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A Place to Call Home | [Deborah Smith]

A Place to Call Home

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Donna Lenoir, NC, United States 09-26-14
    Donna Lenoir, NC, United States 09-26-14 Member Since 2012

    Reading is my greatest pleasure and I read for entertainment. Mystery, suspense and romance are my picks.

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    I laughed and cried more than once while I was listening to this book. As a southerner, the family descriptions and relationships are crucial as only one who lives in the south could truly appreciate and they were great. I had to laugh out loud at young Claire's words and actions and the whole story just kept me enthralled. I know people wondered why I was sitting in my car when I got to work-I just couldn't turn it off and come inside! This was my first Deborah Smith book and I can't wait for my next credits to read some more of her books. Such a wonderful story and although it wasn't a thriller or murder mystery, the way the plot played out in the 2 parts-young Claire and adult Claire-kept me reading.

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    Judith Henderson, NV, United States 09-14-14
    Judith Henderson, NV, United States 09-14-14 Member Since 2012

    Retired and living in Las Vegas

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    "A Surprise Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Place to Call Home to be better than the print version?

    I never read the book but listening to it was a joy.The narrator was great.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part of the story was the family.


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

    Not that I am aware of.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I enjoyed the whole book and the emotion it portrayed.


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    impatti 09-13-14
    impatti 09-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "just wow!!!"
    Where does A Place to Call Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 10 easy


    What did you like best about this story?

    the whole thing


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

    yes


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    i loved this story...good things come to those who need them most!

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    jacob WETUMPKA, ALABAMA, United States 09-05-14
    jacob WETUMPKA, ALABAMA, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    This was a very well written book FULL of details that became part of a very big, and touching story. Liked it!

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 09-04-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 09-04-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    Just finished "A Place to Call Home" . . . I wish I could give it TEN STARS . . . It's billed as a romance novel, but I beg to differ. I don't buy romance novels. But I bought this audio book. It IS a story of love, one that began in childhood, with a depth of compassion, bravery and loyalty that many adults could learn from. Deborah Smith is an excellent writer, capturing the essence of small town life in the south perfectly, the love of family, the "charity" for the "less fortunate", the turning of a "blind eye", the scenic back roads, and the "other side of the tracks". She puts a face on those that the "nice" people often choose to overlook. I find this most refreshing, having grown up as the daughter of an alcoholic and having Sunday School teachers who never spoke of it or acknowledged it. There is a reason that Jesus says we must come to Him as little children. I think that's the most striking thing throughout this book. Roan and Claire, damaged and hurt, kept the untarnished, unquestioned love for one another that began in childhood. When family failed, community failed, and even when they failed themselves, faith did not fail. This is by no means a religious book. But it's a clean book, it's a redemptive story. It brings people and their failings full circle.

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    Cindie Woodstock, Ga, United States 07-29-14
    Cindie Woodstock, Ga, United States 07-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "AWESOMELY Funny and totally Unexpected Delight!"
    Would you listen to A Place to Call Home again? Why?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book!

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    Linda 02-23-13
    Linda 02-23-13
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    "Wow. First time for this author."
    Would you listen to A Place to Call Home again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again to make sure that I didn't miss anything.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    denise Iowa Falls, IA, United States 01-13-13
    denise Iowa Falls, IA, United States 01-13-13
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    "Still My Favorite"

    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.

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    Karen CARNEY, MICHIGAN, United States 11-29-12
    Karen CARNEY, MICHIGAN, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "One of my top 5 favorite books!"
    Would you listen to A Place to Call Home again? Why?

    Yes.... GREAT story!


    What about Kymberly Dakin’s performance did you like?

    Great job!!


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

    I hope they do make this a movie!


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing story line!! Keeps you listening!!

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    Kathleen M Stewart Pipersville, PA 08-22-12
    Kathleen M Stewart Pipersville, PA 08-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this book!"
    Would you listen to A Place to Call Home again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to this book again. The story was great, the narrator was great, I just really enjoyed this book.


    What other book might you compare A Place to Call Home to and why?

    I haven't really read a book like this, I like that it was in two parts.


    What about Kymberly Dakin’s performance did you like?

    Her voices were great, and she puts emotion into the reading.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they took Roan away.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book I've listened to by Deborah Smith, and I enjoyed it so much that I bought 2 more.

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