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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143121030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143121039
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Dar McCarthy is expecting her sisters, Delia and Rory, to join her in Martha�s Vineyard for a final visit to the family home before it has to be sold for taxes. Each of the sisters has taken a different path, and Dar is the only one remaining on the island. The house has been in the family for generations, and as the sisters reunite to pack up mementos, they broach the one subject that has haunted them, the disappearance of their father when they were young. Michael was an Irish immigrant shipbuilder, while their mother came from a prestigious New England family. Michael always maintained that his family had a land grant from the king of England on Martha�s Vineyard. Driven by the need to prove his worth, he sailed to Ireland to look for the original deed. After unearthing love letters between her parents, Dar and her sisters go to Ireland on their own quest. Popular Rice, in her mellifluous style, captures the essence of family and sisterhood as each character deals with love and loss. --Patty Engelmann --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

Praise for THE SILVER BOAT:

“Will strike a chord in every mother, daughter, or sister.”
Marie Claire

“Popular Rice, in her mellifluous style, captures the essence of family and sisterhood as each character deals with love and loss.”
Booklist

“Rice’s writing effortlessly conveys the way family can bind as well as buoy us, reminding us that when the sea of life gets too choppy, by setting our prows toward the places that made us, we will find a safe harbor. Another winner from one of America’s most beloved authors.”
BookPage

“Rice enriches familiar themes of family, failure, redemption, and romance with a watercolor-lovely portrait of Martha's Vineyard and sketches of the tug-of-war between sea and sand, rich and poor, development and preservation characteristic of the island.”
Publishers Weekly

“Compelling . . . a satisfying and worthwhile ride.”
Library Journal

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Characters were not fully developed.
D. J. Karr
Some of it is quite a stretch, but over all I enjoyed this book...good beach read.
Melodie
Trite, poor or no character development, and story not very well thought out.
L. Patrick

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Barva on April 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Time after time, novel after novel, Luanne Rice proves that she knows how to write about families in all shapes and sizes. Her newest is no exception. The McCarthy sisters and their families and their stories spring to life in The Silver Boat. One warning - the book is addictive and once I started it, I had trouble stopping.
I highly recommend this book as a great read. Enjoy! I sure did.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By lynn k on April 14, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have always been a fan of Luanne Rice but I must say I was just plain bored and disapointed by this new book.The author focused more on Dar's cartoon charactor than developing the actual charactors of the story.I am sad to say the story was also very predictable. No depth here.This book left me cold.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lady O on November 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I picked this up on a whim as it was prominently displayed. Read the reviews and the dust jacket, and it seemed perfect for me. Wrong. The author spent a great deal of ink telling us what the characters were all about without letting the characters develop on their own. The side story with the "graphic novel" was boring and disruptive. I felt as though I were reading the bare bones of a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" film script. Very dissatisfying.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Each of the sisters looks back at the family beach house on Martha's Vineyard with fond memories. They can track their roots to the Massachusetts colony as their ancestors were one of the first families to settle here. However, with mom's death and the trio living far away and unable to keep the place as a vacation site, they know they must sell.

Thus the McCarthy siblings (Dar, Delia and Rory) come to Daggett's Way with sadness. Adding to the despondency is the only offer comes from insufferable boors who plan to tear Dagget's Way down and replace it with a despicable reproduction of a French chateau. Dar the manga graphic novelist wishes she had the power of her comic book heroine. Delia has other issues as she struggles with her son's meth addiction that is also killing her relationship with her husband; reminding her of her Irish father Michael who vanished at sea years ago while insisting King Charles I gave his ancestors land within the Daggett acres.

This is an entertaining family drama as readers see the sadness of the three sisters who must give up their long time family heritage. The story line is insightful when the tale remains anchored on Martha's Vineyard profoundly studying the impact of the loss of something sacred (not just the sisters as another character has confronted the same loss). When the siblings chase after an inane dream that even if they succeed accomplishes nothing, the plot loses its plausibility though one could argue this is a coping defense mechanism. Overall readers will enjoy the McCarthy sisters learning you truly cannot go home no matter how much you wish otherwise.

Harriet Klausner
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Karr on June 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Disjointed writing. Characters were not fully developed. Read more like an outline of a story than a novel. Had potential for a good story but skirted the story for unrelated trivia that detracted. Was disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Patrick on July 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Trite, poor or no character development, and story not very well thought out. I did finish it but was left thinking I'd wasted two nice summer evenings.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on May 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I like an author, I read as much of that author as I can. When I do this, sometimes I find the author uses a formula, (I know no surprise) and I can't
tell one book from the other. I find myself wondering if I have read this one or that one. Books authored by Rice are not like that.
In this one, Dar is a special type of character. She has lived as she wants and has not followed the stereotypical
path at all. Despite a traditional homestead in a very conservative area, Rice creates a unique person. I liked Dar, grew impatient
with her sisters, but ended applauding their decisions in the end. I really liked The Silver Boat and intend to read again this summer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dana R. Casella on June 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Trite, utterly predictable, and basically ridiculous. All it would have needed to qualify as a "romance novel" would be some bodice ripping. Ghosts, mirages, secrets dating back hundreds of years....these served to ruin what could have been a fun beach read, set on Martha's Vinyard with a slew of flawed characters. But several have the same flaws which made it less interesting than spreading human frailties to all sorts of weaknesses. How many people in one small group can be addicted to drugs or alcohol? I finished it, as this was a quick, light piece of fluff, but the "secrets" were so DUMB! My intelligence was insulted. Rice can do far better and she has. I hate to see a writer who is quite capable of writing great stories, sell one based only on her name and reputation. Glad I didn't buy this one, and that it cost nothing to borrow it from our library.
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