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Safe Harbor (Hubbard's Point/Black Hall Series) [Kindle Edition]

Luanne Rice
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

The sacred bond of sisterhood is explored in painstaking detail in Rice's newest offering (after Summer Light), a warm and weepy drama set in the picaresque seaside town of Black Hall, Conn. The novel sets sail slowly when a grief-stricken Dana Underhill returns home to care for her two nieces, Quinn and Allie, following the death of her sister, Lily, and Lily's husband, Mike, in a sailing accident. Dana, a professional painter, had intended to whisk her nieces back to France with her, but her plans are put on hold when she realizes that change may not be what's best for Quinn and Allie. Indeed, Quinn, a cigarette-smoking 12-year-old with a chip on her shoulder, is dead set against leaving, particularly since she's determined to uncover the circumstances surrounding her parents' deaths. The mystery of Mike and Lily's drowning and the state of their marriage before the accident weighs down the second half of the book, but the pace picks up when Dana's childhood acquaintance, oceanographer and Yale professor Sam Trevor, arrives to provide Dana with a shoulder to lean on and to help Quinn find the answers she seeks. While Quinn and Sam make plans to recover her parents' sailboat, Dana struggles to overcome her sister's death and to paint again. The affection between Dana and Sam is heartwarming and convincing, but the novel's finale involving the rescue of Quinn and Allie during a fierce storm with the aid of a little divine intervention is anticlimactic. Less a romance than a somber meditation on the importance of family ties, this saccharine read is buoyed by Rice's evocative prose and her ability to craft intelligent, three-dimensional characters.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Dana was close enough to sister Lily to take on Lily's children when she dies. But there's no "safe harbor" here: both she and Quinn, her 12-year-old niece, have questions about Lily's death.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553583956
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (Jan. 1 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFMN4
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #280,691 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anything and everything ocean and sea!!!! May 19 2004
By pisces
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was torn about whether to give this four or three stars. It's probably a three star novel at best; however, I just love anything to do with sailing, nautical themes, water, fish, etc.. and "Safe Harbor" is all about that.
I really felt like I was on that sailboat right along with Quinn and Allie Grayson, two teenage sisters recently orphaned, as they sailed from Long Island Sound to Martha's Vinyard in stormy weather......as the boat capsizes!!!! Do they survive? Read on!
Luanne Rice's writing about ocean and sea is so wonderful that you do feel right there, even though there's nothing particular urgent in terms of actual plot twists. That's ok, because Luanne Rice is really a writer for whom you visit to check in with good friends and their day-to-day life, which is what this book is.
This book is important if you are going to be reading Luanne Rice's "True Blue" (which came after "Safe Harbor") as the character of "Quinn Grayson" is featured extensively in both "True Blue" and here, "Safe Harbor".
Luanne Rice does very well going inside the mind of a teenager in grief from her parent's death, and being raised by her Aunt "Dana" Underhill.
And, all of this takes place on the wonderful "Hubbard's Point", an idyllic seaside Connecticut town that author Luanne Rice began setting about the last 7 of her novels in.
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Format:Hardcover
At a recent book signing I asked an author who were her favorite authors. She answered by saying Alice Hoffman and Luanne Rice and I shook my head in total agreement. From the first book I read by Luanne Rice, Crazy in Love in 1988, till now Ms Rice remains a very favorite author of mine whose books generally always make my top ten list at the end of the year. I even met my first online friends in a book folder on AOL when she mentioned an earlier Rice title, Blue Moon. And now my most recent read, Safe Harbor is a perfect example of why I love and look forward to any book by Luanne Rice. Combining the bonds of family life with personal needs, Ms Rice presents a portrait of characters finely etched in the minds of her readers. Characters we hate to leave at the end of the book and think about for some time afterwards.
Returning to Hubbard's Point, Conn. the scene of an earlier book, Firefly Beach and the recently published True Blue, we meet the central character, Dana Underhill, as she returns home after many years living abroad. An artist living in Paris, she is still reeling from her husband's recent affair with a model and their subsequent divorce. She claims to love her independence and few family ties but fate has something else in store for her. Several months before, her beloved sister died with her husband during a boating accident. Her nieces are now being raised by their grandmother but now Dana realizes that her mother is no longer able to care for the girls especially Quinn, a difficult and unhappy 13 year old. While Dana expects to return home and then bring her nieces back to Paris to live with her, circumstances conspire against her plans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing struggle of a story. Sept. 30 2002
Format:Hardcover
Dana Underhill has just had an unexpected and totally traumatic life change. She must go from being a well known artist in France to become a mother to her two nieces in Long Island Sound. Tragically, Dana's sister and brother-in-law have been killed, and now Dana must take on, with the help of Grandma, two sullen and emotionally destroyed children, both girls. At first Dana plans to take Allie and Quinn back to France with her, to introduce them to a new lifestyle, to move them away from the tragedy. But a link with an old swimming student and fate steps in to change Dana's mind. Quinn is convinced her mother's death could not have been an accident, after all, it had been family tradition to take swimming lessons until the age of ten or so in the event of an emergency, and there was no way her mother, Lily, could have succumbed to a simple sailing accident. Quinn is determined to find out the truth, and she is the anchor that holds the story together. Well put and well written, not striking, but a good afternoon read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Beginning But... July 25 2002
Format:Hardcover
This book is fine as a beach book, but don't look for more than that. But if that's what you're looking for, then you'll enjoy this story of an aunt who is forced to become the guardian of her two young nieces after the death of her beloved sister. I liked the change of pace romance - when we first meet the romantic leads, he is eight years old and she is twenty. She's his sailing instructor and saves him when he almost drowns. The story is then resumed twenty-one years later.
The aunt is an interesting character because she is clearly not maternal, and is used to living a life as an artist, most recently in France. While she loves her nieces, it's obvious that being forced to take care of two children and live in a place where she is surrounded by memories of her sister is not her idea of happiness. The two nieces, while precocious, were believable as children who had been orphaned. The book provides a nice image of a New England coastline summer, and the references to Newport brought back memories. The romance perked along nicely, with the usual conflicts brought upon by the aunt's insecurity due to a recent disasterous romance. My only problem with the book was that the denouement of the problem in the parents' marriage didn't match the tension that had been built up, and was rather disappointing because the reason was rather silly. But the rest of the book was enjoyable enough to make up for that, so I ended up liking the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MYSTERIES AND SURPRISES SURROUND HER
An Audio nominated voice performer as well as a novelist and blogger Tanya Eby pleases the ear with her reading of this mysterious tale of love lost and found again. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gail Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars totally love this book....
I'm still in the middle of reading this book... I can hardly put it down... will be a sad day when I finish it!!!! as usual Luanne Rice is a great author... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Suzanne
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable Romantic Novel
The only reason I finished this silly book is because I thought
MAYBE there might be a twist regarding the death of Lily and
Mark. Read more
Published on April 14 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Romantic Read
Safe Harbor is a continuation of Luanne Rice's Firefly Beach. Ms Rice takes up the story of the younger brother. The story is well written. Read more
Published on March 18 2003 by Maye Vanarsdel
4.0 out of 5 stars A big fan
I'm a big fan of Ms. Rice. I think she's officially my new favorite author (I needed an update from Danielle Steel... Read more
Published on March 17 2003 by Theresa W
3.0 out of 5 stars Good... but not memorable
Having read all of Luanne Rice's books, Safe Harbor was not her best effort, in my opinion. There were times I found the storyline rather contrite, though it had some poignant,... Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2002 by Heartsong
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional
Grab the box of tissue for for your rondevous with Luanne Rice's new winner, "Safe harbor." Some of the tears will be joyful, still Rice's authentically rich dialogue and her well... Read more
Published on June 6 2002 by Beverly J. Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars A safe book
It's not often that a book really stays with you for a few days after you finish it. For some reason, this was that kind of book for me. Read more
Published on May 26 2002 by J. Peterson
2.0 out of 5 stars GROAN !!!!
I was on a two-hour trip in an area with poor radio reception, with no other audio to listen to, so I was forced to finish "Safe Harbor". Read more
Published on May 13 2002 by BeachReader
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