Saturday, March 31, 2012

Review: The Silver Boat by Luanne Rice (audio book)

From the back of the audio case: From the beloved New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice comes a heartwarming yet heart-wrenching portrait of three far-flung sisters who come home to Martha's Vineyard one last time to say goodbye to the family beach house. Memories of their grandmother, mother, and their Irish father, who sailed away the year Dar, the oldest, turned twelve, rise up and expose the fine cracks in their family myth - especially when a cache of old letters reveals enough truth to send them back to their ancestral homeland.

Transplanted into the unfamiliar, each sister sees life, her heart, and her relationship to home in a new way. But how do they let go of a place that contains the complicated love of their imperfect family?

The novel is a season on Martha's Vineyard; a mission to Ireland; a memorable cast of friends, including one wildly off-the-grid Zen genius; passionate love in the surf; and three very different sisters whose lives are filled with beauty, sorrow, and deep love they'd never been quite sure they could trust. The Silver Boat is Luanne Rice at her very best.

Read by: Blair Brown

My thoughts: I have always loved reading Luanne Rice because she tends to deal with the relationships between sisters, mothers and daughters, and the bonds of friendship. I find when I read her books that I got completely caught up in them and have a hard time putting them down. Some of my favorites by Luanne Rice include Beach Girls, Firefly Beach and Follow The Stars Home. While I enjoyed The Silver Boat, it is definitely not my favorite.

In The Silver Boat, three sisters come together to pack up and sell their mother's house after her death. As they do this, the memories come sailing back and they are once again confronted with the fact that their father left their family to sail to Ireland and they never heard from him again. Not willing to let this go, the sisters head to Ireland to find out what happened.

This is a story of the sisters learning to accept loss and move on with their own lives, yet they must also find ways to continue the close-knit relationships with each other. There are secrets to be figured out, addictions to be overcome, infidelity to deal with, and relationships to sort out.

I will continue to read Luanne Rice, despite not loving this particular story, and look forward to what else she has coming out as well as reading her previous works that I missed.

(I borrowed this audio book from the library.) 

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