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The Orphans of Race Point: A Novel Paperback – May 6, 2014
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- Item Weight : 1.12 pounds
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062281302
- Paperback : 544 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062281305
- Product Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.87 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Harper Perennial (May 6, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #563,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is basically a perfect novel. It has it all: a riveting plot, characters that are so well developed you will feel like you know them as real people, and enough twists and turns in the storyline that you'll stay up too late reading. I found myself saying, "I'll just read for a few more minutes…" and then an hour later I look up and come out of the trance in which I fell.
Hallie Costa and Gus Silva are kids growing up in Provincetown, Massachusetts when tragedy strikes Gus's family. At just nine years old, Hallie is the only one who can penetrate Gus's shell of grief and terror. As teenagers, they start dating and fall in love—passionate, once-in-a-lifetime (if you're lucky) love. And then on the night of their high school prom a nightmare comes to life and changes everything. That's just the beginning of this absolutely riveting story that continues into their adult years as Gus becomes a Roman Catholic priest and Hallie becomes a doctor and marries. But this roller coaster ride isn't over yet, and when Gus is accused of the absolute worst, can anything—or anyone—save him?
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This is definitely one of the best books I have ever read. Read it. Now!
It's a beautiful, bittersweet story. The author captured Gus and Hallie perfectly! I felt like I knew the characters personally. They had their flaws but their goodness outweighed any bad choices. The author kept the reader captivated with twists and turns, sadness and joy, good times and bad. Quite simply, very much like life.
I highly recommend this novel if you're looking for excellent writing, well developed characters, a wonderful sense of place in Cape Cod and a satisfying story. I'm very much looking forward to the author's next novel in April 2021.
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I will be checking out other works by this author and definitely telling my friends and family about it.
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