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Publisher's Summary

Laura Amy Schlitz delivers this Horn Book Fanfare and Cybils Award-winning best-seller that whisks 11-year-old Maud Flynn from a cold New England orphanage and into the stately mansion of three wealthy spinsters. After the Hawthorne sisters adopt her in 1909, they tell her she's their secret child. She must remain indoors at all times and must never stand in front of windows. Since these old ladies treat her so well, Maud doesn't mind their restrictions. But she does wonder what could possibly require such secrecy.
©2006 Laura Amy Schiltz; (P)2007 Recorded Books

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  • Lydia
  • E Palo Alto, CA, USA
  • 02-22-08

loved it!

This was fascinating -- I was drawn into the story almost immediately and found myself taking a longer route to work so I could listen just a bit more. The storyline is excellent, and if you love melodramas, this one will keep you happy for many hours.

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this is one book I won't soon forget.

I love this book so much I've read it 3 times. Maude is an interesting protagonist and the Hawthorne sisters all have fascinating personalities that make them unique. this book will stick in the back of your head until you finish it and get the answers to the questions it presents. (You may still have a few even after the book is done!)

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The best one yet! Great story and narration

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Drowned Maiden's Hair?

I enjoyed every bit of it. However, the fire scene was very exciting.

Which scene was your favorite?

I thought the scenes with Miss Kitterage were fabulous. I just love to hate her!

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

The end, of course. I had high hopes for a happy ending and wasn't disappointed.

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Ms. Cuervo did a terrific job with the narration, changing her voice to match the characters. Her pace was excellent. I will look for her again.

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A wonderful novel full of intrigue & emotion!

To tell you too much about the plot of this book would rob you of the suspense that it so beautifully builds up as you listen. By adopting Maud, the 3 spinsters she comes to live with have made her a vital part of a conspiracy. Maud clearly understands that if she does not comply with the scheme they have developed, she will likely be sent back to the orphanage she was so happy to get away from. Will the scheme work as planned? Will Maud dutifully carry out her part? I was so anxious to get the answers to these questions that I regretted having to stop listening to go do other things. And along with the interesting twists and turns of the plot, there is a wonderful current of emotion flowing throughout the story – the longing of an orphan for a loving mother and caring family. But please don’t think this is some soppy tear-jerking tale – Maud is a smart, spirited, strong-willed girl and not a meek wallflower. The characters have distinctive personalities and are well defined. They are also all excellently voiced by the narrator, who is a perfect match for this story.

I hope you will give this book a try. It is so well written that I was completely invested in it and couldn't wait to find out what happens next! It was clear to see why it had won 2 awards when I finished my first time listening to the complete story. I have already listened to it twice now and am sure I will listen to it more in the future. I want to keep company with these characters again and again.