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.
great book. family tale predictable but thoroughly enjoyable! it left me wanting more, to know what Clare and Ronys life tirns out to be.
I absolutely love this story. It is heart wrenching. I laughed and cried throughout the story.
Great storyline, well developed characters and addicting. Kymberly dakin did a great job with the narration. I felt every emotion.
I highly recommend this book and narrator.
Ms smith has become one of my favorite authors.
Enjoyed the story telling and weaving with all the minute details, which brought this story to life and made each character known, just as if you were a part of the family yourself.
Paradise coming-of-age story. Struggled with the accents that the narrator used throughout the story. I live in the south and many of these accents we're just too much.
A little long in places and thoroughly predictable but a great listen. The author's use of colloquial language creates a sense of being there and the strong close and extended family ties in the rural South give a ring of authenticity to the story.
The romanticism of a young girl standing up for someone "just 'cause it's the right thing to do." I liked the full-circle happy ending.
A gritty emotion to her voice at times that was quite poignant.
No. I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. I listened over a two week period for a couple of hours a day, giving myself time to think about the characters and what they were experiencing before listening on.
I understand that Roan's father was the "bad guy" in this story but I think the story would have been just a bit more valuable if, after 20 years, there had been some enlightening information revealed about why he did some of the things he did...he went from being a war hero to abusing his son and attempting to rape a little girl and that didn't sit well with me. I felt his character should have been rounded out a little bit more so that Roan's perspective could have grown along with Matthew's (and the rest of the town's).
I love love stories. I love mysteries. And I love history. This novel combined everything I want in a novel. As soon as I heard that it was finished, I gave this quick review and started the novel again. I need to memorize every word.
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You know you have a great story AND a great narrator (after all this is an audiobook), when you are hooked by the first paragraph. This is a book that satisfies on both accounts. Like I daresay Davina Porter (that Goddess of narrators) and Diana Gabaldon (All Hail). For a person who grew up in Southern Louisiana in the country parishes and NOLA knowing backstories or histories about persons or families is a plus. It what we as Southerners do. LOVED IT. I am very picky about my narrators, especially if they are supposed to be a from the South or Louisiana. Also if that narrator actually keeps me interested in the story. This narrator 's accent and performance is wonderful. I buy a lot of audiobooks and return a lot of of books because I don't like either the story or delivery. This is a keeper. I am going to look at her backlist and buy another. I have not not even a finished listening to this book and I am writing this.
I honestly don't remember where I saw the recommendation from, but I am SO glad I bought this. I have been.looking for Good audiobooks set in the pics South, whether a myster, fiction, urban planning fantasy, or romance and have eitjert read or write listened to more popular ones. You know a book is not funny when you are getting funny looks while running errands because you are launghing. Dirk Devlin LOL!!! I will update when finished.
I DID NOT THINK I WOULD LIKE THIS BOOK BUT IT WAS FANTASTIC. I DON'T LIKE THAT THEY FORCE YOU TO WRITE 20 WORDS THAT IS WHY I DON'T REVIEW.
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