In this new novel, beloved bestselling author Elizabeth Berg weaves a beautifully written and richly resonant story of a mother and daughter in emotional transit. Helen Ames–recently widowed, coping with loss and grief, unable to do the work that has always sustained her–is beginning to depend far too much on her twenty-seven-year-old daughter, Tessa, and is meddling in her life, offering unsolicited and unwelcome advice. Helen’s problems are compounded by her shocking discovery that her mild-mannered and loyal husband was apparently leading a double life. The Ameses had painstakingly saved for a happy retirement, but that money disappeared in several large withdrawals made by Helen’s husband before he died. In order to support herself and garner a measure of much needed independence, Helen takes an unusual job that ends up offering far more than she had anticipated. And then a phone call from a stranger sets Helen on a surprising path of discovery that causes both mother and daughter to reassess what they thought they knew about each other, themselves, and what really makes a home and a family.
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Good story, not good narration
The author should not be narrating. Her voice is too thin and her inflections are odd and frequently whiny. Although she is one of my favorite authors and the story is good, it's still tough to listen to. I would recommend buying the book instead of the audio book.
irritating, boring, couldn't finish it.
This book was so boring. The description described it a a great book with a mysterious husband. The story was boring and predictable. It made me irritable listening to this drab book with a drab narrator. I skipped several chapters to see how it would end and the ending was even boring. There is a part in the book where a reader describes how bad a writer the character in the book was and it describes this writer perfectly!