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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (330 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Belva Plain Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Dressed in a brand-new suit, with $150 in his pocket, Adam Arnring says goodbye to his family and boards a train for the fabled West. The year is 1907. Adam is nineteen years old, a young man with stars in his eyes who has always dreamed of a future in the great open spaces of America. Now, far from his New Jersey home, he takes the first step toward attaining that dream, landing a job in a small department store in a booming Texas town. Here he meets a woman who excites him beyond all measure. The exquisite, untouchable Emma Rothirsch lives in a world whose doors are firmly closed to him. But Adam is a man willing to take great risks to get what he wants.

One is Emma. The other is to build a lasting business enterprise that will live on through his children and grandchildren. But just when Adam’s dreams are within reach, fate intervenes. Tragedy strikes from the trenches of World War I, setting in motion a series of events that echo down through the years. The owner of a prospering department store and the head of a growing family, Adam succumbs to a moment of weakness that culminates in an unforgivable act of betrayal. And now, as another generation prepares to take its rightful place in the family’s legendary empire, the tenuous threads of the Arnrings’ past begin to unravel, revealing a shattering secret that reaches back nearly a century.

Across a teeming canvas of history, through world wars and the close of a century, The Sight of the Stars tells a deeply affecting story of family and forgiveness, guilt and redemption. Brimming with the emotional depth and moral complexity we have come to expect from this incomparable storyteller, The Sight of the Stars is about what happens when we dare to dream, and the moments that change families forever.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Missy Amistadi LaBonte | 2/19/2014

    " predictable ending as are all her books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janice | 1/12/2014

    " This was my first Belva Plain book. I enoyed the story and the history that came along with it. The time setting was different for me and I enjoyed that aspect of the book. I thought the story, although fiction, a completely believable story of Adam Arning's life. The characters came to life and were real.. I have another Belva Plain book to read sometime soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ann Cross | 1/11/2014

    " Typical Belva Plain book. Very enjoyable to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carole | 1/9/2014

    " I'm not sure I've read anything by Belva Plain before. I found the story interesting, but something about her writing style just didn't quite grab me. I'm not even sure what it was. "

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