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True Blue (Hubbard's Point/Black Hall Series) [Kindle Edition]

Luanne Rice
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

An earnest and affecting portrait of life in the magical seaside town of Hubbards Point, Conn., Luanne Rice's True Blue finds childhood friends Rumer Larkin and Zeb Mayhew torn apart by a seemingly insurmountable betrayal Zeb married Rumer's older sister, Elizabeth, instead of her. Now, after a 20-year absence, a bitter divorce and a life-altering expedition aboard a space station, Zeb has returned to the Point seeking forgiveness and maybe something more. The themes of sisterhood and friendship that appear here are common threads in Rice's novels (Safe Harbor, etc.), as is the sense that there's an ethereal force guiding the lives of the Points inhabitants. With its graceful prose, full-bodied characters and atmospheric setting, this uplifting and enchanting tale is likely to become a beachside staple.
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Rice returns to the captivating Connecticut setting of Safe Harbor [BKL D 15 01], where Rumer Larkin, a 40-year-old veterinarian deeply attached to the creatures of the earth, remains rooted in her hometown, while her best friend from childhood, Zeb Mayhew, has his eyes on the stars. Just when their friendship was turning into an adult passion, Zeb broke Rumer's heart by falling in love with her flamboyant older sister instead. They married and he became an astronaut. Now divorced, Zeb is returning home with Rumer's nephew, Michael, hoping to get close to Rumer, and to reestablish a bond with his 17 year-old son. Rumer is delighted to see her nephew, but dealing with Zeb is harder than she expected it to be. Is she ready to risk devastating heartache again, and will her sister interfere? Rice, as always, provides her readers with a delightful love story filled with the subtle nuances of the human heart. Patty Engelmann
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1604 KB
  • Print Length: 476 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (July 22 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002IPZBO0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sequal to "Safe Harbor" May 19 2004
By pisces
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This story is really a continuation of Luanne Rice's "Safe Harbor" as the character of teenage Quinn Grayson reappears and has a romance with entirely new characters. You might be lost if you hadn't read "Safe Harbor".
The last 7 of Luanne Rice's novels have taken place in the seaside Connecticut town of "Hubbard's Point" with some of the same characters reappearing, but never to the extent that "Quinn" does, here, in "True Blue".
I'm giving it 3 stars because I thought the novel was a little too melancholy and lacked urgency in the plot twists, what little there are.
Still there is lots of imaginative ocean and seaside writing as Quinn goes through her daily, lobstering, crabbing, oystering, etc... along the shoreline.
The main character of Rumor Larkin is interesting because she is a veterinarian who is attracted to an astronaut, Zebulon Mayhew----where does Luanne Rice get these names?
Anyway, both Rumor and Zeb were next door neighbors who'd sit out on the roof of his home when they were kids, as astronaut, Zeb, would watch the stars. Rumor was land, and Zeb was sky. So corny and goofy-romantic.
But is this enough to make a plot?
It's certainly enough to make for evocative and poignant writing, which is a Luanne Rice staple, which is why I'm a dedicated fan of her novels, no matter how much they lack page-turning suspense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Blue is one in a million June 28 2003
By Lindsey
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Luanne Rice is a terrific author. The way that she captured Rumer's passion for Zeb,and Zeb's passion for Rumer was tremendous. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a book filled with love,passion and forgiveness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "A" for Romance March 27 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This wasn't my most favorite Luanne Rice book, but it was one of the most romantic! Overall I liked the story and characters. I really enjoyed the last quarter of the book, the plot was getting really good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful escape Feb. 24 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"True Blue" is a wonderful reading experience with an escape to a beautiful seaside. Luanne Rice has captured the look and feel of a small New England town where everyone cares about everyone else.
This is a heartwarming story of two sisters and the boy next door. Rumer was younger and more content than her older sister Elizabeth was. Elizabeth was determined to leave the town as soon as she was old enough. Zeb, the boy next door, and Rumer were the same age and inseparable best friends. At five, they decided that Rumer "ruled the earth" because of her love of animals and Zeb "ruled the sky" because he loved the stars.
As Rumer and Zeb grew up their feelings grew to more than that of friends. It was awkward turning the friendship into something more but they were working on it. Rumer went away to college to become a vet and Zeb was at another college striving to become an astronaut. The distance was rough on them as they had never spent that much time apart and Elizabeth didn't help. Elizabeth had set her sites on Zeb and was pursuing her acting career as heartily as she was Zeb. Later Elizabeth and Zeb were married and had a son, Michael.
Rumer's strength and determination are inspiring and her ability to forgive was hard to fathom. Her personality was lovable and her determination was admirable. Rumer never left Hubbard's Point and her love of family, animals, and the boy next door never waivered.
I would love to move to Hubbard's Point, go lobstering with Quinn, another of Rice's enchanting characters and have my pets taken care of by Dr. Rumer. I would like to see a sequel to "True Blue". I'd love to read a sequel and continue Rumer and Zeb's story, along with finding out what happens with Quinn and Michael. Ms.
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3.0 out of 5 stars True Blue Jan. 24 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I started out skeptical when reading this book. I was given it by another and was not interested in it. The beginning seemed slow and melancholy. As soon as Rice started describing the water though I was hooked. The story does grow through the pages but, Rumer (one of the main characters) seems to take a step backward too often. Although for the story it is critical for Rumer to doubt, her heart is just not convincing enough for there to be this disagreement. Elizabeth the older sister adds to this story handing a much needed twist to the story. The story was good enough to finish just not catching enough at the start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I think she is a wonderful writer! Oct. 16 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having already read several of her books, this one did not disappoint me. Some of her early books were not very good in my humble opinion, but she gets better all the time. In this one, Zeb Mayhew and Rumer Larkin, the two main characters are childhood friends, next door neighbors and eventually sweethearts. He is a star-gazer, she an animal and nature lover. He grows up to be an astronaut and she a veterinarian. He marries her sister Elizabeth, breaks Rumers heart in the process, has a son, divorces, then comes back to Hubbard's Point (Connecticut) and tries to win Rumer back again and make peace with his own heart.
Along the tumultuous way, we get familiar with the whole family, and township of Hubbard's Point, and to read about other characters from some of Ms. Rice's other books, which we feel we already know. I love how she does this, as we get so connected with her characters that it is nice to pick up a new book and get an update and what happened to so-and-so from a previous novel.
Every time I read one of Luanne's books about Hubbards Point I want to go there and see for myself what it looks like. I love her characters and few authors can rival this author's ability to portray the complex situations and emotions that bind family members as well as Ms. Rice can.
Even 'though the reader can predict the outcome of this novel, it still has a surprise or two at the ending and nevertheless is a beautiful story of love, loss and reconciliation, without the explicit sex that other authors rely on to sell their books. I look forward to each of her books and definitely recommend this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Luanne doesn't dissapoint!
Zeb Mayhew and Rumer Larkin, the two main characters are childhood friends, next door neighbors and eventually sweethearts. He is a star-gazer, she an animal and nature lover. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2002 by mzglorybe
3.0 out of 5 stars True Blue or Tedious?
I read the whole thing, but knew when I started it what the foregone conclusion was, it just took a while to get there. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Choice in True Blue
For anyone looking for a good summer read, I suggest True Blue. This was the first L Rice novel for me. After falling in love with Rumer and Zeb, I would grab another. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2002 by S Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story of friendship and love.
This was the first Luanne Rice book that I have ever read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story of Zeb and Rumer is amazing, and it brought tears to my eyes on just about every... Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2002 by Sarah W
2.0 out of 5 stars True Blue for Me...
TRUE BLUE is a novel which is well-written and thoughtful, and, for the most part, characteristically disappointing. Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2002 by girlysogroovy
5.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon a Time at Hubbard's Point, Conn.
In her newest book, True Blue, Luanne Rice once again returns to the scene of two of her earlier books set at Hubbard's Point, Conn. Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2002 by Nancy R. Katz
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but with some oddities too
I picked up the paperback a couple weeks ago, and noticed the cover states "First Time In Print" and I wondered about why the book may have skipped the hardcover stage. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2002 by Vicki Hughes
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