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Summary

A win brought them together, but loss may tear them apart.

When the sound of sirens cuts through a cool fall night, the small town of Worthy, Georgia, hurtles from triumph to tragedy. Just hours before, they'd watched the Wildcats score a winning touchdown. Now, they're faced with the deaths of three cheerleaders - their promising lives cut short in a fatal crash. And the boy in the other car - the only one to survive - is believed to be at fault. As rumors begin to fly and accusations spin, allegiances form and long-kept secrets emerge.

At the center of the whirlwind are four women, each grappling with loss, regret, shame, and lies: Marglyn, a grieving mother; Darcy, whose son had been behind the wheel; Ava, a substitute teacher with a scandalous secret; and Leah, a cheerleader who should have been in the car with her friends, but wasn't. If the truth comes out, will it bring redemption - or will it be their downfall?

©2017 Marybeth Mayhew Whalen. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • DCD JERSEY GIRL
  • 05-03-18

Another Author I Will Look Out For

I stumbled across this book because I was checking for any books I may have missed by Joshilyn Jackson, one of my favorite authors. She narrates her own novels and I love to listen to her. I was so surprised to see some negative things said about her performance, I love the way she brings out the quirkiness in the characters she is reading about. I had never heard of Marybeth Mayhew Whalen, but Ms. Jackson as narrator was enough to sell me on giving it a try. I’m so glad I did. Besides the great performance, the book was wonderful. Great characters and a story that kept me interested from beginning to end. I hope to hear more from the two of them again.

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  • tarafarah7: Tara Brown
  • 11-08-18

A Must-Listen!

When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen, narrated by Joshilyn Jackson is one I've been wanting to listen to for quite some time. I'm so glad I finally chose to download it from my Audible library. Once I pushed play, I literally could not stop. In fact, the only break I took was to sleep. I started it last night, but as 4am approached, I knew I had to wait until the morning to finish it. This is the first book I've listened to by both the author and narrator. They were equally amazing, and I feel they definitely complemented the other's work. Bravo, ladies!

The storyline of this book is emotional and difficult, but it is real-life. Unfortunately, accidents like this one happen in every town; they happened in mine when I was growing up, and I'm sure they happened in yours, too. They have a lasting impact on everyone...the students, the parents, the schools, the authorities, those who knew the victims, and even those who didn't. Accidents resulting in death, especially those involving teens, brings me such heartache because they are so young. In a quick second, all their plans, goals, and hopes for the future disappear, leaving only memories for those they leave behind. As the story unfolds, we learn about the night of crash, the town, and the people who live there through four different points of view:
1. The mother of one of the high school cheerleaders who died in the crash
2. The mother of the teen boy who was driving the other car (who also attends the same high school as the girls/cheerleaders who died)
3. A substitute teacher who works at the high school and lives in their town
4. A cheerleader who wasn't in the car that night with her three best friends (the cheerleaders who died in the crash)

Marybeth Mayhew Whalen's decision to tell the story through alternating points of view of four different characters was perfect! I was able to see, hear, and feel how this single moment affected an entire community, rocking it to its core. Filled with emotion, heatbreak, regret, revenge, secrets, hope, and finally truth, When We Were Worthy tells the story of how a town and its people try their best to deal with, accept, and move on after a tragedy, that's all-too-familiar to so many.

The performance by Joshilyn Jackson was excellent! She played the characters so well, and I loved listening to her small-town accent. :-) Everything from her pace and volume to her clear enunciation made my overall listening experience very much worth the audiobook credit. In addition, her calm, soothing voice mixed with her consistent, inviting demeanor, made for a thoroughly enjoyable listen all around.

When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen, narrated by Joshilyn Jackson is one that will stay with you long after the last word is spoken. I cannot think of anyone I wouldn't recommend this book to! It's so good! However, I think parents, teachers, teens, fans of general fiction and YA lit, as well as those who live in small towns where football is life (and life is football) will enjoy it the most. I give it a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. The reason I took .5 off was because there were many names and characters to keep track of, and I got confused a few times. I really don't think this could have been avoided, but it did cause me to push stop a handful of times to gather my thoughts. This is obviously just my own opinion, and very well may not be problem for others. Either way, it gets my highest recommendation, and it definitely ranks among my top 10 listens of all time.

Thank you so much for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

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  • Christi B
  • 21-05-18

Slow start but good finish

I really liked this book. However it took until the last two hours to find that out. The stories of tragedy, longing, love, and defending one’s true self is sweet and at times heart wrenching. The character’s stories are told in pieces, person by person. This lent a slowness to the progression but in the end it came together nicely. Performed by the always excellent Ms Jackson, the telling is easy to listen to. Stick with it. Promise.

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  • Alex
  • 26-10-17

Good story, difficult accent to listen to

Good story but felt the characters story was diminished by the choice of backwoods southern accent on audible versus an contemporary southern accent. It made the story less shocking and difficult on the ears.

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  • Angela R Erickson
  • 09-12-17

Horrible performance of a good book

While I completely loved this story, the performance completely took away from the work. Her southern accent is painful to listen to. Do yourself a favor and just buy the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-17

Great story but...

I loved the story about a small town and how the lives of four townspeople intertwine and are affected by a deadly car accident. However, I hated the fake southern accent put on by the narrator. Her normal voice was fine.

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