Written by:
Sandra Brown
Narrated by:
Victor Slezak

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2009
7 hours 2 minutes
A romantic historical novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seeing Red about an independent woman who runs a boarding house in Dust Bowl Texas.

Ella Baron runs her Texas boarding house with the efficiency of a ship’s captain and the grace of a gentlewoman. She cooks, cleans, launders, and cares for her ten-year-old son, Solly, a sweet but challenging child whose busy behavior and failure to speak elicits undesired advice from others in town. Ella’s plate is full from sunup to sundown. When a room in her boarding house opens up, the respected town doctor brings Ella a new boarder―the handsome and gallant Mr. David Rainwater—but Ella is immediately resistant to opening up her home to this mysterious stranger.

Even with assurances that Mr. Rainwater is a man of impeccable character, a former cotton broker and a victim of the Great Depression, Ella stiffens at the thought of taking him in. Dr. Kincaid tells Ella in confidence that Mr. Rainwater won’t require the room for long: he is dying. Begrudgingly, Ella accepts Mr. Rainwater’s application to board, but she knows that something is happening; she is being swept along by an unusual series of events. Soon, this strong-minded, independent woman will realize that the living that she has eked out for herself in the small bubble of her town is about to change, whether she likes it or not...

Racial tensions, the financial strain of livelihoods in cotton drying up into dust, and the threat of political instability swirl together into a tornado on the horizon. One thing is certain: the winds of change are blowing all over Texas—and through the cracks in the life that Ella Barron has painstakingly built. This is the story of a woman who takes her life’s circumstances in both hands, but who will be forced to reckon with the chaos of her circumstances...
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Not the best book I've ever read, but it's wasn't bad either. A nice read.

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Simply a wonderful story. From beginning to end I couldn't wait to get back to the book. I wish it was a longer book.

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This book was kind of different from all of Sandra Brown's books I've read (and I've read them all). First its set back in the depression era... it was very sad at times and sort of depressing. I would skip it.

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D in LA

This book was really unexpected. The story was told in an interesting way. It started out really slow and I began to wonder if I would really finish it but it was not long before it really hooked me. Very unusual and interesting until the end.

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Wonderful....... I couldn't stop listening after I began. Narrator was captivating...

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