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In 1944, 23-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina, a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess' new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she's trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.
The people of Hickory love and respect Henry and see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain, especially after one of the town's prominent citizens dies in a terrible accident and Tess is blamed. Tess suspects people are talking about her, plotting behind her back, and following her as she walks around town. What does everyone know about Henry that she does not? Feeling alone and adrift, Tess turns to the one person who seems to understand her, a local medium who gives her hope but seems to know more than he's letting on.
When a sudden polio epidemic strikes the town, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess, who has a nursing degree, bucks Henry's wishes and begins to work at the hospital, finding meaning in nursing the young victims. Yet at home, Henry's actions grow more alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle her husband's mysterious behavior and save her own life?
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By Anonymous User on 11-26-17
This is the best book I have ever listened to!!!
This is the first book review I have written. I listen to at least 3 books a month. This book is so good I couldn’t not leave a review. If you’re on the fence, get this book. If your read a bad review, get this book. If you’re not sure if you would like this book, get this book. The narrator is amazing and the book is amazing also. I hate going to the store or having to go into town but I would just so I could listen to this book. You won’t regret it. From the beginning to then end, it’s so good.
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By Leanne K. on 11-01-17
Not what I expected... in a GOOD way!
I had this book in my wishlist and listened to the sample about 50 times over a period of months before officially deciding to listen to it. I don't know why it took me so long to decide to, or why I ever debated it, because this book was excellent!!
I normally go for Mysteries/Thrillers, or Psychological thriller books, just because they keep me hooked and on edge. Not only was this book a mystery, but it was also a love story, which was very refreshing to me. The author and the narrator did a fantastic job!
WORTH THE MONEY or THE CREDIT!!
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