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All She Ever Wanted Audiobook

All She Ever Wanted

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Publisher's Summary

A three-time Christy Award winner, Lynn Austin crafts rousing tales of hope and redemption. All She Ever Wanted stars Kathleen Seymour, a woman who seems to have it all, though she hides a dark family secret. To her horror, everything comes crashing down when she loses her job and her daughter is caught shoplifting. Desperate to regain control over her life, Kathleen returns to her estranged family to mend her severely broken relationships before it is too late.

©2005 Lynn Austin; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"[A] brilliant novel about love, forgiveness, suffering, and the importance of resisting the temptation to run away when things get tough." (Christian Book Previews.com)

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    Elizabeth BURBANK, CA, United States 11-10-13
    Elizabeth BURBANK, CA, United States 11-10-13 Member Since 2016

    I record audiobooks for Librivox.

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    "Not Austin's best"

    I'm still not sure what the theme of this book is. Austin seems to make it about the relationship between characters but the story is told in a disjointed fashion. Kathleen and her daughter's story was resolved in far too pat a ending and the insertion of a murder mystery was rather ill advised. Eleanor, Kathleen's mother was a terrible parent although you understand the source of her bitterness. Nevertheless, to see her go from strong and fun loving to weak and bitter because of a man was disturbing. Fiona, Kathleen's grandmothe, was more exciting but once again the reader is left with a morally weak woman who has two long affairs with married men without considering the effect on anybody but herself. Austin certainly does not excuse such behavior but Fiona self pitying attitude was annoying. You want Fiona to actually do something with her life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Pueblo, CO, United States 08-29-13
    Shawn Pueblo, CO, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I really wanted to like this book, but..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No. It is aimed a a specific audience. Even though I am far from that particular demographic, I suppose this story has a place among its intended listeners. It's definitely not aimed at me, though.


    What could Lynn Austin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The whole idea that one is only forgiven by grace is, in a word, selfish. If one really wanted to be forgiven for transgressions against others, shouldn't one really seek out the aggrieved party and ask for forgiveness from that person? Asking "forgiveness" from god doesn't repair anything with the person you have wronged. The characters could find strength in themselves and their own being--they don't need to "find god" to do this. Frankly, it made the entire story rather unbelievable. You don't become a better person by "finding god." You become a better person by acting better. That should have been the focus of this story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book. It started out well and sounded like it was turning into a mystery novel, which would have been kind of cool. Every time, though that I heard mention of "forgiveness from Jesus," it cemented in my mind the possibility that it would turn into a proselytizing piece. Alas, that's exactly what it ended up being. I guess that's not necessarily a bad thing, but if so, why not express that in the description of the story? Honestly, I would not have purchased it if I had known this piece.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    suzanne Costa Mesa, CA, United States 07-03-13
    suzanne Costa Mesa, CA, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2010

    Suzanne, avid reader and listener who loves a broad range of genres but, ecpecially authors,T.C. Boyle, Jodi Picoult, Barbara Kingsolver, Lionel Shriver, Sue Miller, Larry McMurty, Bryce Courteran, Lisa Gardner, Brian Haig, Richard North Patterson, Nelson Demille, Robert Tannenbaum, Sara Gruen, Kate Norton, Steig Larsen, Tana French and Gillian Flynn!! Still many more and the number of authors I enjoy continues to grow.

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    "goods twist & turns But, too much god talk"

    I would have enjoyed this book much more if there were not the constant insertions about faith and Christianity. I think Austin is a competent and at times, compelling writer but, her religious beliefs were too distracting.

    I can enjoy some inspirational themes but this was way too much and too born again for my liking.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    VickyJ 06-16-16
    VickyJ 06-16-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Christian listen!"

    So refreshing to listen to a book that is Christ centered. The story which spanned generations had many, many twists and turns. The narration for the most part was pretty good. As a Christian I throughly enjoy Lynn Austins stories. Great listen! !

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    Angela 11-09-13
    Angela 11-09-13
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    "Way too Jesus-y"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Partly, this was my own mistake. I bought this book not noticing that it was categorized under "Religious & Inspirational," but when I figured it out I thought I'd give it a chance anyway. After all, the plot sounded interesting enough to make me buy it. I'm not Christian, but I'm not opposed to listening to a book with a Christian main character who finds solace in her faith.However, the moralistic judgments just kept coming, and all the non-Christian characters made me wonder if the author had ever actually met someone who wasn't Christian. They seemed like caricatures of themselves. They were all bad people with sad lives, and the Christian characters were so happy and full! Also, the constant mentions of Jesus got really old really fast. In the end, I was rolling my eyes every 30 seconds and getting really angry at the assumptions the author kept making, and had to abandon the book a few hours in.So as for who might like this book ... I guess the judgmental type of Christian, people who want their narrow worldview reaffirmed.


    Has All She Ever Wanted turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Very much.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Linda Stephens’s performances?

    No. She was overly dramatic and overly emotional.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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