by Luanne Rice
Bantam, February, 2002.
Hardcover, 337 pages.
Painter Dana Underhill returns home to Connecticut after the untimely death of her sister and brother-in-law in a sailing accident. Dana returns to the town of Black Hall for a showing of her work, and to take her two nieces back to France to live with her. At the gallery showing, she runs into Yale professor Sam Trevor, whom she and her sister Lily taught to sail when Sam was just a boy. Sam has been in love with Dana all these years, but Dana only sees him as a young boy learning to sail. But Sam sticks by Dana as she determines to investigate the so-called accident which killed her sister, who was an excellent sailor and swimmer. She must also deal with her two nieces, Allie and Quinn. Quinn is a 12 year-old, cigarette-smoking nightmare who gives Dana quite a bit of trouble.
Luanne Rice excels at exploring the intricate bonds of family, and her latest work is no exception. An in-depth examination of the bonds of sisterhood of two generations, the book also provides a sweet and moving romance between Dana and the adoring Sam. Readers of Firefly Beach will also enjoy seeing some familiar faces.
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This review was published in the April, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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