Ms. Rice's latest is superb, a tender story of loss, love, and healing. The
reader is immersed in a world of paints and canvas, sails and beaches, with an
accuracy that adds to the richness of the story. Memorable characters, a quaint
seaside community, and unequaled romance also help make this one of Ms. Rice's
Dana Underhill has returned to her home in Hubbard's Point, Connecticut. After having traveled the world as an artist, she must now face her past and act as guardian to Allie and Quinn, her sister Lily's pre-teen daughters, after both parents perished in a sailing accident that took place nearly a year ago.
Even as Dana is bombarded with painful memories of Lily, she must decide whether to return with the girls to France or remain in New England. With the reappearance of Sam Trevor, a Yale professor and Dana's former sailing student, she becomes even more confused. Though Sam is much younger than Dana, he provides her with the support she needs. Now if only she can overcome her past and learn to trust again.
(Feb., 337 pp., $22.95)