What Matters Most : Star of the Sea Academy

  • by Luanne Rice
  • Narrated by Ann Marie Lee
  • Series: Star of the Sea Academy
  • 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sister Bernadette Ignatius has returned to Ireland in the company of Tom Kelly to search for the past and the son they left behind. For it was here that these two long-ago lovers spent a season of magic before Bernadette's calling led her to a vocation as Mother Superior at Star of the Sea Academy on the sea-tossed Connecticut shore. For Tom, Bernadette's choice meant giving up his fortune and taking the job as caretaker at Star of the Sea, where he could be close to the woman he could no longer have but he never stopped loving. And while one miracle drew them apart, another is about to bring them together again. For somewhere in Dublin, a young man named Seamus Sullivan is also on a search, dreaming of being reunited with his own first love, the only "family" he's ever known. They'd been inseparable growing up together at St. Augustine's Children's Home, until Kathleen Murphy's parents claimed her and she vanished across the sea to America. Now, in a Newport mansion, that very girl, grown to womanhood, works as a maid and waits with a faith that defies all reason for the miracle that will bring back the only boy she's ever loved. That miracle is at hand, but, like most miracles, it can come only after the darkest of nights and the deepest of heartbreaks. For life can be as precarious as a walk along a cliff, its greatest rewards reached only by those who dare to risk everything for what matters most.


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A Pure Love Story

Where does What Matters Most rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 20

What other book might you compare What Matters Most to and why?

That's the great thing about What Matters Most, there isn't one that compares.

What does Ann Marie Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The sweetness of the characters, and the accents.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

True love never dies

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- Janit L Johnson


Having grown up in an institution run by nuns I felt a close kinship with the characters. The deepest love, hate and angst is revealed in each character as they strive to make sense of their lives. The role the Church played in Bernadette's decision to give up her child and become a nun, the decision made by Kathleen to go with her parents and leave James behind and the choice Tom Kelly made to be close to Bernadette without the pleasure of having her marry him made the characters real, vulnerable and heartbreakingly believable. I cried for them and couldn't stop listening to the book.
Great story, great narration.
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- Jay

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-06-2007
  • Publisher: Books on Tape