So begins a journey that will take Tessa Lee into the home of her grandparents, then off in search of the mother she longs for. Her quest is steeped in Southern atmosphere and characters: the owner of the cheesy boardwalk show where Tessa Lee finds her mother and loses her again; the bingo-playing grandmother who holds her close; the old man who thinks the CIA is after him and boards up his house. Running throughout, like threads in a cloak, are themes of guilt, loss, and reunion.
©2006 Sheri Reynolds; (P)2006 HighBridge Company
"Uplifting in its explorations of family, forgiveness, and redemption." (Publishers Weekly)
"Reynolds' newest novel delivers more of the rich southern atmosphere and coming-of-age drama that made The Rapture of Canaan an Oprah Book Club selection and best seller." (Booklist)
I picked this for Jenna Lamia's narration, believing she does the best Southern accent I've heard, distinctive without being overdone. I ended by being completely captivated by the story-tragic, humorous and unsentimental-and by the lively, brave Tessa Lee. I disagree with the reviewer who thought it dragged. At the end, I was wishing for six more chapters or so.
This is one of the best books I've listened to. The narrator does a fantastic job. The story is compelling, a bit sad at times, but worth listening to.
Married to retired Navy E2 pilot, mom to three, grandmom to three. Work full time as an Office Manager.
This is the 3rd book I have listened to with Jenna Lamia as the narrator. Her voice truly brings out the best in a book. A fantastic book.
The performance of the reader.
When the girl is reunited with her grandmother.
The title character.
The grandmother because she and I could relate.
I loved Jenna Lamia's voice for this character. I was really touched by how the siblings bonded and how the main character managed to keep her innocense for as long as she did. It was wonderful how the grandmother kept surprising Tessa Lee with how she accepted her friends and how forgiving she was. A beautiful story of love and family ties.
My favorite character was the grandmother. She was determined to raise the children differently the second time around. When she was accepting of Tessa Lee's friend that showed how much she had changed.
There is something in Jenna's voice that is so haunting. I have listened to just about everything that Audible sells that she's narrated, and have loved them all. Her southern dialect is just so perfect. Not everythingthing comes out as Georgia Peach like many other narrators do, but is regionally correct.
I probably wouldn't recommend this book
No, I wouldn't say so.
I love to listen to Jenna Lamia. Her childlike southern voice is perfect for the character of Tessa Lee and her interpretation of the dialogue really brings the charactor to life.
I'm not sure if it needs a follow-up but it certainly needed more of an ending. The book was an emotional roller-coaster and it seems like there was no real ending, almost like the allotted letter count had been used up so the abruptly story ended.
It was a coming of age story that is without a good bite.
Jenna Lamia was true to the character of Tessa Lee (the girl), but other characters, was a bit off.
This book might be okay for some but I just couldn't get into it.
The reader does a good job. The story is interesting at times, but by the half way mark, I kept waiting for it to be over. It just seemed to D-R-A-G.
I liked the narrator from "The Secret Life of Bees" and found this book with the same narrator. She was great again and the descriptive writing was good, but the book had no meat. I kept waiting for something - anything to happen. Not happy with this book at all.
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