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3.0004884004884 out of 53.0004884004884 out of 53.0004884004884 out of 53.0004884004884 out of 53.0004884004884 out of 5 3.00 (4,095 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Higgins Clark Narrator: Jan Maxwell Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At age eighty-two and in failing health, Olivia Morrow knows she has little time left. The last of her line, she faces a momentous choice: expose a long-held family secret, or take it with her to her grave.

Olivia has in her possession letters from her deceased cousin Catherine, a nun, now being considered for beatification by the Catholic Church—the final step before sainthood. In her lifetime, Sister Catherine had founded seven hospitals for disabled children. Now the cure of a four-year-old boy dying of brain cancer is being attributed to her. After his case was pronounced medically hopeless, the boy’s desperate mother had organized a prayer crusade to Sister Catherine, leading to his miraculous recovery. The letters Olivia holds are the evidence that Catherine gave birth at age seventeen to a child, a son, and gave him up for adoption. Olivia knows the identity of the young man who fathered Catherine’s child: Alex Gannon, who went on to become a world-famous doctor, scientist, and inventor holding medical patents.

Now, two generations later, thirty-one-year-old pediatrician Dr. Monica Farrell, Catherine’s granddaughter, stands as the rightful heir to what remains of the family fortune. But in telling Monica who she really is, Olivia would have to betray Catherine’s wishes and reveal the story behind Monica’s ancestry.

The only people aware of Olivia’s impending choice are those exploiting the Gannon inheritance. To silence Olivia and prevent Monica from learning the secret, some of them will stop at nothing—even murder. Clark’s riveting novel explores the juxtaposition of medical science and religious faith, and the search for identity by the daughter of a man adopted at birth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] gripping thriller…Clark skillfully mixes spiritual questions with down and dirty deeds.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Life-giving miracles counterbalance Clark’s usual turn toward velvety death-dealing menace in this tale.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Actress Jan Maxwell adds her own strokes to the aural canvas with her careful pacing and sincere portrayals of the characters.”

    AudioFile

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Connie | 2/20/2014

    " Dr. Monica was blessed to witness a miracle when one of her young brain cancer patients suddenly lost his tumor. The Catholic Church needs her testimony in Sister Catherine's sainthood nomination, but someone wants to stop her involvement in life altogether. Lots of twists and surprises. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Maureen | 2/7/2014

    " MHC's books have become formulaic. I was slightly disappointed in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by big hiker 2 | 1/29/2014

    " Nice, quick read. I didn't give it 4 stars because of the continuous use of inner thoughts that's becoming a trademark of MHC latest books. It is so annoying! Unlike a good wine, MHC is not getting better with age... This book is a far cry from her first novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kaylynn Johnsen | 1/27/2014

    " Oh, Mary, Mary, Mary. What happened to the suspense? Each character and their motives were so well laid out that there wasn't any doubt at all who the bad guys were and even the hit man wasn't even vaguely menacing. I missed the thriller and the suspense part of suspense thriller. "

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