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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,915 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen White Narrator: Beth Devries Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781593164140
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When Piper Mills was twelve, she helped her grandfather bury a box that belonged to her grandmother in the backyard. For twelve years, it remained untouched. Now a near fatal riding accident has shattered Piper’s dreams of Olympic glory. After her grandfather’s death, she inherits the house and all its secrets, including a key to a room that doesn’t exist—or does it? And after her grandmother is sent away to a nursing home, she remembers the box buried in the backyard. In it are torn pages from a scrapbook, a charm necklace—and a newspaper article from 1929 about the body of an infant found floating in the Savannah River. The necklace’s charms tell the story of three friends during the 1920s—each charm added during the three months each friend had the necklace and recorded her life in the scrapbook. Piper always dismissed her grandmother as not having had a story to tell. And now, too late, Piper finds she might have been wrong. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An evocative setting, dark family secrets, and a story that will keep you reading late into the night.”

    Diane Chamberlain, award-winning author of Breaking the Silence

  • “Reads as an intricately plotted mystery…White makes a good case for why new generations should sustain ties with the old—and why certain stories have to be told, no matter how long if takes.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “Wonderful phrasing…leav[es] readers with a slice of history too haunting to be forgotten.”

    Charleston

  • “Characters and images as lush as the gardens of Georgia…satisfying and compelling.”

    Rt Book Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 2/8/2014

    " This was the second Karen White book that I read, and I'm pretty sure it's my favorite. I could not read it fast enough - I needed to find out what happened! Excellent book with mystery wovent throughout. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 2/8/2014

    " Dreadful. If the book hadn't been so terribly long, I could have looked past the many annoyances, but as it was, I had way too much time to dwell on just how bad it was. The whole book was incredibly melodramatic--way too much present day drama about a mystery that happened seventy years ago. I can see being interested in the past, but really, it was seventy years ago, so please stop fainting and gasping, and falling into each other's arms at the shock of it all. It was also extremely predictable, and yet somehow the characters, given the same clues the reader is, are unable to see the obvious. It is painfully slow to watch them discover the truth. There was also way too much metaphorical talk of gardens and horseback riding. The final twist at the end was completely unnecessary and was disgusting to me, as a mother. Just one problem after the other in this book. Would not recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay Childs | 2/7/2014

    " I enjoyed the theme of this book but it was a little plodding. The plot could have moved faster with some editing. It did make me think though; I know little of my grandmother's past & life and now would like to know much more and there is no one alive to ask. "

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

    " 1st book of Kren White's In read, couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/27/2014

    " A very good story of mothers and daughters and family secrets. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 1/25/2014

    " Oh, my goodness..........sooooooo good. I learned that bi-racial marriages were not allowed until 1967. Who knew???? Excellent book. Always a HISTORY LESSON. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 1/25/2014

    " Great Book. It made me think about all the things I should have asked my parents and never did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelly Lawter | 1/19/2014

    " Although it's well-written, this is a very predictable book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 1/16/2014

    " So glad I discovered this author...she does not fail to meet my expectations, every book so far has be a very good read, with good characters, good plot, good setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 12/8/2013

    " I'm always interested in books that take the reader back in time to challenge the way a family member is perceived. In this book, Piper finds out there's more to her grandmother than an old woman in a nursing home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/2/2013

    " And she does it again! Love her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 8/26/2013

    " I listened to this book on CD. Piper Mills's grandmother and her friends had some secrets. piper sets out to discover what they are. A good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karin | 8/26/2013

    " I loved this book! I didn't want to put it down. When I finished, I still kept thinking about it. I can't wait to read more books by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valkyrie | 8/9/2013

    " I loved this book! It was easy to get caught up in the emotions of the characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather G | 7/14/2013

    " One of my new favorites! There wasn't a thing I didn't like about this story--some history, friendships, intergenerational connections, a little bit of mystery...and it's all set in the South! Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/10/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book even though it was in a more modern setting than I normally read. You didn't feel it was modern because it was set on a plantaion/horse farm in Savannah. It made me miss my grandmother and think about all of the things I wish I could talk to her about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Walter | 4/12/2013

    " I'm not usually a big fan of this author but this book was really good. It keeps you guessing up until the end - parts of it actually made me tear up as it dealt with issues of regret, aging, forgiveness. A very touching book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wiserblond | 11/4/2012

    " This is a fun summer read. Yes, there are some predictable lines in the story, but overall the story draws you in and keeps you interested all the way to the end. It is a mystery/drama with a touch of romance, but far better than any Danielle Steele dribble. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean Brazil | 9/27/2012

    " This is a historical fiction that reminds me of the books by Kate Morton. Mysterious old house, secret scrapbook etc. Pretty good, but dragged in places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 9/25/2012

    " Wonderful read. Story a little predictable but the characters are likable and the I was satisfied once I was done. [CLUE: I'm a huge fan of a happy ending :-)} "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 8/16/2012

    " A marvelous book...I felt Piper's emotions...I felt Malily's...I guess I truely felt each character as if I were them. I was totally drawn in to the story, which deliciously held you impatiently at bay until the very end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tania | 1/6/2012

    " LOVED it! Am now looking for books with a similar theme. "

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

    " This was a great read--loved the characters, the description of the places where the story took place, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Perrin | 8/30/2011

    " This book had an old family mystery that kept me guessing for most of the way through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryann | 8/25/2011

    " It was suggested that I read Karen White because I enjoyed Kate Morton....Kate Morton is a much better read. Did not overly enjoy this read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy IB | 7/20/2011

    " I liked the mystery and the lessons of this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheila | 7/16/2011

    " 2.5 stars (the extra .5 is for having horses in the book and not screwing it up). Decently written, but definitely overwrought for my tastes. (The phrase "the garden of her heart" is used without any irony.) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christine | 5/10/2011

    " This is for our Eudora Book Club "

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

    " This was a great story. Very clean as well! I liked that it was about dark family secrets but it wasn't anything too sinister or twisted. It was slow and a little wordy at the start but then I really got into it and enjoyed it immensely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cara | 5/3/2011

    " this book takes you away i couldnt stop reading it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 5/3/2011

    " I loved this book! The author did a wonderful job of intertwining the characters' stories in such a way as to add some mystery while making all of the characters come alive. "

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

    " I really enjoyed it! Karen White is one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missy | 4/4/2011

    " Karen White has become my new favorite author. She can immerse the reader into a family and its history so easily. Nothing about this book disappointed me.

    The setting in Savannah and just outside really came to life. I've read four of her books and looking forward to more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 3/29/2011

    " I liked the mystery and the lessons of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 3/24/2011

    " Intertwined families -- stories from past generations untold/to be discovered -- nicely written, likeable characters, kept me guessing. Set in the south. Gardening and equestrian interests incorporated. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heaether | 3/16/2011

    " well let's start with how weak the writing was, the storyline read like mapquest directions, and the cliched overall "get back on the horse" lesson grated my nerves. honestly i couldn't even finish this book, every paragraph my brain went "no, just no...." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 3/10/2011

    " This is one awesome book.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/10/2011

    " This book was a good mystery. It was a little slow but overall was very good. "

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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.