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Publisher's Summary

When Peter Arnold, a teenage musical prodigy, collapses on the biggest night of his career, he receives crippling news - and the prognosis is grim.

While in a coma, Peter experiences dream-like flashbacks revealing his journey to piano stardom - the people who have impacted his life and that of his family's, including Peter's strange connection to a mystery woman who lives behind his church.

Peter's life changes forever when the mystery woman steps forward with a secret that could be the key to his recovery.

©2017 J.P. Sterling (P)2017 J.P. Sterling

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Couldn't turn if off. Great Book!<br />

Loved the book. This was my first audio book. I can't wait to pick out my next one. I loved the narrator! I could picture the characters in my mind.

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Musical Prodigy's Tale Told in Flashbacks

Summary: Peter’s got an incredible gift for playing the piano.

Additional Comments:
- Don’t read the blurb. Ah, too late, you’ve probably already done so. It pretty much gives away the whole story.
- Note: I’m not a huge fan of flashbacks, but they’re pretty much 85% of the story here. And it works.
- Quite a few things about the way Peter’s elementary school was portrayed irked me. I see why the author wanted them to have some silly, nonsensical policies but they just wouldn’t happen in a school. I’m a teacher. I know some weird policies come down, but having only one meal choice a day and forcing all students to abide by that isn’t going to fly. I can see only offering one choice, but there’s no way you could ban kids from bringing a bagged lunch if they want. There are too many allergies and such to force one thing.
- Also, Peter as a 5-year-old ticked me off. His parents were supposed to come across as supportive, but they annoyed me too.
- I loved the mystery woman and the priest and the nun.
- The end has some nice twists that will either annoy the heck out of you or make everything click into place for you. I’m in the latter category, but I definitely sympathize with the former category.

Conclusion: A family drama type story with a nice end twist.
*I received a free copy of the audio. I chose to review it.*

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Masterful performance by Rachel Brandt.

What was most disappointing about J. P. Sterling’s story?

Could not get into the story. Very slow, gave up after a few chapters of nothing happening.

What does Rachel Brandt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great characterization, I loved how she read each new character in a distinct way. Rachel's voice is very soothing.

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Wonderful adaptation

What about Rachel Brandt’s performance did you like?

Rachel really brings the characters to life. This is difficult as there is quite the diverse cast, and she does each one justice in her own unique way.

Any additional comments?

I have always enjoyed Ruby in the Water. It's a wonderful heart-felt book that tackles serious issues through the lens of a family coping with tragic news. Now, hearing it brought to life adds another subtle layer to the reading experience that shouldn't be overlooked or missed.