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New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice works her singular magic in this deeply felt novel about two unforgettable couples, linked by a shared history, separated by decisions made long ago.

What if you could relive one time in your life? What would you choose if you could make one thing right? For Bernadette and Tom, it is a return to their roots in Ireland and a lov...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2007)
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Gremily
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Rebekah
This was the worst love story I've ever read. I actually stopped to read portions to my husband and we laughed out loud at the sappy, ridiculous events.

A woman who is now a nun, and the groundskeeper at the abbey, take a trip to Ireland to see how the son they had together is getting along. Horror of horrors, they find that instead of the happy family they envisioned him gaining from the orphanage, he was never adopted and ran off to be on his own. This starts a search for the son, a questioning...more
Mindi
My library is slim with books on tape. I picked this up for the pretty picture as I had not heard of Luanne Rice.

I apologize to anyone who bothered with my in progress reviews. This book was tedious. By the 7th cd, I was vested enough to want to finish it. During the 8th cd, I was angry and turned it off for a couple days. Then I listened to portions of the last CD and decided to go back and finish.

I think the end was sufficiently acceptable. I did require a generally happy ending to tie up loo...more
Mónica Silva
Luanne Rice possui uma mestria evidente ao abordar o amor nas suas obras. Neste livro, a sua escrita é capaz de tocar o coração do leitor de uma forma simples. Mais do que um mero romance, é um livro sobre encontros e desencontros, vidas que se cruzam e interlaçam sob o poder do amor.
Bernadette, ao abandonar o seu filho para seguir a sua vocação e tornar-se freira, alterou não apenas o rumo da sua vida mas também o do homem que mais amava. Agora, juntos, Bernadette e Tom vão percorrer um caminho...more
Mafi
Adorei!Devorei o livro, ao contrario do que pensava não tive qualquer problemas com as partes religiosas do livro. Mas gostei mesmo muito, achei as personagens cativantes e adorei a historia do James/Seamus e da Kathleen.
Deb
A very sappy and unbelievable love story between 2 couples. The first love story is between Tom and Bernadette. The young couple visit Ireland and conceive a child which is given up for adoption because "Bernie" is about to take her vows as a nun. Her child, Thomas James Sullivan,grows up in a Catholic orphanage where he falls in love with another orphan Kathleen. Meanwhile Sister Bernadette has become the Superior at a Connecticut convent where her former lover works as caretaker. For more than...more
Raquel Leite
A irmã Bernardette Ignatius regressa á Irlanda na companhia de Tom Kelly em busca do passado que ambos deixaram para trás há mais de 20 anos.
Antes do seu chamamento para a vida religiosa no convento, bernadette e Tom passam uma noite de amor, onde é resultante uma criança. Esta foi entregue ao convento ainda recém nascida. Chamaram-lhe Thomas, como ao pai, mas devido a haver muitos Tom's chamavam-lhe pelo segundo nome James.
Algures em Dublin, Seamus, sonha em reencontrar o seu grande amor, Kath...more
Silvana
Ao "passearmos" pelas páginas deste livro vamos descobrir que é uma história de ligações entre pessoas e da força que essas mesmas ligações têm ao ponto de unir essas mesmas pessoas ao longo de muitos anos. É uma narrativa que se desenvolve de forma cativante que permitindo uma ligação entre o leitor e o livro. Assim, assistimos aos dilemas da Irmã Bernadette, à fidelidade de Tom e à ligação entre dois jovens que vivem num orfanato Seamus e Kathleen.

Estamos na presença de personagens principais...more
CLM
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Rhonda Rae Baker
This was an awesome story...loved the characters and what they went through touched memories that I have.

Emotionally charged and beautifully written. Luanne Rice has a way of digging deep within the soul and challenging your beliefs.

We are all affected by choices...from our ancestors, our parents, our siblings, our spouses, our children, even our friends...it's what we do with those events that can either make or break us.

I felt such controversy with what happened to these children while growin...more
Karen
You can't go wrong with Luanne Rice books. She has such a gift for laying out beautiful words. This is the 4th book of hers I've read. It does start out a little confusing, I must say. I think she's trying to create suspense, but I was left wondering at more than one point just what was going on here. I'm going to stick it through, however, because it's getting better. Luanne Rice is great.

1/20/10 update: I finished the book. I did find it hard to sympathize with Bernie, without giving too much...more
Karrie
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Dária
A vida é feita de escolhas e tomada de decisões que alteram o percurso da nossa vida, bem como daqueles que nos rodeiam, especialmente daqueles que são mais importantes para nós e que habitam no nosso coração. Acho lindas as histórias de amor e esta cativou-me bastante! Adoro quando um livro me envolve de tal maneira, mexendo com as minhas emoções e me leva a exteriorizá-las!
Kelly Moran
From a writer's standpoint, I completely and honestly appreciate the ending of this book. Well done!
From a readers standpoint, I was saddened and a bit dissapointed by the ending.
Overall, the book was well worth the read and entirely heart-breaking.

Sarah
The audio book was done with Irish accents and the childhood romance is so cheesy that I quit before I really got into the book. When I read the description of the book just now, I wasn't even sure this was the book I started and quit.
Catherine
This almost reads like a trashy romance novel. Other than James/Seamus the characters are not really very likeable. I've enjoyed other novels by Rice, but this one left me feeling yucky about the story and the characters.
Jan Hubert Castillo
one of luanne rice's best! but still, there's this question in my mind that remained unanswered: who's Brendan McCarthy's parents?
Kimberly
It was okay. It sounded good when I read the back. It kept jumping around from past to present....I won't read again.
Debbie
This was the next read for a book club that I am in. I just didn't think that it was that well written.
Kriley1227
Science fiction? A woman has a child and enters the convent?!
Janice
Sad and depressing.
Kim
The only good thing about this painful read is that it is over. Rarely I have read such an annoying book. The plot intrigued me, parents give up baby for adoption and then seek him out 20 years later, but the actual story line, writing and characters were awful in my opinion.

I was raised Catholic so I have a pretty high tolerance for claims of seeing the Virgin Mary, but these events along with the ghost that shows up later was ridiculous. I also did not understand how this story revolves aroun...more
Dyana
I had just read a couple of "heavy" books so decided on a light romance. This was an unusual plot for a story but, for me, implausible.

- "Bernie" has a vision from the Virgin Mary to seek a vocation as a nun.
- Before she acts upon the vision, Bernie and her boyfriend Tom travel to Ireland to research his family roots.
- In Ireland they conceive and have a son who they name Thomas "James" Sullivan.
- The day after he is born they place him in a Catholic orphanage in Dublin run by nuns assuming he...more
Barbara
mostly I just wanted to see how it turned out. Liked James a lot. Can you imagine how you would feel if your birth parents showed up at work without warning? Why didn't they work through the orphanage?
Bernie and Tom both have the dumbs. Their life choices seemed unrealistic. Bernie is such a worldly nun.She should have been seeking devine guidance everyday and not relying on one vision which had a message that she couldn't interpet. God speaks clearly to us everyday. He doesn't speak in confusi...more
♥ Sarah ♥
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Weronika
This book was quite good, I'm not a big fan of Luanne's writing style but the story was good. There is a lot happening, especially toward the end. And there are about 4 climaxes to the story, so you're never bored. Her writing is simple but repetitive, and she keeps mentioning people eyes. We get it, they're blue. And I did at times want to put the book down, or skip to the end and just find out what happens. But I think if you stick with it you might like it. It's not the best book, the charact...more
Christina
I received a signed copy of What Matters Most by Luanne Rice for free through Goodreads First Reads.

If you believe in true love, irrational passion, and miracles, you will enjoy this novel. What Matters Most by Luanne Rice is quite the romance. Rice explores spirituality, the depth of human emotion, the power of relationships, and the impact of personal conflict though an ensemble cast of interconnected characters. The novel’s unique and captivating plot has the potential to keep the reader rive...more
Maria Miaoulis
Luanne Rice has outdone herself in this sequel to "Sandcastles." No one else better captures heartbreak and regret over choices made, while at the same time giving the reader hope that all will work out in the end, albeit not in the traditional "happily ever after" sense than she does. It's obvious to anyone who picks up this book how passionate Rice is about her native Ireland and how much she loves the ocean. She makes us feel like we're right there on the Emerald Isle, as Gaelic history and c...more
Amy
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Catarina
Este foi um livro que sem dúvida me surpreendeu pela positiva, é já o terceiro livro que leio da autora, e apesar de não a considerar nem perto das minhas favoritas, tenho um certo prazer a lê-la.

Como já antes tinha dito, os livros desta autora são, para mim, óptimos depois de ler alguns livros mais intrincados, com mais informação e principalmente se forem séries, pois temos que nos lembrar de quase tudo o que é dito de livro para livro... A escrita que encontramos nestes livros é tão simples,...more
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Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-one novels including THE LEMON ORCHARD (Viking/Pamela Dorman Books.) Five of her books have been made into movies and mini-series, many have been New York Times bestsellers and two of her pieces have been featured in off-Broadway theatre productions. She divides her time between New York City and the Connecticut shoreline.
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