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Publisher's Summary

Elizabeth Gallagher has been balancing on the ragged edge for a while now. Then, a rough case on the boards of her 911-operator job collides with a family conflict at home, and Elizabeth finds herself finally coming apart at the seams. A four-state road trip - trapped in a car with her mother - is the last thing she needs.
Their destination may be beautiful Hatteras Island, but the reason for going is anything by pleasant. After one disastrous hurricane, and with a second one working its way up the coast, it’s time to convince Aunt Sandy to abandon her little seaside store on North Carolina’s Outer Banks and return to the family fold in Michigan.
But when the storm sweeps through, the three women will discover that sisterhood and the sea can change hearts, lives, and futures...often in the most unpredictable of ways.
©2013 Lisa Wingate (P)2018 Two Words Publishing
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5 out of 5 stars
By Rose O'Toole on 02-23-18

Loved this story!

This is a prequel to The Prayer Box but is easily a stand alone.
Elizabeth Gallagher has had a rough year and her Mom and Aunt, who lives in the Outer Banks Of North Carolina, are locked in a battle over selling land. Elizabeth is a 911 dispatcher who is second guessing her response to a call and her kids are growing up faster than she’d like! Her marriage is not all that she hoped. All of this culminates into a trip to visit her Aunt just as a hurricane develops. Family wins as closeness and understanding grow and life finds a balance.

The book is in first person, which is not always my favorite but the narrator, Sybil Johnson, does an amazing job making it work. The emotion and intonation is spot on. The characters are well done and I can feel Elizabeth’s angst as she navigates this part of her life.

The book is a quick one just a few hours, but well worth the listen!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Tracy on 03-03-18

Good story, not as good as The Prayer Box

When I saw that this story takes place prior to the Prayer Box, I immediately bought it. I failed to see that it was a novella rather than a full-length book. The story and characters are good. The narration was too much. Elizabeth’s mother and aunt Sandy sound like characters from an 80’s sit-com. They are just way too much. It distracted from the characters and what they were saying. I don’t understand the need some narrators have to “overact.” If I wanted to watch a movie, I would watch a movie. The same goes for enjoying a play. Books, whether I am reading or listening to them, should be just that - my mind will give the characters each their own voice. The written word is so powerful; don’t overpower it with narration.

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