Friday, April 27, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: The Silver Boat by Luanne Rice

The Silver Boat

Author:  Luanne Rice
Reading Level:  Ages 18 & up
Paperback:  289 pages
Publisher:  Pamela Dorman Books (April 5, 2011)
Language:  English

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.

I seriously didn't get this book.  It was the first time reading Luanne Rice's work and I'd only heard good things about her.  However, this, to me, was pure drivel.  The characters were wooden and I just couldn't feel for any of them, even their names irritated me.

I thought with the mystery, ghosts and Martha's Vineyard, it would've made for a decent read but I forced myself to the last page wishing I could get that time back.  I truly felt my intelligence was being insulted over the commentary and juvenile writing that takes place in this book.

If I have to say anything that was good, it would be that the cover is decent.  I would give The Silver Boat a one out of five stars.  It just didn't work for me, but maybe some of you will find some pleasure out of it, don't take my word for it, mine is but only one opinion.

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