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The Uncertain Season

Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (198 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In hurricane-ravaged Galveston, a storm of betrayal is brewing.

Nineteen-year-old Grace's golden age is just beginning. She and her mother live a privileged life. Beautiful and talented, Grace is looking forward to a pleasant summer celebrating her engagement to a wealthy young gentleman.

But when her lovely, charming, and disgraced cousin Etta arrives, Grace finds her place in society - and in her mother's heart - threatened. Etta enchants everyone as she maneuvers to secure a station in Galveston's upper echelons. Grace, in a reckless moment, reveals Etta's scandalous past, and as punishment, she's sent to work in Galveston's back alleys, helping the poor. There, a silent waif known only as Miss Girl opens Grace's eyes to new love and purpose. She's determined to save this girl who lost her entire family in the hurricane and now slips along the shadows of the unfinished seawall with a mysterious resolve.

Soon, the lives of the three young women will converge as betrayal, mistaken identity, and a family secret that sweeps them toward a future that defies all expectations.

©2017 Ann Howard Creel (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Lovely simply lovely

I loved this story! Beautifully written. The narration is phenomenal. Simply lovely. Deep sigh. That's all.

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Brave women

This book brought the reality of a long ago tragedy. I was unaware of this tragic hurricane in our history until listening to this story. This book was a great source of insight of what happened that tragic day in 1900 and the effects it had on the people it effected. How I wish so many things could have been different for the young girl it follows, it shadows nothing, only her reality and the reality of another young girl.
This book has stayed with me...making me feel very thankful for what I have and whom I have in my life.

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A good story

At first, I thought it was a dual timeline story, but it isn't. I liked the story. The accent the narrator used sounded more Charleston than Texan, but maybe coastal Texans have a different accent than the rest of Texas.

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The Uncertain Season

Three groups of people from dfferent stations of life become involved in Galveston one memorable summer..A cousin come to visit, becomes immersed in the lives of the rich and famous. A young girl becomes homeless as her parents are washed away, and a couple who have the world as their oyster come through this summer completely changed. I especially enjoyed the audible version of this book and recommend it you!

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Enjoyed it from start to finish

The characters were convincing, whether I like them or not. The narration was very good, this story held my attention.

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The Uncertain Season

Loved This Book. Times have been so very hard for so many down through time. The Girl,s character was written to show no matter how poor one is,ones character and hard work makes a person who they are. Grace rounded out the story as portrayed by her loving character by learning to put others before herself. Also, Grace was given the chance for true love and to enjoy what she was meant to do, to serve others.

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Wanting more

Love Ann Howard Creel, but this book left me hanging, wanting more I felt it was a rushed ending.

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Good story

I just did not like the character of the two young women and the fiance. I know those type of rich people who lived in Galveston in those big houses. The story of how one young lady began to care about others and the girl who doesn't talk was moderately interesting. The story just ends no satisfaction.

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Enjoyed the story

The ending of this story frustrated me. I was waiting on this fabulous ending but never happened.

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Abrupt Ending—No Happily Ever After

I selected this book as my free choice in November. It is a touching story of three women, Bernadette, a mother, Grace, her daughter, and Etta, Bernadette’s niece. Galveston, Texas, is a flat piece of land just off the Texas coast. It was recently devastated by a hurricane. The writing is beautiful and the reader is taken on a trip of the very wealthy and how they spend their time with each other traveling, talking, dining, and doing silly things like renting yachts to dine on for a change of pace. Etta is sent to ‘visit’ by her mother to get her away from a romantic interest that her mother finds unsavory. Etta fell in love with a circus acrobat. So, Etta arrives in Galveston and is to be introduced to the wealthy way of life. Etta has no moral compass and immediately sets about to find things that will put her in her aunt’s good graces. Grace in the meantime, tells about the circus romance, and is banished by her mother to pay penance by working in the ‘allies’ with the poor. Grace finds she likes doing something meaningful and tries to be helpful. She tries to help a young woman who by all appearances doesn’t belong in the allies but because the woman won’t talk, no one knows her story. There is much ado in Grace’s circle, now Etta’s circle, about Grace’s working with the poor and how her poor fiancé, Jonathan, feels ignored. He and Grace limp along with their engagement until Etta reveals a big secret that totally turns Grace’s life upside down. The story ends rather suddenly (I think) without adequate closure for the characters. It seemed that the author spent the entire book discovering the in-depth character of her characters and then when things start to happen, she wraps everything up. Not wanting to spoil the book for new readers, let me say that it is well worth the time to read it but you will end up wanting more closure. The author writes from personal experience in many ways and her stories are more realistic than many romance readers will enjoy. I’ll be reading more books by Ann Howard Creel. This one I listened to in Audible and enjoyed the variety of inflections by the narrator, Britanny Pressley.

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  • 09-12-18

Unsatisfying ending.

Storyline was slow without much happening. The ending was very unsatisfying. Awful to think of a mute 14 year old sailing out to the unknown. She can't speak,has no money or clothes. How would she survive?The horrible rape didn't seem to add anything to the storyline except to emphasize how alone the girl is. I had hoped for a good ending for her, finding her voice, education and Grace with her privileged wealthy life could have taken her in.
Surely Grace would have married the man she loved instead of choosing to stay where her mentally ill father was. He was well cared for in the home and didn't even recognize Grace.