From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Orphan Train comes a novel about buried secrets and the redemptive power of forgiveness.
Cassie Simon is a struggling artist living in New York City. When she receives a call from a magistrate telling her she has inherited 60 acres of land in Sweetwater, Tennessee, from her grandfather, whom she never knew, she takes it as a sign: it's time for a change. She moves to the small Southern town where her mother, Ellen, grew up - and where she died tragically when Cassie was three.
From the moment she arrives in Sweetwater, Cassie is overwhelmed by the indelible mark her mother's memory left behind. As she delves into the thicket of mystery that surrounds her mother's death, Cassie begins to discover the desperate measures of which the human heart is capable.
©1993 Christina Baker Kline (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
I chose this rating because while the plot was just fine, the conclusion kinda left me wanting more. Also, I do enjoy this tone of readers voice but the reader seemed to make ALL sentences whispy like each thing no matter how mundane was romantic. I think this tone is good, but not needed for every line.
I probably would have enjoyed the story much more if the person narrating "Cassy's" part was someone else. This person has a very strange affectation in her enunciation of words that is mechanical and depressing. It was so odd and distracting I found myself loosing track of the story line
The author's story was ruined by the reader...i have never had a hard time listening to a book before...I listen to at least 2 books a month. The narator for the older grandmother was fine. It was the younger reader that almost made me not finish the book.
I've not read anything by her prior to this. Seemed it would be engaging, interesting mystery set in bucolic, southern setting. Story was kind of thin, seemed to drag on, and was sort of depressing. Wasn't helped by Ms. Toren's monotone delivery.
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