• The Passing Storm

  • A Novel
  • By: Christine Nolfi
  • Narrated by: Megan Tusing
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (327 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A gripping, openhearted novel about family, reconciliation, and bringing closure to the secrets of the past.

Early into the tempestuous decade of her thirties, Rae Langdon struggles to work through a grief she never anticipated. With her father, Connor, she tends to their Ohio farm, a forty-acre spread that itself has enjoyed better days. As memories sweep through her, some too precious to bear, Rae gives shelter from a brutal winter to a teenager named Quinn Galecki.

Quinn has been thrown out by his parents, a couple too troubled to help steer the misunderstood boy through his own losses. Now Quinn has found a temporary home with the Langdons - and an unexpected kinship, because Rae, Quinn, and Connor share a past and understand one another’s pain. But its depths - and all its revelations and secrets - have yet to come to light. To finally move forward, Rae must confront them and also fight for Quinn, whose parents have other plans in mind for their son.

With forgiveness, love, and the spring thaw, there might be hope for a new season - a second chance Rae believed in her heart was gone forever.

©2021 Christine Nolfi. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Tautly plotted, expertly characterized, and genuinely riveting, Nolfi’s emotional tour de force will capture readers’ hearts.”Publishers Weekly

“Nolfi has a gift for drawing out her character’s secrets slowly, and crafts interesting depictions that feel real, complicated, flawed, and compelling.”Booklist 

The Passing Storm is a touching tale of healing, hope, and belonging. The characters were richly layered, and the satisfying ending hit a perfect note. You don’t want to miss this unforgettable novel.”—Karen McQuestion, bestselling author of The Moonlight Child 

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Couldn’t finish this

I never start books and then not finish them. But I made an exception in this case. Both the story itself and the way it was performed were overwrought with drama and attempts at suspense. Yet, the story telegraphed all of the moves so well in advance that there was no suspense. I have no idea what happens at the end of this book, and I honestly don’t care.

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The Passing Storm

Maybe not the most exciting book in the world, but I'm still glad I listened to it.

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Okay

This was a feel-good story that reminded me of a Hallmark movie. There was a little drama that was predictable for me. My main complaint was the performance. The main character’s dialogue constantly ended as if she were asking questions. This may have been the author’s intention but it really got to me.

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good summer read

I enjoyed this story. good characters and narration. the death of her child is devastating but Raye navigates a healing heart

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A little slow in the beginning, was a good book

Struggled to start, but it ended up being a good book. I would try another book from this author. I liked the narrator.

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Narrator speaks too softly

The narrator actually made me slightly grumpy because of how softly she speaks she speaks when she's trying to evoke an emotion.

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Great story

This is a great story, is well written and narrated. Is about family, grieving, about the mistakes we made when we were young, naive and reckless. It touched my heart with sadness and hope. I definitely recommend i.

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Exquisitely narrated

Beautifully written, heartfelt story. The narrator did a superb job.
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This was an unexpectedly sweet story of love and forgiveness. Clean enough that it didn’t make me cringe when it talked about some tough subject matter.

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Time moving slowly in life

This story was very slow moving and difficult to follow. The last few chapters finally brought it all together.