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Louisiana, 1965, and an unlikely, inevitable couple. Sammy Teague and Betsy Duplechain have grown up right next door to each other but in different worlds, with expectations and circumstances that have always kept them separate. Now, as a powerful September hurricane bears down on the Louisiana coast, those worlds will come face to face. The choices they make will send them on an odyssey north and into the fall of 1965, as the brutal and envious sheriff Percy Parris pursues them. Along the way they meet an unusual and eclectic series of people who help them become more than what they were. As fall turns to winter, their lives will change forever in the wake of a storm named Betsy. 

The Saints of Lost Things is a story of love, hope, and perseverance and envy and bitterness. And the remarkable power of kindness.

©2014 Charles Lawler (P)2018 Charles Lawler

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Quiet down and get this guy a respirator!

Couldn't really enjoy the story because there was too much background noise that took me out of the experience and the narrator sounded like he was out of breath or breathing heavy in some parts. He's got a nice voice so not sure if it's the production crew or not. I'll check out the story in print was getting interesting just couldn't get past all the production distractions and breathing.

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Wherever Betsy was would be his home from now on.

Sammy Teague and Betsy Duplechain captivated me in the print version of this book. Their journey, a love story, interwoven in Louisiana history, is one as old as time: two people separated by the gulf of familial and societal norms and expectations who dare to follow their hearts despite the odds and opposition. As their story comes full circle, Sammy, Betsy and the reader learn of love, loss, perseverance, empathy, and the kindness of strangers. With meticulous vigilance, master wordsmith, C. H. Lawler, not only breathes life into Sammy and Betsy, but also their families, friends and foes. The characters, both major and minor, become friends who stay with you long after the last page is read.

When I heard John McConnell would narrate the audio version, I waited with bated breath for the perfection that I knew was in the works. Just as I expected, McConnell, did not disappoint when tasked with the challenge of slipping deftly between narration and the perfect vocal rendering of a cast of characters with a variety of accents, dialects and levels of English proficiency. Native of Louisiana, McConnell animates and enhances characters who, with a less skilled narrator/performer, might seem clichéd. The audio version last for 12 hours, but I listened for several more because I wanted to hear my favorite parts again and again. Mere words fail me in attempt to describe how flawlessly and dramatically McConnell brought each character to life for me.

I have a deep, abiding respect and love for Lawler’s talent, his gift to readers as it were, and having his exquisite story given a voice by so great a talent as John McConnell is nothing short of a tour de force. Bless and thank you both, C. H. Lawler and John McConnell. Listening to The Saints of Lost Things enriched my life in ways that will be with me forever.

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Love this book!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I especially liked hearing the Cajun accent since I come from a Cajun family & the reader “Spuds” was spot on!! Looking forward to hearing the other two books written by C H Lawler.

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