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A Star for Mrs. Blake - A novel

April Smith

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The United States Congress in 1929 passed legislation to fund travel for mothers of the fallen soldiers of World War I to visit their sons' graves in France. Over the next three years, 6,693 Gold Star Mothers made the trip. In this emotionally charged, brilliantly realized novel, April Smith breathes life into a unique moment in American history, imagining the experience of five of these women. They are strangers at the start, but their lives will become inextricably intertwined, altered in indelible ways. These very different Gold Star Mothers travel to the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery to say final good-byes to their sons and come together along the way to face the unexpected: a death, a scandal, and a secret revealed. None of these pilgrims will be as affected as Cora Blake, who has lived almost her entire life in a small fishing village off the coast of Maine, caring for her late sister's three daughters, hoping to fill the void left by the death of her son, Sammy, who was killed on a scouting mission during the final days of the war. Cora believes she is managing as well as can be expected in the midst of the Depression, but nothing has prepared her for what lies ahead on this unpredictable journey, including an extraordinary encounter with an expatriate American journalist, Griffin Reed, who was wounded in the trenches and hides behind a metal mask, one of hundreds of "tin noses" who became symbols of the war. With expert storytelling, memorable characters, and beautiful prose, April Smith gives us a timeless story, by turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, set against a footnote of history--little known, yet unforgettable. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Bernadette Dunne

Length:

11h 21m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:17


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:23


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:57


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:34


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:22


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:30


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:03


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:34


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:09


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:47


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:42


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:12


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:46


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:00


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:49


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:17


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:13


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:51


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:22


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:31


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:07


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:59


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:11


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:17


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:53


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:03


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:19


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:47


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:28


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:41


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:28


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:55


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:50


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:12


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:32


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:23


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:32


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:32


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:27


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:12


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:06


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:19


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:02


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:26


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:08


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:15


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:53


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:10


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:54


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:45


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:57


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:20


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:29


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:10


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:27


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:49


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:51


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:02


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:23


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:34


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:19


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:56


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:11


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:22


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:37


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:22


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:13


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

09:00


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:23


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:06


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:37


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:59


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:46


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:49


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:45


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:07


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

00:24