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3.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 5 3.45 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Madeleine L’Engle Narrator: Maggi-Meg Reed Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781427204653
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This moving and romantic coming-of-age story was written during the 1940s. As revealed in an introduction by the author’s granddaughter Léna Roy, the protagonist Elizabeth is close to an autobiographical portrait of
L’Engle herself as a young woman—“vibrant, vulnerable, and yearning for love and all that life has to offer.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/18/2014

    " Really enjoyed it. A nice, leisurely read. I felt like, perhaps, I was seeing a glimpse of Madeleine L'Engle's life as a young woman: and I really enjoyed the forward by her grandaughter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ari | 1/16/2014

    " I read this as apart of my challenge, and it was pretty good. Like another reader said, I believed that it ended very abruptly. And, I am little confused on the ending because of it. But, I guess that's the way she wanted it. So in case you decide to read this, yes it does end like that. There is no more to it.=D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antoinette | 12/11/2013

    " I thought the book was really good and cute. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 12/1/2013

    " Madeleine L'Engle is just my favorite person in the world. I'm on a mission to read all her books, and this one didn't disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A. | 11/30/2013

    " A previously unpublished L'Engle. Good but not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeline | 11/11/2013

    " Her granddaughter's introduction alone gave this book the fourth star for me, a much more insightful read for its inclusion. "

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

    " Beautifully written, but a rather ordinary tale of a girl, an a**hole boyfriend, and a caring friend, who happens to be a boy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 9/1/2013

    " Madeline L'Engle has been one of my favorite authors since childhood. This book was one of her earlier novels, but was never published during her lifetime. I can kind of see why. It bored me a little, and never fully got my full attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CLM | 3/24/2013

    " Dated but charming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 1/16/2013

    " It is a sweet coming of age story. Long chapters, so it was hard to put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 2/3/2012

    " Eh, not the greatest book by her. Kinda slack in the plot and long on the whiny characters. I read it because I loved the author's other works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 11/28/2011

    " A short and sweet coming of age story about a young woman fresh out of collage and her internship at a theater company. It paints a simple picture of the lives and relationships of the people working there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 10/28/2011

    " A rather interesting book about first love based on the author's own experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Odetta | 10/22/2011

    " This is the first Madeleine L'Engle book I've read. I really liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 4/19/2011

    " Liked the dialogue and time period of the book, but it was a lot of pages for 4 days worth of the main character's life. Toward the end I skimmed most of it just to get through it. Sad, because I really like A Wrinkle in Time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 4/16/2011

    " Like finding one more chocolate in a box I thought empty... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 1/22/2011

    " It was written from a 1940's perspective which was kind of interesting, but I didn't mind it as well textured, woven, and mind bending/stretching as I have found some of her other work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 9/9/2010

    " Really enjoyed it. A nice, leisurely read. I felt like, perhaps, I was seeing a glimpse of Madeleine L'Engle's life as a young woman: and I really enjoyed the forward by her grandaughter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea | 6/7/2010

    " This was a cute story. Not long or involved enough to get really good, but a nice coming-of-age tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeline | 4/7/2010

    " Her granddaughter's introduction alone gave this book the fourth star for me, a much more insightful read for its inclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/27/2009

    " A sweet little book. It certainly doesn't represent L'Engle at her best, but I'm glad I got a chance to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikita | 11/1/2009

    " very VERY sweet
    i hope i find a guy who loves my as much as Ben loves lliz
    also wat is weird is the sense of time in this bk, maybe that's why she couldnt get it published b4 she became famous "

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About the Author
Author Madeleine L’Engle

Madeleine L’Engle (1918–2007) is the author of many books for children and adults. She is perhaps best known for the Time Quintet, especially A Wrinkle in Time, which won a Newbery Medal, and her books featuring the Austin family, including the Newbery Honor Book A Ring of Endless Light.

About the Narrator

Maggi-Meg Reed has performed as an actress and singer both on and off-Broadway. She is a narrator of many popular audio books, including A Very Long Engagement and The Time Traveler’s Wife.