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From bestselling author Hannah Beckerman comes a moving story about memory, secrets, and what it really means to feel that you’re one of the family.

When Nell’s father makes a deathbed declaration that hints at a long-held secret, it reignites feelings of isolation that have plagued her for years. Her suspicions about the family’s past only deepen when her mother, Annie, who is losing her memories to dementia, starts making cryptic comments of her own.

Thirty-five years earlier, Annie’s life was upended by a series of traumas - one shock after another that she buried deep in her heart. The decisions she made at the time were motivated by love, but she knew even then that nobody could ever understand - let alone forgive - what she did.

As the two women’s stories unravel, a generation apart, Nell finally discovers the devastating truth about her mother’s past, and her own.

In this beautifully observed and emotionally powerful story of identity, memory and the nature of family, Hannah Beckerman asks: To what lengths would you go to protect the ones you love?

©2021 by Hannah Beckerman. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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MESMERIZING...

Talk about a page turner! The story is a common one although the author did not allow me to figure it out until the character did. A mystery for sure. I wish the ending could have been just a little longer to continue the happiness of the character but it was still satisfying.

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This should have been half a book

The story alternates between then and now. I found the pacing a bit slow. As I listened I hope it would become a bit more exciting. It did not. I was disappointed when I learned the basic premise (no spoilers) really was not unique. It ends with the clear possibility of another book. I would have rather seen the pace picked up and the the ending have been the middle of the book and seen the story continue from there.

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  • scoots
  • 10-13-21

Epic twist turns everything on it’s axis!

All I can say is, wow! I spent the first half/two thirds of the booking thinking ‘I know exactly where this is going’, that it had been done so many times before. And then, there was an epic twist which turned everything on it’s axis! This book raises so many philosophical questions about who we are and how we feel, what it means to be us, who we love and why. There are so many nuances to it, as, through the characters, the author explores the many different aspects and presentations of love. I loved listening to the narrator reading the story to me; between the writing and presentation, some of the prose was poetic. Suffice to say I loved it, and would even like to listen to it again (which I never do!). I will definitely be looking out for more from this author.

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  • 11-14-21

Dreary

I’m not sure why I finished this. It is a dreary over examination of 2 women’s feelings. Too much navel gazing and not enough story. The narrator’s slow delivery doesn’t help. And there is no great surprise at the end to make it worthwhile.