Tess Dyer’s husband, Jason, promised to love her forever. That was eleven years ago, before the fights, before the pain, before the bitter divorce. Now he is just another in a long line of people who rejected Tess, from her coldly distant mother to the seemingly endless string of one-night stands from her youth whose names she can’t remember. Desperate to escape the pain of the past, Tess flees her small Maine hometown of Brookfield for the even smaller New Mills. There, she hopes to start over and forget what she left behind…with the help, perhaps, of her handsome new neighbor, Brian. He is drawn to Tess’s quirky, outspoken nature, and to the beauty he sees in her haunting paintings. She tells herself he is just a warm young body to help mask the pain, though his kindness and his affection for his troubled sister are having quite an effect on her bruised heart. But the fear of losing his love is always there, and when a man from her past unexpectedly shows up, Tess’s personal demons threaten to destroy the fragile happiness she has found with Brian. Ultimately, she must make a choice: continue wandering through life, drifting and numb, or confront the cruel realities of her past once and for all and finally start living.
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Words can not describe this book. This story is about a woman named Tess who has a string of unfortunate events including a divorce and a mother that hates her. She escapes her small hometown to an even smaller town in hopes to start over. Then she meets her handsome new neighbor, Brian. They are instantly drawn to each other and eventually fall into friendship and love. Brian has demons of his own including a very troubled sister. Brian's baggage threaten the fragile relationship between Brian and Tess. The narrator did an excellent job including the New England accents. Loved it! Great book! Another favorite for me!
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I enjoyed this book. The author developed the characters so that you felt like they were friends.
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Would you try another book from R. J. Keller and/or Caroline Shaffer?
The "blurb" sounds inviting, but I've not been able to make it to the 6th chapter. The "F#$@word is just constant - writer must be at a loss for creative words. The narrator switches accents mid way sometimes and I get caught up in thinking about that and can't stay tuned in.
What could R. J. Keller have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Cut out a bit of the bad language.
story not bad, but too much profanity and foul language
Whilst trying to find another good book to listen to I came across this on Amazon and gave it a go - turned out to be one of the best I have listened to this year!
Very well written and brilliantly narrated. Made me laugh out loud and shed a few tears too.
I just can't comprehend why lovely books like this are not reviewed or advertised enough - there are many badly written & narrated books to be found, believe me I know, I am an audio book addict - this one is most certainly a great find.
Tess has just got divorced, life is pretty miserable, so she moves to a new town and meets a new man. Taking it slowly they get closer and the rest of the book delves into their and the townsfolks' relations.