Poignant and moving, Rice's latest is
a page turner that explores the depths
of human emotions in a manner few authors can accomplish. Combining rich descriptions of nature, Rice has created
a powerful novel that is women's fiction at its best.

Sixteen-year-olds Maddie, Emma and Stevie were the "beach girls" of the summer of '76. They were best friends who vowed to never forget each other or their wonderful moments at Hubbard's Point, Connecticut.

But fate strikes a devastating blow to the girls. Happily married to Maddie's brother Jack and mother to 9-year-old Nell, Emma is tragically killed in a car accident. Maddie, who was driving the car, is guilt-stricken and Stevie becomes a recluse.

When Jack and Nell ultimately return to Hubbard's Point, the young girl sets out to find the friends from her mother's stories. And perhaps she can even rekindle the magic of the "beach girls."

(Aug., 464 pp., $7.50)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick