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Timepiece (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
Timepiece - Audio Cassette - Abridged
Author: Richard Thomas (Narrator), Richard Paul Evans
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ISBN-13: 9780671537043
ISBN-10: 0671537040
Publication Date: 5/1/1996
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: Audioworks
Book Type: Audio Cassette
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This Trilogy is my all time favorite. The writing by Richard Paul Evans is done with such flare. He is a truly wonderful writer who has the ability to paint a picture of the places and people in his book for you. I doubt I will ever find a trilogy that made me so anxious to get the next book!
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In 1967, on the eve of his daughter's wedding, a man reflects on his memories of her childhood as well as the gift that his one time employer has bequeathed to him to give to her. Nineteen years previously, only eleven days before her death, a loving widow named MaryAnne Parkin had gifted a beautiful rose-gold wristwatch to her household caretaker, Richard. She had only one request: that he give the beautiful heirloom to his then toddler daughter on the day before he would give her away. At the time, he is puzzled by her simple request, yet deeply touched by her kindness.

The story of how the wristwatch came to belong to MaryAnne, forms the basis of Timepiece - the prequel to Richard Paul Evans' heartwarming holiday classic, The Christmas Box. In 1908-era Salt Lake City, Utah, millionaire businessman and avid collector of clocks, David Parkin hires one MaryAnne Chandler - originally from England - to be his secretary. Thoughtful and sensitive David is the owner of the highly successful Parkin Machinery Co., and the spirited and spunky MaryAnne will someday become his wife.

Fragments of David's journal highlight this tale of the couple's courtship, marriage, and the development of their family. The elegantly fashionable rose-gold wristwatch was originally bequeathed to David's friend Lawrence Flake, a black man who repairs clocks. This priceless heirloom eventually passes into David's possession through a series of events which culminates in an horrific family tragedy.

In the devastating aftermath of such a tragedy, David and MaryAnne will each discover the extraordinary healing power of love, loyalty and forgiveness. Their shared experiences will ultimately prove that even in our darkest moments, we are still capable of shining the brightest light, demonstrating the incredible strength and remarkable resilience of the human spirit while revealing the best qualities of humanity; even as we suffer unspeakable cruelty.

I actually didn't think that I was going to enjoy this book quite as much as I did. However, I found the story to be extremely evocative and poignant. I found that the characters were very believable and I truly connected with them as they went through their various trials and tribulations. I would give this book a definite A!
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An unforgettable story of hope and the source of the wisdom MaryAnne Parkin shared with Richard in The Christmas Box. With the help of David Parkin's diary, Richard discovers the mystery of the timepiece and the significance of MaryAnne's request.
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A beautiflly written novel of life's greatest joys and deepest sorrows.
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If you have never read anything by Richard Paul Evans--read this one first and you will be hooked. This this is my favorite. These pages teache that time spent with loved ones is precious and brief. You don't have to read all of the trilogy or even read them in order, but it is nice if you can.
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This book was wonderful! Richard Paul Evans captures your heart at the very beginning and the love you have for Mary Anne and David will grow as you read! This book will remind you to love more, to laugh a lot, and remember what life is truly about!
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Timepiece, the unforgettable story of hope and the source of the wisdom MaryAnne Parkin shared with Richard in The Christmas Box. With the help of David Parkin's diary, Richard discovers the mystery of the timepiece and the significance of MaryAnne's request.
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Timepiece by Richard Paul Evans is about a couple in the early 1900's--their love, grief, forgiveness and loyalty. It is an emotional romance between Mary Anne (David's secretary) and David (wealthy business man) who find great happiness together but also experience tragedy, losing a child. This is an interesting and enjoyable read including some excerpts from David's diary, but it took me a little time to get used to the writing style.
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Like the titular treasure chest of Evans's bestselling The Christmas Box, the eponymous timepiece?"a beautiful rose-gold wristwatch"?of this heart-plucking prequel fairly vibrates with sentimentality. Readers of the former novel will recall how the author met aged widow MaryAnne Parkin and learned of her deceased husband, David, a successful businessman, and how their infant daughter, Andrea, died a tragic death. Here, Evans traces events some 80-odd years back to tell this family's story, but not before recalling the eve of his own daughter's wedding, in 1967, when he presents her with the wristwatch, given to him by MaryAnne. Fragments of David Parkin's diary, dated 1908-1918 and set in Salt Lake City, weave evocatively throughout the author's account of the Parkins' courtship, marriage and family tragedy. At the thematic center of the tale lies the timepiece, bequeathed by a wealthy widow to David's friend Lawrence Flake, a black man who repairs clocks. Events force Lawrence to kill another in self-defense; fearing for his friend, David tells police that he fired the shot, and is exonerated. In revenge, the dead man's friends set a fatal fire at the Parkin house and steal the symbolic timepiece, which will come back to the Parkins only after an extraordinary act of kindness and forgiveness by MaryAnne. Evans has a more ambitious tale to tell here than in The Christmas Box, and he generally carries it off with aplomb, though the dark events of the central story and an unabashedly sappy wedding-eve coda don't quite mesh. The nation's supply of Kleenex is bound to deplete after this hits the bookstore shelves.
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Great book, good listen, uplifting.
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~Discover love,loyalty and the power of forgiveness!~
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This book explains the source of the wisdom Maryanne Parkin shared with Richard in "The Christmas Box".
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Description from another book site: April 3, 1912. "Is this life, to grasp joy only to fear its escape? The price of happiness is the risk of losing it." So reads one of the many wise entries in David Parkin's diary in Timepiece, which traces the miraculous lives of David and his wife MaryAnne as they discover the power of love, loyalty, forgiveness -- and a long-forgotten keepsake that will change the fate of their family for eternity.
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Wonderful little story by a wonderful author
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Timepiece traces the lives of David and MaryAnne Parkin as they discover love, loyalty and the power of forgivness as connections from one generation to the next reach and heal hearts.
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From Publishers Weekly
Like the titular treasure chest of Evans's bestselling The Christmas Box, the eponymous timepiece?"a beautiful rose-gold wristwatch"?of this heart-plucking prequel fairly vibrates with sentimentality. Readers of the former novel will recall how the author met aged widow MaryAnne Parkin and learned of her deceased husband, David, a successful businessman, and how their infant daughter, Andrea, died a tragic death. Here, Evans traces events some 80-odd years back to tell this family's story, but not before recalling the eve of his own daughter's wedding, in 1967, when he presents her with the wristwatch, given to him by MaryAnne. Fragments of David Parkin's diary, dated 1908-1918 and set in Salt Lake City, weave evocatively throughout the author's account of the Parkins' courtship, marriage and family tragedy. At the thematic center of the tale lies the timepiece, bequeathed by a wealthy widow to David's friend Lawrence Flake, a black man who repairs clocks. Events force Lawrence to kill another in self-defense; fearing for his friend, David tells police that he fired the shot, and is exonerated. In revenge, the dead man's friends set a fatal fire at the Parkin house and steal the symbolic timepiece, which will come back to the Parkins only after an extraordinary act of kindness and forgiveness by MaryAnne. Evans has a more ambitious tale to tell here than in The Christmas Box, and he generally carries it off with aplomb, though the dark events of the central story and an unabashedly sappy wedding-eve coda don't quite mesh. The nation's supply of Kleenex is bound to deplete after this hits the bookstore shelves. 500,000 first printing; simultaneous Spanish, large print and audio editions; author tour.
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The story of how MaryAnne Parkin, the widow from Richard Paul Evans' "The Christmas Box," met and married business owner David Parkin. In refusing to fire black workers, David incites the anger of some other workers, who set a fire that kills three-year-old Andrea Parkin, David and Mary's daughter. Evans is as usual a lyrical writer, although some of his best descriptions get bogged down in too many words. Also worth reading is "The Letter," the third installment of this trilogy.
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This book is by Paul Evans... also wrote The Christmas Box...good
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Brand New condition, never read.
If you love the Christmas Box, you won't want to miss Timepiece
"of all the clockmakers and morticians should bear the keenest sense of priority - their lives daily spent in observence of the unflagging procession of time...and the end thereof."
David Parkin's diart, January 3,1901
So begins Timepiece, the unforgettable story of hope and the source of wisdon MaryAnne Parkin shared with Richard in The Christmas Box