Award-winning author Shelby Hearon, an adept observer and commentator on human nature, focuses on the joys and sorrows of family relationships. Her latest success in marrying style to subject is Ella in Bloom, a novel exploring how it's never too late to make peace with yourself and with others. Terrell has asked her sister, Ella, to conceal her adulterous affair from the family. When Terrell dies in a plane crash just hours later en route to meet her lover, the lie takes on a life of its own. Having spent life in the shadow of her "perfect" older sister, Ella comes face to face with unexpected challenges. Struggling to be honest, Ella feels love blossom in her heart for Rufus, Terrell's grieving spouse. Narrator Alyssa Bresnahan voices the changes in Ella's thoughts, actions, and words with great emotional depth, making the listener feel a connection to this blooming woman, a woman we all know.
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"Ella's a late bloomer. She's in her forties. Her older sister's death in a plane crash leads her finally to understand that a world existed before she was born, that her parents were people she'll never know. Secrets fall away like petals on one of Ella's antique roses. Alyssa Bresnahan's accents shift from old Louisiana to Austin, Texas, in a comfortable, unhurried manner. She takes time to develop each character, especially the teenagers, Ella's daughter and her sister's sons. They are believable--likable and irritating. When Ella lies about her life to her socially conscious mother, Bresnahan's voice captures Ella's depression. Shelby Hearon handles the fragile thing we call relationships sometimes with kid gloves, sometimes with grimy gardening gloves. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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