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A Week at the Shore

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  25 reviews

“A first-rate storyteller who creates believable, sympathetic characters who seem as familiar as your neighbors,” (The Boston Globe), Barbara Delinsky presents a captivating new novel about a woman whose unexpected reunion with her estranged family forces her to confront a devastating past.

One phone call is all it takes to lure Mallory Aldiss back to her family’s Rhode

Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Expected publication: May 19th 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Week At The Shore is Barbara Delinsky at her best !
Complex relationships, going back into the past to help
One go forward !
This is the story of Mallory and her daughter Joy and a family secret, that needs to be brought to light.
Mallory returns home after 20 years to hopefully finally get the answers to the disappearance of their neighbor, who just happens to be the mother of her childhood crush !
I enjoyed this book, the story, and I swear I could smell the salt air and hear the waves as I
When it is snowy and cold outside, superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

In A Week at the Shore, New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky
This interesting novel of Mallory and her daughter, Joy, returning to her roots and finding her entire life changed in a few days. The setting is a seaside community in Rhode Island which Mallory has deigned to visit after an unfortunate incident blew up her life.

I had to admire her for building a life, having a child and becoming a successful photographer, despite being so detached from her home and family. Her relationship with her father had always been especially fraught and painful, yet it
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Week At the Shore is the best kind of fiction...asking serious questions to guide readers into a deeper understanding. When Jack’s phone call brings Mallory back to the hometown she and her oldest sister have avoided for 20 years there are lots of questions, about the father whose memory is failing, about the family friend who fell overboard while sailing with her dad, about the boy she once loved, about why she always had to assume the role of peacemaker. Not wanting to give spoilers, my ...more
Heather Donovan
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this book. The character of Anne was written a little too over-the-top in this story - the quintessential baby of the family, the caretaker of her ailing father, not including the other sisters in decisions surrounding his condition. There was also a decades-old mystery, the disappearance of a neighbouring woman who coincidentally was romantically linked to both the father AND mother of
Dec 08, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This book brings you on an emotional ride at the beach. The vivid descriptions bring you into the story and make you feel like you are there as well.

It took me a little while to get into this book, I'm not really sure why, usually Barbara Delinsky books hook me right away. However, once I got about 1/4 through it, I didn't want to put it down. The mystery began and the story sped up a lot.

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary
Edi McNinch
Usually her books are engaging and great but this one doesn't quite make the mark. It starts at a reasonable pace then slows to a painful too much detail with the character being too much 'in her head' and lacked evoking emotion. A lot of minutia that could have been summed up much quicker. The past relationship of Mal and Jack and their initial phone call and meeting made it difficult to relate to them. The mystery part was a good storyline was good and finally started moving more toward the ...more
Carol Deegan
A combination of estranged family, a bit of mystery, a little romance along with some old scandal make this an outstanding book. Barbara Delinsky has written another book that gives readers insight into the way one family and their estranged neighbor deal with what life has dealt them. Mallory, along with her daughter Joy, travel to her hometown after a disturbing call about her father’s behavior and the way her sister is handling the situation. Readers are drawn into this real-life story that ...more
Megan Greene
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Follow several story lines within the Aldiss family drama, A Week at the Shore. Meet Margo, Anne and Mallory. Estranged sisters that reunite at the Shore, due to their father Tom’s illness. Follow the budding romance with next door neighbor and Veterinarian Jack. Engross yourself in the mystery of Jack’s missing mother Elizabeth and Tom’s possible involvement 20 years earlier. Learn if Mallory is Toms biological father. Meet Joy, Mallorys quirky 13 year old daughter. Learn Anne’s secret and how ...more
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story line is based on the results of a DNA sample from a women who is wondering about her family line. She finds out good and bad info but this is really a story about 3 strangers finding out they are half sisters and how they deal with this. Each character has their own personal problems to deal with on top of this. The story is told in sections with each sister writing their story and feelings. So it goes: sister 1, 2, 3, back to sister 1, 2, 3, repeat and repeat. Hard to make the story ...more
Sue Fernandez
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love most of Author Delinsky's books, and I looked forward to this one. It did not disappoint. My goodness, from the first page, I could feel the sisters emotional turmoil and struggles with each other. We too often assume things about others, and our relationships with them, and in doing so, we often just make a mess of things. This book has twists and turns, and I kept reading to see where it would lead me, and in hopes that this family could find a way to get through their pasts to give ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Week at the Shore by Barbara Delinsky has a murder mystery, lost loves found, estranged siblings, father with a progressive illness, family drama and so many issues and relationships it is hard to keep them all straight. Unfortunately, the characters weren't very likeable, so it was hard to stay interested in the story. Ms Delinsky's fans will no doubt enjoy the story which as always is well written.

Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.
Beth Hunsberger
Mallory and her daughter Joy venture back to the town where Mallory grew up and where her father and one of her sisters still live. She catches up on those key relationships, after being gone for years, watches Joy blossom with these relationships, and also catches up with an old flame. There is family drama, some investigating and stories to solve, and relationships to watch. This book felt a little long/slow to me.
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barbara Delinsky does a great job exploring complex family relationships in this book. Moving forward in your life hinges on so much of your past and she does a tremendous job highlighting this fact. So many secrets have hindered the relationships of this broken family and their friends and lovers. The author fully explores all the characters feelings and emotions as we experience where life leads them in the end. Well done! Highly recommend! #AWeekattheShore #BarbaraDelinsky #NetGalley
Carol Perreault
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the story of 3 sisters drawn back to their childhood beach house where their father is forgetting things. One sister lives with their father and runs a breakfast and lunch restaurant in town. One sister lives in New York with her 13 year old daughter and the other sister lives in Chicago with her husband and 2 sons. A lot of stuff needs to be discussed and worked out and it's not all pleasant, but they are determined to get along for their father...
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Barbara Delinsky did not let me down, I loved this book! When their father gets sick with a serious illness, his three daughters reunite at the family beach house where they grew up. There are family issues to mend, old loves reunite, and a murder mystery to solve. This book is a "keeper"!! Thank you to NetGalley and Publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Paula Pugh
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is the best book I have read in ages. There are complex characters, a complex plot, moving moments, hair-tear-out moments, and, through it all a current of love. It is a love of sisters-messy and broken and the love of a man and woman separated by hurt and angry words.
It is a definite buy me, re-read me novel-way above a five star rating.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At The Shore is a great read. It definitely built up the suspense, and curiosity of wanting to keep turning pages, to get the answers. I truly wanted to find out what happened so long ago. Alas it was not to be. I’m hoping there is a sequel. The book was great. For plot to almost ending. I hate how it ended because it left so many questions.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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First book of this authors that I’ve read in awhile. I enjoyed the story but wasn’t quite ready for it to end. I had a hard time putting it down! It would make a perfect beach read. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy
Patricia Barber
New author to me and I love her. Once I started the book today, I had to finish it. It was like reading about an very real family. And I had to know the answer ( you have to read the book to understand ) . Now I want the book to keep going, did not want it to end. A must read.
Nov 10, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 11, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Did not receive copy on Nov. 11th.
Fat thumb error on phone, ugh.
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Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted some light to read in the run up to the holidays and I wanted something set by the beach to make me think of warm weather and salty skin rather than cold toes and wet, dark evenings. This book did not disappoint. The wonderful beach homes and sleepy seaside town described in the book was a long way from the main characters current life in New York. A horrible event changed the life of 3 sisters and their parents and forced them to take sides that many years later have not been changed. ...more
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I was born and raised in suburban Boston. My mother’s death, when I was eight, was the defining event of a childhood that was otherwise ordinary. I took piano lessons and flute lessons. I took ballroom dancing lessons. I went to summer camp through my fifteenth year (in Maine, which explains the setting of so many of my stories), then spent my sixteenth summer learning to type and to drive (two ...more