Loving Liberty Levine

Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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From the author of The Unkillable Kitty O’Kane comes a gripping novel about finding the American Dream - and what it costs.

In 1913, Sarah Levine leaves her small village and sails to New York to start a promising new life with her husband, Micha. But all Sarah really wants is what has come so easily to her sisters - a family of her own. Finally, in her new home, her dream comes true…but at a terrible cost. She names the baby girl Liberty after the great statue in the harbor that she saw when she first came to America.

From struggling to raise Liberty in a Lower East Side tenement to building a fashion empire, the only constants in Sarah’s life are her love for her daughter and the terrible secret that she must keep. Sarah gives Liberty everything she has, but the truth cannot stay hidden forever. As Liberty grows to womanhood and the world prepares to go to war again, Sarah is asked to make one last impossible choice....

©2019 Colin Falconer (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Brilliant performance

This was a good book. The story was good but the performance elevated it a great deal.Angela Dawe was stellar.

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Loved Sara

Great narration. The characters were so flawed and real. They made life choices in their own best interest. They did the best with the hand life had dealt them. Lots of heart pains but I enjoyed every chapter.

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Living Liberty Levine

A story that keeps you interested and questioning to the end. Gives a detailed account of life for immigrants coming to this country during a opulent and turbulent time. 4stars.

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Love and what we do for those we love

I was touched by the way each character was shown in such human ways. The story is touching. Excellent read!

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From Russia to New York City—Liberty

Loving liberty Levine was not what I expected. It was much better. I love this author and was thrilled when his new book showed up on my ‘you might like this’ list. Of course, I grabbed it and then got the audible version to go with it. Angela Dawe is an excellent narrator and she does the characters with great style. This is a book that transcends WWI to WWII and from a Russian village to a New York tenement on Delaney Street. The descriptions are so detailed, you can almost see the pushcarts and hear the traffic. Sarah is a young Russian woman whose husband, Micha, goes to America to make it big. He sends for her when he has the money for a ticket and she goes because that is what young girls did back then (1913ish). As she sails into New York, she sees Lady Liberty and is stunned by all that she sees upon debarking. But, her husband has a surprise for her, a baby. Sarah has always wanted children but because she didn’t get pregnant in her first years of marriage she figured it would never happen. So, when presented with a baby girl, she didn’t ask questions, but just hugged her and named her Liberty after the statue. The book unfolds as Liberty grows up, her mother will do anything to protect her, which involved living a lie her whole life. The secret that she keeps above all else, the secret of Liberty’s true family, is not what she thinks it is. For 30 years she hides the facts of how Liberty came to be her daughter. Her husband is killed in WWI but he impressed on her the need for secrecy. He didn’t even tell her the true story. She discovered it in some of his items after he was killed. This is a riveting book and the history of New York City is so real that you can smell it and hear it. I’ve read other books by Colin Falconer and they are all excellent. His author notes are almost as good as any book. He is an exceptional writer of historical fiction and crime drama. Enjoy!