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This is a captivating listen from the start. It is told alternately in the past and present, but does not divulge the true secret until the end. The historical times are well researched; always a plus when trying to keep the story believable. As told, many of the clues to the secret are already waiting for the seekers to put them together.
My favorite Kate Morton so far.
Caroline Lee, as usual, gives an outstanding performance.
Married mother of three teenagers, back to work after 15 years at home - when I read a lot. Now I am the assistant to the Mayor of Omaha and work at least 60 hours a week, and on top of what I have to do at home - no more books. This lets me listen to the classics, the latest, whatever I want. I can learn or escape. I have always love audio books, but now I NEED them.
There is history, mystery, love and war. This is the most frustratingly wonderful book I have ever experienced, (so much so, I made up the word frustratingly.) I could not wait to see what revelation was next, and really was pulling for all of the main characters. I say that because there is not just one perspective. We get to see some of the events from multiple angles, and this is great, not tedious as some can make it. Because there is a mystery of sorts that is being figured out, I cannot give too many details. I can say to anyone who likes this era of history or mysteries, run, do not walk your credit to this book, but especially women whose moms are getting older or have recently left us. This will have a special pull for you, I am certain of it.
Someone who likes lots of detailed narrative in their books
Way to much detail; flash backs were confusingabridged version might have been good
Narrator was fine
Well read X
The plot, the writing, the characters. The way the story unfolded.
Couldn't say. But it was a great story about an older woman looking back on her life and trying to resolve a long, purposely repressed memory of a significant family event before her dying mother is gone and it may be too late.
Nice to read a mystery that was neither a procedural detective story nor a gruesome dark trip that made me want to take a bath afterwards. (Bath-wise, I'm talking to you,"Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn.)
Vivian. Vivacious, fun, multi-faceted. A secret keeper.
I almost ditched this audiobook before it really got going. At first I found the reader's voice/accent a little off-putting - although most of the books I listen to have a British reader. Gradually, I realized that it was part of the overall performance and settled into it. Also, I found the very beginning a little self-consciously literary and slow getting started. But once the story kicked in, I couldn't stop listening. I highly recommend it.
Written by a writer who excels at the craft, the plot twists and turns never predictably, but always logically. Characters are engaging and memorable. My new favorite writer, I will buy more of her books. Well read as well.
I am retired from real estate and antiques. Currently teaching classes in a drug addiction rehab program. Am a wannabe writer. Love Audible!
Yes definitely. Well written - nineteen hours and still wanted more.
There were many, but one was when Laura realized the true identity of her mother.
Excellent narration for all the characters, but would have to say Dolly was my fave, with Jimmy being a close second.
I wouldn't say extreme, but toward the end I did have to reach for my Kleenex box.
I had no idea what to expect - wanted to try something different and was pleasantly surprised. it was a bit difficult in the first few chapters getting all the characters sorted out and the time line changing from past to present, but once familiar with them, I was totally engrossed in each of the characters and how their roles interacted throughout the story. br/>I have 'Riverton House' on my wish list, also by Kate Morton. It will most likely be my next choice.
I listened to this book for a book club. I have the digital version also, and read this with my mom. I must say what an enrapturing story it became. I had trouble getting into it, but once I allowed myself, towards the end, I couldn't turn it off. It surprised me right up to the very end.
Well worth the listen!
Loved this book. A compelling story that captures all of the human emotions and even some mental illness is a sensitive and authentic way. All the kindness and meanness interacting as they do in real life creates a sense that you are watching a real family come to terms with its history.
Yes. It was a good read.
Not that I know of.
I liked this book and I have to say that I was a little surprised by the end. This was on the list of books to read for my mystery and crime book group and I don't think that I would really classify this as that but it was an interesting read/listen and I enjoyed the characters and the rich accents that I thought the reader did an excellent job of portraying.
Yes. It is complex with fully realized characters and a whopping good mystery, too!
Caroline Lee was outstanding but not distracting in her performance. I knew each of the characters' voices quickly.
I was fascinated by the scene presented at the beginning of the book that I always knew would be pivotal. I loved the end explaining that scene in greater detail.
When Laurel described her relationship with her brother and how it had changed over the years because of the secret they were both keeping, I was reminded of how often relationships morph due to widely different reasons. In fact, I think this was a major theme of the book.