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Rising Tides (The Chesapeake Bay Saga, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1998
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Set on the windswept shores of the Chesapeake Bay, Nora Roberts's Rising Tides, the second book in the Quinn Brothers trilogy, continues the story of the lives and loves of adopted brothers Ethan, Cameron, and Philip Quinn. Eager to honor their father's dying wish that their other brother, Seth, be cared for, the three settle into life with a 10-year-old. Of all the brothers, it is Ethan who finds himself drawn to the young boy, because both suffered horrific abuse before being adopted by the Quinns. Time hasn't extinguished Ethan's pain, only buried it deep within his heart, a fact that may keep him from the only woman he has ever loved. A moving contemporary with universal appeal, Rising Tides is Nora Roberts at her best.
From Publishers Weekly
Roberts continues to celebrate the healing power of love and family in the second volume of her Quinn trilogy (one for each of the Strapping young Quinn lads). The three brothers, abused boys who were adopted by Ray and Stella Quinn have moved into the family's comfortable home on the eastern shore of Maryland to protect their newest brother, 12-year-old Seth, who was taken in by their father before his death in an automobile accident. Ethan's brothers?Cam the roguish racer and Phillip the debonair executive?have been around the world, while Ethan has stayed home working as a waterman in the Chesapeake. He is patient and kind, and has had his eyes on Grace Monroe, now the Quinn housekeeper, since high school. With some help from Anna, Cam's new wife (see Sea Swept), Grace finally seduces Ethan, who has always been afraid that his rough passion would hurt his lover. It's up to the other Quinns to see that Ethan and Grace get together and to provide the laughter, love and understanding (not to mention the cooked crab, fried chicken and pasta salad) that will sustain all of them. Roberts stops just short of cloying to create a heating pad of good feeling with lots of her signature clean-yet-dirty sex.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Rising Tides continues the story of the Quinn brothers, though focusing on Ethan (the second kid Ray and Stella Quinn adopted) and Grace, a single mother who's been in love with him since always (and who Ethan has been in love with since always as well).
The book is actually too focused on them, on their romance. I would've loved that because I'm a sucker for romance but I didn't. Ethan and Grace as a couple neither attracted me nor interested me.
Whereas reading about Cameron and Anna kept me wanting more, grinning, feeling their chemistry through the pages and I knew they were meant to be together, Ethan and Grace gave me a 'meh' feeling. I felt indifferent towards them. I wouldn't have mind at all if they hadn't ended together.
Why did I keep reading if they didn't interest me then? Because I couldn't wait to read about Cameron and Anna and the interactions between the Quinn brothers. Both reasons which I would've loved to see more in this book.
The first one I understand its lack of it because the book wasn't supposed to be focused on them, but the latter reason disappointed me a lot. Their brothers' interactions was one of my favorite parts of Sea Swept and I really missed them in this book.
Though Rising Tides left me with a bittersweet taste, I'm definitely going to read the next book in the saga because I can't wait to know more about Phillip (whose story's next), hopefully more about Cam and Anna and know what's going to happen with Seth.
I really hope the third book's better.
I understand why the author did so. Much of the backstory informs both the reasons why the deceased person's will is read as it is--in bits and pieces over four days--and how the receivers of that information react to that information.
More enjoyable was the beautifully detailed setting and the weather that ultimately contributes to the death of one of the least likable characters. And, as with her other titles, the author's unfolding umbrella of human relationships in myriad ways and with unexpected results truly sings.
Ms Richards, I admire your talent. Thank you.
Each book is a story in its own, but a part of the family saga. Enjoy!