Psychological suspense, mystery, love, depth, and pondering...a truly awesome read!
I loved the characters and even though the beginning was difficult for me because of the situation, I quickly became so entwined with what was happening that I felt as if I was there right beside them. The story line was amazingly developed and I felt so close with ...more
Given the title, July 4 pub date and settings on the Connecticut shore and County Cork coast, readers may expect the consummate beach feast from bestselling Rice (Summer of Roses). She almost delivers: all the ingredients for a clambake are here, but Rice doesn't bother to light the fire. Honor Sullivan is a woman torn apart. Her famous earthworks artist husband, John, has spent six years in an Irish prison for killing a man who attacked their then 14-year-old daughter, Reg ...more
The father spends about 10 years in jail, because people thought he killed a man because he was on his property when really he was protecting his daughter. I feel sor ...more
her previous books reviews I thought I would give it a read. The story seemed drawn out and so predictable. I pretty much knew what was going to happen very early on the book. Maybe I'll try one of her earlier books but it definitely won't be high on my list.
However in the last three days I have flown through the last 200 pages, unable to put it down and thinking more about the character ...more
It is rare I fail to finish a book even when it is poorly written making this abysmal prose of the first degree.
This book was painfully awful. It’s the first book I’ve ever thrown away from me in disgust and frustration. Everything coalesces to form a deeply unpleasant reading experience, from the weak plot to the one-dimensional characters.
Beginning with the plot, the way the author chooses to handle the prologue is truly the most telling thing. What should have been at least the first third of the novel is compressed into a mere seventeen pages. That is because
A slow moving journey through a very loving family, this story hints at secrets kept until very near the end. Mildly enjoyable, characters seemingly without flaw. John and Honor, loving parents of three close daughters find conflict only when oldest daughter Regis, following in her father's footsteps ends up at the scene of a fight between her father and a drifter who worked for him. John spends six long lonely years in an Irish prison to pay for the crime that is committed that day.
During that ...more
"Painter Honor Sullivan has made a life for herself and her three daughters–Regis, Agnes, and Cecilia–at Star of the Sea Academy on the magical Connecticut shore. Here she teaches art at the convent school’s beautiful seaside campus, over which Honor’s sister-in-law, mother superior Bernadette Ignatius, keeps a benevolent and watchful eye. No one could have foreseen the day rebellious Regis would come home with the stunning news that she was getting married. Nor could anyone have guessed ...more
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"When you love someone," she said, with her eyes shut tight, barely recognizing her own voice, "you want to be together whenever you can. If you want it badly enough, you just make the practical things work out.”