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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (851 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eileen Goudge Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9781400174546
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Alice Kessler spent nine years in prison for the attempted murder of the drunk driver who killed her son. Now she has returned home to Gray's Island to reconnect with the son she left behind. Her boy, Jeremy, now a sullen teenager, is wrongly accused of rape, and mother and son are thrown together in a desperate attempt to prove his innocence. Alice is aided by Colin McGinty, a recovering alcoholic and 9/11 widower, also recently returned to the island in the aftermath of his grandfather's death. Colin's grandfather, a famous artist, is best known for his haunting portrait, Woman in Red, which happens to be of Alice's grandmother. In a tale that weaves the past with the present, we come to know the story behind the portrait, of the forbidden wartime romance between William McGinty and Eleanor Styles, and the deadly secret that bound them more tightly than even their love for each other. A secret that, more than half a century later, is about to be unburied, as Alice and Colin are drawn into a fragile romance of their own and the ghost of an enemy from long ago surfaces in the form of his grandson, the very man responsible for sending Alice to prison. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Eileen Goudge writes like a house on fire, creating characters you come to love and hate to leave.”

    Nora Roberts, praise for the author

  • Eileen Goudge writes like a house on fire, creating characters you come to love and hate to leave. Nora Roberts
  • “[A] satisfying tale of survival and redemption.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Goudge’s skillful storytelling slyly juxtaposes bucolic imagery and congenial…characters with an incisively sinister, often surprising tale of secrets kept and promises broken.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Wallace | 2/16/2014

    " This is an easy read and a good story. The basic story has been told many times - woman married, husband is off to war and thought dead, meets love of live, husband comes back. But it included town bad guys and other twists. I will read more of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 2/14/2014

    " This is a wonderful "beach read" ... or bedtime read ... a few twists and turns ... altogether charming tale "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loretta | 2/7/2014

    " Excellent Book! Good insight into characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/3/2014

    " Loved this book. Hated to see it end. Fast moving, interesting story line, covered many aspects of human emotion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kfigueroa | 1/29/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. Tale of lost love and of finding oneself. A bit of tragedy overload, but all part of the story telling. And a side track into "ebonics" mid story that I think we all could do without! Nice transition back and forth from present to 50 years ago. Ending was a bit rushed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 1/26/2014

    " Alice lost her son at the hands of Owen, a man who was driving drunk. And when Owen gets to walk after trial, Alice seeks her revenge by running him over. The story takes place after she gets out of jail and is forced make a new life for herself, including making amends with her other son. The story contains a lot of vivid characters, including Calpurnia, Alice's friend who was in prison with her, and the rest of her family. The story goes back and forth between Alice's story and her grandmother Eleanor, who was alive during World War II. The book was a good read, but I felt that many of the chararcter's should have had more time in the book and the resolution wasn't particulary draw dropping. Nevertheless, I did enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Mccallum | 1/24/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. A bit far fetched at times, yes...but the characters and plot kept me entertained. Plus, I'm always a sucker for a poignant love story. I'll definitely check out another one of her books. "

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

    " I loved the characters in this book. It kept my interest because it was written with the past and present interchanging. Very quick and easy to read. I wanted to read it quickly so I could find out if there was a happy ending. Was dissappointed when I finished reading it. Should have savored it a bit longer. Great for the beach or plane or just to curl up infront of a fire with a glass of wine. I don't often pass along books but I did with Woman in Red. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Gebhart | 1/16/2014

    " I liked that they tied 2 generations of family together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria Gerardy | 1/14/2014

    " Fantastic read! Forced to buy it from a drug store while on vacation. PLEASANTLY surprised! Great twists. Some predictable parts, but I physically gasped at some parts. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 1/5/2014

    " Great book. I loved the way the lives and years interwine and parallel each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 1/3/2014

    " Not anything what I expected based on the cover, but a little insight into the WWII era (stateside). A good read. "

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

    " I really enjoyed this book, especially once I got past the beginning (i.e. most of the dark stuff). The characters were very likeable, the story kept me interested. The author did a good job switching back and forth between time periods and storylines. I think this book would make a good movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deedee | 12/27/2013

    " I love Eileen Goudge's books. Takes place in the past and present. So good. Romantic with some humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 12/16/2013

    " Great book! After about half way through I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna S | 12/10/2013

    " This is my 1st read of this author and she does not disappoint! Good story, skillful juggling of characters with an ending that satisfies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 12/5/2013

    " I found this to be an interesting read, this first book by this author I've tried. Love and loss, history, duty - it goes back and forth between the current and prior generation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlene | 11/3/2013

    " I really do love the way Eileen Goudge weaves a story out of several characters' lives. A good read on the dock by the lake. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 7/31/2013

    " A fun read! (2010) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Blahnik | 7/7/2013

    " God little relaxing read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth | 3/27/2013

    " This story may have relied a bit heavily on coincidence, but it was a fun book with excellent characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronnie | 1/29/2013

    " I liked this book. It was a good summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Maniscalco | 11/12/2012

    " Pretty good book. Just latched onto Eileen Goudge after reading The Diary and I think I'll read more of her works. "

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

    " Not what the cover looks like! Very good so far! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 June Harris | 4/26/2012

    " So far, so good. i haven't finished it, but it promises to be a fine read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 1/17/2012

    " The story was good, a hardback and I killed a big brown yucky spider in my house with this book (saved my place first), then had to remove the library cover with spider juice on it so I could finish reading it. Is it a crime to cut off the library cover??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 12/27/2011

    " Kept my attention all the way through, but I didn't always believe in all of the characters, a bit two-dimensional. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 6/24/2011

    " A beautifully written book about love, loss, guilt, forgiveness, and redemption. While the story line was fairly predictable, the characters were wonderfully developed and the author's writing style is quite delightful and engaging. I wanted to read it whenever I had a spare moment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 4/25/2011

    " Great story, first novel I may have ever finished! The characters felt so real and the suspense palatable! I was finishing the last few chapters in the coffee shop and felt pretty confident i wouldn't cry but i couldn't hold back a few tears at those last few pages! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 2/22/2011

    " It was a good book.It was a satisfying ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The Reading Cove | 2/11/2011

    " 95th: WOMAN IN RED by Eileen Goudge
    Trivia Winner - Katherine

    ~COVE OPINION: B-, Good story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniella | 12/26/2010

    " I really liked this book. At first, it was really hard to keep reading but after about 100 pages I got into it. I liked the characters and the story line. It was really interesting. I honestly didn't know how it was going to turn out until I turned the page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glynis | 12/21/2010

    " Quite a nice cross-generational "mystery." Written well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 11/16/2010

    " I found this to be an interesting read, this first book by this author I've tried. Love and loss, history, duty - it goes back and forth between the current and prior generation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 11/10/2010

    " Typical mini-mystery/ romance. Good airplane reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 nancy | 9/22/2010

    " I like the book but it is not one of my favorites. However, its cover image is one of the best covers ever; the drawing of the lady in red is so impressive, so romantic, so idealistic and so passionate. I also like the way Goudge’s main characters are trapped within certain events in the past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrhonor | 9/14/2010

    " It was an enjoyable read but a little too pat. Even though it dealt with a difficult subject, I would recommend it to someone who likes more substantial romances. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 8/16/2010

    " Steady read, really enjoyed how the majority of the characters were intertwined. Going back and forth from past to present, and the switching of viewpoints during certain events gave the book a unique quality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 7/27/2010

    " I rediscovered this author, good book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany | 7/22/2010

    " Not as dramatic as I'd thought it be. I think the sex part felt out of place, since it's the mother who sleeps with her son's lawyer. It wasn't what I expected. "

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About the Author
Author Eileen Goudge

Eileen Goudge is an author whose novels Such Devoted Sisters and Garden of Lies were New York Times bestsellers. Her work has also garnered the RT Book Reviews award for Best Contemporary Novel.

About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.