211th out of 389 books — 67 voters
by Luanne Rice (Goodreads Author)
Anne Davis has returned to the house where she grew up, trading her glamorous Manhattan lifestyle for a harsh winter on a wind-whipped New England island. Her marriage has crumbled in the wake of a tragic accident. Now she has returned to the home on Salt Whistle Raod that has always meant shelter, security, family and love. When she awakens one snowy night to a fire that...more
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Bantam
(first published 1995)
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This was a good book. I was interested to read about stages the characters went through when dealing with death. Anne Davis lost her young daughter in a very tragic accident, and Thomas Devlin lost his wife in a fire. The issues these characters faced as they were getting acquainted were very real life. As one reviewer discussed, I didn't so much like the chapter which gave details of teenagers having sex for the first time, but it wasn't something to make me dislike the book. The story became v...more
This book had a great concept. But fell very short of the mark. The very explicit oral sex scene with teenagers, as if it was ok, was wrong and is not acceptable to me. In reading others reviews, I am so surprised no one else has had the same feelings about this part of the book. I guess I am in the minority but just because its "real life" I can't accept reading about it as if its ok. I cant recommend this book.
Thomas, a firefighter, rescues Anne when her house catches on fire. They fall in love but not everyone around them is supportive of their relationship. Both of them have endured personal tragedies in their lives, so this is like another chance at finding happiness. I enjoyed this love story and I found myself rooting for Thomas and Anne, hoping that they could overcome all the obstacles and be together.
Concentrating less on controversial topics and more on family and personal relationships, Luanne Rice's novels, particularly the earlier titles, are another good match for Picoult. The authors' use of characters is similar; strong, intelligent women who find themselves consumed by life's everyday and irregular tragedies but work out solutions with help from family and friends.
This book was riveting. Once I got past the early exposition, I was hooked. Two flawed people with emotional and physical scars, take a chance on loving again. I hoped they would eventually end up together, but they were very involved with their families and other characters that kept the story compelling and complicated their relationship. Some disturbing events and images on the way to Paradise.
This was my first Luanne Rice novel. It is a heart wrenching story about loss and recovery. The characters had substance and felt right. I clearly felt the sense of family, loss, jealousy and love that the author wanted to portray. I did feel, however, that it was rushed at the end. I will probably read more of her work. Quick read and enjoyable.
Jan 04, 2009 Dawn rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a good relationship story.
Recommended to Dawn by: I enjoy reading Luanne Rice's books.
It was quite awhile ago that I read this book, but I remember that I enjoyed it. This was one of my favorites that I have read by Luanne Rice so far.
MUCH more enjoyable than "Summer's Child." Not sure why but this one drew me in and kept my interest. Believable characters and some plot twists kept my attention. Was a bit suspect going into reading this book since the premise was based on yet another character who had suffered a tragedy and returned to her island childhood home to sort out life. Natrually, while there, she finds a life she wishes to lead and, of course, love. A perfect "summer read!"
This is one of my favorite books by Luanne Rice. I read this novel over 8 years ago, and it;s imagery stays with me. What I learned from this book is death does happen, but how we deal with it and move on and heal our lives is what is the miracle we have left when those we love die when accidents happen. I still remember a soup that was prepared in one of the scenes. A must read for anyone. m pulling this one out to read again
Luanne Rice is the author of thirty-one novels including the forthcoming THE LEMON ORCHARD (Viking/Pamela Dorman Books.) Five of her books have been made into movies and mini-series, twenty-two have been consecutive New York Times bestsellers and two of her pieces have been featured in off-Broadway theatre productions. Born and raised in Connecticut, she divides her time between New York City and...moreMore about Luanne Rice...