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The Silver Boat

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  3,545 ratings  ·  355 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, 289 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Pamela Dorman Books (first published April 2nd 2005)
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Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, audiobook
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 jour
Sep 24, 2010 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
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was recommended to me based upon my preferences. It was not bad, but nothing special. This was my first read by this author. Are her other books better? Without encouragement I may not read another.

Mar 23, 2011 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
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
Dale Harcombe
Sep 11, 2013 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 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 time, for better o
Anita Johnson
Jun 11, 2011 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
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 begin the difficult process of letting go. Memories of their grandmother, mother, and their Irish father, who sailed away the year Dar turned twelve, rise up and expose the fine cracks in their family myth-especially when a cache of old letters reveals enough truth to send them ...more
Robin Reynolds
Mar 28, 2011 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 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 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
Nov 01, 2010 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
Mar 23, 2011 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 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
Apr 06, 2011 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
May 20, 2011 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
May 24, 2011 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
Jun 24, 2011 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
Jun 05, 2011 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
Mar 26, 2011 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.
Apr 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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Diane S ☔
Apr 29, 2011 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.
Maggie Shanley
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent book about an artist on Martha's Vineyard, deeply connected to her families beach house, her siblings and their family drama, friends, missing family members and struggles with addiction. I love how Dar grew and became even more true to herself. At the beginning of the story she is practicing a form of meditation she attributes to a stay in Nova Scotia, she references her struggles with alcohol and her wish to live more in the moment. And then you realize she is struggling because she ...more
Tanya E
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book in one afternoon. I picked it up and thought it would be a nice, sweet family story.

I didn’t get all caught up in it emotionally at first. I thought it was interesting and I wanted to see what would happen next. I had an idea of what would happen.

Then all of a sudden I couldn’t put the book down because I HAD to see what would happen next. And about 2/3 of the way through the story I blacked out everything happening around me and just submersed myself until the end.

I cried, u
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Dar was the only sister that you get to know but even so hard to accept. The oldest so father confided in her more, mother in ill health needed her. Father leaves at 12 yrs and now mom is dead. Dar has stronger memories of the ocean house. A recovering alcoholic who uses her graphic novel writing to understand her life wanting to hold to past sadness did not seem real. Mom seemed to have let go of father leaving for Ireland but daughter never did. Cleaning out house makes sisters decide to find ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
McCarthy's Way

I found this story and its characters very likable and believable. The years lost away from their father affected the sisters in very different ways. Their lives reflected the loss of their Dad first and foremost then their Mom without resolve. Their trip to Ireland is fueled by the desire to know their Dad's fate and leads to sadness at the news of his death and joy at the news that he solved his quest. The sisters face the future feeling the love of both their parents and with a
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I liked the premise of this book with 3 sisters gathering at their mother's home to clean it out for sale and reliving memories, but wasn't that thrilled by the execution. Not a terrible book, but I wasn't crazy about any of the characters. The trip to Ireland looking for a mysterious deed was probably the best part. I have to admit though, that listening to it in the audio version might not have been best for me, my mind kept drifting off so I may not have given it the attention it deserved to ...more
Ashlee Marie
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tower-team-vi
A tale of 3 sisters, heartbroken by the loss of their mother and the unknown disappearance of their father. As they travel to Ireland to find out what happened to their father, they also fight with the decision of whether or not to sell their family island home.
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Valerie Kerwin
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
The premise was interesting and the settings were well described. I just had trouble keeping all the sisters straight for the first half of the book, Eventually I got connections between the load of minor characters straight,. It was hard to get interested in the sisters’ quest, although the setting in Ireland was interesting, also it was hard for me to keep all the side characters straight. Most could have been eliminated. There were too many tangent stories that complicated the story line too ...more
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Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-three novels including CLOUD NINE, BEACH GIRLS, and THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SISTER. LAST DAY will be out in February 2020. 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 lives on the Connecticut shor ...more

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