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Somewhere out There Audiobook

Somewhere out There: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

A young mother surrenders her daughters. A loving family quickly adopts one while the other spends her turbulent youth in foster care. What happens when the sisters reunite 35 years later to find the woman who abandoned them? Amy Hatvany fearlessly explores complex family issues in her gripping, provocative new novel.

Natalie Clark knew never to ask her sensitive adoptive mother questions about her past. She doesn't even know her birth mother's name - only that the young woman signed parental rights over to the state when Natalie was a baby. Now Natalie's own daughter must complete a family tree project for school, and Natalie is determined to unearth the truth about her roots.

Brooke Walker doesn't have a family. At least that's what she tells herself after being separated from her mother and her little sister at age four. Having grown up in a state facility and countless foster homes, Brooke survives the only way she knows how - by relying on herself. So when she discovers she's pregnant, Brooke faces a heart-wrenching decision: give up her baby or raise the child completely on her own. Scared and confused, she feels lost until a surprise encounter gives her hope for the future.

How do our early experiences - the subtle and the traumatic - define us as adults? How do we build relationships when we've been deprived of real connection? Critically acclaimed author Amy Hatvany considers controversial and complicated questions about childhood through the lens of her finely crafted characters in this astute novel about mending wounds by diving into the truth of what first tore us apart.

©2016 Amy Hatvany (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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    Sandie Elk Grove, CA, United States 03-28-16
    Sandie Elk Grove, CA, United States 03-28-16 Member Since 2012

    I'm married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Love to read books, and love to listen to audio books. Genre's UF/Sci-Fi/ dystopian/ fiction and mystery/thrillers

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    "Great Book😄😄"

    I've been having a hard time finding a good lately. Hopefully this has ended by bad luck. Great story. Very heart warming and fast paced. I never got bored with the story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    chamilton 03-06-16
    chamilton 03-06-16 Member Since 2013
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    "good book, good story, good performance."

    the story is engaging. in listened to this book in a single day because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I wish the ending would have offered a final wrap up to one of the main plots but it didn't . I don't want to give the ending away or lack of ending I should say. this is the first book I have read from this author and I will likely try her again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    wise consumer 03-19-16
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    "Hmmmm"

    Unbelievably sad and basically ... Unbelievable. Yes, it's a story but I was repeatedly irritated that while excruciating and accurate detail was provided about technology (internet searches, phone communications, etc) and what sounded like very 'real' details about sealed records, adoptions, etc. - WHY NO HOMELess SHelters? Or social services of any kind? Food stamps, welfare, WIC - they were in a big city and these kind of things are there. Esp. If she had multiple arrests - prior to the big event.
    And that self-centered broken hearted mother who in the end decides "anh, never mind." Huh?
    Not my favorite.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shelljay 03-17-16
    Shelljay 03-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wonderfully told story"

    loved the story. the ladies who read the book were a great pick. I listen to my books while I work...this one kept me going at the gym...had to hear what was coming next

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    Kirsten 08-03-16
    Kirsten 08-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Not the ending I hoped for."

    The book was a tear jerker and bittersweet. Didnt like the ending. I think there should be a sequel. To long of a story to end like that.

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    ddreamer 07-13-16
    ddreamer 07-13-16
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    "Disappointing"

    I was very in to this story. The overwhelming love the main character had for her children. But "SPOILER ALERT" ...... Stop reading if you do not want to know......

    The weak pathetic person she ended up as was a major let down at the end and was disgusting. I would have preferred that she died instead of turning into a self indulgent "poor little me" woman who cared more about herself than her abandoned daughter. She couldn't help it when she was young, but when she got her act together and realized how she screwed up her oldest, she bails and leaves the healing to her youngest daughter believing that "being abandoned" is a life lesson!!!

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    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 06-16-16
    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 06-16-16 Member Since 2013

    I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow

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    I enjoyed this story for the first 80% of this book! The last 20% was a bit of a let down. I thought all the narrators were great and easy to listen to.
    This was my first Amy Hatvany book and her reviews were pretty good. I will try her again and see how I get on

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    Jason E Burgher 06-14-16
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    "love this book!!!!!"

    love the story and the way it was written just wish there was more to it!!!!! need a sequel!!!!!

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    Amazon Customer 05-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Kept me captivated. ..till the end!"

    Very good story. But, I didn't like the ending! Left me wondering what happened next.

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    shalaka 03-31-16
    shalaka 03-31-16

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Good book, but feeling cheated with the ending"

    The book was good, however I found myself feeling quite disappointed at the ending. Narration was great!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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