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3.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 5 3.25 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judith Michael Narrator: Melissa Leo Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2005 ISBN:
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Sara Elliott has been forced to give up her own dreams to return home to Chicago and take charge of her young sisters and brother. She finds a job and settles into the house where she grew up, building a life for 10-year-old Doug and teenagers Carrie and Abby.

But Sara has another brother. Mack, now 20, suddenly reappears, cheerful and unconcerned, as if he had never broken his promise to help Sara with the children. With bewildering volatility, Mack swings from kindness to cruelty, affection to hostility, keeping the family on edge, his past and present a mystery. But Mack is winning over the children and sometimes the four of them stand together against Sara.

And then, when she thinks her life has room only for work and family, Sara meets Reuben Lister, a client from New York. As Sara helps him find and furnish a house, they discover a closeness neither has known before. Together, Sara and Reuben find answers to the questions: What is a mother? What is a parent? What is a family?

This is Judith Michael's most poignant exploration of the pressures and joys facing modern adults and children, in a story that will resonate with everyone for its universal themes and discoveries. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/9/2013

    " Sister Raises Her 3 Younger Siblings because Mother Had a Stroke "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deana | 1/17/2013

    " Great book. It is definately a family story and good for the soul. Sara is a great person in this book. One of Judith Michael's best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cassandra Salinas | 8/1/2012

    " I love this author. I have read books of theirs before. It's a husband/wife team. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Duval | 2/13/2012

    " A nice story - predictable but nice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Henson | 8/16/2011

    " One of my favorite authors that I hadn't read in years. It gives a me a different perspective to know a husband and wife team are the author. Mother figures come in all kinds of packages and families these days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy H. | 7/14/2011

    " A good story. Kept my attention all the way through. Listening to this audio was like listening to a radio drama. Lots of dialogue. The reader, Melissa Leo, did a good job. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Revonda | 5/22/2011

    " Pretty good read, was kinda slow in some parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula L'hirondelle | 7/28/2010

    " A true beach book. This is the first Judith Michael I have read and it may be the last. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cassandra | 7/19/2010

    " I love this author. I have read books of theirs before. It's a husband/wife team. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy H. | 10/15/2009

    " A good story. Kept my attention all the way through. Listening to this audio was like listening to a radio drama. Lots of dialogue. The reader, Melissa Leo, did a good job. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 6/20/2009

    " This book wasn't nearly as enjoyable as some of their earlier works. I found the dialogue to be very contrived, and the gaps in the timeline didn't help move the plot along.

    I'll stick to the early books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 8/15/2007

    " A true beach book. This is the first Judith Michael I have read and it may be the last. "

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About the Author
Judith Michael is the pseudonym of a husband and wife writing team based in Chicago. All of their novels have been New York Times bestsellers, including Acts of Love and the latest, A Certain Smile.
About the Narrator

Melissa Leo starred as the mother of boxer Mickey Ward in the 2010 film The Fighter, also starring Mark Wahlberg. The role garnered her both a Golden Globe (for best supporting actress) and an Oscar. Her other accolades include award nominations for the film Frozen River and the HBO series Mildred Pierce.