The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners Author:Luanne Rice The amazingly prolific Rice reintroduces characters from 2009's Geometry of Sisters for this heart-tugger about a reunion of a mother and her two daughters who've been separated for 10 years due to a disturbing secret. Set on the picturesque isle of Capri, Rice's touching tale reflects on how families can survive and thrive de... more »spite tragedies. Lyra Nicholson is a lonely heiress living in Italy while her equally lonely daughters, 16-year-old Pell and Lucy, a 14-year-old math whiz, live in Newport, Rhode Island with their grandmother. Lucy's already tried to contact (via equations) the ghost of her dead father with Beck, her BFF and the sister of Pell's boyfriend, Travis. Pell travels to Italy, wanting Lyra, who abandoned her and Lucy, to finally take responsibility for them. Max Gardiner, her mother's smitten playwright neighbor, encourages Pell, even as she is distracted by Rafe, Max's 19-year-old recovering addict grandson. Rice gives Pell an old-beyond-her-years stability that Lyra lacks in this beguiling beach read that would suit YA readers as well as their mothers.« less
This book continues the story of Pell and Lucy that was begun in "The Geometry of Sisters", the author's previous book. Pell goes off to Capri to find her mother, who had abandoned the girls when they were small children. Pell thought she knew the story, but of course, she only knew the bare, unadorned skeleton of the story. I found the beginning very slow moving because the author had to reiterate everything that had happened in the previous book. I nearly put it down at one point, but I am glad that I continued reading. As the skeleton become more fleshed out, the story became so intriguing! The second half came together with the deep, family connections and history that Luanne Rice is so good at.