In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.
Amazing storytelling with a perfect synergy between the text and narration. I've always felt a deep resonance with stories set in Europe around WWI - WWII. So as soon as I saw this listing, with alternating chapters using both world wars as backdrops, I put it on my wish list. For some reason I waited months to purchase it. Perhaps I was afraid my expectations were too high. Well I finally purchased it and was immediately spellbound. Everything about this book exceeded my expectations and left me searching for more information about the real-life spies in the the Alice Network.
Vermont, 1950. There's a place for the girls whom no one wants - the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It's called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it's located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming - until one of them mysteriously disappears.... Vermont, 2014. As much as she's tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister's death.
Hits all the feels .... St. James has a special gift for writing creepy page-turners that still manage to deliver a spiritual, uplifting and enlightened view of ghost stories. I write haunted fiction and volunteer as a ghost tour guide for our local museum. Simone St. Clair is my personal hero & role model.
The only disappointment I experienced with Broken Girls was coming to the end and realizing it's going to be another long wait for her next book.
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Winner of the 2014 Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller competition. Abandoned on a bank of snow as a baby, Amy is taken in at nearby Hatville Court. But the masters and servants of the grand estate prove cold and unwelcoming. Amy's only friend and ally is the sparkling young heiress Aurelia Vennaway. So when Aurelia tragically dies young, Amy is devastated. But Aurelia leaves Amy one last gift. A bundle of letters with a coded key. A treasure hunt that only Amy can follow. A life-changing discovery awaits ... if only she can unlock the secret.
Abandoned orphans, evil aristocrats & a treasure hunt through the early Victorian era...this audio book was absolutely dazzling. I could not stop listening. The author has done an exceptional job of balancing the story of Amy Snow's thrilling, mysterious quest with the back story of her heartbreaking childhood. This is exactly the sort of story I'm always looking for, yet rarely find. All of the characters are rich and wonderful, but I must confess that I loved the irascible Mrs. R (with her pictures of moths and men) the best. If I had one small criticism, it would be that the sound editing was a bit rough in places, obviously cutting off the end of a word. But this in no way interfered with my rapt pleasure as the story unfolded.
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When Maxon met Sunny, he was seven years, four months, and 18 days old. Or, he was 2693 rotations of the Earth old. Maxon was different. Sunny was different. They were different together. Now, 20 years later, they are married, and Sunny wants, more than anything, to be “normal”. She’s got the housewife thing down perfectly, but Maxon, a genius engineer, is on a NASA mission to the moon, programming robots for a new colony. Once they were two outcasts who found unlikely love in each other. But now they’re parents to an autistic son. And Sunny is pregnant again. And her mother is dying in the hospital.
I'm a voracious reader, not normally a big fan of audio books. My attention tends to wander easily. I can't sing along, so the radio beckons.
When I first saw the amazing reviews for this novel, I downloaded the sample text pages to my Kindle. Truth is, although I really wanted to like it, I just didn't feel compelled to keep reading. There's so many fantastic novels out there competing for my attention, more books than I could possibly read in my lifetime, so I gave up on this one...much too prematurely, as it turns out.
Two things happened: (1) my commute to work suddenly increased substantially with many of my favorite radio stations out of range for part of the trip, & (2) I learned that one of my most favoritest authors in the whole world performed the audio version of the novel and she posted a link to listen to the first chapter.
Wow! What a difference! Most of the subtle tones and nuances that I missed when reading the first pages suddenly came alive. What was going on with this slightly Stepford Sonny person? I had to know more...immediately! So I signed up for membership and used my first credit on Shine, Shine, Shine. This audio book took me prisoner and wouldn't release me until I learned the fate of the whole crazy, bizarre, dysfunctional-in-a-good-way family of misfits. Not only did I listen on my commute, I spent a few evenings with my earbuds plugged into the Kindle, totally ignoring all my favorite TV shows (much to the joy of my fiancé who got to watch the science shows that I normally hate and refuse to watch).
Speaking of which, this book is better than relationship therapy if you are a woman lucky enough to be coupled with a partner who resembles Maxon more than Mr. Darcy.
Highly, highly, highly recommended. Now I'm going to have to go back and purchase the actual novel.
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