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Publisher's Summary

From Melissa Payne, bestselling author of Memories in the Drift, comes an emotionally rich, feel-good novel about hope, second chances, and seeing the world through someone else’s eyes.

Orphaned at a young age and witness to her brother’s decline into addiction, Nora Martinez has every excuse to question the fairness of life. Instead, the openhearted librarian in the small Colorado community of Silver Ridge sees only promise. She holds on to the hope that she’ll be reunited with her missing brother and does what she can at the town library. It’s her home away from home, but it’s also a sanctuary for others who, like her brother, could use a second chance. 

There’s Marlene, an elderly loner who believes that, apart from her husband, there’s little good left in the world; Jasmine, a troubled teen; Lewis, a homeless man with lost hope and one last wish; and Vlado, the security guard who loves a good book and, from afar, Nora. 

As a winter storm buries Silver Ridge, this collection of lonely hearts takes shelter in the library. They’ll discover more about each other, and themselves, than they ever knew - and Nora will be forced to question her brother’s disappearance in ways she never could have imagined. No matter how stranded in life they feel, this fateful night could be the new beginning they didn’t think was possible.

©2021 by Melissa W. Payne. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Payne has crafted an emotional, character-driven novel about addiction, perceptions of others, and learning to let go. The Night of Many Endings is ultimately one of hope as the darkness brings forth the dawn of many beginnings.”Library Journal

“Richly layered and compassionate to its core, this story of genuine friendships transcending age and class, and the power of rebuilding, will move fans of Catherine Ryan Hyde, Jan Karon, and Kristin Hannah.”Booklist 

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so lovely

I fell into this book, tearfully, complete with deep thoughts on addiction, family, and, how frail and resilient we are. All the characters were finely drawn, flawed and complex and heroic. I cheered them on to the end of this emotional story. The narration was so good, surpassing my imagination. I liked this very much.

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So sweet

What a heartwarming book. I did not know what it was going to be about but the cover was cute so I listened. I LOVE when the same story is told from different peoples’ points of view. The characters all grow on you - could definitely shed a tear with this one.

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Heartwarming

I really enjoyed the book. Every character uniquely different but their pain was the same.

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Life lessons in one night

This book started slow, but I’m glad I stuck with it. A nasty winter storm left 5 mostly random people snowed in overnight in the library; the librarian with a bleeding heart, a motherless teen searching for guidance, the library security guard who emigrated from Bosnia, the begrudged elderly wife of a beloved patron who passed away recently, and a homeless man who sought shelter and gained much more.

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Beautiful writing

A lovely story with wonderfully woven characters.
A story that really left a warm feeling afterwards.

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Great story and message

Such a detailed book. the narration is spot on. Made me laugh, cry,and see life in a while new way.

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Best audiobook performance I’ve ever heard

The story was good, not great. It was a bit simplistic. But I love the writing style. The audiobook performance, however, was fantastic! I especially loved “Lewis”!

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touching story

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Mixed feelings but still recommend

This book has lots of deep thinking and analysis. It is not a happy story and might be very painful for someone struggling with family addiction.

I was annoyed at my own biases being laid bare at places. Generally a good story with some interesting characters. Wrapped up nice and neat.

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Entertaining until the very end

This book is the type that you stay up too late to read. Exceptionally written and entertaining until the very end. If you're like me and read a little bit of everything as long as it captures your attention, then this is the book for you! I truly enjoyed every page!

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wonderful story

just a dam good story, enjoyed listening very much well made and a feel good

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Unexpected

In the beginning I really struggled with this story because it hit too close to home. I am so happy that I continued although it was painful. This is such a beautifully written story. Somehow,for me, a therapy session. The author understood something of loved ones struggling with the addiction of helping an addict that few people get. It was tear jerking and joyful at the same time. I really, really needed this. I feel like I can let out a sigh of relief after 18years of going through the same thing Nora has. I highly recommend this book. It's the kind of book that deserves movie rights.