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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Orphan Train comes a novel about buried secrets and the redemptive power of forgiveness.

Cassie Simon is a struggling artist living in New York City. When she receives a call from a magistrate telling her she has inherited 60 acres of land in Sweetwater, Tennessee, from her grandfather, whom she never knew, she takes it as a sign: it's time for a change. She moves to the small Southern town where her mother, Ellen, grew up - and where she died tragically when Cassie was three.

From the moment she arrives in Sweetwater, Cassie is overwhelmed by the indelible mark her mother's memory left behind. As she delves into the thicket of mystery that surrounds her mother's death, Cassie begins to discover the desperate measures of which the human heart is capable.

©1993 Christina Baker Kline (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Story ok. But.

I probably would have enjoyed the story much more if the person narrating "Cassy's" part was someone else. This person has a very strange affectation in her enunciation of words that is mechanical and depressing. It was so odd and distracting I found myself loosing track of the story line

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Good book

It was a good story but the narrator was difficult for me to listen to.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Clonclusion

I chose this rating because while the plot was just fine, the conclusion kinda left me wanting more. Also, I do enjoy this tone of readers voice but the reader seemed to make ALL sentences whispy like each thing no matter how mundane was romantic. I think this tone is good, but not needed for every line.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A really good book !

The book 'Sweet Water' is a very good book. I have read a few other books by Christina Baker Kline and they also were excellent,
with twist and turns in her story lines. I expecially like her decriptive writing and her attention to detail. I am extremely fond of the
way she brings in the old story of the caractrers past family history into the new story that she is telling you. Her books are well
worth the read.
J. F.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Just, 'okay' for me

I've not read anything by her prior to this. Seemed it would be engaging, interesting mystery set in bucolic, southern setting. Story was kind of thin, seemed to drag on, and was sort of depressing. Wasn't helped by Ms. Toren's monotone delivery.

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avid listener

Would you try another book from Christina Baker Kline and/or Suzanne Toren and Amy Rubinate ?

The author's story was ruined by the reader...i have never had a hard time listening to a book before...I listen to at least 2 books a month. The narator for the older grandmother was fine. It was the younger reader that almost made me not finish the book.

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computer voice

the reader sounder like a computer generated voice...yuk. Very distracting...too bad...couldnt get through 1st chapter

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interesting twist

The story seemed to lay everything open early, but then it added twists to keep you tied in.

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beautiful story from beginning to end.

I didn't think I would really like the book but as I went along from chapter to chapter it just got more interesting till I had reached the end.The subject matter is totally real and something that could be a true story.

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  • Priya
  • Northbrook, IL
  • 06-25-15

Ok nothing great

This book with a little bit small for me and I did not like in the area. Why can't

0 of 8 people found this review helpful