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The Quaker Café Audiobook

The Quaker Café

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Publisher's Summary

When Liz Hoole, a free-spirited liberal from the Midwest, marries into a conservative Quaker family, she knows that raising children in compliance with Quaker values will be challenging. Twenty-five years later, she still feels like she's falling short of expectations. Fortunately, her faith and her friends in the small, rural North Carolina town of Cedar Branch keep her strong.

After her best friend's politically powerful father dies, Liz stumbles upon secrets from the past that threaten to unravel the current harmony in Cedar Branch, a town with a history of racial tension. As she researches more and eavesdrops on gossip at the Quaker Café, where everyone meets each morning, Liz soon discovers the truth about an injustice that she cannot reveal to anyone - not even her husband.

Surrounded by a cast of richly drawn Southern characters, Liz learns that even good people can make bad choices. Now, she must decide whether she has the strength to bring a past wrong to light, despite the consequences.

This is a new release of a previously published edition.

©2014 Brenda Bevan Remmes (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Sara 11-25-15
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    "Misses The Mark For Me"

    I could not connect or relate to this story or the characters depicted. I know numerous Quakers and have attended meeting for worship as a guest many times. I have never encountered people like the ones in this book. The story seemed overly contrived and limited in depth and understanding. One dimensional with narration that at times was difficult to follow.

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Belinda Lisarow, Australia 08-15-15
    Belinda Lisarow, Australia 08-15-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Built up to go nowhere"

    I liked the basic premise of the book but didn't like how it ended; the main "situation" of the story didn't resolve for me, for others it may.
    The narration became confusing at times with the wrong "voice" being used for characters when multiple people where in a conversation. I wanted to be left wanting more...
    but wasn't.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Wausau, WI, United States 09-27-15
    Ruth Wausau, WI, United States 09-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    What did you like best about The Quaker Café? What did you like least?

    The narrator


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing stands out as memorable


    Do you think The Quaker Café needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I felt like I was listening to a children's book at first. Very basic non engaging story line.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan's Mom Sacramento, Ca 12-20-15
    Ryan's Mom Sacramento, Ca 12-20-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable read"

    Please have your narrators learn the correct pronunciation of regional words. Southerners don't pronounce pecans "pee cans". It's p'cahn. Drove me nuts. No pun intended. Otherwise enjoyed the book

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    Kim United States 04-11-15
    Kim United States 04-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Through Laughter and Tears"

    This book is priceless.
    Both entertaining and emotional, the author is able to point out both the differences and similarities of different faiths, families and communities.
    I cried and I laughed...
    I will watch for other works by this author.

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    sharon san diego, california, United States 04-15-15
    sharon san diego, california, United States 04-15-15 Member Since 2016

    love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.

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    "What a Bore! Skip this one!"

    Never heard of this author but thought I would take a chance since the story sounded interesting....what a bore!!! The narration was very monotone too... Would NOT get another either by this author or the narrator.

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    I very much enjoyed this. I did not read reviews or anything that told me what it was about. I only knew it was a small town story. I was surprised by how much depth there was to it. So many stories entertained. Very enjoyable

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    Good story about family members facing truths and forgiveness. Many twists that kept the listener interested. A book I would recommend.

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    Sharon 03-18-15
    Sharon 03-18-15

    Love listening to a wide range of audio - science fiction, chick lit, memoirs,.

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    This is a story about family and community. The narrator does such a good job and the story itself is beautiful and lovely. At one point I was listening to this with tears in my eyes. The religious aspects of this are background, its about friendship and community.

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    Abigail 11-19-16
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    If you liked The Help you will like this. Great characters touching story and beautifully written and narrated.

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    "Repercussions of a clandestine love affair"

    I restarted this book a few times before finally ploughing my way to the end. The storyline is set in a small-time Quaker community, divided by religious and racial differences. A clandestine love affair in the past resulted in an innocent black man being lynched and the repercussions of this have simmered over the years. When Judge Corbett Kendall dies, dark secrets from this event are discovered that threaten to rock the delicate balance of racial harmony.

    Although I found the writing dull and tedious, the storyline did give me an insight into the Quaker way of life and the lasting complexities of religious and racial issues in communities of the South after the abolishment of slavery.

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    "The Quaker Cafe"

    Not sure if it's the narrator but I can't get into this book unfortunately. Finding it rather boring.

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    "Family ties"

    A Quaker community discovers some real truths after one of their own gets Leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant.

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