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Home Fires [Kindle Edition]

Luanne Rice
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From Publishers Weekly

Rice's Crazy in Love and other novels were about women with privileged lives who had problems resolving family relationships or facilitating marital communication, who needed more independence or artistic fulfillment. Here she sacrifices subtlety and wit for a more conventional romantic tale whose protagonist is a young mother cast in emotional limbo after the death of her four-year-old daughter and the loss of her husband to another woman. The narrative opens with a blaze in the childhood home of heroine Anne Davis. Anne, who has returned to this New England sanctuary to try to deal with her grief, escapes from the flames?but then runs back in to retrieve her child's possessions. She's rescued by firefighter Thomas Devlin, a man horribly scarred in a fire that claimed his wife's life more than a decade earlier. As might be expected, Anne rekindles a long-dormant spark in Thomas's heart ("Something about the woman... made him know he'd found a kindred soul. Just looking into her eyes was like living a lifetime"); in turn, she disregards his scarred features, as if to prove she's not superficial. Yet their romance seems ill-starred. Anne is snubbed by her hometown's down-at-the-heel residents, including her own sister, for being being both beautiful and wealthy?especially when her husband desperately wants her back. Indeed, it is hard to warm up to Anne, who's as precious as the tiny collages that she constructs from postage stamps. She gains sympathy because of her lost daughter, but she doesn't redeem herself to the reader until the conclusion, when she performs an act of selflessness. This formulaic romantic novel about a second chance at love lacks the spirited voice Rice's fans have grown to expect.
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After witnessing the death of her four-year-old daughter, Karen, in a tragic accident, Anne Davis returns to the New England island where she grew up. When a fire threatens to consume the family home, Anne reenters the house in search of her dead daughter's most treasured possessions. Overcome by smoke, she is rescued by Thomas Devlin, a grotesquely scarred firefighter who recognizes in Anne a fellow survivor. The two kindred souls start a tenuous relationship, but Thomas' jealous son and Anne's cold ex-husband attempt to derail their romance. This 1990s version of the Beauty and the Beast story has many fine touches--the way Karen's winsome crayon drawing becomes her mother's talisman; Anne's sister's barely suppressed envy of Anne's glamorous life; troubled teen Maggie's start-and-stop efforts to straighten out her life. But Rice blows a good deal of credibility by loading down her plot with one tragic event after another. This fairy tale would have you believe that you can find love in a dangerous world, but you'd better have plenty of fire and auto insurance Joanne Wilkinson

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 457 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553573225
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (April 26 2005)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCK2YM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #278,167 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Written Book of A Mom's Grief Oct. 9 2003
In this book, Anne Davis, the main character went back to the New England Island hoping to find some peace and solace in her life. She lost her daughter Karen, when she took a bad fall from a window and couldn't recover. Anne's marriage fell apart as well when she found out her husband Matt was involved with another woman.
When she wakes up one morning, to discover a fire blazing in her old island home, she escapes. But in the next instant, turns around to recover something precious; and in doing so is rescued by a fireman on the scene. This entire event will create a miracle for Anne in the end, though of course I am not going to say what. It was a very worthwhile read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner Aug. 12 2002
This is a page turner. My third Luanne Rice book...I can't get enough of her! She is a gem! After I've read all of Danielle Steel, and Oprah's books...she's a breath of fresh air.
So much fun to read. And as much as I enjoy Ms. Steel, her books are slowly declining in content.
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My first book by Luanne Rice and it was a pleasure to read it although it was somewhat sweet and lacked as much depth as both the characters and subject deserved. Others have summed up the story well so I won't do that here. I would like to say that I fell in love with her hero, Thomas X Devlin, and enjoyed the peripheral characters of Anne Davis's family, eg her niece Maggie and her sister Gabrielle and brother in law Steve and even the society on the unnamed island on which they all lived.
However, there were, in my view, some weaknesses here. In particular, her ex-husband was very one dimensional and Maggie's circle of friends were rather over-drawn.
The grisly accident scene at the end of the book was very well done but the way in which Matt, the two-timing ex-husband, appears to undergo some divine revelation leading to his reformation into a saddened and chastened husband was too much to bear. His grief was examined but not developed. Thank goodness Anne had already seen through him!
This novelist was at her very best in describing grief and loss and also in showing the path to recovery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful discovery - Luanne Rice! Jan. 3 2002
This was my first book by her, but it won't be my last. Thank you Amazon, for recommending this author to me. She keeps you turning the pages. This story of a mom recovering from the loss of her only child and then slowly falling in love with the "wounded and scarred" firefighter who rescues her touched my heart. As the wife of a fire-fighter myself it has special meaning, but anyone would love this story. I can't wait to read another of her books. She doesn't drag things out, and go on frivolously as some women authors do, but gives you such an insight into the emotions and depths of her characters. I highly recommend this book. Since I finished this book I have read others by her and found that her early books "Angels All Over Town" and "Blue Moon" were not written as well as her newer books. She is a greatly improved writer and has 2 new books coming out in 2002 - which I can't wait to read. This one I actually went out and bought after reading it from the library. I originally read the hardcover, not the paperback as it says here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rebuilding Aug. 17 2001
Anne, a successful jet-setting artist, returns to her family home after the tragic death of her young daughter and the demise of her marriage. There she meets Thomas, a local fire fighter, who has also been scarred by the death of a wife that he loved. Together they explore their grief and loss, sharing their wounds.
The local community have their opinions on their attachment to each other, Anne's sister Gabrielle and her husband have their own problems with their marriage and their rebellious daughter.
Finally Anne realises she has more to offer than her loss and rebuilds her strong ties to her sister, her niece and when her husband realises that he wants her back, Anne begins to see the world and her place in it in a different light.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! Aug. 17 2001
Luanne Rice has clearly and touchingly depicted two scarred people, Dev, literally and Anne, figuratively. Their coming together was fiercely romantic and satisfying. The ending (I don't want to give it away) is finely wrought and you feel for all of the protagonists. Better than 4 stars - I would give it nearly 5 if that option were available!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming story of love and hope Nov. 3 2000
Home Fires is the first Luanne Rice book I have read and I know that after finishing this wonderful book, I will now be seeking to devour all of her other books!!
Ms. Rice writes from the heart concerning what matters most in a family - love, tenderness and caring. She writes of tragedy and loss that will have you weeping but by the end of this book, you are smiling with joy at the realization of love and hope in this family in the midst of all of the tragedy.
I absolutely loved the tenderness, understanding, and compassion in the character of Thomas Devlin - (yes, Thomas, where are you? :-)). I admired the strength and courage in Anne Davis after the recent loss of her four-year-old daughter. She draws the reader completely into the depth of each character, from young to old, and you feel like you know them intimately and can relate to them all. You experience their pain, grief, and uncertainty and mourn their losses. Rice's ability to magically draw on the emotions and real life scenarios of family life is really amazing.
This book's message is indeed one of hope, trust and love. Luanne Rice lets you know that amidst the chaos of tragedy, love can find roots, grow sprouts, and blossom gloriously again - one just has to trust and let love in.
I love to see this book made into a movie! I highly recommend this wonderful book and eagerly look forward to reading more of her books!
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