Beach Girls (Literature)
Luanne Rice's newest book opens in Hubbards Point, CT, in the year 1976, where three young friends Emma, Stevie, and Maddie mature into woman. They had their own lives and loves and slowly grew apart and lost contact with each other.
Nell and her father Jack come to Hubbards Point so that Nell could see where Jack and her mother Emma first fell in love but there is so much more to the story.
Jack is running away from the truth about the automobi... Beach Girls (Romance)
Bantam, Aug 2004, 7.50, 464 pp.
In 1976 Hubbard's Point, Connecticut, three teenage girls swear to be friends forever as the “Beach Girls” though their temperament differs. Stevie Moore is a sensitive artist; Maddie Kilvert is the serious one; Emma Lincoln is the sassy member of the trio. Time, distance, and events drift Stevie from the others, but Maddie and Emma become in-laws when the latter married former's brother Jack.
... Cloud Nine (Literature)
CLOUD NINE follows Sarah's relationship with Will Burke, a charter pilot with an ex-wife and a troubled teenage daughter. Of course, Will and Sarah fall in love (they are, predictably, the last ones to discover the depth of their feelings for each other). His presence helps her relax with her estranged family and she accepts his daughter, Susan. Susan, by the way, only wears her deceased brother's socks --- an example of her personality quirks. These od... Cloud Nine (Romance)
Sarah Talbot runs a bedding shop, Cloud Nine, and is recovering from treatment for cancer. Sarah's mother died from cancer, she doesn't get on well with her father, and her son is now living with her father on Elk Island. Friends arrange for Sarah to take a plane ride for her birthday and she meets Will Burke, a pilot. He is divorced, his only son drowned and his daughter constantly changes her first name. Together, Will and Sarah deal with their fam...
Dance With Me
Bantam, Feb 2004, 22.95, 340 pp.
In Twin Rivers, Rhode Island, former high school Principal Margaret Porter slides in and out of senility. Her youngest daughter Sylvie takes a leave of absence from her job as the local high school librarian to care for her mom. Margaret's oldest daughter Jane, a successful New York baker, comes home to help, but brings with her a very sweet cake that her mom the diabetic should not eat.
Tho... Dream Country
Bantam, Feb 2001, 21.95, 368 pp.
Most people agree that no one can ever truly go home, but events will show that if Daisy want to return she not only can, she can stay.
Daisy traveled west many years ago in search of colors that would mesh with the jewelry she creates. When she reached the Wyoming ranch of taciturn James Tucker, she fell in love and they married. Daisy gave birth to fraternal twins, Sage and Jake and everyone ... Firefly Beach
Firefly Beach by Luanne Rice is one of her best books yet. Her books are incredibly sensitive, the characters are so real and believable, and she writes from her heart. Her writings seem to center on family issues that one can relate to at one time or another. Rice lets us know that love can heal, prevail and make things right.
Caroline Renwick knows the secret of Joe Connor's father's untimely death when he was only six. Yet Caroline befriends him a... Follow the Stars Home
Abandoned by her husband, Tim McIntosh, before their daughter was born, Dianne Robbins has spent eleven years caring for her exceptional child's every single need-almost alone. Tim couldn't accept the fact that their daughter Julia was deformed, and therefore not perfect and walked away. However, Tim's brother, Alan, who was Julia's doctor, sat back watching and caring, forever secretly in love with Dianne. But Dianne is afraid of loving again, so she is... Safe Harbor
As a Luanne Rice fan, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Safe Harbor and as usual, could not put this Rice book down either! Rice has the endearing quality of drawing the reader right into the world she is portraying and making the reader one of the family. One cannot help but become intensely involved with the character's lives. Rice also paints a realistic picture for the reader, and not some made-up fantasy world, where one cannot really relate to the exper... Sandcastles
Honor and John Sullivan are living a contented life in Connecticut with their three young daughters - 14 year old Regis, 12 year old Agnes and youngest daughter, Cecelia. John is a talented artist who creates temporary installations, then photographs them. Their family lives at a school/convent called Star of the Sea Academy. When John travels to Ireland in order to work on a new installation, the Sullivans' lives are changed. When Honor and the child...
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Bantam, Nov 2004, 15.00, 224 pp.
One year ago, widower Christopher Byrne took his two children with him to sell trees in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. Chris and his sixteen years old son got into a fight over the teen's future and soon the police arrive to take the older Byrne away. Danny vanished and has not been seen since and Chris regrets his actions ever since.
Widow Catherine Tierney works at the private library of... Summer Light
"Summer Light" is a very sensitive story of a young mother and daughter who meet a famous athlete under very unusual circumstances. The sweet love story that unfolds between the young mother and the gentlemen is described with a clean and fresh approach. The young daughter is a very important and intriguing addition to a beautiful story. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others.... Summer's Child
Nine years ago Mara Jameson, a pregnant wife and mother living in Connecticut, disappeared from her home without a trace. For nine long years Detective Patrick Murphy has been agonizing over Mara's disappearance, having long suspected that her husband Ed was responsible. One the nine year anniversary of Mara's disappearance Patrick goes to visit Mara's grandmother, Maeve Jameson, in order to discuss the status of the case. Maeve believes that Mara is sti... The Perfect Summer
Bantam, Aug 2003, 7.50, 431 pp.
For twenty-five years Bay and Sean McCabe have been married and lived in Hubbard's Point, Connecticut. They have three preadolescent children. The couple has had their ups and downs especially caused by Sean's womanizing. However, ever since last year when their oldest child Annie overheard her father speaking romantically to another woman shaking up Sean, the relationship seems honest and soli... The Secret Hour
Bantam, Feb 2003, 22.95, 319 pp.
In Connecticut, defense attorney John O'Rourke struggles with his moral dilemma of defending some of society's worst monsters to insure they have a fair trail and the requirements of a single dad raising two youngsters by himself. The townsfolk treat John like a pariah especially with his current case, defending Greg Merrill, the Breakwater Killer. The latest incident is a brick tossed threw his... True Blue
“For every heart there is one love, one dream.” This quote found in the cover of Luanne Rice's True Blue shows that true love is complicated and powerful. Rumer and Zeb have been friends and have had passionate feelings for each other ever since but they are never a couple because Zeb married Elizabeth, Rumer's sister. Zeb's love for Elizabeth is like a shooting star. He sees it right away; it goes deep, and disappeared fast. Zeb crosses path with Rumer ...