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From the author of The Personal History of Rachel Dupree, shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers and longlisted for the Orange Prize.
1900. Young pianist Catherine Wainwright flees the fashionable town of Dayton, Ohio in the wake of a terrible scandal. Heartbroken and facing destitution, she finds herself striking up correspondence with a childhood admirer, the recently widowed Oscar Williams. In desperation she agrees to marry him, but when Catherine travels to Oscar's farm on Galveston Island, Texas—a thousand miles from home—she finds she is little prepared for the life that awaits her. The island is remote, the weather sweltering, and Oscar's little boy Andre is grieving hard for his lost mother. And though Oscar tries to please his new wife, the secrets of the past sit uncomfortably between them.
Meanwhile for Nan Ogden, Oscar’s housekeeper, Catherine’s sudden arrival has come as a great shock. For not only did she promise Oscar’s first wife that she would be the one to take care of little Andre, but she has feelings for Oscar which she is struggling to suppress. And when the worst storm in a generation descends, the women will find themselves tested as never before.
©2013, 2014 Ann Weisgarber (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kevin Stokes on 07-27-15

Characters that draw you in

I normally listen to fantasy or sci fi novels. This is story that really drew me in. Many books do not hold my attention and I don't finish them. Not this one; I really wanted to know how things worked out for the main character. The author also did a great job transporting you to this place and time. Unlike many modern novels, there is general background whisper of old-fashioned moralistic message that percolates and boils up occasionally.
There is a lot of repetition some times, with the characters thinking the same thoughts over and over again, which I suppose people do in a real life. I confess getting a bit annoyed once or twice, but overall I'm glad I stuck with it. I thought this was a very memorable book that you will not regret or forget.

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5 out of 5 stars
By RueRue on 04-21-14

Beautifully written and read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a wonderful, historical narrative suitable for readers who enjoy character-driven stories. The disriptions of time and place, 1900 in Galveston, Texas, are beautifully and vividly written.
This is a sweet, sad, but realistically told story. I appreciated that the ending was right even if it wasn't nessecarily a happy one.

Any additional comments?

The narration is excellent, although the reader did seem to use one voice for all of the adult male characters. She did an excellent job of voicing the (2) female narrators, Katherine and Nan.

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9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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