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Debra Fein

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  • The Storyteller's Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Sejal Badani
  • Narrated by: Siiri Scott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852

Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi - her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant - who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Roots India style

  • By kyle schmidt on 09-06-18

Truly Hearwarming

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I loved this book and couldn't put it down. It shows how one generation may not understand the other. Sometimes, a bystander needS to tell us a story. In so doing, people sometimes gain greater appreciation for what they have.

  • Claiming Felicity

  • Ace Security, Book 4
  • By: Susan Stoker
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

Former mercenary Ryder Sinclair's stunning discovery that he has three half brothers in Castle Rock, Colorado, is giving them all the chance to color in the spaces of their tragic pasts. For Ryder, establishing roots is made all the more desirable by Felicity Jones. But if Ryder's instincts are correct, this breathtaking beauty is in trouble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner by a one-click author

  • By Gina on 03-02-18

Enjoyable as they are

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-18

All these books follow a formula. Gorgeous guy, attraction. Woman has someone stalked by or otherwise t threatening her, lots of sex, and resolution.

  • Trail of Broken Wings

  • By: Sejal Badani
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,033

When her father falls into a coma, Indian American photographer Sonya reluctantly returns to the family she'd fled years before. Since she left home, Sonya has lived on the run, free of any ties, while her soft-spoken sister, Trisha, has created a perfect suburban life, and her ambitious sister, Marin, has built her own successful career. But as these women come together, their various methods of coping with a terrifying history can no longer hold their memories at bay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a powerful story!

  • By gitty on 09-27-15

Beautiful Story Amidst Heartbreak

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Indian culture , universal themes. Coming of age. Three sisters each affected by either physical or sexual abuse. How they and their mother need to heal.

  • Kissing Games of the World

  • By: Sandi Kahn Shelton
  • Narrated by: Myra Platt
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

What if the one person you can't bear to be with is also the one person you can't bear to be without? Jamie McClintock is a free-spirited artist and single mother who has at last found peace and freedom sharing a farmhouse with an elderly man and his young grandson. But when the old man dies suddenly her idyllic country life comes to a halt as the old man's estranged son, Nate, returns to claim the house and his child.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Writer, Great Narrator ! Loved it!

  • By Ms. Critic on 05-30-09

A fun read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-18

This is a lovely light book for those times that you don't want to get into anything too heavy.

  • The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness

  • By: Maddie Dawson
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

Newly orphaned, recently divorced, and semiadrift, Nina Popkin is on a search for her birth mother. She's spent her life looking into strangers' faces, fantasizing they're related to her, and now, at thirty-five, she's ready for answers. Meanwhile, the last thing Lindy McIntyre wants is someone like Nina bursting into her life, announcing that they're sisters and campaigning to track down their mother. She's too busy with her successful salon, three children, beautiful home, and...oh yes, some pesky little anxiety attacks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Will look for more from this author.

  • By shair on 12-11-18

Fully Human

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-18

A satisfying read about expanding ones definition of family. What it means to begin a family both by birth and circumstance.

  • Sparrow Migrations

  • By: Cari Noga
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

An airplane plunges into an icy river and the world witnesses the dramatic rescue. Then, life after the Miracle on the Hudson landing puts three families on another crash course...with their own fragile humanity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • so far...<br />

  • By Kat on 06-21-16

Sparrow

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-18

Excellent title for a book that has to do with flight in many ways. At the center is Robby, an autistic savant who's interested in birds. Along with his long suffering parents, the book focuses on two other families. One is a married couple with infertility issues. The other family has to do with a mother who questions her sexuality. All have something to do with a plane that crashed into the Hudson River. As beautifully written as her own y her novel, Orphan Daughter. I look forward to reading of y her books by Cari Noga.

  • The Orphan Daughter

  • By: Cari Noga
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby, Frankie Corzo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

At forty-five, Jane McArdle has experienced her share of life’s twists and turns. Yet she’s shaken by the sudden death of her estranged half sister and the news that she’s now the guardian of her orphaned niece, Lucy. Still nurturing unresolved grief from a marriage bookended by loss, as well as her guilt over her adult son’s imperfect upbringing, Jane is her own worst enemy, content to focus on her small Michigan farm. Now, confronted with a traumatized eleven-year-old, the prickly empty nester is thrust into motherhood again, unsure she’ll do any better this time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Take of Strength

  • By Debra Fein on 07-13-18

Take of Strength

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Heart warming and so well written. Two tragedies years apart. How an aunt and niece come together. I kept wondering though why Aunt Jane didn't ask Lucy, why she was afraid of of the grass. Perseverance and strength.

  • Mother

  • By: S. E. Lynes
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Christopher would never hurt anyone. Not intentionally. Even after everything that’s happened, I still believe that... Christopher Harris is a lonely boy. A boy who has never fit into his family. Who has always felt something was missing from his life. Until one day, when he discovers a suitcase in his family’s attic, and a secret about his mother that changes everything.... Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, The Sister, and Apple Tree Yard.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar Narrating

  • By Ruby on 07-09-18

Victim of Menace

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-18

All along I felt invested in Christopher's character. I wanted him to somehow did himself of Benjamin's threat. How inutterably
Sad how it ended. I wonder if the end twist was necessary.

  • Lily Love

  • By: Maggi Myers
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Caroline used to have it all: she was madly in love with her husband, Peter, and they worshiped their beautiful baby girl. But as Lily grows into a toddler, Caroline notices that her daughter seems to live and act with a disconnect, and soon the perfect future Caroline had envisioned, along with her marriage, begin to crumble. Now she and Peter are no longer lovers, they're plaintiffs in the throes of divorce while still struggling to care for Lily.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This book is too boring

  • By Marian on 12-06-14

Lily Love

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I was just a little disappointed. It's a story that starts out about a mother and her handicapped child who doesn't have a diagnosis. All this is soon set aside when Caroline, Lilys mom falls in love. I thought the parts about Lily could be developed more.

  • Somebody's Daughter

  • By: Rochelle B. Weinstein
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Emma and Bobby Ross enjoy a charmed life on the shores of Miami Beach. They are a model family with a successful business, an uncomplicated marriage, and two blessedly typical twin daughters, Zoe and Lily. They are established members of a tight-knit community. Then, on the night of the girls’ fifteenth birthday party, they learn of Zoe’s heartbreaking mistake - a private and humiliating indiscretion that goes viral and thrusts her and her family into the center of a shocking public scandal.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too Much drama

  • By itsmiwrld on 08-12-18

Somebody's Daughter

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-18

I loved the story. The characters were all too human. No, not too much so, but believable.