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Love and family. War and secrets. Betrayal and redemption.

New York Times best-selling author Susan Wiggs returns with a deeply emotional and atmospheric story that spans oceans and decades, from the present-day Delaware shore to the battlefields of WWII France.

Widowed by an unspeakable tragedy, Camille Palmer has made her peace with the past and settled into the quiet safety of life with her teenage daughter, Julie, in a sleepy coastal town. Then the arrival of a mysterious package breaks open the door to her family's secret past. In uncovering a hidden history, Camille has no idea that she's embarking on an adventure that will utterly transform her.

Camille, Julie, and Camille's father return to the French town of his youth, sparking unexpected memories - recollections that will lead them back to the dark days of the Second World War. And it is in the stunning Provençal countryside that they will uncover their family's surprising history.

While Provence offers answers about the past, it also holds the key to Camille's future. Along the way she meets a former naval officer who stirs a passion deep within her - a feeling that she thought she'd never experience again.

Now this hugely popular author has created her biggest, most powerful story yet - a beautiful and heartfelt novel that celebrates the bonds of family and pays homage to the sacrifices of the past.

©2017 Susan Wiggs (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Not vintage Wiggs, but better than some of her more recent books

I thought Susan Wiggs's early books were really great. In this book she gets back towards those early efforts. The book is not as formulaic as some from her Lakeside series. But it still lacks the gritty real life characteristics of her first novels.

The narrator is weak. I was able to continue listening. But she doesn't have very good read them or sensitive matching her voice to the level of intensity of the passage in the book. And her male voices need a lot of help.

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  • suebsue
  • DENVER, CO, United States
  • 08-31-17

Sooo predictable

It could have been interesting given the historical nature of it. Just became boring and had to force myself to finish it. I wanted to slap both the main character for her fear of everything in life as well as her love interest. If he said "cool" one more time I thought I'd scream. And I did. Don't bother.

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A boring romance

Should have been categorized as a romance, because I would not have gotten this book.

Anything of interest is buried in a predictable romance with all the tropes: Drop dead gorgeous man is interested in beautiful, tragic female main character who continues to rebuff him, but of course it’s clear she wants him, and he persists in is manly yet gentle way. Ugh. And as always, female MC also has a male best friend who is also gorgeous, but she doesn’t want him. He, of course, wants her. Add every other trope associated with romance novels, and there you have the romance portion of the book.

Since bullying is all the rage these days, that’s thrown in too. Camille has a 14-yr-old daughter, Julie, who in the course of a few months has gained a lot of weight, loses all her friends—and her grades have gone from As to Cs. But somehow Camille is comatose and doesn’t seem to notice how miserable Julie is.

Camille is a boring character. She’s still traumatized by her husband’s death five years ago (accident) and thus says no to everything—Julie taking a walk down the street is cause for alarm. Even when Julie pleads with her mother to go to France with her grandfather (cancer in remission but wants to go back to his birthplace in France), Camille says no. Of course, she eventually gives in because the story couldn’t continue without the France portion, but it was so boring—all this no, no, no.

The audio narrator was ok for the female characters but truly awful for the male characters and painful to listen to.

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Too much fluff and nonsense

Could only make it through first three chapters to get to the story but gave up.

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Loved it.

It was an amazing story and loved every minute of it. I would recommend this book.

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Too soon over

So long to wait between novels. So quickly devoured. I love this authors stories and this does not disappoint. Next?

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Great story but so-so narration

The layers of this story and character development was great. However, all of the male voices narrated sounded the same- very forced from a female voice and flat of any emotion or inflection...Woykd be better to have a man narrate the male voices .

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Good book

This was a good listen, not great but good. Some things were a bit predictable and corny. Great performance by C. Traister except for the voice of Fin, lol it was a good try though. Thanks!

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  • Charlotte
  • Sioux City, IA, United States
  • 07-20-18

Good story with meaty plot.

I almost didn't listen to this one because the beginning was so negative. Once I learned the reason, it made sense.

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Greatest story

I have over two hundred books in my library. This story is definitely in the top five.