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Publisher's Summary

From the author of Driving Lessons, Saving Ruth, and Balancing Acts comes a poignant breakout novel about a single mother who inherits a beautiful beach house with a caveat - she must take care of the ornery elderly woman who lives in it.

For years Maggie Sheets has been an invisible hand in the glittering homes of wealthy New York City clients, scrubbing, dusting, mopping, and doing all she can to keep her head above water as a single mother. Everything changes when a former employer dies, leaving Maggie a staggering inheritance - a house in Sag Harbor. The catch? It comes with an inhabitant: the deceased's 82-year old mother, Edith.

Edith has Alzheimer's - or so the doctors tell her - but she remembers exactly how her daughter, Liza, could light up a room or bring dark clouds in her wake. And now Liza's gone by her own hand, and Edith has been left - like a chaise or strand of pearls - to a poorly dressed young woman with a toddler in tow.

Maggie and Edith are both certain this arrangement will be an utter disaster. But as summer days wane, a tenuous bond forms, and Edith, who feels the urgency of her diagnosis, shares a secret that she's held close for five decades, launching Maggie on a mission that might just lead them both to what they are looking for.

©2016 Zoe Fishman (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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A beautiful book

A book about relationships and healing. The characters came to life for me. The narration was brilliant.

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Zoe can weave a tale.

I thought this book was a heartfelt journey that introduced the reader to a number of unforgettable characters. The process of transformation and change is so much a part of all of our lives , and in this book we were able to experience something identifiable and real. The only thing that bothered me was giving a two-year-old such an extensive vocabulary, which unless she is considered a gifted child was not realistic. The narrative was exceptional until she did the child's voice.

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Narrator is distracting.

The whiny, baby talk is very annoying. There is no need to portray a child’s voice like that.

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The book might have been good if you can get through the god Awful narration. What is with all the her words drawn out. Definitely won’t be listening to any books read by her

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Is their more?

Interesting premise for a story. There were points that were too detailed and gritty and then that non ending. Not one I will keep on my shelf.

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A Wonderful Listen

An enjoyable listen that starts out with a tragedy, but winds ends with kindness and love. Interesting people who learn to live together, love and find happiness in what ever is coming next.

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Could have been so much more!

This story had the potential for greatness. I found it shallow and the narrator was so annoying it was painful.

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Interesting Book

I don't think there is a need for the swearing. It would have been better without that. The first couple of chapters do repeat. But once you get past them it's an interesting read. I have cared for a loved one with dementia/alzheimer's. It's not easy to watch a loved one that has this disease.

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Very Good Book, I Was Impressed.

My Mother is struggling with dementia, so this book was easy for me to relate too. I could understand what Meghan was thinking, and what she was trying to tell her young daughter.

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good story but.....

I really thought this was a good story line but the whole thing just kind of fell flat. I listened till the end waiting for more. However, I didn't get what I waited for. So much more could of happen.
I hate saying anything negative about a book or the narrator because Lord knows I couldn't do either myself. But, both were lacking somehow.
I found myself not liking the main character very much. I am not sure if it was due to how she was written or how the narrator portrayed her. She seemed a litte condescending and a bit of a prude and her sing song voice kind of drove me crazy at times. Also, the little girl thing was annoying sometimes as well. But that is just me and again I'm sorry to say anything negative at all. i truly wanted to like it.