I broke my usual trend an read a novel based in the U.S.
Summary: A quiet story, about a young lady, who has had bad luck in love before the age of 30. Sydney needs to earn some money and works as a live-in tutor in a New England family on their beach home during the summer of 2002.
While she is mourning the death of her second husband, she is slowly getting over her grief. Everyone in the family, except one member, learns to love her for different reasons.
The quiet family dynamics is changed, when some of the family myths are broken. A year or so passes, and another ugly truth rears its head.
Sydney finds the strength to continue with her life.
The only thing that I didn't like about Sydney is that when she falls in love, she gives up her goals for the guy. Does she search for love so passionately because she is a child of divorce? I wonder.
The beach scenes remind me of the times that I spent in Waterford, CT, Block Island, RI, and Newburyport, MA. But, Sydney could tolerate to stay in the cold Atlantic waters longer than I ever could.
The entire book is written in short paragraphs. Everyone seems to have short conversations, because getting too deep might lead to the reality.
I appreciate the fact that the 'Kane is started to be mentioned in novels. The 2005 section of the novel starts with "Biblical floods have destroyed a southern city." I am glad that writers are able to weave this event into their works.
This book will be published in April 2007.
A good thoughtful book, when you need some quiet time.