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Neve Halloran and her daughter have shared a fierce love for the austere beauty of Rhode Island’s South County ever since Neve guided Mickey’s first baby steps along the sandy shore. Now, with Mickey a teenager and Neve’s last hope for happiness with her daughter’s loving but unstable father gone, both will struggle to make a new life together amid the windswept landscape...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2007)
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Christina
A greatly satisfying read, The Edge of Winter introduces the reader to Neve; her daughter, Mickey; Ranger Tim O’Caseys; his father, Joe; and Shane, a teenage surfer who’s a little rough around the edges. The characters all share a love of birding -- particularly snowy owls -- and sunken Nazi submarine, the U-823, off of their beloved Refuge Beach.

The story ties together with only a few bumps and lumps, and although it’s not stellar, I still enjoyed The Edge of Winter. Rice is able to connect th...more
Ann
I might be a little prejudice reviewing this book. It is set in Rhode Island and clearly the author knows Rhode Island. And, the story is about World War II and men who served with my father--even though Luanne Rice fictionized the book, the details of the 492nd Bomb Group is very accurate. Her father served in the same group. Anyone who grew up at RI beaches will recognize the references in the book.
Karen
this was okay. it made me cry, which probably means i've officially crossed over to the bad place.

it was sappy, and too simple, and not that well written. and all the diving references were wrong. which leads me to believe her Uboat history was off too.

oh well.
Bxrlover
Didn't get past the first few chapters. The characters and plot were predictable, unimaginative and far too cookie cutter for my tastes.
Lynne
The O'Casey men have a history of war tragedy in their family. Mickey and her mother Neve have a history of disappointment and hurt when it comes to Mickey's alcoholic, undependable, irresponsible father. Shane has a history with the water, getting his love of surfing from his father, who passed away after drowning while surfing when Shane was very young--and was watching from the shore. The tie that binds all of these characters together is their mutual love for nature, birds, and preserving hi...more
Miss GP
Jun 25, 2009 Miss GP rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Miss GP by: Book Addicts book group here at Goodreads
The current rating for this book on Goodreads is 3.65, and I think that’s a pretty accurate representation of its quality. The plot was rather predictable, with very few surprises. Pretty much everything progressed along the lines you’d expect. What made this novel worth reading, though, was Rice’s ability to draw rich, three-dimensional characters. I finished the book feeling like the people I’d encountered in its pages were flesh and blood -- people that I knew well and was sorry to leave. In...more
Kellygirl
This was a very good book. It told a good story with characters that people can relate to. It held my interest enough to finish reading it in one sitting over the course of a couple hours. I liked that the "happy ending" seemed realistic and showed how happy endings don't always mean that everything works out the way that you thought they would. I would definitely recommend this book for someone else to read. I liked the references to nature/animals and that was a big part of what kept me intere...more
Mafi
Não acho este livro inferior ao "A minha verdade é o amor", acho-o diferente, nem parece que foi a mesma autora a escreve-lo. Este livro é muito mais profundo e sentimental. Emocionei-me em diversas partes. Mais uma vez simpatizei com as personagens, até com o Richard que no fim admitiu os seus erros e procurou ajuda. Adorei o tema da Natureza integrado no enredo do livro. Adorei o romance entre a Mickey e o Shane, tão inofensivo mas duradouro. No geral gostei bastante do livro, uma excelente su...more
Cindy
A good story! It talked about historical and environmental preservation without being too preachy. Instead, it focused on how important the beach and the offshore WWII U-boat wreck were for various members of the community. I love stories where the individual character's lives are so intertwined; in my opinion, Rice does a good job of doing this without being too predictable.
Mary
I enjoyed this story. I enjoy reading about the beaches and towns in RH and learned some history of the attacks on US shores during WWII. The love and passion the main characters have of birds is contagious.
ilovebakedgoods (Teresa)
Probably more like 3.5 stars but I liked it overall. Nothing spectacular but it was a good winter read for me. Probably a bit cheesy and sappy for some but that didn't bother me with this book.
Kristie (fabk)
one of my all time fav books ever! must read for everyone!
Chris
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Sheryl
The Edge of Winter by Luanne Rice ~ So... this is a "beach read" of sorts. But definitely not your typical fluffy, like you'd expect, summer beach read! I have been seeing tons of Luanne Rice's books at Goodwill and McCay's and always just pass them right up. I thought that she was more of a "romance" type of author. So... on a whim, I picked this one up at McCay's and read the synopsis on the back. I bought it for one reason only... Well two actually. 1) It was on the bargain shelf for .90 cent...more
Carol
The Edge of Winter was very enjoyable. It was very easy to get wrapped in the story, and there was a gentle pull to set things right. I may be biased because I love to read about the interworkings of families and I love nature, especially birds. Families are a complicated subject and I think that Luanne Rice handles them well. There three families involved in this book and each of them were having trouble dealing with their loss. The losses are held close to their chests and are bound up in secr...more
Betita
Se já tinha ficado rendida à autora com o "A Minha verdade é o Amor", com este livro ela excedeu completamente as expectativas.
A história gira à volta de um mocho bufo-branco e um Submarino alemão, que farão com que todos os protagonistas saltem das suas "conhas" recheadas de tristezas e desespero e acordar para a vida e o Amor.
Mickey descobre o seu primeiro Amor, mas descobre também que por vezes ajudar nem sempre é "passar a mão pela cabeça" de quem erra.
Neve e Tim percebem que ainda é possivé...more
Carrie
I was reminded of a Nicholas Sparks novel as I was reading this story of three generations of families battling to preserve a historic landmark off the shores of their Rhode Island home. Many themes like preserving the environment, birds, corporate greed, art, military conduct during war and peace, and family relations are explored in this soul searching tale. Rice allows the reader to become intimately acquainted with the emotional landscape of several characters. She reveals their emotional b...more
Kin
This shit discusses about loss, mourning and love. This is my latest favorite book. Fuck I cried so hard even if I’m not yet in the end. The story revolves around war and people dying doing what they love. The 31 chapters would leave you breathless. Well, as for me. I don’t know for you. But it was really amazing.
It tackles mostly about nature. And I love nature even if I do not go out often.
Maybe, if you do not have enough patience, you would easily disregard this 478 pages book and never try t...more
Shonna Froebel
Mickey Halloran lives near the beach in Rhode Island, with her mother Neve, and loves the nearby wildlife sanctuary. She is particularly taken by a sight of a snowy owl. Her best friend, Jenna, is started to be interested in a boyfriend and is growing away from her. Her father, Richard, is having issues of his own and has stopped paying child support.
When Mickey meets Shane West, they discover a common love of wildlife. Shane also lives with his mother as his father died when he was a toddler.
Th...more
Gerald Curtis
This was my first reading of this author. I enjoyed it and will repeat her.

She tells a believable story, with lots of things happening to lots of characters all centered around the plot with believable connections.

It is definitely not a page turner kind of book. It is more like ordinary day-to-day life.
Kim
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KJ Lipkey
At first I thought this book was so ridiculously fluffy and unsubstantial that I wouldn't be able to enjoy it. BUT it turns out it was just what I needed. I'm also reading 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy and that book combined with general life stress makes me want to hang myself. But this book came to the rescue. It is a total 'calgon take me away' kind of book that you can read and actually feel lighter or as if you escaped something for a while. It's very 'cutsie' and unrealistic. Kind of like...more
Pam
This is the second book of Luanne Rice's that I've listened to & I quite enjoy the stories. They are perhaps wrapped up a little too neatly for real life, but sometimes a good happy ending is what you need in a book.

Looks to me like she has a trend of involving the sea, animal lovers & young people in her books. Often characters with broken pasts that need to find themselves again, and usually do so with the help of sweet characters who come into their lives.

Maybe a little fanciful, but...more
Sheila
May 26, 2008 Sheila rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens and Adults alike
This is a great coming of age and finding new life and hope book. It main characters are the children but there are 4 sub stories wrapped and intertwined with it. I really enjoyed this book and had it done in 4 days. Its one that is targeted more to older teens and adults.
Its about finding how to hang on to who you are when everything else is your world is changing and sometimes not for the better. Well writen and detailed you can really see each persons view of what's the right or wrong thing t...more
Charmaine
This book is not technically categorized as Juvenile Fiction, but it certainly reads that way. Although it has many adult themes i.e. alcoholism, post traumatic stress syndrome,forgiveness,loss of loved ones to death, divorce - the dialog and some of the descriptions are simplistic and contrived. The overall story line is ok but the way it's written caused me to do a lot of "eye rolling". Much of the writing feels cliché. But the best line in the book, for me, is: "Love means ALWAYS having to sa...more
Dre
I liked this book. It was a tidy little love story for both the mother and daughter alike and it was a rekindling of a family fallout. There was an underlying theme of birds and nature in the story and for that reason, I wish my dad would read the book because he would enjoy that aspect of it. There was also a military theme to the book and for that reason, I wish Tom would read the book. However, I realize that neither of these men in my life would want to or could deal with reading the love st...more
Louise Walsh
This is an excellent book. I enjoyed reading it.Well worth reading.
Rhonda
I read this in 24 hours which must mean that on some level I was moved by the story. "The Edge of Winter" will interest young female readers. The story of Mickey and her mother Neve, slowly expands to include a number of interesting and believable characters that truly add to the story. The plot is a bit heavy handed and the happy ending may turn off a sophisticated reader but will be charming and engaging for the younger reader. I recommend girls as young as 12 will like this and it would make...more
Stacy Lawless
i was really enjoying it up until the end, I felt it just kind of cut off, was a bit anti-climatic.
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Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-one novels including THE LEMON ORCHARD (Viking/Pamela Dorman Books.) Five of her books have been made into movies and mini-series, many have been New York Times bestsellers and two of her pieces have been featured in off-Broadway theatre productions. She divides her time between New York City and the Connecticut shoreline.
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