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Safe Harbour (Hubbard's Point/Black Hall #2)

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Dana Underhill's artistic gift has led her all over the world. Her breathtaking underwater canvases evoke all the beauty and romance of the seas she and her beloved sister, Lily, have sailed since childhood. But when a shattering event takes Lily from her forever, Dana must leave her nomadic artist's life for the salt marshes and tidal creeks of her childhood home at Hubba ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published 2002 by Piatkus Books
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Ralph Gara
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
what I've learned from the book:


When it comes to love, age truly doesn't matter.

because the age of a person doesn't affect the sincerity and care for one another. whether it was love between a man and a woman, a parent's love for their kids, or even two friends reunited after life separated them... it always foils down to how a person can open up and welcome someone in, even after so many things tried to shut it out.

and one thing, who said love was easy to get and keep?

life is just one big oc
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Rebekah
Feb 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance, going
Of course once you start recording *everything* you read on a site you start getting feedback like "I can't believe how many romance novels you read." Romance novels like this one are both decently written and not taxing - no learning required, little thought required. Safe Harbor pushed some pleasant emotional buttons regarding dealing with grieving issues as well. I'll probably read other books by Luanne Rice - based on the excerpt at the back of the book for another one - her formula seems so ...more
Manoj B
Apr 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Pros: Beautiful showcase of tender emotions.
Cons: No movie made on this so far.

To read more about my review, click here
Kathy
May 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, romance
Dana & Lily... Ally and Quinn... and Sam...

Dana & Lily - sisters.. artists & sailors... living on the bay... one summer as teens they taught/coached sail boating... and included Sam... 8 yrs old and poor and eager... and saved his life when he fell into the water during a race practice... and he vowed to be their protector...

Dana went to Paris and painted beautiful underwater scenes... Lily got married and had two daughters (Ally & Quinn)... her husband is a developer, and that s
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Reader Of Everything
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mostly any reader who loves a romance novel
Recommended to Reader by: A family member
Safe Harbor
'Her spirt yearns for different shores. Her heart calls her home.'
This book is a memorable one. I couldn't help but feel the characters. I didn't quite understand them in a way people who have been through the same situation might have, but I felt their passion and I felt their pain. Every character is well planned out, and has a backstory that is incredible. Throughout Luanne Rice's work, I could see the scraps of their lives stitch back together, and piece by piece, my heart thunder
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Kathryn
I again enjoyed another delightful book in this series by Luanne Rice and very well narrated by Tanya Eby. A story of two young girls coping with the grief of losing their parents in a boating accident. Of their aunt Dana, coping with the loss of her sister and becoming the guardian of her two nieces. She has also been betrayed by her lover and has lost her painting mojo. Sam a younger man, who remembers her from way back when she taught him to sail, is determined to help them all through this d ...more
Barbara Hanna
It was another great story of the relationship between sisters- their similarities, differencies, and
their connection with each other during life and afterwards in death. One sister dies and the other who is a free spirit is left to be guardian of her two nieces. The story often goes back to the past and events of Lily/Dana and then to the present with the story of Quinn/Allie- the nieces. It was a great story.
Debbie
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy Luanne Rice's book. First book I read of hers was Follow The Stars Home. I absolutely loved it. I have several of her novels and plan to read more. Any of her books are great summer reads.
Kaori Miyazono
Feb 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
i learned about the importance of family love..
and dat first love never really dies. and age really dont matter at all.
Alissa
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great summer read!
Lisa
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 stars I think it is a little odd what they went through to "find the truth" about how the parents died especially going on a child's instinct.
Kimber
Aug 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love love love her books. This one was a nail bitter... Lol.. But one great read!! Has a little of everything in it :)
Ratforce
As a fan of Kristin Hannah, you may enjoy books by Luanne Rice. Both authors delve into the lives of women working to re-discover themselves. Safe Harbor is a good starting place. 0553802186
La Tisha
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very sweet, tearful at times book about sisters
Darlene
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
That we cannot always run away from people we love and care about. Very moving story. Would recommend it to anyone.
Judith Wrinkle
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like all of this authors books, so thought provoking and entertaining Thank you Ms. Rice.
Irene
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dana Underhill artistic gift has led her all over the world in search of new oceanscapes. Her breathtaking underwater canvases evoke all the beauty and romance of the seas she and her beloved sister, Lily, have sailed since childhood. But when a shattering event takes Lily from her forever, Dana must leave her nomadic artist's life to become a mother to Lily's two young daughters, Quin and Allie.
Twelve-year-old Quinn may be Dana's toughest challenge. With a mass of wiry braids as uncontrollable
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Jeanne (love2cook)
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Dana Underhill is a free spirit seeing the world and painting her canvases with the colors of the seas. Her and her sister Lily sailed the seas by their home on Hubbard's Point. Then an accident happened and Dana was called home to take care of her two nieces. Lily and her husband mark were killed in a boating accident. When Dana and Lily taught youngsters how to sail, one of the kids was Sam Trevor. They had saved him when he fell overboard. Now, that Dana was back he looked her up as he had lo ...more
Marilyn Friesen
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really got engrossed in this book. Luanne Rice awoke a deep love and admiration for the ocean and the quaint little cottages that surrounded it. It wasn't long before I had my WhatsApp statuses graced with seacoast paintings that 'Dana' could have created. In spite of Dana's nomadic ways that she had to rein in when her nieces are orphaned, she becomes a wonderful mother substitute for the two girls. Once again Ms. Rice's vivid characterizations are the best and you'll find this smoothly writt ...more
Janga
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been meaning to reread the rest of this series since I reread the first one back in June, but I never found the time. A bout with a recurring back problem curtailed my weekend plans, but it also gave me time for a marathon reading of the other five books. No changes in ratings, but I was left wondering how many of Rice's books feature a child who has lost one or both parents.
Jennifer
I liked the story to this book. However not the way the author wrote it. At times it seemed she repeated things too much. Also there were key moments when she could have elaborated but didn’t. So overall I give it a 3.
Elise
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was okay. It felt way longer than it needed to be... it dragged a lot. Kind of sappy and romantic.
Michele Sobol
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another beautiful story by Luanne Rice.
Jill
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light and Fluffy. How has this not been a Lifetime movie?
Crystal
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great novel dealing with complex topics like grief, forgiveness, healing and relationships that scratch beneath the surface
ChrisGA
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w-read-2017
Sweet family story with appealing characters.
Kris - My Novelesque Life
3.5 STARS

"Dana Underhill's artistic gift has led her all over the world in search of new oceanscapes. Her breathtaking underwater canvases evoke all the beauty and romance of the seas she and her beloved sister, Lily, have sailed since childhood. But when a shattering event takes Lily from her forever, Dana must leave her nomadic artist's life for the salt marshes and tidal creeks of her childhood home at Hubbard's Point, Connecticut, to become a mother to Lily's two young daughters, Quinn and A
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Swanbender2001
I wasn’t aware this was part of a trilogy when I checked it out from the library and now that I have read the descriptions of the other ones I doubt if the sequencing matters. This was my first Luanne Rice and won’t be my last although it was a romantic love story when all is said and done. Quinn and Allie have lost their parents to a boating accident and their beloved aunt Dana comes from France to return home with them. Dana and Lily were closer than close, growing up as equally loving sisters ...more
Sharon
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
I really enjoyed this book as I believe anyone with sisters (that they like) and a close family would, it wouldn't hurt if they sailed as well as there is definitely a lot of sailing going on.

Lily and Dana, sisters to the core, were brought up on Hubbard's Point, Connecticut, sailing and playing around in boats. When they grew up, Lily met and married the man of her dreams and Dana's painting lead her to all the bodies of water in the world. They both lead charmed lives, living life to the fulle
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Joanne
May 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I’ve read other books by this author, but this one disappointed me.

Dana comes back to CT from France to take care of her two young nieces after her sister and brother in law die on their sailboat. Twelve year old Quinn is very rebellious and upset over the deaths. Approximately 20 years before Sam Trevor was a sailing student in Newport and he was rescued by Dana and her sister Lily. Sam now feels he should repay the kindness and acts on his long time crush of older woman Dana. That entire love
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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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