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3.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 5 3.46 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Delinsky Narrator: Michele Santopietro Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9780739369517
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Following the success of The Secret Between Us, a book the Boston Globe hailed as “one of her best,” Barbara Delinsky returns with another moving and deeply satisfying novel, this one about the unique and emotionally complex world of siblings.

Molly and Robin Snow are sisters, and like all sisters they share a deep bond that sustains them through good times and bad. Their careers are flourishing—Molly is a horticulturist and Robin is a world-class runner—and they are in the prime of their lives. So when Molly receives the news that Robin has suffered a massive heart attack, she couldn’t be more shocked. At the hospital, the Snow family receives a grim prognosis: Robin may never regain consciousness.

As Robin’s parents and siblings struggle to cope, the complex nature of their relationship is put to the ultimate test. Molly has always lived in Robin’s shadow and her feelings for her have run the gamut, from love to resentment and back. The last time they spoke, they argued. But now there is so much more at stake. Molly’s parents fold under the devastating circumstances, and her brother retreats into the cool reserve that is shattering his own family. It’s up to Molly to make the tough decisions, and she soon makes discoveries that destroy some of her most cherished beliefs about the sister she thought she knew. 

Once again New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky brings us a masterful family portrait, filled with thought-provoking ideas about the nature of life itself, how emotions affect the decisions we make, and how letting go can be the hardest thing to do and the greatest expression of love all at the same time.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marnie Meisner | 2/16/2014

    " This book was really good! Its about some family dynamics that must come to terms, while a family member lays in the hospital after a heart attack on life support. Decisions also must be made in the sense as what she would want since there was no living will nor had she ever expressed what her wishes were should something happen. Nicely written! Sure makes you really think about what you would want if something happens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dacia Wilkinson | 2/11/2014

    " This is a sweet story--that as a writer, it has challenged me to stick to a short time frame. Stories don't have to be epic sweeping tales, they can be deep intensive looks at the spirit of people during a major life event. Her characters have their quiet place for reflection and she takes you deep into that spot with her. Nice. Reflective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonja Adams | 2/11/2014

    " I needed something easy and quick to give me a break from another book I've been trudging through all summer. This fit the bill. It's a one-day read dealing with family tragedy, love/hate relationship between sisters, the secrets we keep, dementia, life support, and end-of-life concerns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay Gray | 2/10/2014

    " GOOD discussion of family issues and end of life issues. Realistic family dynamics - ending was a little "cutsie" but the last chapter did have me in tears. "

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

    " Tear jerker but very good. Look foreward to reading more of this author "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlotte Boisclair | 1/10/2014

    " Okay, so I listened to the audiobook. The narration would have been hard to follow without the dialogue clearly stated. I don't think I could have enduring reading the entire book. Basically, you know how it is going to end; so finish the story already! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Homewood Public Library | 1/7/2014

    " Oxmoor Page Turners pick for May 2010 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sofia | 1/5/2014

    " Blah... it was ok, but no more. They compare this author to Jodi Picoult, but I certainly didn't see any of that in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pqwave | 12/24/2013

    " good? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelique Flynn | 12/20/2013

    " The book got off to a slow start, but ultimately, it was a tear-jerker! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fafani Weinzierl | 11/27/2013

    " This was a good story and certainly easy to read. I don't really feel like there was much sense of "I wonder what will happen" so it got a little boring at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 11/27/2013

    " I loved this book. I often wonder, if it was up to me, how would I deal with a situation like this? It has been a family discussion at times, and hopefully, not something that we will ever have to contemplate. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany Zimmerman | 9/28/2013

    " I love Barbara Delinksky, but this just wasn't one of my favorite books from her. I didn't feel connections to the characters, depth, or any soul to the book. The plot was good, but it needed developing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madeline | 8/9/2013

    " For me this book was a real tearjerker. It is about a family, especially a sister and a Mom, facing truly horrific decisions. Kept putting myself in their shoes and could not put the book down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 4/18/2013

    " This book was barely ok - I think Delinsky is mimicking Picoult and not doing a very good job of it. The best part of this book for me was finishing it and returning it to the library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tori | 3/17/2013

    " I liked this book. Her writing reminds me of Jodi Picoult, but not as clean. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betsy | 1/1/2013

    " I found this book predictable and annoying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista Kirk | 10/26/2012

    " Could not wait for this book to end. This would be a good movie for lifetime network, totally not my style! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Hale | 10/24/2012

    " an nice read about family relationships and roles siblings play. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 9/12/2012

    " I just didn't enjoy this book at all.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 5/5/2012

    " A sad one. I liked it a lot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 3/23/2012

    " This is a story about loss and coming to terms and self discovery. It is also quite depressing...hence the three stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie Barbarito | 2/19/2012

    " She is very good at family dynamics, but I'm feeling as though I prefer fantasy or mystery these days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindie | 2/18/2012

    " I gave this book 4 stars because even though I had a hard time connecting to the characters at first, by the time I finished I decided that I liked the book after all. Read with tissues handy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberlee | 12/17/2011

    " Serious book. And caused me to reflect a lot and think about my own family. Usually I read to escape so I am surprised I wanted to finish the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 6/22/2011

    " I enjoyed this story. It investigated the roles family members play and the way a crisis changes family relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 6/15/2011

    " I liked to be hooked right away, but took me 3 chapters or so for that to happen, but glad I stuck with it, was good in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 5/9/2011

    " Interesting story, a little depressing at times but a good book about a family learning about each other! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 4/30/2011

    " Fast read and since I am a runner and I have 2 sisters...I could realate to both of the fiction sisters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Petra | 4/23/2011

    " good book, shed a few tears, laughed a little...worth the read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esme | 3/31/2011

    " this book is like i don't know how to discribe this about family truth and what really matters you just have to read it to know what i am talking about "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 stella | 3/31/2011

    " The mom, Katherine drove me crazy... Her obsessive personality and tunnel vision were narrow and selfish in my opinion; of course, in the end, she reconnects with her mom and chance to see her life from other's perspective. The book was OK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystle | 3/24/2011

    " this is a sad story about a girls sister having a heart attack and going in a coma. It talks about the hardship of coming to grasp when letting someone you love go. great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 3/19/2011

    " This book is story about two Sisters who live in the same place but who don't really know each other and it takes an accident for one to really take a hard look at her sister whom she loved but didn't really know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 3/17/2011

    " Written very well showing the challenges and emotions in life. I was almost finished with this book when my grandmother passed away. It made it a little difficult to finish because it pulled on heart strings. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Delinsky

Barbara Delinsky, author of Escape, Not My Daughter, While My Sister Sleeps, The Secret Between Us, and Family Tree, has written more than twenty bestselling novels with over thirty million copies in print. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she also wrote a nonfiction book, Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, which is currently in its fifth printing. All of the proceeds from the book go to charity, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a BA in psychology from Tufts University and an MA in sociology from Boston College.