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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,817 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Luanne Rice Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9780739343593
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Sister Bernadette Ignatius has returned to Ireland in the company of Tom Kelly to search for the past—and the son—they left behind. For it was here that these two long-ago lovers spent a season of magic before Bernadette’s calling led her to a vocation as Mother Superior at Star of the Sea Academy on the sea-tossed Connecticut shore. For Tom, Bernadette’s choice meant giving up his fortune and taking the job as caretaker at Star of the Sea, where he could be close to the woman he could no longer have but whom he never stopped loving. And while one miracle drew them apart, another is about to bring them together again.

For somewhere in Dublin a young man named Seamus Sullivan is also on a search, dreaming of being reunited with his own first love, the only “family” he’s ever known. They’d been inseparable growing up together at St. Augustine’s Children’s Home, until Kathleen Murphy’s parents claimed her and she vanished across the sea to America. Now, in a Newport mansion, that very girl, grown to womanhood, works as a maid and waits with a faith that defies all reason for the miracle that will bring back the only boy she’s ever loved.

That miracle is at hand—but like most miracles, it can come only after the darkest of nights and the deepest of heartbreaks. For life can be as precarious as a walk along a cliff, and its greatest rewards reached only by those who dare to risk everything…for what matters most.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 2/18/2014

    " My first Luann Rice book. Decent story, but I really couldn't identify with any of the characters. Found myself skimming through pages so I could move onto something else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 2/17/2014

    " Loved this book!! Ireland orphanage pair find each other and their parents after years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juan | 2/13/2014

    " This is a follow up to Sandcastles Luanne Rice seems to keep the location of her stories the same but different characters. In this book and in most of Luanne's books they take a twist that you cannot predict. The search by Bernadette and Tim for their son that they gave away at birth, and what matters most which is love. She weaves their story with just enough description of the characters and places to catch your interest. Another good read leaving me thinking about what matters most. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 1/30/2014

    " Sequel to Sand Castles and is a must read if you read the first book. Luanne Rice really captures the feelings of a family! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 1/28/2014

    " I have been reading a lot of new authors lately and I just read this one and I have to say it is one of the best books I have ever read. It is a book whose characters wil be with me a long time. It is not a romance novel but a truly inspiring love story that takes place over 23 years and in Ireland and Connecticut. Wonderful book, I have shared it with all my friends. "

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

    " This was a great story! Wonderfully written. Held my attention from beginning to end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 1/16/2014

    " I literally sobbed at the end of this book. And I got so mad at Nancy for recommending it. But I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anderson | 1/5/2014

    " This book moved me to tears. A beautifully-spun story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy J | 1/5/2014

    " I adored this book! All I can say is, what a beautiful story and it also takes you to Ireland. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 12/17/2013

    " Loved this book...powerful and unique love story and loved the vivid descriptions of Ireland. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 12/14/2013

    " This was a good train book. Nothing special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 12/10/2013

    " A good curl up by the fire on a cold winter evening kind of book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith DeBrunner | 12/4/2013

    " More Luanne Rice. Great love story in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 7/16/2013

    " This story is amazing. One of my favourite books of all time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky Rose | 10/30/2012

    " Stupid book. A lot of Catholic stuff. Would not recomend this to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 7/23/2012

    " I liked the story. It was sweet and kept me listening. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany | 7/19/2012

    " I would've given it three stars until the ending. Then it becomes some weird combo of The Thorn Birds meets Ghost. Dumb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 7/9/2012

    " Two couples, Bernadette & Tom, and James & Kathleen, share a history. I enjoyed learning a bit about the Catholic culture with nuns. Set in Dublin and Connecticut, the family interactions were well developed, but the book did drag a bit. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kriley1227 | 3/14/2012

    " Science fiction? A woman has a child and enters the convent?! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Catherine | 2/26/2012

    " This almost reads like a trashy romance novel. Other than James/Seamus the characters are not really very likeable. I've enjoyed other novels by Rice, but this one left me feeling yucky about the story and the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 11/2/2011

    " I liked this book however, I almost gave up on it a few times. One chapeter would hold my attention but the next two or three would'nt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arlene | 8/5/2011

    " Very good book. I would read more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb Wittwer | 6/4/2011

    " I lived this beautiful story if love and disappointment, with the underlying message that Gods miracles of love are around us every day! It's a must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 3/4/2011

    " A nun & her former lover journey to Ireland in search of the son they gave up for adoption. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 2/20/2011

    " I think I have read another of her books that took place in previous years. Good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Niki | 1/24/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. I really can't talk about it at all without giving away the plot. But it is definitely a different kind of love story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 1/19/2011

    " one of luanne rice's best! but still, there's this question in my mind that remained unanswered: who's Brendan McCarthy's parents? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rene | 1/18/2011

    " Good story about Family, Love and Devotion, Hardships and Life Consequences. The book bounces between the States and Ireland surrounding the intertwining lives of 4 characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 11/14/2010

    " Enjoyed the story, but some of the language bothered me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessi | 11/11/2010

    " I was hooked. I had the audio in the car and the book in my purse so I didn't miss a moment. the end was a SHOCKER. I cried though :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 10/27/2010

    " I liked the story. It was sweet and kept me listening. "

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