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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 White Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2013 ISBN: 9781478928003
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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.”

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  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon Rapkowski | 1/28/2014

    " This book was just okay - would not recommend it. Found it depressing and was not interested in the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lmciner | 1/27/2014

    " A wrenching story of loss and the myriad ways the lens of fear clouds our awareness and our ability to love fully. You can't help the catch in your throat realizing Ms. Woodruff's complex characters must come from a place of knowing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope Thompson | 1/23/2014

    " 2.5 stars, long read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Nethero-stoltz | 1/12/2014

    " Every mother's worst nightmare! A book about grieving and learning to live and love again. A great book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lori Bailey | 1/8/2014

    " This book had such promise in the first chapter. After the first chapter it just never went anywhere. The characters were well defined, but they were all shallow and predictable. It was a struggle to stay with this book to the end, had I not paid for it I wouldn't have bothered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 1/6/2014

    " This is a beautifully written novel. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 12/29/2013

    " This a great book about strength, love and family bonds. A great read! "

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

    " Fantastic I love the book easy reading and it keeps me in suspense . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Kierst | 12/13/2013

    " I enjoyed the lessons in this book, but felt the characters lacked a little depth at some points. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 11/25/2013

    " This was a beautiful and heartbreaking story of family. The characters were real. They were damaged and made mistakes. The book largely dealt with the consequences of their choices and how those consequences affected not just them, but those around them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 11/18/2013

    " This was enjoyable. For some reason, stories with infidelity are really hard for me to get enthusiastic about. I thought the story was well written and try to life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberlea | 10/19/2013

    " One of those books that you want to keep reading to see what's going to happen, but you know you should probably put it down because it's not really worth your time. It was unbelievably sad and just never really picked up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clare Gee | 9/7/2013

    " I read it all but I can't say I enjoyed it or felt hopeful for any of the characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. Widmer | 8/4/2013

    " Great book about the resilience of a family that has suffered a terrible tragedy compounded by family secrets and crushing guilt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 7/31/2013

    " The latest read for the book club I am in. An interesting view of grief and betrayal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 7/15/2013

    " Be prepared for a good cry! It has occasional "Lifetime"-ish moments, but I am happy to have read it overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 6/14/2013

    " This is a book about love, loss and marriage. It is a tale of normal people and how they respond to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 5/25/2013

    " Realistic portrayal of how relationships change in and out of family upon the accidental death of a child. All the guilt, re-evaluation of values, attempts to anesthesize themselves and finally to realize Those We Love Most. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma Zone | 5/1/2013

    " While this was a quick read, I can't decide whether I really liked it or not. I didn't really connect with the characters, in spite of thinking I would. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/18/2013

    " I thought the topic of the book was good but it was defiantly slow! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Volkenannt | 2/6/2013

    " THOSE WE LOVE MOST is one of the best books I've read in quite some time. The writing is beautiful and the emotions surrounding the pain and grief of losing a child are so ragged--and true. It is a story of love and loss and family and forgiveness. A truly remarkable book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 1/25/2013

    " Finished it but thought it was pretty boring the whole way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Zagzebski | 11/26/2012

    " Pretty good read, but intense! Worth the library fine cause I kept it too long to finish it:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah Iannone | 11/11/2012

    " Okay. Not great. I had a hard time connecting with the characters, except the father. He was interesting. I like how the author worked with time in the book. It wasn't your typical hour by hour day by day time-line. It jumped ahead etc. and worked well. "

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About the Author
Author Lee WoodruffLee Woodruff is the life and family contributor for ABC’s Good Morning America and a freelance writer. She is on the board of trustees of the Bob Woodruff Family Foundation (Remind.org), a nonprofit organization that provides critical resources and support to our nation’s injured service members, veterans, and their families. Lee Woodruff lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, and their four children.
About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.