Dear Anna, What I have to tell you is difficult to write, but I know it will be far more difficult for you to hear, and I'm so sorry.
The unfinished letter is the only clue Tara and Emerson have to the reason behind their close friend Noelle's suicide. Everything they knew about Noelle - her calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family - described a woman who embraced life. Yet there was so much they didn't know.
With the discovery of the letter and its heartbreaking secret, Noelle's friends begin to uncover the truth about this complex woman who touched each of their lives - and the life of a desperate stranger - with love and betrayal, compassion and deceit.
©2011 Diane Chamberlain (P)2013 Tantor
This was my first Diane Chamberlain book and I am adding all the rest of hers to my Wish List or Shopping Cart. This story was so good and had me craving the next chapter from the very start. Each of the 60+ chapters left me wanting to go ahead and listen to the next. Such an awesome story.
The narrator for Noelle had the worst lilt to her voice so every sentence ended in the same tone- very annoying. Everyone else was ok.
Though I have read a few of Chamberlain’s other books, this is the first audiobook of hers that I have listened to and I love it! It’s a completely absorbing story and one that makes me sneak in listening to it at every opportunity - not just in the car like I usually do. It’s an engrossing plot with characters that it is impossible not to sympathize with. It reels you in from the very first chapter. With a variety of narrators (five in all), the performers do a wonderful job of using their voices to bring these characters to life. The plot - full of secrets, twists and turns - contains some expected paths and some surprises, too.
This family drama reminds me a bit of a Lifetime movie in some ways as the sheer amount of drama continues to amplify throughout the entire book. And with Chamberlain’s penchant for cliffhangers, the book is hard to turn away from. The story ranges through time and each character feels distinct, but still so relatable - even through some terrible choices. In some ways, Chamberlain’s books remind me of Jodi Picoult’s - though without the set formula. Chamberlain is very talented and I look forward to reading - and listening - to more of her work!
The narrators were very good.... Enjoyed the different voices to convey various emotional locations of the characters.
Everytime I thought I had the plot in hand, a new and surprising detail made it's appearance. This book had me pertetually wondering: What will the next surprise be?
The narrator did the best she could with the material, although she did mispronounce midwifery....by using a long i
Inflection and feeling that might not have otherwise been possible
sort of--the story felt a bit contrived to me and some of the medical aspects were questionable to me as a nurse
I enjoyed the story, the characters, plot and the twist. I got lost in it and listened to the whole story twice. I enjoyed it both times. I recommend this book. it's a bit slow at the beginning but quickly pick up and the chracter voices may throw u off a bit but overall a good story.
While not the most thought provoking or groundbreaking book, the story does suck you in and is entertaining. I found some of the narrators a bit irritating, but was able to get over it and enjoy the story for what it is-chic fiction.
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