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The Singing Trees

By: Boo Walker
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
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Summary

A young artist forges a path of self-discovery in an enriching novel about forgiving the past and embracing second chances, from the bestselling author of An Unfinished Story.

Maine, 1969. After losing her parents in a car accident, aspiring artist Annalisa Mancuso lives with her grandmother and their large Italian family in the stifling factory town of Payton Mills. Inspired by her mother, whose own artistic dreams disappeared in a damaged marriage, Annalisa is dedicated only to painting. Closed off to love, and driven as much by her innate talent as she is the disillusionment of her past, Annalisa just wants to come into her own.

The first step is leaving Payton Mills and everything it represents. The next, the inspiring opportunities in the city of Portland and a thriving New England art scene where Annalisa hopes to find her voice. But she meets Thomas, an Ivy League student whose attentions - and troubled family - upend her pursuits in ways she never imagined possible. As their relationship deepens, Annalisa must balance her dreams against an unexpected love. Until the unraveling of an unforgivable lie.

For Annalisa, opening herself up to life and to love is a risk. It might also be the chance she needs to finally become the person and the artist she’s meant to be.

©2021 Lemuel (Boo) Walker. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Walker’s (An Unfinished Story) beautifully written coming-of-age novel is set during the Vietnam War…Ideal for book groups and for readers who enjoyed Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones & the Six, Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s Dance Away with Me, or Nicholas Sparks’s novels.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A heartwarming read.”—Historical Novel Society 

The Singing Trees is a beautifully crafted coming-of-age story set in working class Maine during the seventies, a time of intense turmoil and transformation in America. It is a heartfelt, complex tale of chasing your dreams without forsaking your roots, and I was swept away by Boo Walker’s deft storytelling and incredibly complex characters. Soulful but also full of sharp dialog and humor, The Singing Trees is exactly the sort of book you get lost in then mourn when it is over.”—Suzanne Redfearn, #1 Amazon bestselling author of In an Instant 

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it is a tidy lovely story
great narration it was enjoyable to listen to ty

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A beautiful, simply engaging novel.

I could go back and read this over again. It was so close to life in every way. No need to bring angst or misery to the forefront. It was there but skillfully painted with words. Loved it. Thank you Boo.

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  • 13-01-22

Wanted to puke for the last 1/4 of the book

I was thoroughly addicted to this book…until its narrative became so repetitious and so cringeworthy in the last quarter. And then it ended in a completely predictable way. If you love Hallmark movies, this is right up your alley.

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  • Barbara DePietro
  • 13-08-21

Message to the oldest baby boomers like me

The author captured many aspects of my life in the late 60’s to early 70’s. Reading it was a very introspective, emotional return to life in that era.
I was very moved and would highly recommend this book.

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  • KRISTI
  • 07-08-21

I didn’t want this story to end!

This a beautiful story with excellent, layered characters! I loved living the life of his main character Annalisa & seeing the world through her eyes. I’m constantly in awe of Boo Walker’s ability to write these amazing female characters - it’s a true gift! Thank you Boo for showing us that vulnerability & strength can coexist & drive us to do great things with our lives. You are one of my favorite writers & I can’t wait for you to tell me another epic story! As for the narration - Cassandra Campbell is simply the best in the business. She fill my days with beautiful, nuanced narration. I’m so grateful for her incredible talent!

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  • 03-10-21

THE COMPLEX LIFE Of TWO WOMEN Youth Thru Maturity

Wonderful story, told by one of the woman. How
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  • sistersumpter
  • 14-09-21

Awesome book

This was a sweet and captivating book. It had from the first couple of pages. The storyline touched my soul. Can’t put my finger on exactly what caught my interest I just know that I was able to sit and listen to the book for hours. It soothed and calmed me.

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  • 06-03-22

I won’t forget.

I will remember the story forever and hopefully be better with my love and forgiveness.

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  • 02-01-22

So-so

This novel had a compelling (if uneven) story line and interesting characters; however, it lacked much needed editing. There were so many cliches and quasi-motivational lines attributed to the protagonist, it became annoying to listen to; especially as they were accompanied by endless whining. Main parts of plot were underdeveloped while others were painfully drawn out. Despite the drawbacks, story kept my interest, even though I did a lot of eye rolling along the way.

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  • Eric Hodson
  • 15-02-22

love story The singing Trees

love this true love story. one of the best I've read and not predictable so keeps interest going into the early morning light.

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  • Ordained Reverend High Priestess
  • 12-09-21

You won't be disappointed.

A beautifully woven tale of love and forgiveness. A must read. I can't wait for it to become the next "notebook " esq. type movie. Boo Walker is quickly becoming my favorite author.

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  • Rose Bishop
  • 08-09-21

EXCELLANT

This was the best story to date! I listen to several books a week and this nailed it!

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