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Firefly Beach (Wheeler Romance) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Sep 2001
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" Rice brings her signature sensitivity to this beautifully textured summertime read. ... rings with truth and warmth ... a lovely celebration of sisterhood, summer and survival." -- "Publishers Weekly," starred review
" Exciting, emotional, terrific. What more could you want?"
-- "The New York Times Book Review"
" Luanne Rice proves herself a nimble virtuoso."
-- "The Washington Post Book World"
" Rice has an elegant style, a sharp eye, and a real warmth. In her hands families, and their values ... seem worth cherishing."
-- "San Francisco Chronicle"
" Rice makes us believe that healing is possible."
-- "Chicago Tribune"
" Rice's trademarks are fine writing, a good eye for small detail, and an uncanny way of conveying the mysterious glue that holds families together."
-- "Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)
" Luanne Rice touches the deepest, most tender corners of the heart."
-- Tami Hoag, author of Dust to Dust
& quot; Rice brings her signature sensitivity to this beautifully textured summertime read. ... rings with truth and warmth ... a lovely celebration of sisterhood, summer and survival.& quot; -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
& quot; Exciting, emotional, terrific. What more could you want?& quot;
-- The New York Times Book Review
& quot; Luanne Rice proves herself a nimble virtuoso.& quot;
-- The Washington Post Book World
& quot; Rice has an elegant style, a sharp eye, and a real warmth. In her hands families, and their values ... seem worth cherishing.& quot;
-- San Francisco Chronicle
& quot; Rice makes us believe that healing is possible.& quot;
-- Chicago Tribune
& quot; Rice's trademarks are fine writing, a good eye for small detail, and an uncanny way of conveying the mysterious glue that holds families together.& quot;
-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
& quot; Luanne Rice touches the deepest, most tender corners of the heart.& quot;
-- Tami Hoag, author of Dust to Dust
"Rice brings her signature sensitivity to this beautifully textured summertime read. ... rings with truth and warmth ... a lovely celebration of sisterhood, summer and survival."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Luanne Rice touches the deepest, most tender corners of the heart."
-- Tami Hoag, author of Dust to Dust --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Inside Flap
Under the summer sky, anything is possible....
Author of the acclaimed novels Cloud Nine and Follow the Stars Home, Luanne Rice returns with another moving portrait of a family in crisis -- as three sisters come face-to-face with the past and find in each other the courage to go on.
Coolly sophisticated and steadfastly single, Caroline Renwick has always been the sister everyone could count on. As she and Clea and Skye gathered at Firefly Hill, their childhood home, Caroline thought that they had all put the past behind them. But as summer gets under way, a mysterious man arrives -- a man who has the power to bring it all back....
Joe Connor was only six when his father died at Firefly Hill. Though he and Caroline had never met, the five-year-old girl reached out to him. They became pen pals and friends, until a teenaged Joe finally learned the truth about what had happened to his father that night. Now, after years of silence, Joe is suddenly here ... and Caroline still feels a connection. But she can't help but wonder if this handsome man holds the key to her family's healing -- or its destruction. And in his presence, how long will she be able to guard her heart? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Hugh Renwick is a renound artist and larger than life figure; hard drinking, womanising, partying lifestyle. However, he loves his wife and three daughters. Yet the actions he takes affect his daughters, Caroline, Clea and Skye, into their thirties.
His wife, Augusta, loves her daughters, but is madly in love with her flamboyant husband and wishes to keep him and their flamboyant lifestyle, at all costs, despite an affair he has. Her way of dealing with that and other problems is denial.
The book starts with a prologue which sets the scene for a tradegy which happened when Carolyn was 5, Clea 3 and Skye yet to be born. This tradegy colours their lives from that moment on and Hugh's method of dealing with it leads to further tradegy later in their lives.
Chapter 1 then starts when Caroline is 36 years of age. Clea is happily married to a vicar and has 2 children. Skye, an artist, is married to an unstable artist who likes to think that he emulates her father. He has currently left her for another woman and Skye drinks heavily to forget both that and something that happened when she was 17, which has affected the rest of her life. Caroline is not married. She is the sophisticated owner of a local artists inn and determined never to marry.
Hugh died of cancer several years ago and Augusta still lives at Firefly Hill, the family home, revering her husband's memory. Skye now lives with her.
Caroline is the "go too" girl of the family. The family's mainstay and "rock". The one who was always there for her sisters and for her mother. She is more the family mother than her mother. Even married Clea, always turns to Caroline to solve everything. The sisters are very close and love their mother, but have somewhat ambivalent feeling towards their flamboyant father, despite loving and missing him.
Joe Connor was six when his father died and he became penpals with the 5 year old Caroline, until finally, as a teenager, he learnt what really happened the night his father died and never wrote to Caroline again. Now aged 38, he is an oceanographer and treasure hunter with his own treasure hunting business diving wrecks. He arrives at Black Hall to dive the wreck of an 18th century ship that Carolyn told him about when they were children.
As the summer gets under way, the past is brought back to life for them all and they are forced to face the realities, especially Augusta.
Caroline and Joe still feel a strong connection, but he still holds deep resentments. Does he hold the key to her family's healing, or its final destruction?
A very enjoyable story of a family in a crisis due to actions taken by others in the past. Who find the courage in each other to face the past and the present and carry on.
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