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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,952 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Delinsky Narrator: Julia Gibson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442343108
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On Big Sawyer island, life is as steady as the routine of the lobstermen who leave with the tide each morning and return with their haul each night. But for forty-year-old New Yorker Julia Bechtel, life and what’s important in it are about to be forever altered when she survives a terrible boat accident en route to the island. Now, in the company of her aunt and daughter, Julia finds herself feeling strangely connected to the tragedy’s other survivors—Noah, a divorced lobsterman, and Kim, a young woman rendered mute since her rescue—and newly outraged at the state of her marriage to a domineering man. Seeing the world with new eyes, Julia vows to embrace life with all of its joys and uncertainties. And the journey begins on Big Sawyer. . . . Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Delinsky may be as adept at chronicling contemporary life in New England as any writer this side of John Updike.”

    Times Union (Albany, NY)

  • “Delinsky grounds her characters in the here-and-now and presents them with dilemmas more familiar than fanciful…Once again, Delinsky excels at combining a compelling mystery with an insightful portrayal of captivating people facing challenges both ordinary and dramatic.”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 2/20/2014

    " This is the first book by Barbara Delinsky that I've read and I did quite enjoy it. It's a bit of a romance, which I didn't expect, but quite enjoyable as the main character survives a terrible boat wreck and in the process, begins to question who she is and who she wants to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/6/2014

    " I didn't think I'd like this book initially but it was a good read. I love the setting and that's what made me pick it up. It takes place on a small island in Maine where a horrific accident takes place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary L | 2/3/2014

    " Great book for summer reading. I enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the way the book progressed. A few twists I didn't expect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanne Hunt | 1/27/2014

    " The story was gripping from the start with the narrative of the ferry accident and the relational dramas were both believable and satisfying. I enjoyed the book for its vivid imagery and its hopeful message. To every tragedy there is indeed a redeeming feature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 1/19/2014

    " I enjoyed reading about a woman who finds herself at a crossroads in her life and needs to find "herself". Who am I, story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 1/5/2014

    " Nice story about life in the lobster town. I liked the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/25/2013

    " This book starts off a little slow, but gets better as it goes on. Now I can't put it down. As in the other reviews, it is predictable, but a good summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Vandenbosch | 12/23/2013

    " Would have given it a 3.5 if I could. Good story line. Good depth of characters. Nice end of summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 12/17/2013

    " I loved this one!! it kept me reading for hours!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C. L. | 11/27/2013

    " I genuinely loved this book. Predictable yes, but it was the details and the characters which made it a great read. Highly recommend if you are looking to curl up with a book where you can escape for a little while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizpeveto | 11/2/2013

    " This author is usually an entertaining read and so is this book. If you want to understand lobstering - this is the right fictional book. When given a second chance at life, she has the courage to chart a new path even tho it is not an easy path. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicki M | 6/25/2013

    " I really liked this once I got into it, although I nearly gave up. I'm very pleased I persevered as it was a really good story with lots of depth to it. I definitely want to try more by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 6/23/2013

    " It was alright, not a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Arrington | 3/25/2013

    " Great book. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MerBear | 3/24/2013

    " This book made me feel like I was on the coast of Maine. It almost made lobster boat fishing sound like a dream! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/26/2013

    " This may be one of my all time favorites. Good character development, great plot and I wanted it to go on and on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 11/26/2012

    " I loved this book about survival, finding yourself, and starting over! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 9/18/2012

    " A fun easy read. Kept me interested the whole time. Had to stay up late to finish reading it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda Hammen | 9/15/2012

    " Read this book while on a western Caribbean cruise. It was perfect for a vacation read, not too intense. Learned about lobstering and angora rabbits. Doubt that those two subjects would go together very often, but it works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 6/12/2012

    " A ferry accident is the key to a summer of self-discovery for an unhappy wife and mother. Family secrets are revealed, the mystery of the ferry accident is solved, and romance comes unexpectedly. I liked the way the main character gained self-esteem and independence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 12/31/2011

    " Quick read. Enjoyed it. Good rainy day or beach read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keswickian | 10/24/2011

    " One of my all time favorites, Maine coast, Angora Rabbits, cooking and mother daughter bonding... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 5/17/2011

    " I really like her books, but she always has to throw in a little s-e-x, but usually you can see it coming and just skip right on over it. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Delinsky

Barbara Delinsky, author of Escape, Not My Daughter, While My Sister Sleeps, The Secret Between Us, and Family Tree, has written more than twenty bestselling novels with over thirty million copies in print. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she also wrote a nonfiction book, Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, which is currently in its fifth printing. All of the proceeds from the book go to charity, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a BA in psychology from Tufts University and an MA in sociology from Boston College.

About the Narrator

Julia Gibson received an MFA from New York University. She has appeared on Broadway and other major stages in New York, as well as regional theaters from Dallas to San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, and more. Gibson has played major roles in productions such as The Seagull, Angels in America, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her television and film credits include Michael Clayton, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Spin City, and One Life to Live.