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Publisher's Summary

Diane picked up her mother’s phone. “How do you feel about your mother being let out of prison today after 65 years?” the reporter asked. Diane stared at her mother. “My grandmother is alive?” That one phone call hurled shock waves throughout the entire family. 

1955 - Anna Bergman Craine’s life changes in an instant when she commits a crime of passion and is sentenced to life in prison. Leaving behind two young children, she is left alone in the world, never to hear from family or friends again. Decades later, she is set free and finds she has a family that has chosen to forget her. What caused this beautiful, intelligent, young woman to commit such a drastic deed that would pull her away from everyone she loved.

2020 - Diane Martin is shocked to learn that not only is her maternal grandmother alive, but she’s just been released after decades in prison. Against her aging mother’s wishes, she visits the older woman and soon hears a tale of the events that led up to that tragic day in 1955. Diane realizes that her own life has mirrored that of her grandmother’s and, had circumstances gone differently that fateful day, she might have experienced the same fate.

A heart-wrenching story of a family torn apart because of a moment in time and trying to put the pieces back together after being separated for decades.

©2020 Deanna Lynn Sletten (P)2020 Deanna Lynn Sletten

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The Ones We Leave Behind

This was a very good book. it took a few chapters before getting used to the narrator but then she was able to bring the characters to life in such a beautiful portrayal. I am so glad I listened.

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Wow wow wow.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I didn’t have any problem with the narrator as some have said. It was tragic and beautiful at the same time. I wonder if it was based on a real life experience because it was so moving. There is a saying: “ Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, and a victim into a victory.” This could be the theme of this book. I highly recommend it.

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Poor narration

This was a good story period we’ve had no twists or turns it was very straightforward Aryan the narrator was very poorly matched to the content of the book period so it was difficult to listen to it seemed very simplistic period also the author did not leave much room for the readers imagination period everything was spelled-out period this left no suspense period not a lot of character development with characters that were not main characters period I would like to return the book period

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Worst narration ever.

Horrible narration. The reader sounded like she was reading to a class of kindergarten kids. Or like Siri was reading. I may have enjoyed the book more but I just couldn’t stand the narration. I just about quit multiple times but didn’t want to waste the audible credit. Lesson learned, I will listen to the sample first before purchasing. The narration is critical.

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Excellent!

Very well written! Don't let the negative reviews deter you. It's a great read!

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Great Lesson

This was a lesson for all domestic abuse survivors as well as their abusers. The narrator did a fantastic job with all those voices. The story while very heart wrenching, was fully complete. It should be made into a movie.

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An interesting story, but the narration was way off. The voices did not match the characters and was a distraction that overpowered the story.

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I really enjoyed it

What a heart wrenching story. I can’t wait to hear it again! It’s been on constant repeat in my head since I started it.

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Sweet and sad story

A well written story of a lifetime of abuse and it’s effects on future generations. Not scary to read but hard to hear how awful the effect of abuse are. Hard to understand how women allowed (and likely still allow) themselves to be abused and they stay.

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loved the story

I was not fond of the narrator. but got used to her by the end.

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  • 07-18-22

Not for me

Not for me I’m afraid the reader is not very good and I’ve only listened to about 4 chapters I’ve actually removed from device
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