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The Red Coat

A Novel of Boston
Narrated by: Christina Delaine
Length: 16 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Think Downton Abbey, set in the heart of Boston.

Irish domestic worker Norah King's decision to ask her wealthy employer, Caroline Parker, for an elegant red coat that the Beacon Hill matriarch has marked for donation ignites a series of events that neither woman could have fathomed. The unlikely exchange will impact their respective daughters and families for generations to come, from the coat's original owner, marriage-minded collegian Cordelia Parker, to the determined and spirited King sisters of South Boston, Rosemary, Kay, and Rita. As all of these young women experience the realities of life - love and loss, conflict and joy, class prejudices, and unexpected prospects - the red coat reveals the distinction between cultures, generations, and landscapes in Boston during the 1940s and '50s, a time of change, challenge, and opportunity.

Meet the proud, working-class Irish and staid, upper-class Brahmins through the contrasting lives of these two families and their friends and neighbors. See how the Parkers and the Kings each overcome sudden tragedy with resolve and triumph. And witness the profound impact of a mother's heart on her children's souls. Carlson brings us front and center with her knowing weave of Celtic passion - both tragic and joyful - words of wisdom, romance, humor, and historical events.

©2018 Dolley Carlson (P)2019 Tantor

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  • linda brown
  • 02-03-2020

what a read

This was undoubtedly the best book I have ever listened to on Audible. The story was amazing , the narrator was wonderful. This book held my attention from start to finish. I was sad when it was over. So many interesting facts were quoted, and the families who the book was about became real people to me.

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  • 10-01-2020

Endless details.

Brevity is not in this writer's vocab. I lived in Boston on Beacon Hill, so it was fun for me to envision the locations, but as far as the story itself, there is none. And there are endless decriptions or lists of objects including the entire contents of a refrigerator. Too much. It felt like she wanted to use every scrap of research she had done whether it had any relevance or not. Like THAT was the story instead of a story.

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  • Lea Ludington
  • 01-11-2019

So wonderful

This was a wonderful book, and as a Catholic I enjoyed all of the references to my beautiful faith.

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  • 30-10-2019

Fun read

Fun read, you will enjoy the book immensely. Loved the historical accuracy of all the old places around Boston.

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  • 15-09-2019

loved it

fun read for those who grew up in an Irish Catholic family in the 50's

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