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Starred Review. Resonant and beautifully written, this novel offers a lyrical meditation on healing, a setting as soft and colorful as beach glass and a story that's both suspenseful and tender. Lily Malone and her daughter, Rose, have built a happy life in Cape Hawk, Nova Scotia, despite the ever-present fear that the abusive husband Lily has fled will find them. Old memories surface as Rose becomes friends with a girl whose wary mom is hiding a similar past. When Rose's congenital heart defect forces her to undergo open-heart surgery, Lily also faces her conflicting feelings for marine biologist Liam Neill, whose unflinching support she has been too emotionally scarred to accept. Ultimately, Liam's love and Rose's recovery give her the strength to confront her longing for the past—and the loved one—she has left behind. Rice (Dance with Me) excels at weaving the familiar staples of popular fiction into storytelling gold; her talent for portraying both children at risk and good men scarred by circumstance also dazzles. Above all, this book—one of Rice's best in recent years—depicts the magical endurance of love with the sensitivity and realism for which she's known.
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Retired Connecticut state detective Patrick Murphy has never stopped searching for Mara Jameson even though he believes that her husband killed her and their unborn child nine years ago. The scene shifts to Cape Hawk, Nova Scotia, where Lily showed up nine years ago pregnant and scared. Now everyone wants to help her daughter, Rose, who was born with a heart defect and an abundance of hope and kindness. She and her mother share a bond with Liam McNeill, the one-armed oceanographer who helped deliver Rose and has kept his promise to always be there for them. And they befriend another mother and daughter without a husband and father. Rice, a terrific storyteller and a poetic stylist, takes on a difficult and brutal subject and transforms it into a source of light and hope. Patty Engelmann
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (May 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553587625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553587623
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Maudeen Wachsmith VINE VOICE on June 6, 2005
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Once again Luanne Rice has gifted us with an emotional tale set but this time she strays a bit from her familiar New England and gives us a Nova Scotia setting; she uses fictional towns and locations but my best guess is the Cape Breton area.

The very pregnant Mara Jameson had disappeared from the garden of her grandmother's home in Connecticut on the summer solstice nine years earlier. Every year on the anniversary of her death, the media brings her name up again, wondering what in the world happened to the seemingly happy young woman. Recently retired police detective Patrick Murphy has never given up his quest. He has always thought her husband, successful businessman Edward Hunter had something to do with her disappearance but has never been able to prove anything. Every year he visits her grandmother, Maeve, hoping for another clue; something else she might remember.

Up in Hawk's Cove, Nova Scotia two women have come to escape abusive marriages. Both women have nine-year-old daughters. Lily Malone and her daughter, Rose, have lived in Hawk's Cove for nine years. Lily runs a stitchery shop and her real love in her life is her daughter Rose who was born with a heart defect and has been in an out of hospitals her entire life. The other woman is Marisa Taylor who with her daughter, Jessica, has more recently come to Hawk's Cove. Marisa is more mysterious but the two young girls have become best friends. The two young women are a part of a larger group of women who call themselves the Nanouks, a group of friends who are always there for one another in this isolated but idyllic area which draws many visitors who go on whale watching trips to see the many different types of whales including the amazing beluga whales.

Then there's Liam Neill.
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Luanne Rice is back and better than ever!

As much as I love most of Luanne Rice's books, I was a bit worried about her next book after reading her holiday entry, Silver Bells. It wasn't that Silver bells was entirely disappointing and didn't have all of Luanne Rice's signature marks, it was just that for me it missed its mark somehow. And when early reports indicated that Summer's Child had a bit of a mystery angle, I wondered if this gifted auuthor, who previously wrote The Secret Hour, was venturing into a new genre. Now that I literally gulped down Summer's Child, Rice's newest book, I am happy to say that Luanne Rice, as only she could, gave to her readers and myself a wonderful book filled with some of the best characters I've read about for sometime. And if the mystery angle was a bit easy to figure out early on, I still found myself captivated by the story and how wonderful it all turned out.

In Hubbards Point, Connecticut, the scene of many of Luanne Rice's previous novels, lives an elderly woman whose pregnant granddaughter vanished in the night. A devoted detective has relentlessly searched for the young woman and has indeed sacrificed much of his life and marriage obsessed with what happened to Mara. At the same time in Nova Scotia live two women fleeing from a difficult past. Lily Malone runs a needlepoint shop while her young daughter, Rose, suffers from a debilitating heart ailment. But Lily seems to have cut herself off from finding a man for herselfserself and is consumed with caring for her child and spending time with her women friends known as the Nanook women. Lily is pursued by a gentle man Liam who would give her the world if she would only give him the chance but seems too consumed with her past to allow this.
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A very pregnant Mara Jameson escaped from her abusive husband Edward and relocated to Nova Scotia, where she soon buried her former self and became Lily Malone.

Nine years later, Patrick Murphy, the now retired detective in charge of her missing person case believes that she is dead (and that Edward was the culprit), but after following up on a couple tips, soon finds himself in Nova Scotia. His relentless search to solve Mara's case destroyed his marriage and career. But he feels an obligation to her ailing grandmother to see the case through to conclusion regardless of the outcome.

Lily has carved out a life for herself and her daughter Rose. Unfortunately, Rose was born with a heart murmur which results in her needing some operations in order to live a normal life. Mysterious Liam Neill has taken it upon himself to be the benefactor of Rose. He has loved Lily from afar since the night he helped bring Rose into the world, but Lilly is too consumed with her daughter and her past with Edward to open her heart to Liam.

Liam is a scarred man. He lives with horrible memories about the loss of his brother and his arm in a shark attack. Instead of committing himself to the family enterprise of piloting whale watching boats, Liam has become and oceanographer and studies sharks in particular. A shocking event finally brings Liam and Lily together, and opens her world to the possibility of love. But will her world comes crashing down when she comes face to face with her past?

I really loved this book. But I really was not happy when I got to the end and found that I will have to read another book, "Summer of Roses" to find out the conclusion of the story. I like self-encapsulating novels that can stand on their own.
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