Things We Once Held Dear

  • by Ann Tatlock
  • Narrated by Richard Ferrone
  • 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After Neil Sadler returns to his hometown following the tragic death of his wife, he is reunited with Mary Beeken, whose alcoholic husband brings her no end of misery. As a devastating event from the past bleeds into the present, Neil and Mary strive to resurrect hope for the future.Christy Award-winner Ann Tatlock is hailed for her elegantly constructed tales and complex characterizations.


What the Critics Say

"[Tatlocks's] lovely prose reminds [us] why it is a joy to savor her stories." (Publishers Weekly)


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Facing Ghosts . . . Going Home

Returning to Mason, Ohio after nearly three decades away, Neil feels drawn back home after the death of his wife, Caroline . . . not really sure why, he goes back during his summer break as an art teacher in New York . . .Surprised, he finds that his cousin, Mary is back in Mason, too, with her police officer husband . . . and the years on the police force have taken their toll on him and their marriage . . . Both Mary and Neil are still battling ghosts from the past . . . I love Ann Tatlock's gentle, yet honest writing style . . . she never sugar coats the truth, the feelings that come after many years of marriage, the doubts and fears that we humans have . . . and in her wisdom and generous style, she weaves a thoughtful tale of searching, discovery and healing that only comes from the Great Physician. Never, ever beating you over the head with it. Uncle Bernie, the retired pastor of the family, holder of the family and town secrets, gentle, loving, caretaker of all that is good, still alive and praying for the family and town folks, is one of the best characters in the book. He may be bedridden, stuck in the "attic" of the bed and breakfast, now owned by Neil's cousin, Grace, but he's the "glue" that pulls everyone together and he's determined to hang around until he's finished a little more business. Mysteries from decades earlier are haunting the family . . . and people that they once trusted and believed in have let them down . . . Can it ever be set right?
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- Debbie "Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper."

Ho Hum...

This was a sleeper...I wanted to jump ship after 2 hours but I paid for it and was going to finish it! Which I did, but it never improved and i was relieved when it just didn't have anything in it that hooks the listener's a bit aimless...and boring.

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- Shrimpy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-16-2006
  • Publisher: Recorded Books