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Three generations of women - and the love, loss, sacrifice, and secrets that can bind them forever or tear them apart.

Millicent Glenn is self-sufficient and contentedly alone in the Cincinnati suburbs. As she nears her ninety-first birthday, her daughter Jane, with whom she’s weathered a shaky relationship, suddenly moves back home. Then Millie’s granddaughter shares the thrilling surprise that she’s pregnant. But for Millie, the news stirs heartbreaking memories of a past she’s kept hidden for too long. Maybe it’s time she shared something, too. Millie’s last wish? For Jane to forgive her. 

Sixty years ago Millie was living a dream. She had a husband she adored, a job of her own, a precious baby girl, and another child on the way. They were the perfect family. All it took was one irreversible moment to shatter everything, reshaping Millie’s life and the lives of generations to come. 

As Millie’s old wounds are exposed, so are the secrets she’s kept for so long. Finally revealing them to her daughter might be the greatest risk a mother could take in the name of love.

©2020 by Tori Whitaker. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Chelle
  • 17-10-2020

I will miss these ladies

I found this book to be extremely engaging. The characters were well developed. There was a lot to this story and I enjoyed every minute of finding out about it. The author did a fantastic job of switching between time periods and painting a picture of the early time period. I found myself entertained by hearing about the decades my mother was a kid/teenager. At the same time I found myself agape at what it was like for women in that period. I wouldn’t consider myself a feminist, but I was certainly surprised and saddened by how hard it was for women. The main character, Millicent, was strong and trying to find her place in the world, anchored and at the same time propelled by her childhood experiences. The relationships between her and most every character shaped her in some way. Joshilyn Jackson is one of my favorite narrators and authors. It seems as though people are firmly planted in one camp or the other regarding her narration. I am firmly in the fan camp. She brings compassion, humor and realism to the story. As the headline for my review says, I will miss these ladies, I was not ready for the book to end. I don’t think there is a much stronger recommendation than that. I look forward to reading (listening) to more by Tori Whitaker! Excellent first novel!!

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  • Wendy
  • 31-10-2020

Magnificent book

This story had so much depth to it. The characters lived for me. The narrator was wonderful. I recommend this book highly.

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  • MomMom1208
  • 30-10-2020

Heartwarming

I enjoyed this book more than I had hoped. I love the generation piece, especially it being mothers & daughters. I only took one star away for the parts that seemed to drag, too much fluff at parts, but still would recommend it and I still enjoyed it.

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  • GirlwithaView
  • 28-10-2020

Great voice of 3 Generations

Great story of 1950’s housing boom and role of women in business in a new era. But the personal life of Millicent and her role as mother, wife, grandmother was so well developed. I enjoyed every mile I walked listening.

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  • M. Anderson
  • 13-07-2021

Too Much Worrying, Not Enough Substance

I feel like 50% of this book should have been edited out. The story itself was okay, but Millicent spent most of the time fretting about what everyone else was thinking. She couldn't speak a sentence without worrying what other people would think about it, it got really annoying. I stayed with the book just to see how it finished, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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  • JRunyan
  • 22-06-2021

Relatable storyline

I found the narrators voice to be a bit irritating... thought the story dragged on longer than necessary too. the story is real and relatable.

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  • Susan E. Peters
  • 13-06-2021

Slow Start, Good Twists

The story was slow to start, but progressed nicely after about one-third of the way through. The author alternated between the 1950s and 2015. The final five or six chapters were the best. I thought the narrator did a great job on all of the characters. I would recommend this book.

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  • Parents of three
  • 10-04-2021

Uplifting, for all those who have gone through the tragedy of losing a baby

Flawed, realistic characters, damaged people, who find forgiveness and peace. At first I thought that Millicent’s daughter was much too hard on her, but after finishing the book, I understood why. There are so many ways a person can suffer pain, and inflict pain unknowingly. As this story reveals, it is only through communication (something that also involves risk when opening your heart) that we can truly understand each other, and find acceptance.

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  • Linda Henley
  • 24-01-2021

Such a nice story.

I appreciated the layout of this story, including jumping back and forth between generations. There was no explicit sex, only minimal swearing, and no violence, just a lot of interesting character development. I really enjoyed this well planned and executed story.

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  • Sharon Easley
  • 02-12-2020

Excellent!

The story is one for many mothers and daughters.. I plan to send to my daughter.

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  • Judith Coyle
  • 29-04-2021

Impressive debut

What a confident debut! Good storytelling and very strong, believable characters. Lovely to have a story with a largely happy marriage too. Good narration. Recommended.

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