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It's 1947. Fires are racing along the coast of Maine after a summer-long drought, ravaging thousands of acres, causing unprecedented confusion and fear. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her difficult and unpredictable husband, Gene, joins the volunteers fighting to bring the fire under control. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie's two young children, the women watch in horror as their houses go up in flames, then walk into the ocean as a last resort.

They spend the night frantically trying to save their children. When dawn comes, they have miraculously survived, but their lives are forever changed: homeless, penniless, and left to face an uncertain future. As Grace awaits news of her husband's fate, she is thrust into a new world in which she must make a life on her own, beginning with absolutely nothing; she must find work, a home, a way to provide for her children.

In the midst of devastating loss, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms - joys and triumphs she could never have expected her narrow life with Gene could contain - and her spirit soars. And then the unthinkable happens, and Grace's bravery is tested as never before.

©2017 Anita Shreve (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

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  • Sheann
  • 07-03-17

Beautiful story

Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Couldn't wait to listen to more, the narration was lovely and softly spoken. Perfrect for such a tender story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-21-17

Anita Shreve brilliant as always

loved it. excellent story, excellently written, brought tears to my eyes at least twice. narrator maybe a bit dispassionate but still good.

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  • Susan Whitehead
  • 09-05-17

The Stars Are Fire

A wonderful story, l couldn't stop listening. It was so captivating, l had to know what happened next, so l had to keep listening. I will definitely listen or read more books by Anita Shreveport.

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  • Irene
  • 07-03-17

Captivating story

I was hooked from the start and thoroughly enjoyed the book. I love a book with a strong female lead character. This one is worth a listen.