from Ms White! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tinac | 6/3/2011

    " Good descriptions and characters but a little contrived, lacking suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 6/1/2011

    " Family secrets and mysteries, Hurricanes Katrina and Camille and New Orleans and Biloxi, good southern read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 5/31/2011

    " I believe this was Karen White's best book yet!!!!! The twist at the end is amazing!!! Well worth the read. Great book for the pool or beach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaye | 5/29/2011

    " I'm a big Karen White fan - and this is one of her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith | 5/28/2011

    " Finished it. Good. Loaned it to a friend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 5/28/2011

    " Very good story. Having been to Biloxi, Mississippi, several times prior to the hurricanes that ravaged the area, I found it very interesting reading. I think this was my first Karen White book but I will certainly be checking out other books by this fine author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 5/24/2011

    " Penguin was so high on this book tht they gave a copy to every employee - so I was skeptical...and I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 5/18/2011

    " Loved this one...putting it on my favorites for 2011. "

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

    " Another great read by Karen White. I love how she combines the past and present and incorperates so much history in her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grandma | 5/9/2011

    " I loved the book. As always, Karen White keeps you turning the pages to see how the story ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 5/7/2011

    " Ha! I found a goof!!! On one page Julie is drinking Diet Coke, the next paragraph she takes a sip of her ice tea. Ha! "

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About the Author
Author Karen White

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.