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The Edge of Winter

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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
Sep 07, 2016 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads, fiction
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
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Karen
Nov 17, 2007 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Ann
Feb 12, 2009 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bxrlover
Apr 06, 2010 Bxrlover rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quit
Didn't get past the first few chapters. The characters and plot were predictable, unimaginative and far too cookie cutter for my tastes.
Lynne
Apr 10, 2011 Lynne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-reviewed
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
Betita
Jan 04, 2009 Betita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meu
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
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PDXReader
Jun 25, 2009 PDXReader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to PDXReader 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
Feb 10, 2011 Kellygirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 15, 2011 Mafi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, library, pt
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
Aug 17, 2009 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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
Jun 27, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
March 1 2010
One of my all time fav books ever! must read for everyone!

september 28-29 2015

I still love this story. Everything about it speaks to me. It still brings tears to my eyes.
Susan
Nov 09, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read a Luanne Rice book in years and now I can't imagine why not. She is a truly gifted storyteller. Single mom Neve lives in a coastal Rhode Island town with her daughter, Mickey. A Trump-like character hopes to raise the German submarine sunk just offshore during World War II to make it into an attraction. The few townmembers in opposition to his plan are unified by more than their respect for the German seamen whose burial place would be disrupted--they are all scarred by their pasts ...more
Julie
Aug 22, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it
I enjoyed how the relationships between the different generations were interconnected. I also enjoyed how she incorporated the WWII history. I could tell she did her research. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because it seemed a little redundant at times. Maybe this was because she was trying to portray or provoke a lot of feeling. The story was certainly thought provoking and multifaceted with the drama, action and passion. At times I thought maybe my husband would enjoy it, but t ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
3.5 STARS

"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 that sustains them.

Captivated by a fragile wildlife sanctuary, Mickey will move toward womanhood in the company of
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Chris
May 16, 2013 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: luanne-rice
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BookDigger
May 30, 2008 BookDigger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweet-romance
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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
Sep 08, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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
Carrie Holder
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
Sep 16, 2013 Kin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: very-nicest
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
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Melyssa Williams
Haven't read Luanne Rice in years, and I remember that some of her books are absolutely stellar and others are very so-so. I enjoyed the first few chapters of this one, but I ended up a little bored and kept picking up other things. It ended up focusing less on the characters and their stories than it did on the U boat and the owls, and felt more like a history and bird lesson than a novel, and for those reasons, I just lost interest.
Laddie Tabor
Jun 26, 2015 Laddie Tabor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wrote a review just a short time ago which I thought was for this book, but I apparently hit the book just below "The Perfect Summer" in error. "The Edge of Winter" covers love, lost love, finding new love, war and nature. This was my first Luanne Rice book and I enjoyed it very much. It's a fast moving book. If you enjoy any of the topics I just mentioned above you will enjoy this book. I certainly recommend it to one and all.
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
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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.
Karen
Oct 18, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to this one on CD, borrowed from the library. It had a good storyline, and I found the characters engaging and nuanced. Also, Rice's sensitivity toward nature, especially her use of symbolism with the snowy owl, really struck a chord with me.
Carol
Jul 26, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luanne Rice develops characters who deal with difficult issues: alcoholism, PTSD, grief, depression, etc. They draw me in, and I can feel their pain and rejoice with them when they make headway. She continues to be one of my favorite authors!
Evelyn
Dec 29, 2015 Evelyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This dragged quite a bit for me, too much teenage angst - even between the adults. However, I bumped my rating up because of the ending, which made me cry real tears. The closure experienced by the characters involved in the submarine sinking was heartwarming.
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Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-two novels including THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SISTERS, her first YA novel. 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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