Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Review: Summer's Child by Luanne Rice


On the first day of summer, Mara Jameson went out to water her garden--and was never seen again. Years after her disappearance, no one could forget the expectant mother whose glowing smile had captured the heart of everyone who'd known her: Maeve Jameson, still mourning the loss of a granddaughter she had struggled to protect...Patrick Murphy, a dogged police detective obsessed with a vanished woman...and Lily Malone, drawn to the rugged beauty of the Nova Scotia coast and its promise of a new life. Here Lily hopes to raise her nine-year-old daughter, Rose, far from the pain and loss of the past. Here she will meet a gifted scientist, Liam Neill, whose life is on a similar trajectory from heartbreak to hope. And before the season is over, Lily will find the magic exists in people we love the best...the everyday miracles that can make the extraordinary happen.


My very first Luanne Rice novel was "The Perfect Summer". The story is somewhat similar with "Summer's Child". A particular person disappears and no one knows his/her wherabouts. This is her usual formula and her intention is to get the readers attention and interest, and it got mine. I always love mystery novels and somehow Luanne Rice manages to incorporate mystery and family issues together. In this particular novel she captured the emotions of all the characters, she has a good eye for small detail and she skillfully blends romance with magic. 

I'm not a fan of romance writers but as a reader I tend to explore new titles out of curiosity. And this curiosity makes way for me to discover new authors. If I find their book entertaining enough, then I'm going to read it and pursue  their other titles as well. "Summer's Child" is a feel-good book and if you're the type of person who enjoys family drama and secrets, this book is for you! Cheerz!

My Rating:4 ½ Stars

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