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Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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The bestselling author of The day I ate whatever I wanted The year of pleasures returns with a wonderful novel about a woman, a daughter, and a surprising change in life. Beloved author Elizabeth Berg tells the story of the recently widowed Helen Ames and of her twenty-seven-year-old daughter Tessa. Helen is shocked to discover that her mild-mannered and loyal husband had been leading a double life.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, 2009

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janwishart
Jun 22, 2015

A slow moving book - the relationship between recently widowed Helen and her daughter Tessa. Good.

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VRMurphy
May 20, 2015

I ordered the audiobook by accident - I've enjoyed her other books. However, I found that while I like her voice as an author, her actual voice as a reader is a bit grating. Will re-order and make sure it's for the real book this time.

samdog123 May 08, 2014

When Helen's husband Dan dies from a sudden heart attack, she begins to rely on her daughter, Tessa. A successful writer, Helen is dealing with writer's block. Her life turns around when she discovers a wonderful surprise and begins teaching a writing class at a local library. I love Elizabeth Berg's books. The author reads on the compact disc and I love her telling of the story.

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kesha1123
Mar 11, 2014

Great storytelling. I love the monologue that in jest honors women who relinquish their strength momentarily to take a much needed break. I felt Helen wholeheartedly in that moment of text.

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jmandrews
Aug 01, 2011

Blurb about book is very misleading as to the story, made the whole thing seem insipid. Thought relationships could have been better written.

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happy7
Apr 04, 2010

True to Elizabeth Berg's style, the (audio) book started out very slow, but eventually the story caught my interest. It is a sweet book about a writer that is inspiring in the sense that the writer is able to overcome her writer's block through her work as a writing teacher. The only word I can really think to sum up this book is sweet.

smc01 Nov 23, 2009

Elizabeth Berg creates very believable characters that we care about. The main character, Helen, is a writer, who has been widowed in the last year. I especially enjoyed her descriptions of the writing process as Helen struggles to write again, and her thoughts about the importance of reading and book stores in our lives.

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arrobins70
Jul 06, 2014

“Books educate and inspire, and they soothe souls -- like comfort food without the calories.” - Helen

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