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True Places

Written by: Sonja Yoerg
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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  • Kathleen
  • Liberty, Mo United States
  • 2019-01-09

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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  • Lauri
  • Cleveland, OH
  • 2019-01-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-06

True places

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

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  • Helga Immerfall
  • 2019-01-05

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-30

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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  • Audible Reader
  • 2019-02-24

Boring

I wanted to like this book and listened to it for nearly 8 hours. I just can't listen any more. With the exception of Suzanne (mother) and Iris (girl found), all of the other characters in this book were unlikeable. After 8 hours, I still have no idea where the story is leading and now I just don't care. If you like to read about rich, shallow people and bratty teens, go for it. I will likely try another Sonja Yoerg book in hopes this was a bad blip on her track record.

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  • LaFaye
  • 2019-02-04

Cant finish the book

I just cant finish this book, I'm sure if I could finish this book I might have a more favorable impression, but for some reason , I find the beginning of the story so boring that I just cant get past it. I've tried twice. I own not only the audible version but the kindle e-reader book this is how much I thought I'd like this book. Again. sorry for the bad review nothing against its author or narrator.

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  • Kathryn @theBookDate
  • 2019-01-27

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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  • James
  • 2019-04-27

Hallmark feel good movie book

The story is beautifully written, it is jammed packed with all the to good to be true ingredients, but it does feel a bit to perfect, morally right and easy going in the end. If the idealistic American dream, little house on the prairie is your thing you will most definitely enjoy this.

I expected more.

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  • Meliss
  • RI
  • 2019-04-20

Annoying characters

This book was a let down. The characters were all self-important and aggravating. The descriptions of the mountains and forests were beautiful and evocative.... but that was really the only redeeming quality of this book.

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