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The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners (Newport, Rhode Island) [Kindle Edition]

Luanne Rice
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Years ago, Lyra Davis fled the people she loved most, unable to reconcile the expectations of her wealthy family with the longings of her own wild heart. Now she lives quietly among a community of expatriates on the isle of Capri, slowly, carefully learning to live fully for the first time.

Pell Davis, wise beyond her sixteen years, and her younger sister Lucy still long for the mother who ran away from them when they were children. Pell thinks she knows why Lyra left. Now she will travel across an ocean to find the mother she remembers and learn the deeper truths Lyra has never been able to reveal.

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From Publishers Weekly

The amazingly prolific Rice reintroduces characters from 2009's Geometry of Sisters for this heart-tugger about a reunion of a mother and her two daughters who've been separated for 10 years due to a disturbing secret. Set on the picturesque isle of Capri, Rice's touching tale reflects on how families can survive and thrive despite tragedies. Lyra Nicholson is a lonely heiress living in Italy while her equally lonely daughters, 16-year-old Pell and Lucy, a 14-year-old math whiz, live in Newport, R.Iwith their grandmother. Lucy's already tried to contact (via equations) the ghost of her dead father with Beck, her BFF and the sister of Pell's boyfriend, Travis. Pell travels to Italy, wanting Lyra, who abandoned her and Lucy, to finally take responsibility for them. Max Gardiner, her mother's smitten playwright neighbor, encourages Pell, even as she is distracted by Rafe, Max's 19-year-old recovering addict grandson. Rice gives Pell an old-beyond-her-years stability that Lyra lacks in this beguiling beach read that would suit YA readers as well as their mothers. (Aug.)
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Praise for the novels of Luanne Rice:

“A rare combination of realism and romance.”—The New York Times Book Review on Summer Light

“Few writers evoke summer's translucent days so effortlessly, or better capture the bittersweet ties of family love.”
Publishers Weekly on Beach Girls

“Irresistible…vivid storytelling. Readers can almost smell the sea air. Rice has a gift for creating realistic characters, and the pages fly by as those characters explore the bonds of family.”—Orlando Sentinel on The Secret Hour

”Luanne Rice has enticed millions of readers by enveloping them in stories that are wrapped in the hot, sultry weather of summer…she does it so well.”—USA Today

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Product Details

  • File Size: 479 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553589784
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (August 4, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002JCJ6Y8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,498 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I DIsagree With Most Reviews. April 25, 2010
By Audrey
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I almost let some of the reviews scare me off from this one as much of a Lou Ann Rice fan as I am. I went ahead and ordered this along with Geometry of Sisters, as someone said this book should be read after the other as it continued with some of the characters. I totally agree. Both books were excellent. I couldn't put them down and wish there would be another. I am not quite ready to leave these characters yet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners January 30, 2010
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This was a great book - I would recomment reading the Geometry of Sisters first as I didn't and the books are connected somewhat. The description of Capri really got to me. I have visited Greece a number of times, but this part of Italy really seemed familiar. I loved LuAnne Rice's writing and have read every book that I know of that she has written at least in the past five years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great book about a dysfunctional family. January 17, 2013
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A great book about a dysfunctional family. Set on the beautiful island of Capri, we see that there is hope for even the most messed up of families.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy Newport November 24, 2012
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We recently traveled to Newport, RI. Shortly after our return I found Luanne's two books in the Newport, RI series. This one and The Geometry of Sisters. They are both good reads. The descriptions regarding Newport are quite accurate so whether you have had an opportunity to visit or not, dig into either book and escape to Newport.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners by Luanne Rice April 11, 2011
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Luanne Rice writes with compassion in her characters, describing her characters and locations with page-turner creativity. She writes with plots women can relate to and commentary that helps understand our personal situations with problem-solving reads. Her location descriptions make you want to travel there and/or feel you are there. I have enjoyed all her novels.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best May 25, 2010
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This was not nearly as good as "The Geometry of Sisters". Seems too hurried. I found it difficult to wrap my mind around a sixteen-year-old girl being so intensly in love. Would have liked more focus on the romance between Max and Lyra. Some of Rice's books blow me away and others leave me flat; which finds me reading all of them. This was a flat one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Louanne reader May 2, 2010
By Lynn
First...let me say that I have read every book that Louanne Rice has ever written & have been entertained by all of them, but, I am sorry to say that I was NOT entertained by "The Deep Blue Sea for beginners"!

I LOVE to read & it takes alot for me to give up on a book, but, I found myself skipping pages & muttering "get on with it"....the book just DRAGGED for me!! never jelled together smoothly, but, left too many unanswered questions & didn't seem real to me at all. The mental health information (or lack of)was just appalling & I wondered if Louanne even researched for this portion of her book.

I won't give Louanne up without another try....& look forward for her to prove that she still has that "spark" to keep me reading into the "wee hours"!!!
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Narrated by Tony Award winner Blair Brown, The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners is an audiobook adaptation (abridgement approved by the author) is a novel of a woman's reconnection with her mother, and her search for deeper family understanding. Lyra Davis left the lavish world of her family's wealth long ago, chasing the pull of her heartstrings. Now as Pell Davis prepares to go to college, she needs to know that her younger sister Lucy will be secure; their father has passed on, and so Pell embarks on a journey across the ocean to find the mother she distantly remembers. A poignant and captivating emotional saga, highly recommended. 5 CDs, 6 hours.
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LUANNE RICE is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty one novels, most recently THE LEMON ORCHARD. Her novels, including Cloud Nine and Last Kiss often center on love, family, nature and the sea, and have been translated into twenty-four languages. A number of Rice's novels have been adapted for television, including Crazy in Love for TNT, Blue Moon for CBS, the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentations of Follow the Stars Home and Silver Bells, and Beach Girls as a summer drama series for Lifetime Television. She has contributed a theatrical piece to the new off Broadway play Motherhood Out Loud. Rice loves nature and frequently writes about it. Born in Connecticut, Rice divides her time between New York City and Southern California.

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