From the author of The Personal History of Rachel Dupree, shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers and longlisted for the Orange Prize.
1900. Young pianist Catherine Wainwright flees the fashionable town of Dayton, Ohio in the wake of a terrible scandal. Heartbroken and facing destitution, she finds herself striking up correspondence with a childhood admirer, the recently widowed Oscar Williams. In desperation she agrees to marry him, but when Catherine travels to Oscar's farm on Galveston Island, Texas—a thousand miles from home—she finds she is little prepared for the life that awaits her. The island is remote, the weather sweltering, and Oscar's little boy Andre is grieving hard for his lost mother. And though Oscar tries to please his new wife, the secrets of the past sit uncomfortably between them.
Meanwhile for Nan Ogden, Oscar’s housekeeper, Catherine’s sudden arrival has come as a great shock. For not only did she promise Oscar’s first wife that she would be the one to take care of little Andre, but she has feelings for Oscar which she is struggling to suppress. And when the worst storm in a generation descends, the women will find themselves tested as never before.
©2013, 2014 Ann Weisgarber (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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Yes I would. I really enjoyed the character portrayal. The development of the marriage and the unfolding of the trust, love and committment between Catherine and Oscar
I liked the two main characters Catherine and Nan. My favorite was Catherine. She started off so pretentious through social breeding. As she came "down" in her lot in life to marry beneath her, I truly enjoyed how she managed this with such credibility. She was judged harshly in Nan's eyes because she never really took to the "expected" role of a dairy farmer's wife. She slept in, contributed minimally to the running of the household. But none the less, she fell in love and became a mother, and eventually she earned Nan's compassion and respect.
I really enjoyed how Catherine and Oscar's love unfolded. He was so patient with her. I liked him so much more when Catherine discovered the letter.
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This is a wonderful, historical narrative suitable for readers who enjoy character-driven stories. The disriptions of time and place, 1900 in Galveston, Texas, are beautifully and vividly written.
This is a sweet, sad, but realistically told story. I appreciated that the ending was right even if it wasn't nessecarily a happy one.
The narration is excellent, although the reader did seem to use one voice for all of the adult male characters. She did an excellent job of voicing the (2) female narrators, Katherine and Nan.
I thought the narration was wonderful. Incredibly gripping in a story that involved many accents and characters.
As for the story. OK, I understand that the 1900 hurricane was an historical event worthy of its own book. However, I'm not sure that a character driven novel was the best way to execute such a book.
SPOILER ALERT: It felt like she had just gotten the story really flowing when she killed off two very important characters and then the book just ended. It almost feels like she got frustrated with the story half-way through and just decided to use the hurricane as a dramatic ending. I kept looking at my phone because I couldn't really believe that the story had just ended. For me, it was almost too abrupt to even be poignant. Maybe this book is just a build-up for a sequel, where Andre and Nan will be the central characters. Maybe. I'd so, I'll probably read/listen to it, but with a healthy level of distrust.
I normally listen to fantasy or sci fi novels. This is story that really drew me in. Many books do not hold my attention and I don't finish them. Not this one; I really wanted to know how things worked out for the main character. The author also did a great job transporting you to this place and time. Unlike many modern novels, there is general background whisper of old-fashioned moralistic message that percolates and boils up occasionally.
There is a lot of repetition some times, with the characters thinking the same thoughts over and over again, which I suppose people do in a real life. I confess getting a bit annoyed once or twice, but overall I'm glad I stuck with it. I thought this was a very memorable book that you will not regret or forget.
I enjoyed the book very much. The narrator did a great job. once I started listening, I wanted to stay with it to completion.
Exceptional, Riveting, Entertaining, great read, enough pain and sadness but perseverance is the only alternative.
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I would recommend for anyone that is interested in romance and a bit of history
Such a beautiful story of love and forgiveness. I loved the history and the storytelling of this book. I thought about this book for days after I had listened to it. I will read this again.
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