Summary

After enduring a childhood of horrific abuse and crushing poverty, Tucker seeks refuge in her rural Tennessee home. The three grandchildren she is raising are her only connection to the outside, and her demeanor is purposefully rough. But her world is turned upside down when a new neighbor, Ella, moves into the old McDaniel place next door.
Ella seeks solace on the same country road after overcoming cancer. Although she is Tucker's peer agewise, she was raised in a world of privilege and opportunity. Still, Ella shares a tragic part of Tucker's experience - she also suffered abuse. Hers was at the hands of her husband, a prominent judge in the community and Tucker's sworn enemy.
When Tucker finds herself at risk of losing custody of her beloved youngest grandchild and worse, the child's mother is murdered, she draws support and strength from her new friendship with Ella. These two women from disparate backgrounds form a fierce bond, and they weather life's storms together with faith, love, and determination.
©2014 David Johnson (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Anne on 11-02-17

Potential squandered... sort of

Pros:
-Great story idea. The plot was a good one with great potential, although the outcome was predictable.
-Tucker is a very interesting character. Everybody else is kind of an archetype.

Cons:
-The narrator: She rendered Tucker well, but Ella's breathy, cloying voice and overdrawn enunciation was not only annoying, it was puzzling in that she almost never changed her tone at all. The rendering of the other characters, especially the men, were all very similar (with the exception of Smiley Carter, which she did well.)
-Editing needed. When I find myself saying out loud, "Please, just get ON with it," the book needs to be more concise. One example is the amount of description that went into April's new clothes.
-Too much internal dialogue. At first it was reasonably effective as we got to know and understand Tucker, but it was overdone.
-Predictable. If you didn't figure out where the plot was going and who "Tiger" was before the mystery developed, you just weren't trying.

Overall, it wasn't a bad book. I finished it. I'm not recommending it to anyone.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amy A. Dye on 17-07-15

Best novel I have read in a long time; anxious to listen to sequels!!!!

Great story. Fantastic narrator. Well developed characters. Being familiar with family codependent dynamics it is rich in every way. Once you start listening/reading you will not want to put it down. PLEASE OFFER SEQUELS WITH WHISPERSYNC!!! Thank you.

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