Olivia Dunne, a studious minister's daughter who dreams of being an archaeologist, never thought that the drama of World War II would affect her quiet life in Denver. An exhilarating flirtation reshapes her life, though, and she finds herself banished to a rural Colorado outpost, married to a man she hardly knows. Overwhelmed by loneliness, Olivia tentatively tries to establish a new life, finding much-needed friendship and solace in two Japanese American sisters who are living at a nearby internment camp. When Olivia unwittingly becomes an accomplice to a crime and is faced with betrayal, she finally confronts her own desires.
Beautifully written and filled with memorable characters, Ann Howard Creel's novel is a powerful exploration of the nature of trust and love.
©2001 Ann Howard Creel (P)2016 Tantor
A lovely romantic story. There is one glaring problem, however. Livey, the main character, is rather unsympathetic ( for me, at least ) and her abrupt change of character and feelings toward Ray is changes the story's dynamic. Yes, I wanted her to appreciate his kindness, but there is no explanation or revelation on how she comes to change her attitude. The lovely narration by Justine Eyre was PERFECT for the story.
The story is interesting, absorbing, and quite good. However, the narration was so poor that it detracted from the story and the listening experience. I almost quit listening at the beginning because I found the narrator's voice and inflection so very annoying and had an initial thought of 'you've got to be kidding me!'. I kept on because of the excellent story line. I would recommend the printed version of this book over the audio version.
I watched the movie based on this book years ago and snatched up the book as soon as Amazon could get it to me. I have read it several times over, as it is a very easy read. The listen may be just as easy. I did not care for the narrator at first, especially her 'Ray' voice, but I noted about halfway through that I no longer noticed
A DIFFERENT NARRATOR! What a horrible nasal-y voice this narrator has! I admit that I listened to the preview and was not happy with the voice, but I thought I would give the book a chance anyway. I love the Hallmark Movie of the same title. Looked forward to hearing this....but cannot stand it. I will return it.
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