The author of five blockbuster novels, Emily Giffin delivers an unforgettable story of two women, the families that make them who they are, and the longing, loyalty, and love that binds them together.
Marian Caldwell is a 36-year-old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door ... only to find Kirby Rose, an 18-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world - and her very identity - will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.
For the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves - a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.
©2012 Emily Giffin (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
This book is exactly what I expected it to be, a nicely written story that had a happy ending. It was predictable, no real surprises and a nice story line that is nicely written. I would recommend this book but I wouldn't say it is a "must read/listen." You aren't really missing anything if you don't get it, but you will enjoy it if you do.
I always enjoy Orlagh Cassidy. The story was charming and I found myself liking both primary characters, the young girl and the woman who gave her up for adoption 18 years earlier. Unfortunately, about half-way through I found I could predict the ending and the author did not surprise.
I have enjoyed other Giffen books more.
Yes. Cassidy does a good job switching between the two primary characters. The teen girl's voice may have been a bit too "girly," but I was not bothered by it.
Other than getting my laundry done while I listened? No...I am not sure adoption stories ever wrap up that neatly.
I loved how it was realistic !
To me it is the scene where Kirby is playing her music in her fathers pub!
Kirby, very deep and multidimentional!
I really enjoyed this book and it did not turn out anything like i thought it would, which is good I guess. love a good plot twist. I dont find this to be one of my all time favorites, but that is because I am ranking it not because i don't like it. I will definitely recommend this book
When I hear the narrators voice, that is the determination of whether i read or listen to the book. this narrator is wonderful and helps capture all the characters.
This is a good book, with all the elements to keep you interested and involved.
This story was so well written, I found myself listening everywhere-at work, in the car, at the grocery store...I could not put it down! I have read all of EG's books and this is by far my favorite.
I loved feeling the emotion and the evolving relationships between all of the characters. I was interesting how my emotion could change so quickly depending on which character was prominent in the moment. Oh and I fell in love with Phillip. He was just too dang cute.
I wanted to LOVE this book. As an avid Giffin fan I was ready to devour this one up. But unfortunately it was a big let down. A lot of build-up for a sub par ending. I love the idea of the story just not the execution.
I think the audio version adds a certain dynamic to the story.
I have read almost everything she has written, so I'd definitely try another one.
She definitely gets Kirby's sarcastic attitude spot-on.
It would be hard to choose. There are so many characters with so much to offer.
Listen on people!
Just downloaded Part 2. Went through Part 1 fairly quick. Good storyline and keeps you wanting to listen! Well worth a credit.
I have been a fan of hers, Emily Giffin. This book was a bit different. I liked the two different perspectives between the kid and the mom. I will say that the ending just left me for more, maybe another book? Hmmmm
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