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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,070 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Woodruff Narrator: Karen Whit Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A bright June day. A split-second distraction. A family forever changed.

Life is good for Maura Corrigan. Married to her college sweetheart, Pete, raising three young kids with her parents nearby in her peaceful Chicago suburb, her world is secure. Then one day, in a single turn of fate, that entire world comes crashing down and everything that she thought she knew changes.

Maura must learn to move forward with the weight of grief and the crushing guilt of an unforgivable secret. Pete senses a gap growing between him and his wife but finds it easier to escape to the bar with his friends than face the flaws in his marriage.

Meanwhile, Maura’s parents are dealing with the fault lines in their own marriage. Charismatic Roger, who at sixty-five, is still chasing the next business deal and Margaret, a pragmatic and proud homemaker, have been married for four decades, seemingly happily. But the truth is more complicated. Like Maura, Roger has secrets of his own and when his deceptions and weaknesses are exposed, Margaret’s love and loyalty face the ultimate test.

Those We Love Most chronicles how these unforgettable characters confront their choices, examine their mistakes, fight for their most valuable relationships, and ultimately find their way back to each other. It takes us deep into the heart of what makes families and marriages tick and explores a fundamental question: When the ties that bind us to those we love are strained or broken, how do we pick up the pieces?

Deeply penetrating and brimming with emotional insight, this engrossing family drama heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lee Woodruff has written a beautiful, humorous, poignant page-turner about the complexities of love and marriage, tricky family dynamics, and the power of the human heart. Everything you want in a great read is here, including wonderful storytelling that builds to a satisfying ending. Loved it.”

    Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Wife

  • Those We Love Most is an engrossing story about family fragility, rupture, and redemption. Woodruff’s beautiful and unflinching portrayal of the grief, betrayal, guilt, tenacity, and love that engulf this family in the aftermath of a devastating tragedy will keep you turning pages till the end.”

    Sue Monk Kidd, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees

  • “Flawless, breathtaking, and oh-so-real, Those We Love Most is a beautifully written book about family, love, betrayal, forgiveness, and how we pick up the pieces in the wake of unthinkable tragedy. When I turned the last page, I found myself missing the characters already. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.”

    Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author of Six Years

  • Those We Love Most is a poignant, heartwarming story that follows you beyond its pages. Woodruff skillfully makes the Corrigan family real—fallible and vulnerable, ultimately strengthened by the undeniable power of love. I grieved and cheered for them all, and finished the book with a big smile on my face.”

    Catherine Coulter, New York Times bestselling author of Bombshell

  • “I opened Those We Love Most when my plane took off from Boston, and didn’t look up again until I landed in Miami. In between, I cried and smiled and nodded, and turned pages faster and faster. It’s one of those novels.”

    Ann Hood, author of The Obituary Writer

  • “Candid and heartfelt, this is sure to please fans of women’s fiction.”


  • “Lee Woodruff knows how to get to the heart of the matter on every occasion.”

    Alice Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan | 2/17/2014

    " more sentimental than I expected - but good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christine | 2/15/2014

    " I could not put this incredible, thought-provoking, heartfelt, intriguing story down! Months later, I still feel the affects. The cast of characters, along with their intricacies, will take you in and let you leave your life for a while. While doing so, you will appeciatre all that you do have and fall in love with the story at the same time. Lee writes a beautiful story of love, endurance, loyalty, community and compassion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Avin | 2/3/2014

    " very intriguing.. sweet guilty humorous pleasure ;-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marisa | 1/29/2014

    " I loved the book it was powerful, emotional, and honest. Those We Love Most, had me crying, laughing, and fit to be tied frustrated at times, I have to say I would have liked to smack Margaret at times so she would wakeup and be a doormat, but all other characters were great. "

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