The Last Storyteller
By Diane Noble
(WaterBrook Press, Paperback, 9781578563999, 384pp.)
Publication Date: September 21, 2004
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One Woman’s Choice, One Family’s Legacy
Taite Abbot has always been a free spirit, and she has the tattoos and piercings to prove it. So when her boyfriend, medical student Sam Wellington, leaves for a fellowship thousands of miles away before he knows she is pregnant, Taite is unwilling destroy his chance of becoming a doctor. Completely unprepared to face parenthood alone, she decides to get an abortion. But without any emotional or financial resources, Taite first seeks solace from her Welsh grandmother, Naini.
“Do you remember the stories I once told you, Taite? About the family? …
There were some I didn’t tell you…. Some were too hard to tell.”
From the moment the disillusioned young woman arrives, Naini knows that time is running out, both for Taite and for herself. The aging woman must make her granddaughter understand the heart and soul of their family’s ancient legacy. But for Taite to discover the passion and faith that can keep love alive, Naini must tell the hard stories, one last time.
Interweaving a medieval adventure with the dilemmas of contemporary romance, The Last Storyteller draws ancient grace into modern lives through the powerful telling of stories.
Diane Noble is the author of eighteen books, including Heart of Glass and Phoebe, along with several novellas, devotionals, and nonfiction books for women. Diane is a two-time recipient of the Silver Angel Award for Media Excellence and was a recent double finalist for the Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA Award.
“The Last Storyteller spans three generations, two continents, and one family’s desperate attempt to mend the tears in the fabric of their hearts. All three women–grandmother Victoria, mother Isabel, and daughter Taite–ring true to me as genuine, complex, yet sympathetic characters. A rich thread of Welsh history is woven throughout this poignant modern tale, even as it explores the very contemporary issue of medical ethics. The real storyteller here is Diane Noble, whose novels never fail to touch the heart with tenderness and truth.”
–Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Thorn in My Heart
“I waited years for Diane to write this book and it was worth the wait! Within these pages you’ll find heartfelt longing, holy desire, trials and triumphs. Diane has seamlessly drawn together an ancient and contemporary storyline, making it a delicious choice for any taste in fiction.”
–Lisa Tawn Bergren, best-selling author of The Captain’s Bride
“Like all of Diane Noble’s wonderful novels, The Last Storyteller overflows with warm sensitivity and pure entertainment. The love story of Taite and Sam will long be remembered and cherished. I enjoyed it very much!”
–Linda Lee Chaikin, author of Yesterday’s Promise and Today’s Embrace
“True-to-life characters in heartbreaking situations with hope as their only buoy–these are the elements of Diane Noble’s The Last Storyteller. A story of redemption and forgiveness as only Diane Noble can tell it. I look forward to every novel crafted by this master storyteller.”
–Traci DePree, author of A Can of Peas and Dandelions in A Jelly Jar