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True Places

Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
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Publisher's Summary

True Places is a beautiful reminder that though we may busy ourselves seeking what we want, what we need has an uncanny way of finding us.” -Camille Pagán, bestselling author of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences

A girl emerges from the woods, starved, ill, and alone…and collapses.

Suzanne Blakemore hurtles along the Blue Ridge Parkway, away from her overscheduled and completely normal life, and encounters the girl. As Suzanne rushes her to the hospital, she never imagines how the encounter will change her - a change she both fears and desperately needs.

Suzanne has the perfect house, a successful husband, and a thriving family. But beneath the veneer of an ideal life, her daughter is rebelling, her son is withdrawing, her husband is oblivious to it all, and Suzanne is increasingly unsure of her place in the world. After her discovery of the ethereal sixteen-year-old who has never experienced civilization, Suzanne is compelled to invite Iris into her family’s life and all its apparent privileges.

But Iris has an independence, a love of solitude, and a discomfort with materialism that contrasts with everything the Blakemores stand for - qualities that awaken in Suzanne first a fascination, then a longing. Now Suzanne can’t help but wonder: Is she destined to save Iris, or is Iris the one who will save her?

©2019 Sonja Yoerg. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Great story

Thouroughly enjoyed the storyline. True about the life’s we lead today being about materialistic things.

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  • Helga Immerfall
  • 05-01-2019

Thought provoking!

True Places is a very well written book. The characters are well developed. The author explores family relationships and living a meaningful life in a thought provoking way. I highly recommend this book!

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  • Sleeping in Cleveland
  • 17-01-2019

Love loved it

Beautifully written. I usually read more suspense novels but this one caught my interest. So glad I got it. I couldn’t put it down..

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  • Kathleen
  • 09-01-2019

All Suburban Mother's Dream

We, suburban Mothers all get trapped in our "super Mom's capes" sometimes. This beautiful story will let you dream or maybe even act on your feelings of being taken for granted.

This author's way with words will make you hear the birds and smell the trees.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-2019

True places

A good book easy read. I couldn't put down. The story just flow off the pages

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-01-2019

True Places

Excellent story, many themes, “real” characters. Loved the location, use of maps, history. Encourages the reader to take at hard look at life’s busyness.

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  • Kathryn @theBookDate
  • 27-01-2019

Wonderful Story of Family and Life

Wonderful story with excellent narration. I loved the characters, and the fact that all the main characters were given time for viewpoints. The themes of parenthood, marriage, teens, loss, grief and courage stand out. Iris was an amazing person, who could cut to the truth and challenge the values that were so false and prevalent among many. Highly recommend to anyone who loves a good family drama story, full of emotion.

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  • Jason E Burgher
  • 06-03-2019

really good book

The story was really really really good but the best part about this was the narrator she is amazing!!!!

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  • Anne H. Renihan
  • 05-01-2019

Real life angst - both pain and growth.

Take a journey with a family like yours and not like yours. No platitudes. No easy answers. And a wondering admiration for nature woven throughout.

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  • kmitts
  • 08-03-2019

The Ending?

I really enjoyed most of this book but it left me wanting more. I liked the characters but the ending didn’t really tell you what happened to them or what impact Iris had. The ending did not do the book justice & I’m disappointed!

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  • Larry
  • 05-03-2019

I loved this book

Anew-to-me author who writes a exceptional story and the lessons we can learn by reading it! The narrator, Lisa Flanagan was phenomenal! I strongly recommend!