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Author: Christina Baker Kline Narrator: Caitlin Davies Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9780062393975
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train comes a novel of love, risk, and self-discovery.

Angela can feel the clock ticking. She is single in New York City, stuck in a job she doesn’t want and a life that seems to have, somehow, just happened. She inherited a flair for Italian cooking from her grandmother, but she never seems to have the time for it—these days, her oven holds only sweaters. Tacked to her office bulletin board is a photo from a magazine of a tidy cottage on the coast of Maine—a charming reminder of a life that could be hers, if she could only muster the courage to go after it.

On a hope and a chance, Angela decides to pack it all up and move to Maine, finding the nudge she needs in the dating profile of a handsome sailor who loves dogs and Italian food. But her new home isn’t quite matching up with the fantasy. Far from everything familiar, Angela begins to rebuild her life from the ground up. Working at a local coffeehouse, she begins to discover the pleasures and secrets of her new small-town community and, in the process, realizes there’s really no such thing as the way life should be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Christina Baker Kline proves to us once again that she is not only a deft and snappy writer, but a true cartographer of the human heart.”

    Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean

  • “An unassumingly beautiful story of human relationships and self-discovery…the ideal page-turning light read, with a tremendous payoff.”


  • “Initially, this tale of a lovelorn city girl out of her element feels like another foray into well-covered territory. But Kline has a perfect sense of character and timing, and her vivid digressions on food add sugar and spice.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Angela Russo, a thirty-three-year-old event planner in New York City, has a job she finds monotonous, a lackluster love life, and a best friend who suggests trying an online dating service. Angela signs up and, on a whim, extends the site’s geography search to include Maine, picturing herself in a cozy, rustic cottage by the shore…When she arrives in Maine, however, it is not the picture-perfect storybook scene she anticipated. But with her love of cooking and dreams of a cottage by the sea as guiding lights, Angela learns to live life and achieve success on her own terms.”


  • “A book about love and disappointment and risk and risotto, utterly appealing on every level.”

    Lauren Fox, author of Still Life with Husband

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About the Author

Christina Baker Kline was born in Cambridge, England, and was raised there and in the American South and Maine. She is the author of five novels, the coeditor of About Face: Women Write about What They See When They Look in the Mirror, and the coauthor of The Conversation Begins: Mothers and Daughters Talk about Living Feminism. Kline lives with her husband and three sons in Montclair, New Jersey.

About the Narrator

Caitlin Davies is a New York City–based actor and audiobook narrator who studied acting at the Eugene O’Neill National Institute, the British American Drama Academy, and the Barrow Group. She specializes in audiobooks for teens and young adults.