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Jul 30, 2002
| ISBN 9780553583984
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Jul 22, 2009
| ISBN 9780307492135
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Jul 30, 2002 | ISBN 9780553583984
Jul 22, 2009 | ISBN 9780307492135
The story of two sisters and the boy next door… The acclaimed author of Firefly Beach and other New York Times bestsellers, Luanne Rice explores the powerful bonds that connect old friends, and the joy of life’s unexpected second chances. Now, returning once more to the Connecticut beach town at the center of many of her most beloved novels, she touches our hearts with a spellbinding story of a love lost—and saved—by the power of what was always meant to be . . . Schoolteacher Rumer Larkin never felt the need to stray from Hubbard’s Point. Rich with legends of seafaring spirits and lost treasures, the rustic village still echoes with the memories of Rumer’s past—even after those she loved have left. But now, so many summers after Zeb Mayhew broke her heart, he has returned with his teenage son, and Rumer knows her quiet life will never be the same again. Zeb has come back to hoping to reconnect with his son, with the past and all its mistakes. Suddenly facing Rumer again, Zeb discovers where he belongs. He could never forget the girl who used to climb onto his roof with him to watch the stars. But neither Zeb nor Rumer knows if it’s too late to do more than regret the path not taken—or if every path leads us back to the one true love of our life . . .
Luanne Rice is the author of more than twenty-five novels, including 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… More about Luanne Rice
Q: Rumer and Zeb are childhood sweethearts whose paths diverge. Why did you choose to reunite them as adults?A: Think back to someone you once loved—a good friend, an old lover, someone you have thought about many times. You know the one—certain sights or sounds trigger memories of him when least expected—your senses are awake, on fire. You notice the calendar, and it’s his birthday. You hear "Born to Run" on the radio and you still long to answer the question, "I want to know if love is wild and I want to know if love is real." You take a bite of lemon ice on the boardwalk, and the taste takes you back, and you find yourself burning to know, "Where is he now?" His family moved away to Toronto. He went to college in Chicago, and you heard there was an accident. Friends tell you he’s working in L. A. You left him, breaking both your hearts in the process. Or he broke up with you to go out with your best friend. Hatred nearly consumed you…you sometimes wonder whether they’re still together, and although you wish they weren’t, you also hope they are—because they deserve each other. You find, however, that you’re bigger than that. Although you can’t forget, your heart wants to forgive. You read phone books on business trips. You type their names into search engines. You look up his company on the Internet and visit the office directory. When you get a hit, your heart drops into your stomach. You must find out how the story ends. You’re a writer, and you decide to write it. You have the power. You may wreak vengeance or bestow grace. It’s up to you. Life has thirty-two chapters, and the last one hasn’t been written yet. Q: In True Blue, Quinn returns; readers first met her in Safe Harbor. What is it about this young person that compelled you to continue her story? A: Quinn is wild, tender, tough, and vulnerable. She is my inner beach girl. I needed to bring her back in True Blue because I missed her so much.
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