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Carol Denman divorced her husband over 20 years ago and has never looked back. But on the day before their daughter's 30th birthday, John barges back into Carol's life with a request that threatens the fragile stability she has built. 

John Bowman is sick. Very sick. While he still can, he has some amends to make and some promises to fulfill. But to do that, he not only needs his ex-wife's agreement...he needs her. 

With the past hovering between them like a ghost, Carol and John embark on a decades-overdue road trip. Together they plunge back into a life without water...but which may ultimately set them free.

©2019 Marci Bolden (P)2020 Tantor

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  • tomdckd
  • 11-05-2020

a new title would have fit better

I really enjoyed this story and also was satisfied with the ending. Appreciated the epilogue too.

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  • Kimberly Adcock
  • 15-01-2021

Life Without Water

Speech is sometimes a little robotic, but the story is heartfelt. Such a wonderful story full of sadness and humor. Loved it.

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  • Vicki
  • 26-06-2020

LOVED IT!

Oh my goodness, this was so good but it was also very sad. I loved going with John and Carol on the journey to fulfill the promise they made concerning their daughter. If it had been me, I would have wanted each of us to do it on our own but since John was sick I would have done it with him like Carol did, no matter what my feelings about him were. I knew the reason why they made the promise but finding out the details of what happened took quite a way into the book.

The trip they took was very interesting, lots of stops in different states and even one stop that really surprised me. In the end Carol realized that not all the things that made her resent John were his fault, some of them were hers.

Even though this book is such a sad story, there are also some uplifting moments and even a few that are funny.

The narrator did a good job and made this a very easy book to listen to.

This is the first book by this author that I’ve read but I’m patiently waiting for the audio of book #2 in this series, A Life Without Flowers which is expected to be released on September 29th of this year.

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  • BeagleMom
  • 30-05-2020

High Expectations

.....that were well met! I’d waited for this book to come on Audible, and grabbed it as soon as I saw it. Well narrated, well written. While I’m not one to cry, this book was successful in bringing the tears. Nevertheless, a sad, haunting, but very sweet story!

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  • Tina Susor
  • 10-11-2020

Great Story!

Loved the story. Only complaint is that the narrator sounded too much like a "Siri".

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-2020

i would read it again💛

Would recommend this to anyone grieving. Beautifully sad story. inspirational. I grieve my son and get told alot how strong I am, but I dont feel it. I could literally follow along and feel like I was in the story.

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  • Tammy
  • 04-08-2020

love this book

written so well and touches you deep in your soul. makes you take a look at your own life and hurts that you haven't dealt with.

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  • Lin
  • 02-08-2020

Wonderful Story!

This is a story of love, hate, heartbreak, bitterness, and forgiveness. In a traumatic but heartwarming sequence of events, this story shows the struggles experienced by a woman seeking peace and healing. Loved it!!!

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  • deb p
  • 23-05-2020

Beautiful story!

I loved this book even though it caused tears at times, it is just a beautiful story!

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  • Denise K
  • 09-01-2021

Absolutely Incredible...

I was pulled in immediately ...this was speaking to me ...I felt their pain even though I’ve never lost a child. Addiction, grief, secrets, lies, disappointments..but absolute pure LOVE. I cried at least 3 times. Perfect narration..I’m going to listen the next book in this series now. Bravo!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-2020

Pity!!

Didn't like narrator, so stopped listening.Voice annoying. Pity as the story gets great reviews.

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  • stibule
  • 05-08-2021

Mildly interesting

This book passed the time. There was little story and, as someone who has lost a child, I found surprisingly little emotion in the book. It did not feel authentic to me. Narration was good.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-06-2021

Good story sad at times

it was a good story very sad at times it was mainly to characters that go on a journey and to deal with there past

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