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Publisher's Summary

In 1946, artist Rebecca Swift's dreams of love and a life free from convention are crashing like the waves of the Australian coast below her. And it's into those roiling waters that she disappears.

Forty-one years later, Tess Miller's dreams are crashing, too. The once-successful New York editor has lost her most prestigious author to the handsome new golden boy of publishing. Meanwhile, she's stuck with Edward Russell, a washed-up Australian poet writing a novel about some obscure artist named Rebecca Swift. But Tess may have underestimated Russell. His book is not only true - it's a searing, tragic romance and a tantalizing mystery set in a circle of postwar modernists. When Tess uncovers a long-hidden secret, she's drawn even deeper into Rebecca's enigmatic life and death.

As Rebecca's past intertwines with the present, Tess finds herself falling for the last man she thought she'd ever be drawn to. On the way, she discovers the power of living an authentic life - and that transcendent love never really dies.

©2017 Ella Carey (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Engaging Story, Poor Narration

An engaging story set against the world of the Heide circle of artists in post war Australia and the publishing world of New York in 1987. I enjoyed the portrayal of this fascinating period in Australian art and social history. However, the narration grates on every one of my Australian nerves. The Australian accents are just wrong and fail to recognise that educated, well to do Australians have never sounded like an awkward imitation of the crocodile hunter's broad accent. It seems odd that a book about a character who is concerned with authenticity and who resolutely refuses to shift the setting of his book from Australia to the US could be narrated without an authentic Australian voice.

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keep listening <br />

I almost didn't finish this one. keep listening it will get better. it's a sad story.

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a true love story

I love Ella Cary's books. In this book it states "The only thing that matters in life is love" I believe this to be true. We might give up someone because we love them so much but know that they would be better off without you.

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Engrossing

Loved it. Engrossed to the end. I felt I was watching it unfold in front of my eyes.

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Enjoyable

Liked this book. Enjoyed how everything was concluded in the end. Look forward to reading more books by this author.

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amazing

This type of book is right up my alley. I absolutely adore books that go from the past to the present especially with the type of stories that were presented in this book I couldn't even wait to look and see what other books this author had written so that I can check out more of her work I must have really enjoyed the narrator because I just couldn't wait to finish this book listening to it in my car at work and at my pet sitting jobs.

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Compelling, epic, moving saga

What a story to remember! I had my doubts as this premise has been done before. And I wondered if the narrator would be able to transition from English to Australian with any believable dialogue. But oh how the Authors descriptions of the landscape, the time period, the societal rules and the characters real emotions pull you in and you must read on to find out what happens next. It’s part mystery, part historical, part romance and everything so very bitter sweet. So many times I was proven wrong! I’m so glad I read this, it will stay with me for a long time. My only ask is that the Author explains who Sunday’s Father is?? And if the Father is who I suspect it to be, are they reunited at the end???

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A change of scenery for an old story

Manufactured drama forced crisis’. Cute storyline one always finds tolerance for. Predictable outcomes written for the return in the hopes of resembling literature. Simple love stories gussied up by converging them in time in the hope of providing tension and complexity which the author was not able to achieve. Written with good discipline without inspiration but with passionate pretense.

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not as good as her other works

I had to force myself to continue to listen. Very very slow and bland until it picked up about the last 2 hours of the book.

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Disappointing Narration

While some of the excerpts of the tale bordered on cliches, the mystery behind the love story invited the listener to consider aspects of Trust, Love, Defensiveness, Anger and Expectations in Life. But the disappointing aspect was the robotic, mechanical, aggressive, lifeless narration. The Australian accents were over done and forced. The male voices were obnoxious and poorly portrayed.

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  • Lesley
  • 11-29-17

Sorry to say couldn't finish

listening to this so can't review the story aspect. Unfortunately the accents were appalling. I have read other books by this author and thouroughly enjoyed them ... so disappointing to have this one ruined.

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  • karen thurecht
  • 12-20-17

Narrating nightmare

This was an OK story totally ruined by the appalling narrators attempt at an Australian accent

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  • Alicia Arton
  • 10-25-17

Nothing worse than fake accents

Why do producers persist in allowing narrators with terrible accents to read books. I’m not able to tell you much about the story as my attention was taken away by the horrible narration.