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3.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 5 3.86 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Luanne Rice Narrator: Ann Marie Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9781415938973
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New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice brings back two of her most beloved characters to tell of two undying love affairs. . . .

Sister Bernadette Ignatius has returned to Ireland in the company of Tom Kelly to search for 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. 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 never stopped loving.

And 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 the orphanage, until Kathleen Murphy’s parents claimed her and she vanished to America. Now that very girl, grown to womanhood, works as a maid and waits for the miracle that will bring back the only boy she’s ever loved.

That miracle is at hand–for life’s greatest rewards are reached only by those who dare to risk everything . . . for what matters most. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 2/15/2014

    " 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 Bevhuckabagmail.com | 1/26/2014

    " I really liked this book. It was a very intriguing story about two generations of couples, how their lives intertwined and a lot of twists and turns in their relationships. It definitely shows the power of love and faith. I recommend it highly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeri | 1/24/2014

    " I really like this book. I will be looking for other Luanne Rice books to read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 1/21/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 1/20/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arlene | 1/16/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandy | 1/15/2014

    " This plot had both expected and unexpected twists for me which I liked. I have to admit that I skimmed some parts that were tedious description-wise in order to get to some action or dialogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/15/2014

    " a small step above a romance novel. again, 2.75 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SandyL | 1/14/2014

    " Great book--tear jerker at end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle Vecchi zykoff | 12/6/2013

    " There is a book that you must read before this one, to help tie the story together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 11/14/2013

    " This is about the strength it takes to love almost beyond anything else and also how a religious committment to a vow has to be equally strong or more so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Verna | 9/29/2013

    " this is an awesome and great. i cried when i got towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 9/1/2013

    " Okay story, but not my cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Jorgensen | 7/3/2013

    " So far so good. A Typical Luanne Rice book. Good plot and easy reading. A chick lit book for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenee | 6/8/2013

    " very good story keeps you reading not wanting to put this book down, a bit sad you will have a good cry but well worth it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Odetta | 5/30/2013

    " I really liked this book. Good reader. A reader can make or break a book. Didn't particularly care for the nun & her boyfriend though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam Herrmann | 3/22/2013

    " Was very disappointed in the ending. Just when you think everything is going to work out - everything goes to hell....Could have skipped Kathleen getting pregnant in my opinion! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jyoti Singh | 3/10/2013

    " the second part of sandcastles....much better..but prob moreso since i could relate to the religion thing...but the ending kinda left u hanging "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/18/2013

    " I loved this book. I thought it was a good love story that didn't get trashy. It was an easy book to get into and I read it really fast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 11/17/2012

    " Luanne Rice was a new author to me that my Mom recommended. I thought this book was fantastic!! The relationships were well developed, the plot was interesting. It kept me reading until late. A tear jerker at the end.. but still a wonderful boook! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 2/23/2011

    " The entire plot was just one coincidence after another. Very, very few of the events in this book could actually happen in real life. "

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SandyL | 10/23/2010

    " Great book--tear jerker at end! "

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About the Author
Author Luanne Rice

Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels. Many of her novels, including Crazy in Love, Blue Moon, Beach Girls, and Silver Bells have been made into movies for television. Rice’s short stories, essays, and articles have been widely published in magazines and newspapers. “A Kiss after Dying,” Rice’s account of a Connecticut murder trial very personal to her family, kicked off Glamour magazine’s series of true crime pieces. She received an honorary degree from Connecticut College in 2002, and the school’s special collections library contains a collection bearing her name. She currently divides her time between New York City and Southern California.

About the Narrator

Ann Marie Lee is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She is a Los Angeles–based actress with television credits that include ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Nip/Tuck. Her stage performances for Broadway National Tours and regional theater include Peter Pan, As You Like It, Heartbreak House, and The Cherry Orchard.