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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (666 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Tucker Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN:
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Kyra and David Winter are happier than they ever expected to be. They have a comfortable home, stable careers, and a young son, Michael, whom they adore. Though everyone who knows the Winters considers them extremely overprotective parents, both Kyra and David believe they have good reasons for fearing that something will happen to their little boy. And then, on a perfectly average summer day, it does, when Michael disappears from his own backyard. The only question is whose past has finally caught up with them: David feels sure that Michael was taken by his troubled ex-wife, while Kyra believes the kidnapper must be someone from her estranged family, someone she betrayed years ago.

As the Winters embark on a journey of time and memory to find Michael, they will be forced to admit these suspicions, revealing secrets about themselves they've always kept hidden. But they will also have a chance to discover that it's not too late to have the family they've dreamed of; that even if the world is full of risks, as long as they have hope, the future can bloom.

Lyrical, wise, and witty, The Winters in Bloom is an enchanting, life-affirming story that will surprise readers and leave them full of wonder at the stubborn strength of the human heart.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/14/2014

    " I loved this book. I have enjoyed all of Lisa Tucker's books, although The Promised World: A Novel has been my least favorite. I love the references to Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. At first I thought it was someone else who took Michael before I figured out who it was. It was a quick read but very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesa Parnham | 2/13/2014

    " Stayed up late to find out "whodunnit" that is a compliment. Would make a good tv movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 2/9/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed The Winters in Bloom by Lisa Tucker. The book centers around a single day in the life of the Winter family. Both David and Kyra are plauged by troubled family pasts, and they are terrified that something will happen to their precious five year old, Michael. When Michael is taken from their backyard while both David and Kyra are inside, their worst fears become their reality and they must face the family members and the pasts that have made them who they are today in an attempt to find out who took Michael. The way that the story unfolds with multiple plot lines over different time periods with Tucker giving out just a little bit of information at a time made the book hard to put down -- I kept wanting to know what I was going to find out next! The characters are all deeply damaged by things that happened in their pasts, and the relationships that form between them -- husband and wife, sisters, parents and children -- are really well thought through and believable. Think Jonathan Franzen with more likeable characters. I loved the book and give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. I look forward to reading more of Tucker's work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/9/2014

    " OK, but didn't identify much with the characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Garone | 1/28/2014

    " Reminded me of Dan Chaon's writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 1/26/2014

    " Should have been 3 1/2 stars. Interesting premise. Enjoyed the psychological background of the 2 main characters, as well as the other secondary characters. Just felt the ending was a little rushed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 1/20/2014

    " HATED this!!! I thought it was depressing and the author flips around too much between who the story is being told through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 1/14/2014

    " This story takes place in one day, but lots of secrets of the past are revealed as David and Kyra try to figure out who kidnapped their son. Lots of twists and turns, very good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ilene | 1/10/2014

    " Considering this is a story about a kidnapped little boy, I was expecting far more tension and drama. The author's style seemed more tell than show. On the whole, I was disappointed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karey | 12/31/2013

    " This novel's subject was interesting, but I lost interest in it. it is not my typical genre and while crazy families fascinate me the characters and contemporary setting weren't all that interesting to keep me reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louise | 8/18/2013

    " Marginal. A little bit better than ok but definitely not in the good catagory. Maybe it would have been better to read this one instead of listening to it. It gets a 6 on my 10 scale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 8/7/2013

    " Listened to on CD. It was pretty good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Geraldine | 7/26/2013

    " I don't recall reading a book with such a large collection of 'damaged' characters. It was depressing to read their stories. Then unbelievable that their lives were entwined. I finished the book just to see who took Michael. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/16/2013

    " All of Tucker's books are excellent and fast reads. Engrossing from beginning to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 3/2/2013

    " This was a sad book sice the main characters are sooo screwed up.I kept reading because I wanted to figure out who kidnapped Michael . and that he would be all right.This i not a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 1/23/2013

    " Pat Conroy recommended this author and I really did enjoy the book. She digresses a lot, but so do I, so it did not distract too much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Stephens | 9/16/2012

    " This book really sounded like it was going to be good but it was so difficult to follow. I found myself struggling just to keep the storyline going. It wasnt written very well at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 5/8/2012

    " I'd give this a three and a half stars if I could. I liked it, although I'm not sure I could articulate exactly why. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nyyfan22000 | 4/17/2012

    " I usually love her books.......not sure how I'm liking this one though. About halfway through and I'm feeling lost about it. Now that I'm done with it, I decided I was disappointed with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 10/23/2011

    " the story and intricate characters captivate from the first page. loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 10/21/2011

    " This book was compelling, because I really sped through it to find out what happened and what the heck was going on. But at the same time it was depressing in lots of ways... the ending helped, but still, I would not really recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 10/19/2011

    " Kyra and David face a parents worst nightmare. Their son is taken from their own yard. Who took him will keep you guessing. This is a good book for book clubs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 10/9/2011

    " Pat Conroy recommended this author and I really did enjoy the book. She digresses a lot, but so do I, so it did not distract too much.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 10/9/2011

    " OK, but didn't identify much with the characters "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/5/2011

    " I don't often give just 2 stars because I usually don't finish the book if that is the case. I was determined, though, as I felt there must be one redeeming character that wasn't immersed in guilt and self pity. My, oh my, but these people take the cake. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/1/2011

    " This was an enjoyable read, with believable characters. "

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About the Author
Author Lisa TuckerLisa Tucker is the author of The Song Reader and Shout Down the Moon; she has also published short work in Seventeen, Pages, and The Oxford American. She has advanced degrees in English and math, and has taught creative writing at the Taos Conference and UCLA. Lisa lives in Pennsylvania and New Mexico with her husband and son.
About the Narrator

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.