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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (883 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellen Meister Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781452670287
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If you could return to the road not taken, would you?

Happily married and pregnant, Quinn Braverman has an ominous secret. Every time she makes a major life decision, she knows an alternate reality exists in which she made the opposite choice—not only that, she knows how to cross over. But even in her darkest moments—like her mother’s suicide—Quinn hasn’t been tempted to slip through … until she receives devastating news about the baby she’s carrying.

The grief lures her to peek across the portal, and before she knows it she’s in the midst of the other life: the life in which she married another man and is childless and the life in which her mother is still very much alive.

Quinn is forced to make a heartbreaking choice. Will she stay with the family she loves and her severely disabled child? Or will an easier life—and the primal need to be with her mother—win out?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is the thinking woman’s beach read, a love story to the modern family, written with a deep and lovely understanding of mothers and daughters and the sacrifices they’ll make for each other.”

    Joshilyn Jackson, author of The Girl Who Stopped Swimming

  • “A resonant story about the importance of mothers, both having one and being one.”

    BookPage

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 2/12/2014

    " A beach book. One of those books where you are conscious of it not being great writing but you can't stop yourself from reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 2/8/2014

    " What a wonderful escape! I'm not normally into anything that even hints to sci-fi, but this was a very pleasant surprise. It's so much more than "portals". It's more about a woman, Quinn, whom is going through a time when she needs to make a very difficult descision. She is lucky enough to be able to get a glimpse of what could have been had she made a different descision ten years prior. The things she learns in her "Other Life" helped her make her descision. This book will have you on both sides of the fence when trying to figure out what you think she should do. Exciting, entertaining, joyful and tearful... this book will take you through it all. I read this during a very difficult time for my family, and I am so grateful to Ms. Meister for the very entertaining distraction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/6/2014

    " Meh. I felt like the "otherness" of this story was an after-thought. It didn't seem to mesh well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/6/2014

    " Interesting story about depression, artists, and portals leading to previous lifes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 2/3/2014

    " Fast read ! Loved her writing style. I wish the end was more conclusive but it fit with what she wanted you to take from the story I believe. Will be looking forward to reading her again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 1/30/2014

    " Interesting premise about two dual lives happening at the same time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/21/2014

    " Quinn continues to wonder what her life would have been had she married Eugene even though she is happily married to lewis and is expecting her second child. When given some devastating news, Quinn decides to follow her instincts and leads the reader to a most bizarre journey. At times I thought this book was silly, but it certainly kept me turning the pages wanting more. Glad I read it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 1/12/2014

    " I love the books that visit the topic of "The Road Not Chosen", so I was super excited for this. But I had no attachment to the main character and there was SO MUCH MORE that could have been done with the entire story. Weird and blah. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 1/4/2014

    " Neat idea for a storyline, just didn't quite love it. A lot of emotional baggage for most of the characters to sort out and struggle through. Loved the idea of the alternate/parallel life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amancia | 12/22/2013

    " I liked the concept of "what if" but couldn't get excited be ause the idea of the portals was just ridiculous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 12/14/2013

    " Interesting story. Parts were written well, parts were not. But, for me, the creativity made up for the parts where I thought the writing and conversations were stilted and awkward. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stella | 12/4/2013

    " So interesting to think about our decisions and the roads not taken. Particularly touching to me having lost my mom and connecting to the character's struggle of wanting time with her mother again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Castle | 12/3/2013

    " so surreal. so twisted it had me in knots "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/1/2013

    " I love this book. Especially, the second half. It's a great story of the bond between mother and daughter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffini | 9/3/2013

    " Sad. More about the main character dealing with the death of her mom vs. the baby. And not enough closure for me. But I liked it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christine | 9/26/2012

    " Would not recommend. Uninteresting story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 7/15/2012

    " Great book. I really felt the emotions of the main character! I would love to read more books by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Twiehaus | 6/22/2011

    " I love the concept of this story. The main character finds a portal where she can sense an energy and go there to see loved ones from 10 years ago. She has trouble in her current time and looks to escape to another time when life was easier. "

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

    " Solid 4. More thought provoking than I expected it to be. "

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

    " Interesting concept. I loved Quinn and felt that she was very relatable. I was pulled into the story and couldn't wait to find out what happened.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheena | 3/29/2011

    " A 180 from her previous novels but I liked it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 3/21/2011

    " Started out GREAT!! Then got a little far fetched. "

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About the Author
Author Ellen Meister

Ellen Meister is the author of several novels, including The Other Life, The Smart One, and Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA, as well as numerous short stories. She teaches creative writing at Hofstra University and runs an online mentoring group for women authors. A former advertising copywriter, Meister currently curates for a literary radio program. She lives on Long Island with her husband and children.

About the Narrator

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won ten Earphones Awards. Her recordings for Blackstone include Skinny Bastard, The Art of Social War, and The Cheater.