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Publisher's Summary

A three-time Christy Award winner, Lynn Austin crafts rousing tales of hope and redemption. All She Ever Wanted stars Kathleen Seymour, a woman who seems to have it all, though she hides a dark family secret. To her horror, everything comes crashing down when she loses her job and her daughter is caught shoplifting. Desperate to regain control over her life, Kathleen returns to her estranged family to mend her severely broken relationships before it is too late.
©2005 Lynn Austin; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"[A] brilliant novel about love, forgiveness, suffering, and the importance of resisting the temptation to run away when things get tough." (Christian Book Previews.com)

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Very colorful characters, great story, enjoyable format, entertaining and spiritual. Highly recommended...think I'll listen again.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Fresh starts....

Lynn Austin has written a grand novel spanning 3 generations of fresh starts. Her story is gripping and inspiring.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Twists and turns

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Loved the complexity and the direction the author used to keep you wanting to know more of the sad story of Eleanor.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Daryl
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 02-28-13

Fantastic book by Austin!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! Austin's depictions of the roaring 20s, World War II, and the 1960s were stellar. The shutting off of emotions between mothers and daughters, their complex relationships, were well drawn.

I would have liked to have more male characters be strong and dependable, such as Kathleen's husband... I didn't get to know him, and how he put up with Kathleen's shutting off of herself, I don't know... but this is a minor quibble in an otherwise good book.

Any additional comments?

This book was well-done all in all. Linda Stevens' performance was good, but her penchant for pausing at the end of each chapter drove me a little batty, but her emotional inflections were very good.

Enjoy!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Excellent!!

What a great story! This shows the life of three generations of women who wanted to be loved. I highly recommend this book!!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Nice

This was a good book, IMHO, though not great. The story was interesting the way all the characters' lives dovetailed into each other. It flowed along nicely, and was an interesting listen. Well written.

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Was disappointed when this book ended!

Story kept me captured. Lynn LAustin always does a good job of that!
You are getting the story of three different generations, but in reverse.... Loved it!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Excellent!

Lynn Austin is such an excellent writer and in this book she keeps you captivated on the characters life and growth. I love how she deals with some difficult issues in families and in spirituality and in love and forgiveness.

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Another wonderful book by Lynn Austin!

Where does All She Ever Wanted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely one of the best!

What was one of the most memorable moments of All She Ever Wanted?

When Kathleen realized how her memories of her family were so different from the way things were when they reconnected.

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Ok Story, GREAT Narrator

Where does All She Ever Wanted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the middle somewhere.

If you’ve listened to books by Lynn Austin before, how does this one compare?

Have not listened to Lynn Austin, but I have read another of her books. But I grabbed this one simply because Linda Stephens is narrating!

Which scene was your favorite?

The coming home scene at the the very end. I don't want to give anything away and spoil it for someone else.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The father's prayer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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