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Where We Belong | [Emily Giffin]

Where We Belong

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Pamela edina, MN, United States 08-21-12
    Pamela edina, MN, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "quite enjoyable!"

    Love Emily Giffin's books! I wish she could crank out more then one every few years!
    Her characters are so real and believable - and her subject matters are real as well. Yes - it's pretty much "chick -lit" but - that doesn't bother me (since I'm a "chick"). The narrator was awesome as well!! I will admit - that when I saw what the book was about (the subject matter - about - giving up a child for adoption) - I was slightly hesitant as to if I was going to like the book/story very much. But I got sucked in immediately! I also like that the author brings back old characters from her other novels. Great book to get lost in!!!!

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    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 08-21-12
    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2015

    I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...

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    "Emotional Roller-coaster Ride"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Where We Belong to be better than the print version?

    Orlagh Cassidy demonstrated a great performance for the audio version of Where We Belong. In it, she was able to bring EG's characters to life, expressing the complicated lessons we learn as we grow up. I felt a lot of compassion for these characters, understanding the various emotions that each experienced within this "coming of age" story. The agonizing decisions that this young teenage girl encounters when faced with a very grown up situation, and then the consequences everyone in her life is subjected to because of the choices she made.The strength and devotion of family ties, as each member comes to terms with the complicated relationships between its members is compelling.I couldn't put this book down, and was saddened when I came to the conclusion. I would have ended the book differently than Emily...but then again, she is the best selling author!
    Download it today! It is definitely worth the credit!


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    Hugh United States 08-20-12
    Hugh United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Laugh,cry, Griffin Brings it All!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Where We Belong to be better than the print version?

    Audio has advantage of Cassidy. She can certainly bring all the characters to life. Much better than the print version can.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sensitivity and sadness that Marian experiences is written so beautifully by Griffin


    What about Orlagh Cassidy’s performance did you like?

    Ability to exhibit true emotion in her voice portrayals.


    Who was the most memorable character of Where We Belong and why?

    Marian's Dad. The description of his physical features and longing for his granddaughter, while still showing the love for his own daughter were remarkable. He also exemplifies the balance needed in the family, especially counteracting his spouse's, sometimes, thoughtless remarks.


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    Caroline 08-20-12
    Caroline 08-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Lived up to hype; finished it in 2 days"
    What did you love best about Where We Belong?

    The awesome story and it's complex relationships...


    What other book might you compare Where We Belong to and why?

    My Sisters keeper


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she meets her biological dad.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    They must make a movie! I'd watch it!

    Sometimes we search our whole lives for where we should be only to find we are right where we belong...


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    tina Newton, NC, United States 08-20-12
    tina Newton, NC, United States 08-20-12
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    "Loved this book! !"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Where We Belong to be better than the print version?

    I travel and have found audio versions to be the perfect choice for me


    Have you listened to any of Orlagh Cassidy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time for her
    but really enjoyed


    If you could take any character from Where We Belong out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Probably Kirby's father...he sounds like such the good guy


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for next book.....

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    P. Merten West Chester, PA 08-13-12
    P. Merten West Chester, PA 08-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Where We Belong the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the narrator. She was expressive and changed voices just enough to know when different characters were speaking. She was consistent throughout the whole story. This was a perfect "chick lit" book for me while I was on long training walks!


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    Heather 08-10-12
    Heather 08-10-12
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    Any additional comments?

    Good story. I'm a fan of most of Emily Giffin's books and this one didn't disappoint. I thought the narrator did a great job. I flew through this book.

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    Tina Fleetwood 08-30-12

    Wife to one, mom to six, lifelong lover of books.

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    "Just not my genre"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think someone who enjoys watching Lifetime movies would like this one.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I just downloaded January First a memoir about a father and a daughter.


    What does Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She makes the story more realistic for me.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Honestly, I didn't finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you, Audible, for your new return policy!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bridgette United States 08-03-12
    Bridgette United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Kirby's smug attitude and voice almost killed this audio book for me.


    Was Where We Belong worth the listening time?

    I don't say this often, but I would have preferred reading the book. The audio version left me irritated.


    Any additional comments?

    With other Emily Giffin books I have been excited to recommend them to friends to read. However, this book left me feeling empty, wanting more. Without spoiling the book for others I'll just say that this book did not end wrapped up with a pretty little bow, or with the clue/hint of a second book. Not cool!

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    Nicola APO AP 07-28-12
    Nicola APO AP 07-28-12 Member Since 2014

    Steve

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    Lost a star for the worst ending....... Seriously? Conrad and Marian didn't even kiss or sleep together nor did we get any real closure with Marian and Peter. You've got to be kidding me. Up until the ending, I thought it was the best book I've read this year or maybe in the last 2 years.

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