In 1985, Green Harbor, MA is a seaside resort town that appears to be an idyllic setting in which to grow up. Not so for 14-year-old Sam Stewart whose father, Robert, is an abusive alcoholic. When Robert turns up dead after a drinking binge, neither Sam nor his mother, Sarah, knows what to think.

Confronting conflicting emotions, Sarah tries to pull her life together again. She finds a job as a bank teller and attracts the attention of bank manager Martin McAulliffe.

Meanwhile, Sam has discovered Jennifer, the new girl in town. Hes scared, attracted, and confused. What is love, and can it be spur of the moment as with Jennifer or lasting and long abiding as with Winnie, his friend for almost forever?

SAFE HARBOR sends the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride as Sarah struggles to become that long-forgotten girl, and Sam comes of age, struggling to understand love. Laughter and tears fill the heart in this truly poignant story of loss and learning to love again. (Nov., 336 pp., $16.95)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick