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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (May 29 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143121030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143121039
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #391,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Will strike a chord in every mother, daughter, or sister.”

Marie Claire

“Popular Rice, in her mellifluous style, captures the essence of family and sisterhood as each character deals with love and loss.”


“Rice’s writing effortlessly conveys the way family can bind as well as buoy us, reminding us that when the sea of life gets too choppy, by setting our prows toward the places that made us, we will find a safe harbor. Another winner from one of America’s most beloved authors.”


“Rice enriches familiar themes of family, failure, redemption, and romance with a watercolor-lovely portrait of Martha's Vineyard and sketches of the tug-of-war between sea and sand, rich and poor, development and preservation characteristic of the island.”

Publishers Weekly

“Compelling . . . a satisfying and worthwhile ride.”

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About the Author

Luanne Rice is the author of thirty-one novels, twenty-two of which have been New York Times bestsellers. Her recent novels include The Lemon Orchard, Little Night, and The Silver Boat. A native of Connecticut, she currently resides in New York City.

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Format: Hardcover
I have read every single Luanne Rice book and have always been very pleased with them because she is the kind of author who writes books one can't put down. Unfortunately, The Silver Boat was not one of those books. It was very slow getting into it and written in third person; Luanne Rice usually writes in first person which brings more of a connection with the main character. By the time the story reached it's climax, it was more than half way through. I found the characters to be disconnected through the story and not very powerful. This is the only book where I had to force myself to pick up and read to see how it was going to end. I'm sorry to give Luanne Rice such a mediocre review because I have loved every one of her books, but this one does not compare with her other works.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9dde4f0c) out of 5 stars 62 reviews
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc18d14) out of 5 stars Another Luanne Rice Winner! April 8 2011
By Barva - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Time after time, novel after novel, Luanne Rice proves that she knows how to write about families in all shapes and sizes. Her newest is no exception. The McCarthy sisters and their families and their stories spring to life in The Silver Boat. One warning - the book is addictive and once I started it, I had trouble stopping.
I highly recommend this book as a great read. Enjoy! I sure did.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc1d15c) out of 5 stars Choppy and amateurish Nov. 3 2011
By Lady O - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I picked this up on a whim as it was prominently displayed. Read the reviews and the dust jacket, and it seemed perfect for me. Wrong. The author spent a great deal of ink telling us what the characters were all about without letting the characters develop on their own. The side story with the "graphic novel" was boring and disruptive. I felt as though I were reading the bare bones of a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" film script. Very dissatisfying.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc1d1b0) out of 5 stars entertaining family drama April 16 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Each of the sisters looks back at the family beach house on Martha's Vineyard with fond memories. They can track their roots to the Massachusetts colony as their ancestors were one of the first families to settle here. However, with mom's death and the trio living far away and unable to keep the place as a vacation site, they know they must sell.

Thus the McCarthy siblings (Dar, Delia and Rory) come to Daggett's Way with sadness. Adding to the despondency is the only offer comes from insufferable boors who plan to tear Dagget's Way down and replace it with a despicable reproduction of a French chateau. Dar the manga graphic novelist wishes she had the power of her comic book heroine. Delia has other issues as she struggles with her son's meth addiction that is also killing her relationship with her husband; reminding her of her Irish father Michael who vanished at sea years ago while insisting King Charles I gave his ancestors land within the Daggett acres.

This is an entertaining family drama as readers see the sadness of the three sisters who must give up their long time family heritage. The story line is insightful when the tale remains anchored on Martha's Vineyard profoundly studying the impact of the loss of something sacred (not just the sisters as another character has confronted the same loss). When the siblings chase after an inane dream that even if they succeed accomplishes nothing, the plot loses its plausibility though one could argue this is a coping defense mechanism. Overall readers will enjoy the McCarthy sisters learning you truly cannot go home no matter how much you wish otherwise.

Harriet Klausner
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc1d4f8) out of 5 stars disapointed April 14 2011
By lynn k - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have always been a fan of Luanne Rice but I must say I was just plain bored and disapointed by this new book.The author focused more on Dar's cartoon charactor than developing the actual charactors of the story.I am sad to say the story was also very predictable. No depth here.This book left me cold.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc1d474) out of 5 stars A refreshing read May 29 2011
By Sandra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When I like an author, I read as much of that author as I can. When I do this, sometimes I find the author uses a formula, (I know no surprise) and I can't
tell one book from the other. I find myself wondering if I have read this one or that one. Books authored by Rice are not like that.
In this one, Dar is a special type of character. She has lived as she wants and has not followed the stereotypical
path at all. Despite a traditional homestead in a very conservative area, Rice creates a unique person. I liked Dar, grew impatient
with her sisters, but ended applauding their decisions in the end. I really liked The Silver Boat and intend to read again this summer.