The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners

The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners

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A legendary island steeped in the mystery and wisdom of centuries... A runaway heiress learning to trust life, and love... A mother and daughter, separated for years, searching for a way to face the future together... "New York Times" bestselling author Luanne Rice tells a powerful story of love, family, and friendship through the lives of two women who reunite at a place where dreams begin--and where they may be fulfilled at last.... Years ago, Lyra Davis left behind a world of wealth and privilege and the people she loved most in the world, unable to reconcile the expectations of her celebrated family with the longings of her own wild heart. Now she lives quietly among a community of expatriates on the isle of Capri, slowly, carefully learning to live fully for the first time, flourishing in the friendship of a singular man who recognizes in her a kindred spirit. Granddaughter of the reigning doyenne of Newport, Rhode Island, wise beyond her sixteen years, Pell Davis is poised to take her place at the pinnacle of society. Yet she and her young sister still long for the mother who ran away from them when they were children so that they could be raised by the father they adored. Pell knows that Lyra felt she loved them best by leaving. But with her father now dead and her sister veering dangerously into fantasy, she will travel across an ocean to find the mother she remembers and the deeper truths they all need so desperately.... Lyrical, unforgettable, Luanne Rice's new novel unfolds against a background of timeless beauty, as an unlikely love affair reshapes the meaning of devotion and three generations of women resist the pull of memory and tradition to find a new way forward. "From the Hardcover edition."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 30.48mm | 430.91g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • large type edition
  • 0739328476
  • 9780739328477

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Praise for the novels of Luanne Rice: "A rare combination of realism and romance."--"The New York Times Book Review" on Summer Light "Few writers evoke summer's translucent days so effortlessly, or better capture the bittersweet ties of family love." --"Publishers Weekly "on Beach Girls "Irresistible...vivid storytelling. Readers can almost smell the sea air. Rice has a gift for creating realistic characters, and the pages fly by as those characters explore the bonds of family."--"Orlando Sentinel" on The Secret Hour "Luanne Rice has enticed millions of readers by enveloping them in stories that are wrapped in the hot, sultry weather of summer...she does it so well."--"USA Today" "From the Hardcover edition."show more

About Luanne Rice

Luanne Rice is the author of twenty-seven novels, most recently The Geometry of Sisters, Last Kiss, Light of the Moon, What Matters Most, The Edge of Winter, Sandcastles, Summer of Roses, Summer’s Child, Silver Bells, and Beach Girls. She lives in New York City and Old Lyme, Connecticut. From the Hardcover edition.show more

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The Summer of our lives was the first book I read of this author, and to be honest not much excited me a lot. This book talks about, forgiveness, hope, reconciliation, love, the departure could be tonics for a good novel, but turned out to be a very exciting book. The story takes place in the beautiful Capri, the author manages to describe beautiful landscapes, and sites that we want to convey to there, so long the narrative we enter then into Lyra's life, a woman who abandoned her daughters and husband and went to this destination in order to find a new direction for his life, after we have Pell and Lucy that don't accept and can't understand the abandonment of the motherand when his father ends up dead that Pell decides to go visit his mother to Capri in search of answers. When it comes to Capri, and knowing better your mother realizes that there are many bad stories told, and with help from Rafe and Max manages to face the ghosts of the past and give a new chance to his family. The Summer of our lives turns out to be a light reading, but I think with the characters barely explored and built (mainly Lyra, there were certain times that this character was me, with his indecision), turned out to be interesting the fact of the author to address various themes such as family abandonment, drugs, live a great love when we are teenagers. In short it is a great book, but it gives us a good hours of rest to idealize landscapes of Capri.show more
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