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Cast Me Gently

Narrated by: Shalauna Casey
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
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Teresa Benedetto and Ellie Ryan couldn’t be more different, at least on the surface. Teresa still lives at home. As much as she loves her boisterous Italian family, she feels trapped by them and their plans for her life. Their love is suffocating her. Ellie has been on her own for years, working hard to save up enough to live her dream of escaping from Pittsburgh to travel the world. Except leaving isn’t that simple when she knows her brother is out on the streets of the city somewhere, back from Vietnam, but not home.  

When Teresa and Ellie meet and fall in love, their worlds clash. Ellie would love to be part of Teresa’s family, but they both know that will never happen. Sooner or later, Teresa will have to choose between the two halves of her heart - Ellie or her family.  

Set in 1980, the beginning of the Reagan era and the decline of Pittsburgh’s steel empire, Cast Me Gently is a classic lesbian romance.

©2015 Caren J. Werlinger (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Excellent !

I loved Cast Me Gently. I loved reading it and loved it all over again on audio. Really brings to focus making a choice between a partner or your family. Shalauna Casey did an excellent job with the narration.

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Beautiful story and narration

Cast Me Gently has been one of my favourite books since I first read it. The reader feels the powerful emotions of first love and coming out along with Teresa and Ellie. They are both such relatable and realistic characters. The story explores the strong, but sometimes stifling, bonds of Teresa’s big family, in contrast to Ellie’s experience of losing her parents at a young age and searching for her long-lost brother. We see how love changes each of them, against the gritty backdrop of Pittsburgh in 1980.

Shalauna Casey’s narration is wonderful. I’m told she’s a native of Pittsburgh, so this provides authenticity to the voices she gives the characters and adds an extra touch to this audiobook. Definitely worth a listen!

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