The Orphan Daughter

By: Cari Noga
Narrated by: Tanya Eby, Frankie Corzo
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
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At forty-five, Jane McArdle has experienced her share of life’s twists and turns. Yet she’s shaken by the sudden death of her estranged half sister and the news that she’s now the guardian of her orphaned niece, Lucy.

Still nurturing unresolved grief from a marriage bookended by loss, as well as her guilt over her adult son’s imperfect upbringing, Jane is her own worst enemy, content to focus on her small Michigan farm. Now, confronted with a traumatized eleven-year-old, the prickly empty nester is thrust into motherhood again, unsure she’ll do any better this time.

City girl Lucy is bewildered by aloof Aunt Jane and a new life in rural Michigan. The debilitating phobia Lucy has developed since her parents’ deaths keeps her stuck in this place that’s nothing like home. She secretly plots to run away to live with other relatives. Jane and Lucy must decide if they’ll both endure yet another loss—each other—or if their paths will lead them to forge a new family together.

©2018 Brilliance Audio, Inc. (P)2018

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Depressing

Narrator excellent. I struggled with characters found hard to sympathize with them especially the child.

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great story!

loved the story and super easy to listen to. I really felt like the characters were developed well.

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Couldn’t Stop Listening! The Ending Seemed Incomplete...

I just loved this book. The narrators were mesmerizing. The only disappointment was the ending. It seemed like there should have been a couple more chapters. I have the ability to assume what happened in the end, and I won’t spoil your read by giving details. I would still recommend the book.

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Really good story

This story was really enjoyable, didn't think I would like the 2 voice switch, but it was done well and did not interrupt the story flow.

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nice story line

I liked the story line and the characters but the book ending was just ok.

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A light read.

This audio book didn’t do much to hold my interest although I did finish it. It wasn’t a book I couldn’t wait to get back to like most. Not bad if you’re looking for a light read.

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A sweet story about the love and triumph of family

This is a good story and a bit of a tear jerker. It can be alittle slow. The excitement in the book could have been written; or maybe read in such a way that you were more involved in the outcome. It is written in such a way you know everything will be just fine no matter what. This story is believable. Could be a bio. The end was a little anticlimactic but I love suspense. A sweet story wherever triumphs all. The narration was very good btw.

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I do not speak or understand Spanish so some things I didn’t understand. Than k you.

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Excellent audiobook

I wasn't sure about this book when I started it, but as it progressed I fell more and more in love with the characters. The story is told in alternating POVs. Lucy, a pre-teen whose life is turned upside down with the death of her parents, and Jane, a woman whose life fell to pieces after losing a child. Together they forge a new life, healing the past grief and re-discovering love and trust

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Good Story and narrator

Good story that grabbed my interest right away. Interesting setting in farm country. it ended a bit abruptly but other than that I enjoyed it and would recommend it.