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Susan Meissner

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  1. 10.5 hrs • Mar/14/2017 • Unabridged

    Wartime intrigue spans the lives of three women—past and present—in the latest novel from the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life.   February, 1946. World War Two is over, but the recovery from the most intimate of its horrors has only just begun for Annaliese Lange, a German ballerina desperate to escape her past, and Simone Deveraux, the wronged daughter of a French Résistance spy.   Now the two women are joining hundreds of other European war brides aboard the renowned RMS Queen Mary to cross the Atlantic and be reunited with their American husbands. Their new lives in the United States brightly beckon until their tightly-held secrets are laid bare in their shared stateroom. When the voyage ends at New York Harbor, only one of them will disembark...   Present day. Facing a crossroads in her own life, Brette Caslake visits the famously haunted Queen Mary at the request of an old friend. What she finds will set her on a course to solve a seventy-year-old tragedy that will draw her into the heartaches and triumphs of the courageous war brides—and will ultimately lead her to reconsider what she has to sacrifice to achieve her own deepest longings.   CONVERSATION GUIDE INCLUDED

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    A Bridge Across the Ocean

    10.5 hrs • Mar/14/2017 • Unabridged
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  2. 8.2 hrs • Oct/31/2016 • Unabridged

    Fans of suspense fiction will once again be enthralled with the latest entry in the compelling series featuring attorney Rachael Flynn and her continuing cast of intriguing characters.A newborn is found alive in a trash bin, and a young, single mother insists her baby was abducted. While St. Paul police are skeptical, attorney Rachael Flynn’s strange dreams lead her to believe the mother is telling the truth. But who would steal a baby only to leave it for dead?When the baby disappears again, Rachael agonizes over her decision to allow the baby to be returned to his mother. Did she make a terrible mistake? And where is the missing baby now? Who would wish the child harm? Rachael is determined to see past the deception that threatens to send a young mother to prison and a newborn to a terrible fate.

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    Days & Hours

    Read by Tavia Gilbert
    8.2 hrs • Oct/31/2016 • Unabridged
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  3. 8.0 hrs • Aug/31/2016 • Unabridged

    Critically acclaimed author Susan Meissner’s Rachael Flynn mystery series started with the popular Widows and Orphans. In the second serving of intrigue, Sticks and Stones, lawyer Rachael Flynn receives an unsigned, heart-stopping letter:They’re going to find a body at the Prairie Bluff construction site. He deserved what he got, but it wasn’t supposed to happen. It was an accident.When the body is uncovered, Rachael and Detective Will Pendleton discover that the fifteen-year old victim, Randall Buckett, had been buried twenty-five years before. Is the letter writer and the killer the same person? Why would someone speak up now? And why are they telling Rachael?Susan Meissner’s ability to weave a fascinating tale will leave readers wanting more.

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    Sticks and Stones

    Read by Tavia Gilbert
    8.0 hrs • Aug/31/2016 • Unabridged
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  4. 8.3 hrs • Jul/15/2016 • Unabridged

    When attorney Rachael Flynn learns her bighearted younger brother has been arrested, she at first takes it in stride; Joshua has been in trouble before when his zeal for helping the downtrodden and disadvantaged pitted him against the law. But this time the charge is murder and he’s confessed to the crime. Certain that he’s innocent, Rachael begs Joshua to let her represent him, but her brother refuses her offer of counsel. As Rachael works on the case on her own, she begins to suspect that Josh knows who the real killer is, but she’s unable to get him to cooperate with his defense. When Rachael asks her husband, Trace, and his fellow artist friends to sketch the scene of the crime as they see it, a new piece of the puzzle becomes apparent…a piece that ultimately leads to a much bigger truth.

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    Widows & Orphans

    Read by Tavia Gilbert
    8.3 hrs • Jul/15/2016 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.9 hrs • May/01/2016 • Unabridged

    Here is the dramatic story of two young girls, Megan and Jen, who meet in first grade and quickly become inseparable friends.Inseparable, that is, until one of them is snatched away by kidnappers as the other young girl watches helplessly.The remaining child grows up with the haunting memory of her friend’s abduction and absence from her life. Then, sixteen years later, the stunning truth of the disappearance is revealed. And once again, lives are changed forever.A smashing follow-up to the author’s well-received first novel, Why the Sky Is Blue, this wonderful and heartrending novel endears the reader to every character in this intriguing story, a testament to God’s ability to “work all things together for good.”

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    A Window to the World

    Read by Tavia Gilbert
    7.9 hrs • May/01/2016 • Unabridged
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  6. 11.0 hrs • Mar/15/2016 • Unabridged

    In this new novel from the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life, two women working in Hollywood during its Golden Age discover the joy and heartbreak of true friendship._x000D_ _x000D_ Los Angeles, Present Day. When an iconic hat worn by Scarlett Ou2019Hara in Gone With the Wind  ends up in Christine McAllisteru2019s vintage clothing boutique by mistake, her efforts to return it to its owner take her on a journey more enchanting than any classic movie… _x000D_ _x000D_ Los Angeles, 1938.  Violet Mayfield sets out to reinvent herself in Hollywood after her  dream of becoming a wife and mother falls apart, and lands a job on the film-set of Gone With the Wind. There, she meets enigmatic Audrey Duvall, a once-rising film star who is now a fellow secretary. Audreyu2019s zest for life and their adventures together among Hollywoodu2019s glitterati enthrall Violet…until each womanu2019s deepest desires collide.  What Audrey and Violet are willing to risk, for themselves and for each other, to ensure their own happy endings will shape their friendship, and their lives, far into the future. _x000D_

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    Stars Over Sunset Boulevard

    Read by Ann Marie Lee
    11.0 hrs • Mar/15/2016 • Unabridged
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  7. 7.7 hrs • Feb/15/2016 • Unabridged

    A story of hope and the faculty of love, by the bestselling author of Secrets of a Charmed Life.Claire Holland, a happily married mother of two, is grateful beyond words that she is unable to remember the brutal attack that nearly ended her life. But when she finds out she is pregnant—against all odds—she and her husband, Dan, must decide what to do with a baby she is already starting to love and whom Dan can’t ever imagine loving. Told from the perspective of Claire and her firstborn, Kate, Why the Sky Is Blue is an intensely personal story of a mother and her two daughters, the first a much-loved and wanted child, the second conceived in a sexual assault and given up for adoption. It is a story of the power of love to triumph over even the worst of circumstances.

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    Why the Sky Is Blue

    Read by Tavia Gilbert
    7.7 hrs • Feb/15/2016 • Unabridged
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  8. 9.8 hrs • Feb/15/2015 • Unabridged

    A beautiful scarf, passed down through the generations, connects two women who learn that the weight of the world is made bearable by the love we give away.September 1911. On Ellis Island in the New York harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries … and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her? September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers … the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?

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    A Fall of Marigolds

    Read by Tavia Gilbert
    9.8 hrs • Feb/15/2015 • Unabridged
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  9. 11.4 hrs • Feb/03/2015 • Unabridged

    The author of A Fall of Marigolds journeys from the present day to World War II England, as two sisters are separated by the chaos of wartime. She stood at a crossroads, half-aware that her choice would send her down a path from which there could be no turning back. But instead of two choices, she saw only one—because it was all she really wanted to see.In present day Oxford, England, young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades, beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden—one that will test her convictions and her heart.In 1940s England, Hitler wages an unprecedented war against London’s civilian population, and hundreds of thousands of children are evacuated to foster homes in the rural countryside. But even as fifteen-year-old Emmy Downtree and her much younger sister Julia find refuge in a charming Cotswold cottage, Emmy’s burning ambition to return to the city and apprentice with a fashion designer pits her against Julia’s profound need for her sister’s presence. Acting at cross purposes just as the Luftwaffe rains down its terrible destruction, the sisters are cruelly separated, and their lives are transformed.

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    Secrets of a Charmed Life

    11.4 hrs • Feb/03/2015 • Unabridged
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  10. 11.0 hrs • Oct/04/2011 • Unabridged

    A house shrouded in time. A line of women with a heritage of loss.As a young bride, Susannah Page was rumored to be a Civil War spy for the North, a traitor to her Virginian roots. Her great-granddaughter Adelaide, the current matriarch of Holly Oak, doesn’t believe that Susannah’s ghost haunts the antebellum mansion looking for a pardon, but rather the house itself bears a grudge toward its tragic past.When Marielle Bishop marries into the family and is transplanted from the arid west to her husband’s home, it isn’t long before she is led to believe that the house she just settled into brings misfortune to the women who live there.With Adelaide’s richly peppered superstitions and deep family roots at stake, Marielle must sort out the truth about Susannah Page and Holly Oak— and make peace with the sacrifices she has made for love.    

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    A Sound among the Trees

    Read by Susan Denaker
    11.0 hrs • Oct/04/2011 • Unabridged
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  11. 10.0 hrs • Sep/07/2010 • Unabridged

    Love is a choice you make every day.Content in her comfortable marriage of twenty-two years, Jane Lindsay had never expected to watch her husband,  rad, pack his belongings and walk out the door of their Manhattan home. But when it happens, she feels powerless to stop him and the course of events that follow Brad’s departure.Jane finds an old ring in a box of relics from a British jumble sale and discovers a Latin inscription in the band along with just one recognizable word: Jane. Feeling an instant connection to the mysterious ring bearing her namesake, Jane begins a journey to learn more about the ring—and perhaps about herself.~In the sixteenth-century, Lucy Day becomes the dressmaker to Lady Jane Grey, an innocent young woman whose fate seems to be controlled by a dangerous political and religious climate, one threatening to deny her true love and pursuit of her own interests.As the stories of both Janes dovetail through the journey of one ring, it becomes clear that each woman has far more influence over her life than she once imagined. It all comes down to the choices each makes despite the realities they face.

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    Lady in Waiting

    10.0 hrs • Sep/07/2010 • Unabridged
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  12. 9.3 hrs • Oct/06/2009 • Unabridged

    When her black-sheep brother disappears, Amanda Janvier eagerly takes in her sixteen-year-old niece, Tally. The girl is practically an orphan: motherless and living with a father who raises Tally wherever he lands—in a Buick, a pizza joint, a horse farm—and regularly takes off on wild schemes. Amanda envisions that she, her husband Neil, and their two teenagers can offer the girl stability and a shot at a “normal” life, even though their own storybook lives are about to crumble.Seventeen-year-old Chase Janvier hasn’t seen his cousin in years, and other than a vague curiosity about her strange life, he doesn’t expect her arrival will affect him much—or interfere with his growing, disturbing interest in a long-ago house fire that plagues his dreams unbeknownst to anyone else.Tally and Chase bond as they interview two Holocaust survivors for a sociology project and become startlingly aware that the whole family is grappling with hidden secrets, with the echoes of the past, and with the realization that ignoring tragic situations won’t make them go away.Will Tally’s presence blow apart their carefully constructed world, knocking down the illusion of the white picket fence and revealing a hidden past that could destroy them all—or can she help them find the truth without losing each other?

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    White Picket Fences

    9.3 hrs • Oct/06/2009 • Unabridged
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  13. 8.9 hrs • Nov/01/2008 • Unabridged

    “We understand what we want to understand.”Leaving a life of privilege to strike out on her own, Lauren Durough breaks with convention and her family’s expectations by choosing a state college over Stanford and earning her own income over accepting her ample monthly allowance. She takes a part-time job from eighty-three-year-old librarian Abigail Boyles, who asks Lauren to transcribe the journal entries of her ancestor Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch trials.Almost immediately, Lauren finds herself drawn to this girl who lived and died four centuries ago. As the fervor around the witch accusations increases, Mercy becomes trapped in the worldview of the day, unable to fight the overwhelming influence of snap judgments and superstition, and Lauren realizes that the secrets of Mercy’s story extend beyond the pages of her diary, living on in the mysterious, embittered Abigail.The strength of her affinity with Mercy forces Lauren to take a startling new look at her own life, including her relationships with Abigail, her college roommate, and a young man named Raul. But on the way to the truth, will Lauren find herself playing the helpless defendant or the misguided judge? Can she break free from her own perceptions and see who she really is?

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    The Shape of Mercy

    Read by Tavia Gilbert
    8.9 hrs • Nov/01/2008 • Unabridged
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