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From the number one New York Times best-selling author comes a powerful, emotionally complex story of love, loss, the pain of the past - and the promise of the future.

Sometimes the greatest dream starts with the smallest element. A single cell joining with another. And then dividing. And just like that, the world changes.

Annie Harlow knows how lucky she is. The producer of a popular television cooking show, she loves her handsome husband and the beautiful Los Angeles home they share. And now she's pregnant with their first child. But in an instant, her life is shattered. And when Annie awakes from a yearlong coma, she discovers that time isn't the only thing she's lost.

Grieving and wounded, Annie retreats to her old family home in Switchback, Vermont, a maple farm generations old. There, surrounded by her free-spirited brother, their divorced mother, and four young nieces and nephews, Annie slowly emerges into a world she left behind years ago: the town where she grew up, the people she knew before, the high school boyfriend turned judge. And with the discovery of a cookbook her grandmother wrote in the distant past, Annie unearths an age-old mystery that might prove the salvation of the family farm.

Family Tree is the story of one woman's triumph over betrayal and how she eventually comes to terms with her past. It is the story of joys unrealized and opportunities regained. Complex, clear eyed, and big hearted, funny, sad, and wise, it is a novel to cherish and to remember.

©2016 Susan Wiggs (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Not enjoying the narration

I'm not sure I'm going to finish this - it's very slow moving, which can be a good thing if it adds to the story line or character development. In this case there is no reason to belabor the details, plus the narrator's inflections go high and low at an uneven pace - either she's too loud or too soft. And I cringe when she speaks in the men's voices -- soooo unnaturally soft and mellow it makes it hard to imagine the men that would own these voices! This might be one of those books better read than listened to.

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Swearing

Couldn’t finish as language was offensive. So couldn’t tell if it was a good story

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Enjoyed

But dragged at times. Good narration, story, just not my favorite. Nice one for car ride

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Very slow

This story line was slow and the narrator was not good at all. I had to quit, which I rarely do.

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Amazing

Food, family, hope, and struggle it was an amazing story. The narrator was perfect highly recommended.

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Terrible narration

Impossible to listen to because of the narration. Don't waste your money. Story drags on too.

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Not worth the time - very predictable

I read this book on the advice of a colleague. It was terrible from beginning to end. The characters were flat and predictable. All of them. The main character was far too perfect - in fact everyone was. There was no way to buy into the story. It was sugary sweet pap The book is 12 hours of a poorly made Hallmark movie.
Also, the narrator used unnecessary inflection throughout the story that gave it ridiculous tones in places. She also mispronounced the French words.

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FAMILY TREE is a solid 4 ½ stars

There are 3 things that Annie Rush is passionate about - cooking, film making and Fletcher Wyndham the new bad boy in town.

There’s the THEN……
Annie grew up in the Switchback, Vermont, helping with the family’s maple sugar farm, Sugar Rush. Under the guidance of her beloved grandmother Annie learnt a love for cooking. She also had a gift of filming, editing and producing, Annie’s dream is to combines these 2 passions. But then there is Fletcher, the boy that has stolen her heart. Upon graduating from college Annie gets a rare opportunity to relocate to LA to producer her own television cooking show, along with a talented cook that runs a vendor cart in NYC. This is not Fletcher’s dream plus he has his own roadblocks. Knowing that each must go their way to pursue their dreams they part ways .. the beginnings of how their timing was always off.

And there is the NOW …..
When your life is shattered in an instant. Waking up after a yearlong comma Annie discovers she is no longer a producer on her very popular television cooking, divorced from her cooking star husband, has miscarried their child and has been shipped back to Switchback. Surrounded by family and friends, Annie slowing surfaces back to a place left years ago and her high-school love, Judge Wyndham. For Fletcher, Annie is the missing piece to a puzzle he’d been trying for years to complete.

FAMILY TREE is the story of losing everything and one woman's journey to rediscover herself, repossess her life, her dreams and her heart.

I will admit I love these type of books - they are about friends, family, happy endings and yes predictable.. what I call feel good stories that when they end they warm my heart. Sometimes predictable is what one needs. I first discovered Susan Wiggs books back in 2008 when I discovered the Lakeshore Chronicles. I enjoyed her writing style then and 13 years later I still do.

FAMILY TREE is a solid 4 ½ stars for me and I totally enjoyed Christina Traister narration.

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A wonderful story of life, love, and tough choices

The more I listened, the more I loved it! This book spoke to me with both settings being places that I love visiting. I didn't want to stop listening and I didn't want it to end. Additionally, the storyline was entertaining with some twists, and a great ending.

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Completely lost in the story

A great escape! Lost in the story didn’t want to stop listening. upbeat! nice quotes to remember to brighten your day