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  • By: Boo Walker
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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A Spanish Sunrise

By: Boo Walker
Narrated by: Dan John Miller
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Summary

A widowed father and his young daughter embark on a life-changing journey in a heartening novel of family and second chances by the bestselling author of The Singing Trees.

Adjusting to the death of his wife hasn’t been easy on Baxter Shaw—or on their eight-year-old daughter, Mia. Baxter has left his band and abandoned his dreams to focus on being a single father, but it’s not enough: Mia’s exhibiting escalating behavioral problems. And neither has been able to face the past head-on...until the past reaches out to them.

After surprising results from a DNA test, Baxter and Mia journey to southeastern Spain to connect with their mysterious roots. Staying in a centuries-old villa on a renowned olive oil estate, they come to know the family they never realized they had, including a woman whose strength and passion for the estate remind Baxter of the love he lost—and that it’s not too late to rekindle his own dreams.

For Baxter and Mia, it’s a healing season in Spain, and the romance of the culture awakens a new outlook on life. But when long-simmering family secrets surface and the estate’s fate is called into question, Baxter must choose to let go of the past if he ever hopes to find love and live again.

©2022 Lemuel Walker. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Set against the lush backdrop of a centuries-old villa, A Spanish Sunrise explores a heartbreaking question: How do you rebuild your life after losing a beloved spouse? For Baxter Shaw, the road to healing starts in earnest when his daughter Mia—an eight-year-old unable to process her own grief—begins acting out in troubling ways. With her wellbeing in mind, Baxter sets them on a journey into his late wife’s mysterious past, where an unexpected homecoming awaits. Readers will cheer on these memorable characters and savor every page to the story’s wonderful and uplifting conclusion.”—Christine Nolfi, bestselling author of A Brighter Flame

“Boo Walker’s A Spanish Sunrise is a beautifully written tale about overcoming grief, embracing the true meaning of family, and resurrecting lost dreams. Walker takes a deep dive into grief’s many guises, yet manages to deliver a story that is both heartfelt and hopeful. A splendid cast of characters and settings that positively come to life on the page make this one of the most satisfying books I’ve read in a long time. Clear-eyed, thoughtful, and thoroughly charming, A Spanish Sunrise is the perfect escape!”—Barbara Davis, bestselling author of The Keeper of Happy Endings 

“Walker dazzles in this heart-wrenching tale about a grieving father’s restorative trip to Spain with his daughter… Transporting descriptions of Ester’s farm bring the setting to life, the characters all earn the reader’s emotional investment, and the pacing is perfect. Readers will fall in love.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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  • Cathy Hoffman
  • 30-08-22

The Spanish sunrise

Overall the book has a good story however, 36 chapters of a man whining only goes to prove that men are not the stronger sex

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  • KRISTI
  • 24-08-22

Absolutely beautiful story & incredible narration!

Boo walker has done it again! This is a beautiful story of love, loss and family connection. Having lost my mother and best friend when she was far too young, I deeply feel Baxter’s struggle with his loss & how to help his daughter navigate her loss. There are days when it’s too hard to remember & days when it’s impossible to forget. The narration is perfection. Thank you Boo Walker for this incredibly beautiful journey to Spain!

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  • Vilma M. Gonzalez
  • 06-12-22

What a beautiful story

A beautiful story full of pain but so much more of love and resolutions and new beginnings.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-12-22

Heart warming

This story takes the reader to so many different stages of grief. I found myself smiling, crying and laughing while reading it.

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  • 07-11-22

Definitely an emotional story with a great ending.

The narrator has an awesome singing voice, an incredible Spanish accent and a charismatic cute southern accent.

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  • Shirley M.
  • 03-11-22

Great family story

I don't normally read this kind of story, but this was great. The author actually brought tears to my eyes.

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  • DAW
  • 29-10-22

Walking Partner

Audible is my walking partner and I enjoyed this story enough to extend my workout. I will be searching for other books by Boo Walker. The narrator was very clear. My only negative comment was the attempt at singing.

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  • Lydia
  • 18-10-22

Made me miss Spain

I loved the Spain connection, which was pretty spot on (I am from that region) ❤️

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  • Ken Lewis
  • 18-10-22

Too much narrative explaining in lieu of letting

the characters tell the story through their actions and behavior. The author’s main protagonist spends half the book telling the listener/reader what he and everyone else is thinking and doing rather than writing scenes that reveal it to us. The story had great promise but bogged down with too much explanation. An okay story but not literature.

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  • Pamela Lucht
  • 16-10-22

Home Run

Boo Walker has another home run! A Spanish Sunrise is thought provoking and heartwarming! With a little bit of mystery both in the discovery of accepting loss and new happiness, with many family secrets for the reader discover.