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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (996 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Luanne Rice Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781415963265
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New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice tells a powerful story of love, family, and friendship through the lives of two women who reunite at a place where dreams begin—and where they may be fulfilled at last …

Years ago, Lyra Davis left behind a world of wealth and privilege and the people she loved most in the world, unable to reconcile the expectations of her celebrated family with the longings of her own wild heart. Now she lives quietly among a community of expatriates on the isle of Capri, slowly, carefully learning to live fully for the first time, flourishing in the friendship of a singular man who recognizes in her a kindred spirit. 

Granddaughter of the reigning doyenne of Newport, Rhode Island, wise beyond her sixteen years, Pell Davis is poised to take her place at the pinnacle of society. Yet she and her young sister still long for the mother who ran away from them when they were children so that they could be raised by the father they adored. Pell knows that Lyra felt she loved them best by leaving. But with her father now dead and her sister veering dangerously into fantasy, she will travel across an ocean to find the mother she remembers and the deeper truths they all need so desperately.

Lyrical, unforgettable, Luanne Rice’s new novel unfolds against a background of timeless beauty, as an unlikely love affair reshapes the meaning of devotion and three generations of women resist the pull of memory and tradition to find a new way forward.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Holly | 2/15/2014

    " I have read many other Luanne Rice books and this was the worst one by far. I didn't like Lyra at all and her choices -- as a mother there are some things you just do not do. I couldn't understand how she had children and then stopped fighting for the right to see them and parent them. And I didn't like how her daughters, at 14 and 16, could express themselves as 24 year olds. The ending was the worst -- I didn't like that everything was resolved "happily ever after" and the kids could forgive their mom for 10 years' absence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 2/14/2014

    " This was an immensely powerful and thought-provoking book for me. I intend to buy my own copy now that I have read the library's copy. This is one of the very few fiction books that I am interested in having in my personal collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 2/14/2014

    " Loved it. This was a continuation of The Geometry of Sisters. This made a great audio book, kept me engaged and had a few twists I didn't see coming. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morgan Allison | 2/9/2014

    " Like the star rating.... it was ok. I only decided to listen to this audiobook because it was the second in a series after "The Geometry of Sisters". I found the plot predictable and the characters pretty bland but since I only half listened as I was doing things around the house it was bearable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camandwmm | 2/8/2014

    " A moving story of a young girl to reunite her and her sister with their mother. It is a warm and sad tale. It is a continuation of the characters in "The Geometry of Sisters". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri True | 2/6/2014

    " A story about family relationships and how to make them work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry G. | 2/3/2014

    " I thought it was a little over the top; emotionally dramatic. Story line was good, characters were a contination from "The Geometry of Sisters". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Vandenbosch | 1/29/2014

    " I enjoyed this book and the setting, even though in Capri, Italy it reminded me of Croatia and my vacation with family last summer. It is a easy read with very likable characters and a nice story about forgiveness and family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 1/27/2014

    " I love how so many of her books are connected but its not necessary to have read them in order. I had read the Geometry of Sisters so it was fun to revisit some of the characters and have Pell and Lucy become the main characters in this book. This was a really emotional book to read. It is so hard to imagine a mother leaving her children and then to find out that Lyra had taken Pell with her when she was going to commit suicide and add in the question if she would have taken Pell with her when she jumped off the bridge. Wow. It was a heavy storyline! But so well done. The emotions were so real. I also appreciate that while the ending was happy its not a generic happily-ever-after kind of ending. It was comprimise and everyone becoming satisfied with how their life was. Much more realistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Vandenbosch | 1/27/2014

    " I enjoyed this book and the setting, even though in Capri, Italy it reminded me of Croatia and my vacation with family last summer. It is a easy read with very likable characters and a nice story about forgiveness and family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/16/2014

    " I listened to the audio version of the book, so I may have missed a thing or two, but overall I liked it. It wasn't one of the best books I have ever read, I didn't really understand how to girls could forgive their mother who walked out on them 10 years ago. I mean regardless of her reasons, she could have at least let them know she was going, not just walked out, and she could have made an effort to stay in their lives. Pell and Lucy just seemed to forgive her so quickly that it was like they never hated her at all for leaving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 1/16/2014

    " Yawn. All Rice's books seem the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/16/2014

    " This was an excellent book. It was 90% family drama and 10% romance, and while I would have liked there to be more of a romance storyline, the plot & writing were great. Definitely worth the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 1/11/2014

    " This book was recommended by a friend. Each main character seems to be joined in the loss at a young age of a loved one. At times it is a bit contrived and some characters have no voice, even at a time of reconciliation. It is an interesting insight into the lifestyle of the Isle of Capri. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 1/8/2014

    " A good easy read. Helped me clean out my tear ducts a bit... but nothing too earth shattering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ReneeB | 1/5/2014

    " I liked this book, but I feel that there was no closure at the end. Just wondering if there's a sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andra | 12/23/2013

    " read this in one day. a sequel to The Geometry of Sisters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andra | 12/20/2013

    " read this in one day. a sequel to The Geometry of Sisters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Ratkowski | 12/20/2013

    " Good story, quick and easy to read. The descriptions of Capri made me want to book a trip and visit. I just had a hard time believing that Pell (one of the main characters) was only 16............. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey K | 12/6/2013

    " Not has good as the first Newport Beach series, but it was ok "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dena | 12/5/2013

    " This book was pretty slow at the beginning; very hard for me to get into. It got better as it went on. It was okay, but I've liked her other books much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna Hansen | 12/3/2013

    " Luanne Rice has captured many of the feelings of a person separated from her parents at an early age. For many, these feelings are never identified. Amazing story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joan | 11/20/2013

    " Not my favorite Rice book, but I'll probaby continue to pick them up when I see a new one. I do like her stlye, just something about the subject and characters didn't hit me right. Her descriptions of Capri made me want to visit, though! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Mccormick | 11/13/2013

    " I loved the emotional trip to Capri for Pellmto reunite with her mother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 11/12/2013

    " Another good relationship story as a daughter reunites with her mother and discovers more about her own past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonya | 8/25/2013

    " I am a very big Luanne Rice fan, and sadly I have to say I have liked this book the least. It's rather depressing for the most part, and I found it kind of odd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/20/2012

    " I love books by Luanne Rice. They are almost always set on or near the water, a love of mine. This particular book is set on the island of Capri. The descriptions of the locale and the water really make me want to visit here!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail Hamilton | 12/6/2012

    " The sequel to "The Geometry of Sisters" which I read first. Characters are compelling and names are always interesting "Pel" and "Beck" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 11/2/2012

    " Audio - Another "Women's Lit," lite listening perfect for driving and listening with one ear. Abandoned daughters raised by father reunite with mother on Capri and renew their relationship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda D. | 10/10/2012

    " Luanne Rice is a quick easy read with some depth of character and a little historical research thrown in. Good fill in time when I am between books with more texture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tisha | 9/11/2012

    " Easy read, quaint story. The author did a nice job of fleshing out the characters and not just the main characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whikmn | 8/10/2012

    " Really like Luanne Rice's books. Loved that she continues "Geometry of Sisters" with the other two sisters, Lucy & Pell. Story set on the island of Capri where mother and daughters reunite after 10 years. Read to find out what happens "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shana Nichols | 7/22/2012

    " makes me want to go to Capri "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/26/2012

    " nice companion book to Geometry of Sisters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/9/2012

    " A bit repetitive. Liked that it was a direct sequel of Geometry of Sisters though, glad to see the story unfold further. I liked the actual story but I think it could have been tighter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie Archer | 1/30/2012

    " I love Luanne Rice's novels and her descriptions on places and relationships... This one did not disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/27/2011

    " eh. nothing too much to write home about. easy-breezy, indeed, but i didn't find myself truly caring about the characters. better luck next time, perhaps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle St.clair | 12/9/2011

    " Very slow reading for the first 100 pages. Almost stopped reading it. But so glad I finished this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annalisa | 10/24/2011

    " not one of her best, but nicely written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dymphna | 10/17/2011

    " The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners is a rich, multi-layered book that deals with such compelling issues as family secrets, family roles, love and coming of age. I highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 10/14/2011

    " Luanne Rice is terrific. This book is a continuation of Geometry of Sisters and is heart warming and poignant. I love her characters and stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 10/12/2011

    " eh. nothing too much to write home about. easy-breezy, indeed, but i didn't find myself truly caring about the characters. better luck next time, perhaps. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susie Kling | 10/9/2011

    " good story line about broken families. Starts in Capri and stays there. It's a good story about families, people accepting their lives "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/24/2011

    " Overall an enjoyable book. A little typical Luanne Rice style of family drama at the teen and adult level. Didn't wow me but I didn't have any trouble finishing it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Academicsupport | 8/14/2011

    " Read this years ago, but as I began reading "The Geometry of Sisters" and recognized the characters from this wonderful novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 7/7/2011

    " Loved it. This was a continuation of The Geometry of Sisters. This made a great audio book, kept me engaged and had a few twists I didn't see coming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Johnson | 5/25/2011

    " Not as good as some of her other books...a little too predictable, but still worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 5/6/2011

    " I thought this was a really good book. I had to get used to the flipping from one character to another. I did not know this was the 2nd book. It did not seem like it. The story pretty much fills in the blanks. It is a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devon | 4/18/2011

    " I loved this book,,,mostly about the description of Capri,,the story line was really good to..but she is awesome about describing the surrounding..this is the second one to Geomatry of Sisters.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 4/9/2011

    " Another good relationship story as a daughter reunites with her mother and discovers more about her own past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camandwmm | 4/2/2011

    " A moving story of a young girl to reunite her and her sister with their mother. It is a warm and sad tale. It is a continuation of the characters in "The Geometry of Sisters". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 2/18/2011

    " Not one of Ms. Rice's best.....the characters were, for me, a bit hard to relate to. The descriptions of Capri were wonderful, though, and are making me look forward to my visit there this summer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Jane | 2/8/2011

    " Two disjointed families reunite one summer on a Mediterranean Island. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/27/2011

    " I enjoy the way Luanne Rice unfolds a story!! And this was surely not a disappointment.....excellent read!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shana | 1/25/2011

    " makes me want to go to Capri "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathey | 1/20/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book as it took place in Capri! This author always makes me tear up and that's when I know that I like the book! :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 1/8/2011

    " It was OK. A bit on the juvenile adult side, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/15/2010

    " eh. nothing too much to write home about. easy-breezy, indeed, but i didn't find myself truly caring about the characters. better luck next time, perhaps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 12/15/2010

    " Really enjoyed this book even though it is not one I would have chosen for myself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 12/5/2010

    " This book was recommended by a friend. Each main character seems to be joined in the loss at a young age of a loved one. At times it is a bit contrived and some characters have no voice, even at a time of reconciliation. It is an interesting insight into the lifestyle of the Isle of Capri. "

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About the Author
Author Luanne Rice

Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels. Many of her novels, including Crazy in Love, Blue Moon, Beach Girls, and Silver Bells have been made into movies for television. Rice’s short stories, essays, and articles have been widely published in magazines and newspapers. “A Kiss after Dying,” Rice’s account of a Connecticut murder trial very personal to her family, kicked off Glamour magazine’s series of true crime pieces. She received an honorary degree from Connecticut College in 2002, and the school’s special collections library contains a collection bearing her name. She currently divides her time between New York City and Southern California.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.