Twenty years ago, Claire Maloney was the willful, pampered, tomboyish daughter of the town's most respected family, but that didn't stop her from befriending Roan Sullivan, a fierce, motherless boy who lived in a rusted-out trailer amid junked cars. No one in Dunderry, Georgia - least of all Claire's family - could understand the bond between these two mavericks. But Roan and Claire belonged together...until the dark afternoon when violence and terror overtook them, and Roan disappeared from Claire's life.
Now, two decades later, Claire is adrift, and the Maloneys are still hoping the past can be buried under the rich Southern soil. But Roan Sullivan is about to walk back into their lives....
By turns tender and sexy and heartbreaking and exuberant, A Place to Call Home is an enthralling journey between two hearts - and a deliciously original novel from one of the most imaginative and appealing new voices in Southern fiction.
©1997 Deborah Smith as Leigh Bridger (P)2012 BelleBooks, Inc.
Many, many times. The narration was spot on and the story was just too funny and sad at the same time. I loved every minute of it!
I loved the humor. I was raised in GA so I really got a lot of what the writer was talking about and I LOVED how "little Peep" didn't stand for how her family and the town treated a young boy. She stood up for what was right. I was/am a lot like that too. She was a hoot!
How do I pick one. Each scene led to another and was either so funny or so heartbreaking to me. I ached for that young man and cheered Claire all the way to the end.
I got this book on sale, and didn't know the author or the narrator, but I thought thought what the heck. I was blown away by how much I loved both. I laughed and laughed and waited to see what that little rascal would get herself into next and how Claire and Rownie would come out in the end.
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Yes, I would listen again to make sure that I didn't miss anything.
It is a toss up between Claire and Roan. I loved the letters that Roan wrote, I wasn't expecting that, it was sweet after such a quiet boy even though he never sent them. Claire growing up and how she looked after Roan was touching.
I listen to the books at work and while the narration wasn't bad it did take some getting used to in the beginning at parts but not enough to deter me from continuing.
Because I listen at work it usually takes me a couple days to complete certain books. I actually haven't finished this one yet but am so impressed with this book that I wanted to write the review anyway.
I loved in when I read it years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the audio version. It is one of the few books I have kept to read again.
Yes.... GREAT story!
I hope they do make this a movie!
Amazing story line!! Keeps you listening!!
Yes, I would listen to this book again. The story was great, the narrator was great, I just really enjoyed this book.
I haven't really read a book like this, I like that it was in two parts.
Her voices were great, and she puts emotion into the reading.
When they took Roan away.
This is the first book I've listened to by Deborah Smith, and I enjoyed it so much that I bought 2 more.
It took me FOREVER to get into this book. I kept thinking, I'll stick with it, it will get to the point eventually. It did get to the point eventually (about 3/4 of the way through). It was a moving story and might have been more touching if I hadn't been so bored with all of the detailed details (LOL).
She did well with the accents.
This was a wonderful story. Family, social issues, and a wonderful love story. The narrator I came to like. Just needed to become accustomed to the southern accent. This book was on the 2 for 1 list. I really hit the jackpot. It's worth a credit!
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
I really ponder my $4.95 picks and I picked a winner! In the beginning I thought NO!!!!!! The narrator was torturous but I hung in there and I am so glad I did. The story is beautiful, thoughtful, endearing and innocent and I could have listened for hours more, I grew accustomed to the narrator and in the end she was important for this story to be told. I highly recommend!
Contents: A few fade-to-black sex scenes, some swearing, some bloody violence, some sexual violence.
Fairly good audio performance by Kymberly Dakin. Her voice is easy on the ears and most characters sounded tolerably Southern, and distinctly different enough. However, I could hear it whenever Dakin drew a deep breath. Also, the adult Roan sounded too much like his younger self. His adult voice lacked texture, firmness, and depth. Also, Dakin mispronounced "malevolent" twice, and also said "stifled" wrong (in "stifled sob" she said "stiffled sob"). But in general, her narration is solid. Recommended, with caveats.
About 3.5 stars for the story. This is angsty Chick Lit focused on extended family drama in an Irish community in Georgia. Childhood devotion become adult passion, but the developing romance often comes second to grim family drama. Too much family drama. Some scenes are mildly amusing, though, and the scenes after the tornado brought me to tears -- heart wrenching and poignant. This was followed by the requisite happily-ever-after epilogue. I closed the book with a *mostly* satisfied sigh.
The story is told in two parts, spanning 25 years, from about 1968 to 1993. Part one is excellent, but the pace bogs in part two. I grew impatient and almost skipped ahead to the end. Too many family stories about the wealthy Maloney clan. Too much focus on a few secondary characters, like Josh and Matthew. Part two didn't do justice to the excellent groundwork cemented in part one.
It's told in 1st person by the heroine, first as a little girl, then as an adult, with some letters portraying the POV of the hero, first as an adolescent, later as a man.
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