After the divorce, Angie moved back to her hometown and rejoined her loud, loving, slightly crazy family. In West End, a place where life rises and falls in time with the tides, she will find the man who once again will open her heart to love . . . and meet the girl who will change Angie's life.
Lauren Ribido lives in a rundown apartment in a bad part of town with a mother who cares more about her next drink than about her daughter. At 17, Lauren knows that her aspirations in life may never come to pass.
From the moment they meet, Angie sees something special in Lauren. They form a quick connection, this woman who is desperate for a daughter and the girl who has never known a mother's love. When Lauren is abandoned by her mother, Angie doesn't hesitate to offer the girl a place to stay.
But nothing could have prepared Angie for the far-reaching repercussions of this act of kindness. In a dramatic turn of events, she and Lauren will be tested in a way that mothers and daughters seldom are. Together they will embark on an intensely moving, deeply emotional journey to the very heart of what it means to be a family.
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I have over 250 downloads in my Library and this is by far the best one. Able voice performer Susan Ericksen delivers a fine performance as she articulates the hopes and dreams of two women, one a 38-year-old who appears to have lost everything, the other a young unwed mother-to-be who never had anything.
I could not put this audiobook down. The characters felt so real. The story line was believable and interesting. I don't know how the author did it, but I felt the pain of Angie & Lauren, could smell the food of the restaraunt, very heartfelt and touching. All around well-developed characters. Sometimes decisions we make are out of emotion and not necessarily the right thing. This book shows the realistic side of emotions and bad choices we might make. So many facets to this story. It's not your typical book that you can guess how it ends! Just make sure you listen with a box of tissues.
Enjoyed the story very much....no complaints at all. I am usually bad at predicting how things will end, but was able to figure this one out midway through. However, it did not change my enjoyment of the story.
I love Kristin Hannah's writing style, and the combination of that and the good narration kept me going in this book. There were a lot of genuine emotions in it that I could relate to and I cried a couple of times. However, I could sooooooooo predict the way the story was going, and some parts dragged on forever, to the extent of being repetitive. Still worth reading if you like a book that will make you sad then lift you up gradually! And again, writing style and narration were great
Great story, great characters, great narration..,horrible ending. I felt let down at the completion of the audiobook. Not Audibles fault, however what was the author thinking of? After listening to fourteen hours I expected more substance from the ending...much too shallow for me!
No, Susan Ericksen is my favorite audiio book performer.
My favorite character was Angie because she seemed the most like me. She was loving and caring but, a little neurotic too.
She is just an amazing reader. She has a way of changing her voice just a little between characters so you can tell the difference.
Absolutely but, it was too long for that. Perfect!!
I disagree with the other reviews that said that the book was predictable. I found surprises around every corner in this book.
Oh Yes! The story goes through so many emotions and ends the way I expected, but it is a truly wonderful book. A true love story, family love story.
My favorite part was when the husband comes back and how he embraces Lauren.
Yes, I would absolutely recommend this to a friend. It is a great feel good read that keeps the reader captivated throughout. It is a beautiful story about the meaning of love and family.
That is hard to answer because there were so many characters that I related to and each had their own very valuable place in the story. I could understand the intent and motivation of each character with each decision whether I agreed with the decision or not.
The performance was fantastic and I think she did a wonderful job of expressive reading, differentiating each character beautifully.
No, sometimes things happen in books that leave me captivated and wanting to read more, but also needing to digest and process the information. There were times when I wanted to walk away and process the events.
This was one of those books I was sad when it ended. I felt so intertwined with the characters that it felt like I was walking away from friends. The main character Angie was on a journey parallel to other characters but it was exciting to see her through that.
This book was amazing! It was an easy listen, the narrator was great and I really fell in LOVE with all of the characters. In fact? I miss them now!
I thouroughly enjoyed this book. I thought the story was great. It kept me engaged the entire time. The only complaint I have is one that I have with all of Hannah's books...it takes to long to get to the point. She always puts way too much backstory into her books and then when the climax finally comes...boom...it's over. With this one it seemd to take forever for Angie and Lauren to finally get to their relationship.
Same thing with Conlan and Angie's relationship. But their's was worth the wait. It was beautiful.
I've become a fan of Kristin Hannah's.
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