Julianne Westcott was living the kind of life that other Protestant girls in prewar Liverpool could only dream about: old money, silk ball gowns, and prominent young men lining up to escort her. But when she learns of a blind-and-deaf brother, institutionalized since birth, the illusion of her perfect life and family shatters around her.
While visiting her brother in secret, Julianne meets and befriends Kyle McCarthy, an Irish Catholic groundskeeper studying to become a priest. Caught between her family's expectations, Kyle's devotion to the Church, and the intense new feelings that the forbidden courtship has awakened in her, Julianne must make a choice: uphold the life she's always known or follow the difficult path toward love.
But as war ripples through the world and the Blitz decimates England, a tragic accident forces Julianne to leave everything behind and forge a new life built on lies she's told to protect the ones she loves. Now, after 20 years of hiding from her past, the truth finds her - will she be brave enough to face it?
©2016 Camille Di Maio. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I loved this story. It has everything g a good love story needs. Fate, ambition, persistence and undeniable love! Kyle is every woman's dream minus the priesthood! I liked that it ended with her at the confessional and reuniting. Great job on the accents and characters...I saw them in my minds eye!
Totally recommend. It's a love-hate feeling. Beautifully written, and written in such a way that I finished this book in a day. First time listening, so mysterious and had to know wtf was going on. I have now listened 5 times, and still absolutely love it. However, I keep going through the "why couldn't it have been perfect?" Probably wouldn't have been as addicting if it was a perfect love story.
Young Julianne... and Kyle. Although, as much as it pains to hear "sad, broken" Julianne, she did a great job conveying the change.
I pretty much did. Maybe 2 sittings, but the majority was in 1.
I'm not religious, but the Latin and ritual of Catholicism was such an interesting layer.
I liked the story and narration.
I don't usually read books like this one, which would make an excellent Hallmark or Lifetime movie, but found it an enjoyable change.
Give it a try!
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