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Only One Life

A Novel
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (138 ratings)

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A reunion between an estranged mother and daughter opens a world of secrets in a poignant novel by the bestselling author of Magnolia Nights.

Julia Martin grew up wealthy, but it wasn’t until she met her husband, Jack, that she knew true happiness. He made her feel worthy and loved. Their marriage was also an escape from her sister’s bullying, her father’s scrutiny, and her chilly and enigmatic mother. But when tragedy strikes on the night she gives birth, Julia’s happiness is shattered. She has no choice but to return home to her family’s South Carolina mansion, where the grief and guilt buried in her mother’s past await her. 

As a young woman trapped in a bitter marriage, Julia’s mother, Iris, once needed her own means of escape. In Lily, she found a best friend. In the flower shop they opened, she discovered independence. Then came a transgression - unforgivable, unforgettable, and unresolved - that changed Iris’s life forever.

Now, in Iris’s most desperate hour, her only hope is to regain the trust of the daughter she loves - and to share the secrets of the heart that could rebuild a family’s broken bonds.

©2019 by Ashley Farley. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Only One Life

As with.the.other books ive.read.by.this.author, I emjoyed this one immensely..She gives such depth to.her.characters.that one can't help but identify with them and.root for their happy ending.

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FAMILIES ???

Another great book by Ashley FARLEY. Right from the beginning, it pulled me in. Definitely a page turner. With sadness through out, it ended with much happiness!

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Much love

I really enjoyed this book. It had me mesmerized. It also impacted my life by having me look over my life and realize that it’s only one life and I better enjoy it.

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This book was amazing. I couldn't stop listening.

This book was so amazing. I couldnt stop listening. I wish there was a part two to the book. How it tell her and her mothers story is heart felt. If you choose this book it won't disappoint.

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Storyline is full of the ups and downs of living

Ms. Farley has delivered another beautifully developed storyline full of pain, forgiveness, redemption, healing and love.
The narrative is told from the mother's perspective, Iris, as a young woman in flashbacks in the beginning and then in the now. It's also told in one of the daughter's perspective, Julia, on the now setting and remembering back. Both women share a special connection. Unlike Iris other daughter, Alexandra, and her husband Max.
Their is also a best friend key to the story, Lily, and Lily's husband.
There is old Southern money versus coming from nothing/having no family pedigree. The many taboo topics covered in the storyline make it quite a book. I found it to be good plus worthwhile.

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