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The Silver Boat

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  2,665 Ratings  ·  300 Reviews
Bestseller Luanne Rice returns with a novel as timeless as the sea on which it's set.

From the beloved New York Times bestselling Luanne Rice comes a heartwarming yet heart-wrenching portrait of three far-flung sisters who come home to Martha's Vineyard one last time. Their mother's beach house is the only place any of them ever found true happiness and they need to begi
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Pamela Dorman Books (first published April 2nd 2005)
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Jan 28, 2017 Britany rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook, 2017
The McCarthy sisters come together to clean up & sell their mom's property after she passes. This was their girlhood home- the home they grew up together, made memories in, and the house that their Irish father left suddenly in his boat to sail across the Atlantic to Ireland. He made the incredible journey, but then was never heard from again. Can they salvage their relationships (of course which are all damaged)? Can they save the property from being sold from underneath them?

I enjoyed the
Dion Ribeiro
Tinha bastante curiosidade em ler este livro que retrata as complexas relações familiares, mas não correspondeu às minhas expectativas. Se fosse possível, dar-lhe-ia 3 estrelas e meia, como não é, fico-me pelas 3.
Os personagens foram fracos, desinteressantes e complicados q.b., a história tinha uma pequena aura de mistério que quando resolvido, não ficou mais nada. Foi esse o sentimento com que fiquei...
Sep 24, 2010 Machel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
On the day I received this book, I must say it felt like Christmas. I just loved this novel. I cried at least three times, while reading it, and really related to this story of the three sisters. I felt a kinship with the main character Dar, and her personal struggle to make peace with unanswered stories from her past, her quest to keep her family beach house and her ability to separate her 'self' through her writings (Dar is a fantasy writer in the novel). What's always wonderful about a "Luann ...more
I was really looking forward to this book. I have read several others by Luanne Rice and enjoyed them very much. And the cover is so pretty! But I have to say, this book was a disappointment. The good news is that is is a quick, easy read. I finished in 2 days. The bad news is that it is a very forgettable story.

In many ways, it is a slow moving story with not a whole lot going on. And in other ways, there is far too much happening, with too many characters and too much going on. The result is
Mar 23, 2011 Victoria rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
2 1/2 stars, but I'll be generous since it won it as a "First Read," so I'll give it 3 instead of 2.

First, some thoughts....Sometimes I wonder if an established, popular author were to submit a book for publication under a different name, posing as a first time author, would they get published? If they did, how much would their editor or publisher press them for rewrites and edits? But established authors don't do this. Why would they? They would be setting themselves up for rejection and scrut
Dale Harcombe
Sep 11, 2013 Dale Harcombe rated it liked it
After reading The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson, I needed something that was light and not too taxing. Having read and enjoyed a number of Luanne Rice novels, The Silver Boat fitted the bill. It didn’t require me to think too much but was a light bit of escapism, what I needed at the time.
It tells the story of three sisters Dar, Delia (why choose two main characters starting with the same initial unless there was an obvious reason for it? There wasn’t. ) and Rory who come back to pack up th
Jul 27, 2011 Annette rated it really liked it
i liked this book. :)
when i first started it, it seemed to have a lot in common with my last read "the lake of dreams". the books both include family drama & angst, mysterious family secrets & history to be solved, east coast "sea side" settings, and a little romance sprinkled in for good measure.

by the time i finished the book, i felt it was a book with a "moral to the story". a book about how time moves on & things change & how we have no choice really but to change with the ti
Nov 01, 2010 Monique rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Fans of the author and people who like heartwrenching stories...
I honestly can not even review this one...That's how much I truly did not enjoy it at all...It was depressing, slow, and just didn't draw me in at all...I've seen so many books by this author and this one was my first time trying to read one...I don't know if it's just this one that was a complete miss for me or if these types of books just aren't my reading preference...Once again I was suck in by such a gorgeous cover, which it is, it looks even more stunning in, what was in ...more
Mª João Monteiro
História de três irmãs que, após a morte da mãe, tratam de resolver assuntos relacionados com a casa de família, nos Hamptons. O pais desapareceu numa viagem num barco construído por ele próprio rumo à sua Irlanda natal. Viajam até à Irlanda para descobrir o que foi feito do pai (e aqui há alguma falta de lógica: o pai chegou e não deu notícias, o que não faz qualquer sentido...). Depois, há familiares com vidas em transformação ou em perigo, há casamentos em risco e casais que nunca se assumira ...more
Mar 28, 2011 Robin rated it liked it
This is the first book by Luanne Rice that I’ve read, though I see her name all the time, and have three of her other books in my To Be Read pile. So I was looking forward to finally experiencing her writing. Unfortunately, I was not overly impressed. I had trouble getting into the story, and found it sort of dragged and at times my attention tried to wander. With some authors, the writing just flows across the page, but that’s not the sense I got here, and I had to make myself concentrate on th ...more
Feb 01, 2013 Valerie rated it it was ok
When I selected this at the library, I was wondering how this audiobook could be only 7 hours in its entirety (and yes, that is unabridged). Turns out the reason is that the story is ridiculously underdeveloped. I'm not sure a single plot line was wrapped up by the end, or maybe there just wasn't a whole lot to the plot to begin with. Either way, it felt like a book at the beginning of its writing life cycle rather than one that was already published. There were aspects of the story that held my ...more
Jan 27, 2012 Jeanne rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-reads
I have read several of Luanne Rice's books and this was not one of the best. I liked the setting of the story and the characters. The relationships between the characters weren't particularly well developed. Dar McCarthy, a recovering alcoholic, artist and graphic novelest is the central character, surrounded by her two sisters, lover and childhood friend. Dar's father abandoned the family nearly 30 years earlier to go to Ireland to look for a land grant that gave him property on Martha's Vinyar ...more
Mar 23, 2011 Tami rated it really liked it
Haven't received yet, just received notice I had won! 3/23/11
Just received my copy, hope to start soon. 3/31/11

I finished last night. What a story. Three sisters, meet at their family home on Marthas Vineyard to pack the house because it has been sold. The sisters are so different, and yes, I wanted to slap some sense into one of them. They each struggle with their memories of the house, their mother, their father. The father had left when they were young children in search of proof to his inher
Lynn Pribus
Jun 05, 2011 Lynn Pribus rated it it was ok
This might be a bit better than a two-star, but two stars are "It was OK."

And this was. Suffered, I'm sure, by being read right after STARTED EARLY, TOOK MY DOG which was written with such verve and was filled with literary and contemporary puns and references.

Story of three sisters, mother recently dead, overseeing the selling -- or keeping -- of the family farmhouse on Martha's Vineyard. Includes a search for a vanished father in Ireland. These women must have been pretty wealthy to be flying
May 24, 2011 LeAnn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-books
Luanne Rice's characters are again believable and interesting. Family ties and their "unraveling" and "strengthening" keep the reader engaged. The three sisters, Dar, Delia, and Rory, were fortunate to have memorable summers at Daggett's Way (the big house) and the Hideaway (Dar's small beach cottage located on the west end of the 15 acre property) by the Atlantic Ocean in Chilmark, Massachusetts. It's definitely a great "summer read". If you like books with Irish heritage/"connections" and wish ...more
Anita Johnson
Jun 11, 2011 Anita Johnson rated it really liked it
Dar McCarthy and her two sisters, Rory and Delia, are packing up their family home in Martha's Vinyard that has to be sold now that their mother has died. This was the center of all their happy memories of summers spent by the ocean. Their Irish father, a boat builder, crafted a gleaming white sailboat that he sailed solo to Ireland on to claim something that was owed him. They never saw him after that. This is a beautiful story of family ties that sometimes strangle but in the end hold everythi ...more
Jun 24, 2011 Elle rated it it was amazing
This book is so amazing. I love the way it was written. It was mystical and deep. I truly didn't think I was going to enjoy this book as much as I did.

It is the journey of three very different sisters as they try to deal with their father's evident abandonment and the seemingly unrelated selling of their family home in Martha's Vineyard. The story centers mainly around Dar, an artist who uses her talent to escape her talents and express her feelings. The story leads to a trip to Ireland and eve
May 20, 2011 Lynda rated it liked it
I thought this book got better as it went along. Three sisters, Delia, Dar and Rory have to sort out their family home before it is sold to pay estate taxes. None of the three sisters has gotten over their father's leaving when they were young but it affected Dar the most. She has created a series of very successful graphic novels about a water spirit named Dulse to deal with her feelings. The sisters decide to travel to Ireland to uncover whatever they can about their father's last journey in h ...more
Apr 06, 2011 Barb rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
I love Luanne Rice's books. The story is so beautifully written that you can feel yourself there but it is not so bogged down with too many words that it is superfluous. This is the story of three sisters that have to sell the family home and try to find out why their father left when they were little. He sailed to Ireland to find a deed to the property and didn't return. This is the story of their journey. I really enjoyed the journey to Ireland as we were just to Cork and Cobh about two weeks ...more
Luanne Rice é daquelas escritoras que têm um ou outro livro engraçado (e engraçado não implica que seja necessariamente bom), mas, no cômputo geral, as suas obras são maçadoras. Algo de masoquista em mim fez com que quisesse ler este livro, mesmo sabendo que outras obras dela não me fascinaram.

Aqui, a estória é tão estranha quanto mal conseguida. Uma imensidão de personagens que, a meu ver, são muito mal construídas. O único elo entre elas é que, de uma forma ou de outra, têm um qualquer "transt
Jun 05, 2011 Joy rated it really liked it
This is my first book to read by this author, but I read it all in one day and enjoyed it. Three sisters meet at their childhood vacation home on Martha's Vineyard to pack up the house before it is sold. They are really saying good-bye to a major part of their lives. I loved their relationship with each other. As with anything, one sister cared more about the house and life, but the other sisters were sensitive to her special sadness at leaving. The story involved a trip the sisters made to Irel ...more
Apr 22, 2011 Emily rated it liked it
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Mar 26, 2011 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Thank you for the priviledge of allowing me the opportunity to read The Silver Boat before it was released for sale. This is an amazing book, all of your senses are in play. Three sisters on a journey to resolve issues from their past & plan for their future.
I felt most drawn to Dar and her relationship to her father. This book takes place in Martha's
Vineyard and in Ireland.This book is a 5 star and a must read for anyone who likes books/stories about
family and especially sisters.
Diane S ☔
Apr 29, 2011 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it
There is just something so comforting about reading Luanne Rice's books. They are about families, some who have major problems, but they are overcome with a great deal of stamina in the characters and a great deal of love. Old friends.
Dec 28, 2016 Dyana rated it liked it
After their mother's death, the three McCarthy sisters gather at their family beach house named Daggett's Way on Martha's Vineyard to sort through and divide up her belongings. They also need to sell the property to pay back taxes.

Dar (Darrah) is a recovering alcoholic who writes and draws graphic novels. She expresses her emotions and feelings through Dulse, the water-spirit character she created. She also uses her sisters and other people in her life in the stories. Dar is very attached to he
Cindy Feigert
Mar 12, 2017 Cindy Feigert rated it liked it
When I saw this book on the Bookbub site I decided to buy it because I haven't read a Luanne Rice book in a long time. I have always enjoyed her books and this was no exception. It was the story of three sisters who have to sell their family home after their mother dies. They also are still dealing with the disappearance of their father many years ago. This leads them to Ireland (which added to the story for me). The sisters learn that even though you have to give up the physical "home" you stil ...more
Jan 27, 2017 Heather rated it really liked it
It took me a bit to get into this story. But once I did I enjoyed it.

Three sisters come together after the passing of their mother to empty the house and prepare it for sale. But in doing so they decide they need to find answers about what happened to their father. After a trip to his last known whereabouts, they find the truth but it puts a strain on their home lives and relationships with each other and their families.
Oct 23, 2016 Michele rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book sounded interesting and, thus, I downloaded the audio-version. In full disclosure, I did not finish it. When a sexual scene started being described, I stopped and deleted the book. I don't need that nor do I want that in any book. Too bad as it sounded like it might have been an interesting read.
Dec 01, 2016 Marilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half Stars of 'LETTING GO'
Letting go of relationships...
Letting go of family...
Letting go of traditions...
Letting go of property...
Letting go of the past.
Kristie (fabk)
Feb 11, 2017 Kristie (fabk) rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books, 2017
I still love losing myself in the worlds Luanne Rice builds.
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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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