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Summer of Roses Kindle Edition

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The New York Times bestselling author of Dance With Me and Beach Girls revisits characters from Summer's Child in this examination of the emotional fallout of battered woman syndrome. When Mara Jameson thinks about her wedding, she painfully and vividly recalls her betrothed, Edward Hunter, the Harvard rugby player with a "blank yet somehow charged" stare. Mara ran away after Edward began abusing her and shortly before she had her daughter, Rose. Now, nine years later, Mara's living as Lily Malone in an isolated cottage near Cape Hawk, Nova Scotia, with Liam Neill, a member of the village's pre-eminent family. When Mara-cum-Lily learns Maeve Jameson, her grandmother, is comatose after suffering an undiagnosed "neurological event," she, believing Edward was involved, comes out of hiding to try to save her. Edward, ever the epitome of evil, soon hears the news of Lily's return and welcomes her back with an incendiary custody battle. Back in Cape Hawk, Lily's best friend Marisa, also a battered wife, longs to be reunited with her estranged sister in the Fallen Angels, their college fiddle and song duo. Prolific romance novelist Rice handles the complex plot with aplomb so all her likable characters win in the end and Edward, naturally, gets his comeuppance.
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Rice continues the compelling story she started in Summer's Child (2005). Lily and her nine-year-old daughter, Rose, have survived by hiding from her husband in Cape Hawk, Nova Scotia, where she found true love with oceanographer Liam Neill. Now Rose has had her final surgery for her heart and is on the mend, but Lily must travel to Connecticut to care for Maeve, her beloved grandmother, who is in the hospital in a coma. There Lily must confront the brute who drove her away from her beloved home. She finds unexpected support from those she abandoned years ago and takes strength from her resilient daughter and loyal Liam. Rice gives her readers an in-depth look at the devastation abuse causes to both the primary victim and her loved ones while simultaneously illuminating the healing that comes from love and loving relationships. Patty Engelmann
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 756 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553804103
  • Publisher: Bantam (June 28 2005)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCK90Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #331,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked up Summer of Roses not realizing that it was a continuation of another story. Thankfully the author included some background information on the characters previous situations, so I was able to get an idea of what I missed.

It took me quite some time to get into this story especially that of Lilly’s storyline. I felt like the characters were so overloaded with personal trauma that it didn’t feel believable. The secondary storyline which involved Marissa and her daughter was far more interesting to me.

Although I lacked connection with Lilly, I found Luanne Rice’s descriptions of the settings and the season to be quite beautiful. I also thought that the physical descriptions of the characters really helped set the tone of the story.

I look forward to reading more from this author in the future and hope that I have a better connection with some of her other characters. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy contemporary women’s fiction.
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A heart warming tale of strength in many forms - physical, emotional, the power of love.

The connection with Nova Scotia, my home province, was what caught my eye first and I am a huge fan of Luanne Rice. I was drawn to Rose, Lily's daughter who was born with heart conditions and continues to battle what ails her. Having just started my family stories like this are making me so appreciative of my own son's health. I have been privy to tales of abusive relationships and Lily's story is one that is experienced far too often.

When I read a novel, even though it's fictitious, I want to be able to take something out of it, to grow and this novel certainly did that for me. Very much recommended.

Sarah Butland
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Overall, I liked this book. I didn't want to stop reading it at any moment, but I can't say it kept me riveted to my seat either. I could take it or leave it. The story was good, although I didn't enjoy the end as much as I had hoped. It was wrapped up to quickly to support such a long build up.

Also there was a side story about illegal fishing that didn't really have much of a point. It seemed like filler.

I loved the characters, and of course I was immediately attached to the young girl Rose who was born with Tetralogy of Fallot (like me). Actually, it was the reason I chose to read this book and Rice did a good job of researching it enough to be pretty accurate about the heart defect.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98f96f0c) out of 5 stars Doesn't stand on its own Nov. 7 2005
By Tracy Vest - Published on
Format: Hardcover
When she discovers that her granny is sick, Lily realizes she must come out of hiding to see her. Nine years earlier, she fled her hometown Of Hubbard's Point after years of abuse at the hands of her husband, Edward. She asks her lover, Liam to spirit daughter Rose away so that Edward cannot find her. But soon Edward discovers that the wife and daughter he thought were gone are alive and well, and he plots to take vengeance, and soon a nasty custody battle is underway.

Working to help Lily out of the mess is Patrick Murphy, the detective that was investigating her "murder," and found her alive instead in Canada, as well as another of Edward's wives, Marisa, who also fled to Nova Scotia.

While the story ties up the loose ends of "Summer's Child," this story has difficulty standing on its own, as the majority of the back story is contained in another source. Lost is the love and longing between main protagonists, Liam and Lily, although the love story of Marisa and Patrick is finally played out. Combining the two would have made for a much more compelling and cohesive novel.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98f96f60) out of 5 stars A great sequal to Summer's Child June 21 2005
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Nine years have passed since a then pregnant pixie nee Mara Jameson fled her Hubbard's Point Connecticut home and the abuse of her spouse Edward Hunter for the sake of her unborn child. She changes her name to Lily Malone, relocates to remote Cape Hawk, Nova Scotia, opened up In Stitch, and raised her ailing (heart condition) daughter Rose by herself until Dr. Liam Neill entered their lives.

Now Mara has come home accompanied by her child and her beloved Liam because her ailing granny in Shoreline Hospital needs her though she knows Edward will find out and probably come for her with hatred in his heart. When Dr. Kirkland informs her that the unconscious granny suffers from carbon monoxide poisoning, she concludes Edward tried to kill her. She knows Edward will come for Rose using legal means, manipulating the media as the deserted hurt spouse who is whispered by many as wife killer and other deadlier methods at his disposal to achieve what he wants, the destruction of Mara.

This terrific suspense sequel to the SUMMER'S CHILD continues the tale of Lily returning to the life she fled almost a decade ago courageously knowing the risk she takes. The story line is character driven by brave people not just the heroine and Liam, but others to include a surprising courtroom twist. Though Edward is a tarnished loser, something in his gene pool allows him to select intrepid women and sire brave offspring. SUMMER OF ROSES is a terrific thriller that can be read alone, but is enhanced when perused back to back with its delightful predecessor.

Harriet Klausner
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98ef5150) out of 5 stars A Good Sequel to Summer's Child July 26 2005
By Nancy R. Katz - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Shortly before I read Summer's Child, I learned a second book by Luanne Rice was to be published a couple of weeks later. And much to my happiness I also learned that the second book, Summer of Roses, was going to be a sequel to Summer's Child. Since Luanne Rice is one of my very favorite writers, I ran to the store the first day Summer's Child was on the shelves and immediately began reading it. Unfortunately I literally gulped down the book. And what a shame since this book was so very good I should have savored each page. But I hardly had the chance because it was as it the pages turned themselves till the end which found me sobbing. And again when Summer of Roses was available I wasted no time but again bought it and almost immediately read the second title. I wouldn't want anyone to misunderstand what I am about to say because I did enjoy Summer of Roses and it would be hard not to coma pre the two books, but I do think that Summer's Child was the better of the two reads. And now I seriously wonder why the two books were published when it might have been possible to write one longer book.

Lily Malone, along with Liam Neill and her daughter return home to hubbard's pint, Connecticut, to care for Lily's ailing grandmother. Lily continues to be wary of her ex husband who knows nothing about the birth of Rose. But when he learns that Rose is Lily's child and the dates match, he begins legal proceedings to find out if in fact she is his daughter.

And while this is happening in Connecticut,, at Nova Scotia, Marisa is reunited with her sister Sam. And it seems as though Patrick Murphy, who unrelentingly searched for Lily, is falling in love with Marisa and she with him too.

In recent years Luanne Rice's books feature some of the same characters from previous books in minor roles. Its always nice to revisit with these people and also become involved in Rice's new characters as well. Summer of Roses was a worthwhile read and perhaps it suffered because I loved Summer's Child so much and few sequels ever live up to my first read if I have loved the first one. When it comes to Luanne Rice's books, I often say that even a so so read from Luanne Rice is better than most.

Now once again I am looking forward to the next Luanne Rice book since I have read all of them. But now I don't have to wait too long to revisit a book which I loved since one of Rice's books, Beach Girls, has been adapted as a TV movie for cable and will be on this weekend. I do hope that all who read this review will have an opportunity to read Lane Rice if they don't already. She hardly ever fails to entertain me with her settings and characters who I feel after reading one of her books are my good friends.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98ef5780) out of 5 stars A celebration of family and friendships Aug. 2 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
SUMMER OF ROSES picks up the story of the characters from SUMMER'S CHILD, beginning with a flashback of Mara's wedding in her grandmother's gorgeous garden. But the bride can't help noticing that the iron name of the cottage is corroding, foreshadowing decay in her marriage. As Mara approaches Edward, her groom, she glimpses fear in his eyes.

Nine years later, Mara must return to her grandmother's Connecticut house. Her grandmother, Maeve, is in a coma. Mara's name is now Lily, and she's been hiding in Nova Scotia having fled her emotionally abusive husband. Lily is home with her daughter Rose and her lover Liam. Rose is Edward's daughter, although he isn't aware of her existence. Lily must not let Edward know he has a child, and so Liam spirits away the little girl to keep her safe.

Meanwhile, Lily's friends back in Nova Scotia keep her needlework shop open. Marisa, a good friend of Lily's, shares Lily's own dark secret: Marisa was married to Edward after Lily disappeared. Like Lily, she fled his abuse and changed her identity. Marisa yearns for her sister to come home and play music with her, but her sister is in Peru and has long since quit having a relationship with Marisa.

In Connecticut, Lily learns that Maeve has carbon monoxide poisoning. She believes Edward tried to murder her grandmother, hoping to bring Lily home. Edward finds Rose in spite of Liam and Lily's attempt to hide her. When Edward and Lily meet, he threatens her, saying she has no idea what will happen next. His threats are especially terrifying since Rose has suspected him of being a serial killer.

Along with the story lines, the reader learns a bit about Irish music and about oceanography. A beluga whale known as Nanny adds a warm, mysterious note as she seemingly is emotionally attached to Rose, and follows her from Nova Scotia to Connecticut.

This book is packed full of multiple threads of stories, which I found a bit distracting. I recommend reading the previous book, SUMMER'S CHILD, to better understand the history of the characters --- which should be a great pleasure, since author Luanne Rice is an excellent storyteller. The warmhearted SUMMER OF ROSES celebrates family and friendships, and has a tidy, satisfying conclusion.

--- Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon (
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98ef57a4) out of 5 stars Fantastic Read!!!! Aug. 26 2006
By wigglewomyn - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have recently become aquainted with Luanne Rice as a writer, picking up "Cloud Nine" one day in the store. What a fantastic book, although so sad, I had tears streaming down my face at the end. But that is what makes a good writer, in my opinion, one that can make you feel as I did.

After that, I put Ms. Rice at the top of my list of authors to read and I started looking for more books by her. I came across Summer's Child recently. I had just started reading it when I found out that this sequel was due out in a week. The day after I finished Summer's Child, I started reading Summer of Roses. I loved it.

Ms. Rice's writing bring her characters to life. Lily, Marisa, Anne, Liam, Patrick, Maeve.......they become your friends. Ms. Rice has a way of writing that makes you feel as if you have met those people in real.

I devoured this book just like another reviewer did. I will wait another couple of weeks and read both books again, slower, now that I know what happens.

My only complaint is that the book wasn't longer. I am hoping maybe she will write a book about another Nanouk Girl so that we can catch up on the new lives of Lily, Liam, Marisa, Patrick, Sam and all their friends.