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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,002 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Luanne Rice Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9780739331972
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Neve Halloran and her daughter have shared a fierce love for the austere beauty of Rhode Island’s South County ever since Neve guided Mickey’s first baby steps along the sandy shore. Now, with Mickey a teenager and Neve’s last hope for happiness with her daughter’s loving but unstable father gone, both will struggle to make a new life together amid the windswept landscape that sustains them. 

Captivated by a fragile wildlife sanctuary, Mickey will move toward womanhood in the company of a lonely boy who shares her instinctive way with the creatures of the coast. And Neve will find herself drawn to a man who has devoted his life to the sanctuary, but who is unable to share the pain of a recent loss—or reconnect with the father who still bears the scars of World War II.

As winter gives way to spring, and spring to summer, a secret will emerge that has lain buried in the depths just offshore for decades, a secret that will galvanize the small seaside community. For the waters bear their own vestige of the past—and their ceaseless rhythms may point the way to hope and new beginnings. 

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  • An involving tale of love, loss, and redemption, then deepens the story with a resonant appreciation for nature. Booklist

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fariza Nurbaya | 2/20/2014

    " Simple English.. cinta, humor bersatu. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristy Field | 2/19/2014

    " Lost interest half way through so I quit reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jana | 2/9/2014

    " I usually like her books, but not this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Rose | 2/8/2014

    " sweet book-kinda predictable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 2/2/2014

    " This book was written by one of my favorite authors. In this story teenagers help save a local treasure. People learn about migrating birds. There is a sub-plot about snowy owls. I did enjoy that love melted a few hearts in this book. One of my favorite quotes from this book is,"There is goodness in the world, Mickey." The character of Mickey tried to see the goodness in everyone and in everything. I will be seeking out this author again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 1/30/2014

    " Easy read for a cold winter night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susy | 1/26/2014

    " I am now officially done with summer reads! I gave this book 3 stars because of the good research that went into the narrative about snowy owls and their behaviors as well as the history of the U Boats who came so close to our New England shores during WW2. But the cheesy story line interwoven into those two story lines but a bit much. And I also think I'm done with novels by Luanne Rice - unless of course I'm actually on a beach with nothing to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen Linker-Williams | 1/25/2014

    " I was bored with the whole story. If your into war and birds then this book is for you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 1/18/2014

    " Just OK. I enjoyed the concepts in this story (somewhat), but I found the plot to be predictable. I liked the characters, but never really felt attached to them. About 1/4 of the way into the book, I began to get bored with the characters and the plot. Certain sections seemed to drag on and I found myself skimming several paragraphs at a time and not missing anything profound or exciting... "

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

    " Listened to the audio book during a ten-hour road trip. It was a bit of a slow start but I as gripped by the narrative, as I made that long journey. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodie | 1/12/2014

    " I don't know what I was thinking choosing this book, it was way to chick lit for me. The romance was incredibly cliched and saccharine sweet. There was some nice writing, I did love the setting but that is about all. Not much else to say really as I found this book to be totally forgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hillary | 1/4/2014

    " A little cheesy, but I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellyn | 1/3/2014

    " I read this book a year or so ago. I do remember enjoying the story and the locale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 12/20/2013

    " About a mom and daughter... both find love... drama about raising a sunken war ship which adds a little history but mostly a romance book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/17/2013

    " This was the first Luanne Rice novel that I read. It was really good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 12/11/2013

    " A wonderful story of how a young girl gets a town to listen, care and stand together to help a community's heritage. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cristy | 12/6/2013

    " Very predictable, but likeable characters and a nice romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/19/2013

    " Mother and Teenaged Daughter Move on after their family is torn apart by divorce. A good, quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ilovebakedgoods (Teresa) | 8/16/2013

    " Probably more like 3.5 stars but I liked it overall. Nothing spectacular but it was a good winter read for me. Probably a bit cheesy and sappy for some but that didn't bother me with this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allisen Lemay | 5/18/2013

    " The first Luann Rice book I read. An easy read, but a tear-jerker. I like her easy, romantic stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 4/23/2013

    " Sappy and predictible but hell, you don't read Luanne Rice to read something thought provaking and exciting. Charming book and an easy afternoon read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Page | 9/21/2012

    " This was a good read, but it took me a LONG time to get into it. I finally just had to start speeding through because it was overdue at the library. I like all of the other Luanne Rice books I have read better than this one. But, it was still a good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kim Porter | 7/9/2012

    " I know there'e a lot of people that relly get into her books, and I have liked a few, but this one in particular I just couldn't finish, and I hate it when I don't finish a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holli | 7/7/2012

    " Nice story although it took me a bit to get into it. I really did enjoy it though. Not the best Luanne Rice I've read but I liked it enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ReneeB | 10/1/2011

    " This book was OK. Some of Luanne Rice's other books were much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dona Krueger | 9/13/2011

    " An exploration of the German sub warfare off the east coast - which I knew very little about - this, plus the emotional fallout from wars made this book much better than I usually think of for Luanne Rice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Hassett | 8/30/2011

    " quite a good story, kept my interest "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 7/16/2011

    " Nice enough story, with particular appeal due to birding angle, but not impressed with author's style. Tries to hard to be touching which it is, but still.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 6/21/2011

    " I liked this light romantic book. It deals with mother-daughter relationships, father-son relationships, and nature-human relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Perdue | 6/16/2011

    " I loved this book. It has romance - teenagers and their parents; estranged family members; and how people love their hometown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 tbears | 5/9/2011

    " Rice is a favorite author of mine. This is one of her least complex books. A simple feel good story. The ending could have been more developed though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C | 4/21/2011

    " Loved the story, it was layout in a way you had a hard time knowing what would happen next. Life can be hard, be forgiving and try to always look for the good things in life, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 3/10/2011

    " Decent easy, light read. I wish her writing and storylines were more like those she wrote when she first started, they just aren't the same to me. However, it was a fun, easy read. I think I am nearing my end of Luanne Rice reading days though...it seems she's exhausted all of her good ideas. "

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

    " Lets see what kind of a writer she is... "

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

    " Quite a fast, easy read. Fairly predictable but guess I need that this time of year. It brings up some history from WWII. The description of the East coast and the birds there was great. Wouldn't go out and buy this book, but someone gave it to me to enjoy then pass on. Glad I did read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 11/26/2010

    " Wow. Incredibly repetitive. And pat.

    Interesting premise, but it felt like a verrrrrry long young adult read. Kind of sappy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 11/13/2010

    " Listened to the audio book during a ten-hour road trip. It was a bit of a slow start but I as gripped by the narrative, as I made that long journey. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 RainyThoughts | 11/9/2010

    " I was bored with the whole story. If your into war and birds then this book is for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Czemina | 11/4/2010

    " Not a terribly exciting book, but I still enjoyed reading it because of my interest in nature and the beach. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 11/3/2010

    " A pretty good read. A bit on the juvenile adult level, but not too bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 8/22/2010

    " Another great journey for mother and daughter!! loved this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 8/3/2010

    " I always love stories that have a beach setting. As this takes place in the winter it was not your typical "beach read" but the seasonal difference was refreshing. I've never read anything Luanne Rice has written that I didn't thoroughly enjoy! "

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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

Blair Brown is a Tony Award–winning actor. Her best known role is Nina Sharp from the television series Fringe. She prepares for recording audiobooks the same way she does for her other roles: by reading the text three times. Brown has won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.