Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: The Silver Boat
Author: Luanne Rice
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books (Viking)
ISBN-13: 978-0-670-02250-2 (Hardcover)
Release Date: April 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Women's Fiction
Year/Setting: Present/Martha’s Vineyard
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: None/Negligible
Luanne's Website/Blog: www.luannerice.net
Over time, this bestselling author has brought extraordinarily beautiful stories to the market, and this novel is no exception to that wonderful rule.
Readers begin in the beautiful land of Martha’s Vineyard with Dar McCarthy and her precious black Lab, Scup. Dar is simply sitting on a porch of one of those wonderful gray cottages that look out across the froth and foam of the high-cresting waves. The frost is still on the ground, but it’s soon to be gone with the arrival of spring right around the corner.
Dar is waiting for her two beloved sisters, Rory and Delia to come home for a visit. Of course, it’s not a happy visit. They are all coming together to pack up the house they spent their summers in - the cottage that their mother loved so much - because the taxman is breathing down their door and they’ve put the house up for sale. Dar is the one who really can’t stand this. She’s the one who stayed on the Vineyard and helped her mother through the rough patches of her illness. She’s the one who always looked out at those waves, wishing and wondering what happened to their father so long ago.
Dar has had issues over time coming to terms with the fact that her father, an Irish boat-builder, sailed off one day to go across the Atlantic - by himself - to find a document that was signed by the King of England granting the McCarthy family the land in Martha’s Vineyard. He wanted to prove himself. He wanted to take care of his family without having to take money from his mother-in-law; he was a prideful man who never came back home. Dar deals with that on a daily basis because she loves her father and can’t think that he actually abandoned his family so many yeas ago. She’s even, over time, created a character named Dulse who speaks those feelings of depression, shame, and hurt in Dar’s graphic novels that she writes and draws.
Her sister Rory has her own problems. She has three kids, but a husband who seems to want to bed young, blonde assistants instead of his wife. And Delia is a woman who is missing her son Pete, who disappeared into Alaska and has yet to see or take responsibility for his own daughter.
When the three women get together and talk about the past, their parents, the cottage, secretive husbands, and children who have to deal with drug abuse - the sisters find themselves looking back on memories that, perhaps, should’ve been left alone.
When the sisters decide to take off to Ireland to find the truth, this author’s journey becomes absolutely fantastical. So let me just say this… When readers get done with a Luanne Rice book, it feels almost as if you are "honored" to have been a part of her beautiful story. Enjoy!
Until next time,
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