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Publisher's Summary

A powerful novel about the expectations of family - and the risks and liberation of defying them - by the Washington Post bestselling author of One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow.

1975. In the town of Rexburg, Idaho, aspiring artist Aran Rigby, his younger sister, Tamsin, and their two brothers are locked in orbit around their emotionally abusive father. Gad is the kind of man who soothes the failures of his own life by controlling the lives of others. But Aran and Tamsin are united in rebellion against their father. They understand each other. They have dreams beyond their small town.

Arriving in Rexburg is Linda Duff, an outsider from Seattle hoping to plant new roots far from the bitter ones of her childhood. She’s quickly taken with Aran, in no small part because of his talent. But when they fall in love, Linda is drawn into a family more damaged than the one she left behind. She also becomes privy to a secret Aran and Tamsin share that could dismantle everything everyone holds dear.

Upsetting the precarious balance in the Rigby home, Linda becomes an unwitting catalyst for the upheaval of Gad’s oppression. Now it’s time for them all to break free of the past, overcome the unforgivable, and find a new way forward - whatever the price.

©2021 by Libbie Grant. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Another masteripiece

I was on the waiting list for Ms. Hawker's 3rd novel and I am within 10 minutes to the end and am dreading it. I love this story, the characters, and complexities of family, religion, and characters trying to "fit" into a religious small town where everybody knows everybody and everybody is expected to behave a certain way. In comes a stranger, everyone knows she is for the city and is thereby labeled as such. All she wants is to have what she perceives as happy, healthy family structures. No one knows what happens behind closed doors. You either love or hate some of the characters which is a sign of a good writer whereby she evokes such passion into the characters both positive and negative. If you haven't experienced the works of Olivia Hawker, you are in for a feast. But be forewarned that you will hungrily look forward to devouring everything she has written. Each and every book she has written has such detail as to draw you into the story and you won't want it to end.

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I can listen to just about anything but I’m currently on chapter 9

This is possibly the worst 9 chapters of my life I feel like drinking and I don’t drink please get better hopefully I’ll be able to leave a better review

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Not recommended

I didn’t enjoy this book. The characters changed how they were feeling or acting one way and completely flipped to the other wa-sometimes in the same sentence. . Nobody grew. In fact the main strong character regressed. No humor. Then have a tragedy and quick wrap up and all tied in a bow. Nope didn’t work.

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Quite the Story

I had a difficult time with this book for my own reasons. Having been a part of a strict religious group at one point in my life, this story kicked up a lot of my own historical issues around this type of religion. I know Olivia Hawker usually writes stories that are somehow historically based on some of her own experiences. This is what kept me reading this book. I was going crazy with frustration with the father in the story, and his sons’ inability to fully stand up to him. It’s well worth the read!

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Hmmm

Hello religion in the 70s in the middle of nowhere Idaho… This was quite the interesting tale. Gad was infuriating, I can’t imagine growing up under that oppression. Aran’s cowardice had me constantly shaking my head. My frustrations came because I didn’t grow up in that kind of household.

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Interesting, but a bit slow

I did enjoy learning more about what it’s like to be a member of the Mormon church. And I did enjoy the family dynamics, but it was a bit slow at times. I think the story could have been told in about half the space.

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Open Minded and Heartfelt

I thought the book was good. It was a little long and dragged out at times but I stuck with it. Overall I loved the story and even had some tears along the way. The strength these 2 children had was perfect. Their mother was all she could be given the circumstances of a very strong God filled husband and father. It’s sad how something tragic is what we all need to see the rise of light in our own lives. Definitely a story of living each day as if it’s your last. Tomorrow isn’t promised and loving those around you is the most important in letting them know everyday. Enjoyed the narration. She did an amazing job.

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I really liked Ms Hawker's two previous novels but

The story idea was an interesting one, but the end product had some problems. I feel like this novel should have been listed as a YA novel. I don't have a problem with reading YA occasionally, but it was unexpected. A big problem for me was the contradiction in parts of the story and in some of the characters actions/ways of thinking. It felt like it was a lazy way to build suspense and/or explain new parts of the story. The narration was very slow but improved somewhat when I increased the speed to about 1.20.

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The story had potential, but like the text, the narration was slow and boring. Also, the recording was defective, in that the first syllable or
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