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by Luanne Rice

Genre: Mainstream

2002 Best Contemporary Novel Award Winner

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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 best.

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)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: Bantam

Published: February 2002

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