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The Silver Boat: A Novel by [Rice, Luanne]
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Bestseller Luanne Rice returns with a novel as timeless as the sea on which it's set.

From the beloved New York Times bestselling Luanne Rice comes a heartwarming yet heart-wrenching portrait of three far-flung sisters who come home to Martha's Vineyard one last time. Their mother's beach house is the only place any of them ever found true happiness and they need to begin the difficult process of letting go. Memories of their grandmother, mother, and their Irish father, who sailed away the year Dar turned twelve, rise up and expose the fine cracks in their family myth-especially when a cache of old letters reveals enough truth to send them back to their ancestral homeland.

Transplanted into the unfamiliar, each sister sees life, her heart, and her relationship to home in a new way. But how do they let go of a place that contains the complicated love of their imperfect family? Without the house, where will they be together?

The novel is a season on Martha's Vineyard; a mission to Ireland; a cast of friends, including one wildly off-the-grid Zen genius; passionate love in the surf; and three very different sisters with lives filled with beauty, sorrow, and deep love they'd never been quite sure they could trust. The Silver Boat is Luanne Rice at her very best, complete with her singular talent for capturing a family in all its flawed complexity.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 757 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 5 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H4XI7M
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #268,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa6614450) out of 5 stars 64 reviews
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa69061ec) out of 5 stars Another Luanne Rice Winner! April 8 2011
By Barva - Published on
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(0xa6725b7c) out of 5 stars Choppy and amateurish Nov. 3 2011
By Lady O - Published on
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(0xa6d0cb4c) out of 5 stars entertaining family drama April 16 2011
By A Customer - Published on
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(0xa6d0c660) out of 5 stars disapointed April 14 2011
By lynn k - Published on
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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(0xa70e6770) out of 5 stars A refreshing read May 29 2011
By Sandra - Published on
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.