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Loss of Innocence (The Blaine Trilogy #2)

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Number one New York Times best-selling author Richard North Patterson, author of more than twenty novels, including Degree of Guilt and Silent Witness, returns with a sweeping family drama of dark secrets and individual awakenings.

Loss of Innocence, the second book in the Blaine trilogy, "in one life of the 1960s, symbolizes a movement that keeps changing all our lives" (G
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Quercus (first published January 1st 2013)
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Oct 12, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Patterson returns with the second Martha's Vineyard trilogy, pushing the reader back to the summer of '68, where Whitney Dane is coming into her own. After her engagement to a social acceptable young man, her summer of revelations begins, which will change life as she knows it. The novel outlines Whitney's struggles with these revelations and the toll it takes on her entire family of rich, New England Republicans. When Whitney encounters a young Ben Blaine, Yale drop-out and aspiring writer, her ...more
Aug 05, 2013 Randy rated it it was amazing
Nor familiar with Patterson's work, but really enjoyed this look at a period in U.S. history I was growing up in, a young adult at the time.

It's the story of the dissolution of a family over the summer of 1968, as secrets are revealed, truths uncovered that shock one young woman planning her wedding at the end of that summer.

The title conveys both the break-up of the family and what happened to young Americans during that tumultuous period of our history.

Quite liked this one.
Susan Kaplan
May 18, 2014 Susan Kaplan rated it it was ok
Recommended to Susan by: Received from NetGalley
Loss of Innocence, a novel by Richard North Patterson, should have been titled Loss of Interest. Whitney Dane is a young woman of privilege, engaged to be married to a young man named Peter. She and her family spend the summer, as they always do, on Martha's Vineyard, where Whitney is strangely attracted to her neighbor, Ben. Whitney also has a sister, Janine, who is very troubled and her mother's favorite. Whitney's father inherited his father-in-law's business and has built it into a thriving ...more
Aug 14, 2015 Alwyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a beautifully written book with alot of emotion. from the first page to the last this book held my full attention so much that I just didn't want to put it down there were even tears along the way. such a great book!
Feb 16, 2014 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of this book, "Loss of Innocence" describes the story very well. It takes place primarily in Martha's Vineyard in 1968-69 when troops were being called up by lottery to go to Vietnam. During this period, also, Robert Kennedy was assassinated, thus clearning the way for Richard Nixon to win the presidential election, after which civil unrest in our own country became insane. The year 2011 was about terrorists from Islamic extremist factions; this prior period was citizens of our own cou ...more
Feb 03, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it
Although I am a bit too young to remember all of the turmoil the 60's brought, I do indeed remember a lot of the major events from this time period. This book did an excellent job of depicting the life of privilege along with the inner conflicts of youth and the struggles of growing up with distorted values and the growing gap between the rich and poor. Drugs, sex, "commies", politics, war, and America turned upside down. This book was a short, easy read, but somehow managed to look at the issue ...more
Scott Parsons
Dec 26, 2013 Scott Parsons rated it really liked it
I have read most of Richard North Patterson's books and enjoyed them, particularly the earlier crime and political thrillers. Loss of Innocence falls into a category that would normally not interest me all that much. But, contrary to my expectations, I could hardly put this book down. Since 1968 was a pivotal year for me (graduated university, married, birth of first child) I could certainly relate to the context of the times: the Robert Kennedy Assassination, the Chicago police thuggery at the ...more
Oct 21, 2013 Marvin rated it it was ok
I generally appreciate Patterson's novels, especially those in which he takes some social or political issue and has his characters debate it. This one, an attempt to introduce us to a female character striving to establish her own identity in the summer of 1968 after she graduates from college and as she prepares for her wedding at the end of the summer. (The national events of that summer--Bobby Kennedy's assassination, the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, et al.--are integrated into the ...more
Oct 09, 2013 Catherine rated it liked it
I don't consider "Loss of Innocence" Patterson's best work. Although I enjoyed reading about an era I lived through, I didn't find the characters believable. They seemed to be stereotypes of the 1960's: the clueless wife focused on her children to the detriment of her own self development, the philandering husband, the beautiful daughter lost in a haze of drugs and alcohol, and the "good girl" Whitney trying to find her own voice but overpowered by her conservative, narrow minded father. Whitney ...more
Oct 25, 2014 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
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Jul 21, 2014 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Thought provoking and moving - a well written story touching on the fears and uncertainties of the times - the late 1960s. Richard North Patterson has written an amazing story, bringing many issues to a personal level through the eyes of the characters. During this time, young women struggled with the changes in expectations - should they follow in their mothers' footsteps, being the perfect housewife and mother? Or should they strike out on their own, build an identity for themselves, compete a ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Antenna rated it really liked it
In a break from his tense courtroom scenes and alpha male political dramas, the author makes an effective stab at writing from the female viewpoint, even if his women in the America of 1968 are still under the influence of a benign but controlling WASP patriarch.

A bright young graduate, Whitney Dane chooses too lightly the conventional path of devoting herself to husband and children. Only muted warning bells suggest to her that fiancé Peter is a little too compliant, accepting from her father C
Jun 02, 2014 Sandy rated it really liked it
It's the 60's. America is in a state of turmoil.The Vietnam conflict is in full swing, JFK and MLK have been assassinated. The "Age of Innocence" is lost... Yet for Whitney Dane- spending the summer on Martha’s Vineyard--life is sweet, and the future is good. She is engaged to be married to a sweet, stable guy (Peter). He is going to work for her powerful father, Charles Dane. Her future is bright. She has graduated from Wheaton and is ready to start this new journey of being a wife and mother.. ...more
Mar 02, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it
I found this to be emotionally powerful, but possibly too much of a soap opera.

Many of Richard North Patterson's books revolve around political or legal issues. (My favorites are Protect and Defend and No Safe Place). Loss of Innocence is very different. It is primarily the story of a family, with political events as a backdrop.

The majority of the book takes place in 1968, with a prologue and epilogue set in 2011. The presidential elections, the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, and the Vietnam w
Nov 10, 2013 Skip rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
It's hard to believe that RNP thinks we needed more about Ben Blaine and the dysfunctionality of rich families on Martha's Vineyard, but apparently he thinks we do. I was quite disappointed to read that there will be a third book in this series. About the only interesting thing in this book was the good job he did portraying the 1960s, and that generations feelings about love, war, politics, and Bobby Kennedy.
Jan 22, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it

I’m so skinny I could shower in the barrel of Daddy’s hunting rifle.

Out in the world women faced barriers, everyone knew, but the boldest believed they could, in the words of her friend Payton Clarke, be “more than the charm on the arm,” a decorative helpmate.

When speaking at University of Indiana Medical School, a heckler asked where he would get the money for his proposed health care plan, Kennedy retorted, "From you," Then added "Let me say something about the tone of these questions
Oct 15, 2013 Wendy rated it really liked it
When I started this book I didn't realize that it was a sequel and part of a trilogy. Thank goodness I read all of Richard North Patterson's books and I read the first book last year. But usually I will wait to read them all together. I remember the first book so I know I liked it but I think this one was probably better than the first one.
Jan 12, 2014 Margaret rated it it was amazing
Read it! I could not put it down!
John Marsh
Feb 11, 2015 John Marsh rated it it was amazing
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Jerry Drook
Oct 08, 2013 Jerry Drook rated it it was amazing
I was confused by the prologue, but found better footing as the story was told; finally becoming absorbed. by the great writing. I think RNP is truly talented and enjoyed this work immensely.
Feb 24, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Capture of an Era

This is a thoroughly enjoyable book and a surprising one for the way Patterson captures the essence of the 1960s. His portrayal of the awakening of a young woman of privilege to the plight of people of the underclass is remarkable.

Having lived through those times and having participated in the "rebellion" I was drawn back to the times of the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War. Also the similarities with today's political atmosphere causes me to wonder where we are head
Ada Iaboni
Apr 20, 2016 Ada Iaboni rated it liked it
Once again I read things backwards.
This is #2 of a trilogy, but of course I read #3 first, which was somewhat confusing in the beginning until I figured out who was who. I've not read #1 yet.
I liked this one too, but was again a bit confused until I saw that this was the prequel of Eden in Winter. Once I got that it was easier.
I like the era this was covering; 1968. So much role confusion, political unrest, Vietnam, and so much more. The main character experiences all of these things and had
Aug 21, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, fiction
Unlike several of the other reviewers, I liked this book. I particularly enjoyed the discussions among the various characters regarding their different views of the Viet Nam war, the presidential election, and women's place in our society. I didn't know anyone who talked about these topics so I escaped serious contemplation of them. I knew the war was a "bad" thing, was surprised that Nixon arose from the ashes, and understood that there was something wrong with women who were satisfied to stay ...more
Dec 24, 2013 Margo added it
A richly textured romance,deftly set amid the social shifts of 1968.
Apr 21, 2014 Marca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story of the late sixties, early seventies in the U.S., told with the perspective that only time can bring. Whitney, now 65, tells the story. When Whitney was a young woman of privilege who was engaged and had her life as a society wife carved out before her, she found herself drawn to Ben while vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard. Ben was from working class and was part of the youth movement that challenged the government during that time. (Ben was working for Robert Kennedy when Kennedy ...more
May 13, 2016 Jak60 rated it it was ok
I read Loss of Innocence after Fall from Grace, one of RNP's books which I liked least, driven by both by the curiosity about the prequel and by several reviews rating this second novel well above the former one.
Well, I must say that was not the case for me; I found the story rather boring, the dialogue are often quite lenghty, the characters unidimansional. All this is vey RNP-unlike....
The book has the ambition of being a family saga, but it falls short in several aspects; it has also the ambi
Ginger Weirich
Sep 23, 2015 Ginger Weirich rated it really liked it
Not quite what I expected. Rather than being a continuation of Book 1, it was more a reflection on what came before, delving into the man, Benjamin Blain, and all that went into making him what he became. There were a bit more descriptive sex scenes than I would have liked, and were not, to my way of thinking absolutely necessary to the story line. While the plot was partially driven by the dysfunctional sexuality of the people in this tight community, it could have been handled a bit more discr ...more
Jul 06, 2014 Roger rated it really liked it
Loss of Innocence is the prequel to Fall From Grace about the Blaine family and is set on Martha's Vineyard. Set in the summer of 1968 and the great upheaval of that year. Whitney Dane seems to be on course for graduation from college and into a marriage at the age of 22 when Benjamin Blaine enters her life and has her questioning all her values. By the end of the book, all existing relationships are not what they seem to be. Life that for Whitney was suppose to be scripted and guided by her par ...more
May 22, 2014 Margo rated it liked it
A good, summer, quick read with setting in Martha's Vineyard, late 1960's. The protagonist of this coming of age story is a young woman from a wealthy family post graduation from a liberal arts college. She is on the path to follow the traditional role established by her parents, good wife, mother, all the trappings. But, the times were turbulent and "a changing". Bobby Kennedy has been assassinated, peers are smoking pot, dropping out, and searching for more in their lives than what their paren ...more
Feb 18, 2014 Estelle rated it it was amazing
Loss of Innocence is a winner. You'll want to read every provocative sentence twice and hang on to every word. It's a time when women were breaking out of the mold cast for them seemingly in antediluvian times and boys opposed the draft with such vehemence and protest that cost a few their lives. Free sex and drugs were the manifestation of the day. President Kennedy was our hope for the future and reined in Camelot. Morality diminished and paved the way for greed. Schools and churches locked th ...more
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Richard North Patterson is the author of fourteen previous bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, Patterson served as the SEC’s liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups dealing with gun violence, political reform, and women’s rights. He lives in San Francisco and on Martha’s Vineyard.
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The Blaine Trilogy (3 books)
  • Fall From Grace (Blaine Trilogy, #1)
  • Eden in Winter

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