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The Practice House Audiobook

The Practice House

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Publisher's Summary

Nineteen-year-old Aldine McKenna is stuck at home with her sister and aunt in a Scottish village in 1929 when two Mormon missionaries ring the doorbell. Aldine's sister converts and moves to America to marry, and Aldine follows, hoping to find the life she's meant to lead and the person she's meant to love.

In New York, Aldine answers an ad soliciting a teacher for a one-room schoolhouse in a place she can't possibly imagine: drought-stricken Kansas. She arrives as farms on the Great Plains have begun to fail and schools are going bankrupt, unable to pay or house new teachers. With no money and too much pride to turn back, she lives uneasily with the family of Ansel Price - the charming, optimistic man who placed the ad - and his family responds to her with kind curiosity, suspicion, and, most dangerously, love. Just as she's settling into her strange new life, a storm forces unspoken thoughts to the surface that will forever alter the course of their lives.

Laura McNeal's novel is a sweeping and timeless love story about leaving - and finding - home.

©2017 Laura McNeal (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    NMwritergal 05-06-17
    NMwritergal 05-06-17
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    "Well, written, interesting, different family saga"

    I wasn’t sold till Scotland and NY was behind Aldine—those parts felt almost superfluous to the story. But I kept listening because Angela Dawe is my favorite female audio narrator. As soon as Aldine gets to Kansas, the story picks up.

    I could have listened to an entire book about Aldine, but the book takes a turn and we end up with the POVs of all the Price family members. I was especially impressed how McNeal took unlikeable characters seen from Aldine’s POV, who became much more sympathetic when we were in their heads. Nevertheless, it did not make Aldine an unreliable narrator, the reader just understands the character’s motivation better.

    I don’t want to give any spoilers, but the book went in many directions that I didn’t expect, all of which were interesting and satisfying. Also loved the historical details of time, place, and events.

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    "Really enjoyed! Well wtitten and preformed! Didn't"

    well written and preformed - didn't want it to end!! excellent history and heart felt!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 04-07-17
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    "Greatread"

    Great story line. I couldn't get enough of it and yet it was so simple. Refreshingly different

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    Laura B. 05-27-17
    Laura B. 05-27-17
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    "Great read!!!"

    Absolutely loved this book! kept me glued the whole time. And the narrator, amazing voice and accents made it seem so real, drawn in almost, like I could close my eyes and see it as if in a movie. Will be finding more of this author's books for sure.

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    Francie Healy 05-21-17 Member Since 2014

    Professional editor, writer; prolific reader; mother; grandmother; amateur watercolourist.

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    "Superb!"

    A wonderful book in every way -- story, characters and fantastic narration. I can see it as a TV miniseries... I hope it makes it to that form. But apart from that, this is a book to enjoy -- the kind of story and voice that will stay with me.

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    Misty Jennings 05-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    the story was so addicting. I would listen to it in my car Every time I drove. I didn't want to make it to my destination so I could keep listening. I was sad when the story ended.

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    Johnny 05-18-17
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    "Excellent, underplayed perfectly pitched narration"
    Where does The Practice House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the finest performances of a novel I've listened to on Audible. I was enthralled with the voices, which were eloquent and deep and evocative. The story was depressing, but moving and perfectly attuned to the narration.


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    Janie Patterson 05-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Superb narrator!"
    Where does The Practice House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best! I was enchanted with the narrator's voice and the way it helped with character development.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Practice House?

    Great, great historical references. It reveals so much about a time in the United States when people had to endure very challenging times. One of the quotations was "We all deserve better." This kept me hopeful that the circumstances would change for all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I was immediately drawn in to the story and anticipated being able to continue listening.

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    Jessica 05-11-17
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    "Amazing tale of love, loss, strength, and redemption."

    This book is a finely written tale that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. The characters are well developed and become real as you share in their victory and their struggle

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    "Excellent Book!"

    Very good book. Excellent narrator. I was so sorry when this book ended. Would have loved the story line to continue. It feels perhaps by the way it ended there could be the possibility of a book two. I sure hope so!

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