The Fable of Us

  • by Nicole Williams
  • Narrated by AJ Ferraro
  • 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Her heart can't be destroyed by the same person twice. At least, that's what Clara Abbot finds herself hoping when she runs into Boone Cavanaugh less than an hour after returning to Charleston.
As kids, Clara and Boone had been each other's firsts, and no one or nothing could stand in the way of their forever. But all kids have to grow up sometime. The troubled son of the town drunk winding up with the firstborn daughter of the local royalty was a happy ending even the most imaginative of fairy tales couldn't make believable.
Their fable came to an end as most do: tragically. Boone might have done the leaving, but it was Clara who got away and made a new life for herself in California. But after seven years of dodging her hometown, she's only back in Charleston for seven days to celebrate her sister's wedding. She won't let her overbearing family or her run-in with Boone rattle her - though rattling her is obviously Boone's primary objective.
Boone is her past and her past is behind her, a mere speck in the rearview. So why does she feel it coming back every time she looks at him? Why does she see it every time he looks back?
Just when Clara's life can't possibly get more complicated, the ground shifts, and she discovers just how far her family was willing to go to keep the wrong boy out of her life. Was it really Boone who left her? Or was it Clara who left him?
The truth will be hard to face. Especially when she discovers most of her life has been built on lies.


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Customer Reviews

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A great performance for a compelling story

What did you love best about The Fable of Us?

I loved a great second chance story handled well. And this is an excellent example of that. I loved the connection that Boone and Clara had, even after 7 years of separation and heartbreak. Their families only give them stress and grief, in general and about each other.

What did you like best about this story?

The relationship between Boone and Clara. I loved how they had each others back with the situations that came up during the story. And how they were able to untangle their past into something manageable.

What about AJ Ferraro’s performance did you like?

I loved the narrator. She did an excellent job at differentiating between the different characters enough for me that I usually had no problem knowing who was speaking. I thought she did an excellent job. This was my first ever audio book because I never thought my mind would be able to pay attention and focus. However, I had no problem focusing on the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to, yes. I wasn't able no, but I really did want to. In fact, I only had 50 minutes to go and had to go inside, so I bought the ebook to finish the story at night. And THEN listened to the rest of the book just to hear how it sounded.

Any additional comments?

I am a huge Nicole Williams fan. I love her writing and I think she is very talented. Anything I have read by her has been amazing.

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- Micah

Second chance love

I listened to the audio version of this story and I think it is a completely different reading experience than looking at words on a page, especially when the narrator is able to inject so much emotion into their voice and of course the southern accents.

Clara and Boone were in love as teenagers but it was the classic ‘wrong side of the tracks’ romance story. She came from a family of wealth and influence. He came from a family with nothing. The one thing they did have in common was how much they loved and cared for each other.

Their relationship ended when they had to deal with something that completely blind sided them and her family jumped at the opportunity to interfere and get rid of Boone from Clara’s life. Needless to say it worked.

Now Clara is returning home for her sister’s wedding, she is marrying Ford, the man Clara was dating until she caught him having sex with her sister. In retrospect she really did dodge a bullet, she can’t imagine being shackled to a man like him as a husband.

After a chance meeting with Boone when she arrives in town to stay with her family, she convinces him to play the part of her boyfriend, her ‘plus one’ for the wedding.

As you can imagine, her family is not very happy about having Boone in their company once again. Secrets that were buried are starting to break through the surface and Clara & Boone realise there was more to their break up than they knew.

I loved this second chance love story.
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- Jo Fergus

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-18-2016
  • Publisher: Nicole Williams