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Publisher's Summary

"Dear Libby, It occurs to me that you and your two children have been living with your mother for - Dear Lord! - two whole years, and I'm writing to see if you'd like to be rescued."

The letter comes out of the blue, and just in time for Libby Moran, who - after the sudden death of her husband, Danny - went to stay with her hypercritical mother. Now her crazy Aunt Jean has offered Libby an escape: a job and a place to live on her farm in the Texas Hill Country. Before she can talk herself out of it, Libby is packing the minivan, grabbing the kids, and hitting the road.

Life on Aunt Jean's goat farm is both more wonderful and more mysterious than Libby could have imagined. Beyond the animals and the strenuous work, there is quiet - deep, country quiet. But there is also a shaggy, gruff (though purportedly handsome, under all that hair) farm manager with a tragic home life, a formerly famous feed-store clerk who claims she can contact Danny "on the other side", and the eccentric aunt Libby never really knew but who turns out to be exactly what she's been looking for. And despite everything she's lost, Libby soon realizes how much more she's found. Libby hasn't just traded one kind of crazy for another; she may actually have found the place to bring her little family - and herself - back to life.

©2013 Katherine Pannill Center (P)2013 Tantor

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Great narrator made it worthwhile

What did you like best about The Lost Husband? What did you like least?

The story was predicable but pleasant, definitely chick lit. Amy Rubinate's excellent narration kept me interested, otherwise, it would have been too predicable. When the goats are the most interesting "characters" in a story, it's not a compelling book.

Would you be willing to try another book from Katherine Center? Why or why not?

Maybe, if I was in the mood for more chick lit

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Okay story

I recently listened to two other Katherine Center novels ‘How to Walk Away’ and ‘Things you save in a fire’ both with a different narrator to this book. I preferred the other narrator compared to this one who was not as animated, more monotone. This story was ok too. I enjoyed the other two much more and really like this author so I’ll listen to her other books.

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wonderful story. narrator kind of a sad sack.

Wonderful sorry but the narrator had such a sad voice the whole time. i don't think it all was intended to have that sad voice.

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Bittersweet but good story

This was such a bittersweet story but so good! I love how Katherine Center pulls out the positive in all her stories and brings the theme of trying your best and not giving up.

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lost and found

loved this book! I love how Libby finds her strength, love. and where she belongs. I've seen the netflix show of this, it's cute, but I love how the books have more details.

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Rubinate was great!

Katherine Center writes great stories and Amy Rubinate did a marvelous job bringing everyone to life. Bravo!

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Love Katherine Center

Love the storylines, and all the sideline stories as well! Cute humor and love story is so real life... I relate to every book I’ve read so far and this is #3! Great romance with building sensuality! Was right there with every move made towards each other! Especially liked the schoolyard scene with teachers and ‘pee Pee pants’ cause I was a teacher-administrator... Everything every parent would love to do to the school bully!!! Looking forward to the next book!

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Narrator could have been better

My first experience with a Katherine Center book was, "How to Walk Away", and the story was great and the narrator was absolutely perfect. However, I did not experience the same with "The Lost Husband". While the story was okay (a little weak at times), the narrator was not good at all (in my opinion). I really did not enjoy her characterizations. It appears that every one of Center's books has a different narrator, so choose your audio book carefully!

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Good story, but unhappy with narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator. The story itself was good, but I found myself tempted to just delete it several times because the narrator annoyed me.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way it depicts farm life as happy and fulfilling. Also, I liked how it helped me realize that love can come to a widow even when she thinks her heart will never be able to love again.

Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Rubinate’s performances?

Highly doubtful.

Was The Lost Husband worth the listening time?

Absolutely. As I mentioned above, the story itself is excellent.

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  • 06-07-15

Predictable

This book was this month's choice for book club. It was very predictable and soupy. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had actually read it instead of listening to it. I did not like the performance at all.