Book Reviews of Home Fires

Home Fires
Home Fires
Author: Luanne Rice
ISBN-13: 9780553588279
ISBN-10: 0553588273
Publication Date: 4/26/2005
Pages: 400
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 52 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
Rice's Crazy in Love and other novels were about women with privileged lives who had problems resolving family relationships or facilitating marital communication, who needed more independence or artistic fulfillment. Here she sacrifices subtlety and wit for a more conventional romantic tale whose protagonist is a young mother cast in emotional limbo after the death of her four-year-old daughter and the loss of her husband to another woman. The narrative opens with a blaze in the childhood home of heroine Anne Davis. Anne, who has returned to this New England sanctuary to try to deal with her grief, escapes from the flames?but then runs back in to retrieve her child's possessions. She's rescued by firefighter Thomas Devlin, a man horribly scarred in a fire that claimed his wife's life more than a decade earlier. As might be expected, Anne rekindles a long-dormant spark in Thomas's heart ("Something about the woman... made him know he'd found a kindred soul. Just looking into her eyes was like living a lifetime"); in turn, she disregards his scarred features, as if to prove she's not superficial. Yet their romance seems ill-starred. Anne is snubbed by her hometown's down-at-the-heel residents, including her own sister, for being being both beautiful and wealthy?especially when her husband desperately wants her back. Indeed, it is hard to warm up to Anne, who's as precious as the tiny collages that she constructs from postage stamps. She gains sympathy because of her lost daughter, but she doesn't redeem herself to the reader until the conclusion, when she performs an act of selflessness.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book's message is indeed one of hope, trust and love. Luanne Rice lets you know that amidst the chaos of tragedy, love can find roots, grow sprouts, and blossom gloriously again - one just has to trust and let love in.
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Helpful Score: 1
this is about a woman whose child died and meets someone when her house gets on fire and she runs back in there not caring how dangerous it is to retrieve a paper bag with items in it to remind her of her daughter. I enjoy reading books by Luanne Rice and cant wait till her new one Summer Roses comes out in paperback.
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Helpful Score: 1
Rice book's are about the Irish culture but the're still interesting to read. In this one she is graphic about the many challenges the characters face but it is still very interesting read about fireman and falling in love
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Helpful Score: 1
When her 3 year old daughter dies, Anne Davis returns to the house on a New England island where she grew up. Her marrige has crumbled under the weight of the tragedy. She needs shelter, security, family and love. One snowy night she wakes to find the old house on fire. She escapes but runs back into the fire for something very precious to her. Fireman Thomas Devlin follows her into the burning, smoke filled hallway and when she is overcome by smoke, he saves her life. They are survivors and are drawn to each other because of the pain and loss in their past.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very touching story showing you can move on after a terrible loss.
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A wonderful story of summer romance.
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Great Luanne Rice story. From the cover:
Anne Davis has returned to the house where she grew up, trading her glamorous Manhattan lifestyle for a harsh winter on a wind-shipped New England island. Her marriage has crumbled in the wake of a tragic accident. Now she has returned to the home on Salt Whistle Road that has always meant shelter,security, family and love. When she awakens one snowy nightto a fire that roars through the old hose, Anne escapes00but runs back into the blaze to save something so precious, it's worth risking her life for. It is that reckless act of blind desperation that sets a miracle in motion...

great and unsuspected ending.
earl h., meldrim, ga.
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This was a heart warming book regarding adjustment and a lot of emotional feeling come out in the book.db
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Typical Rice book romance
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This book is typical Luanne Rice. Good beach read. I did cry at the end. Very good.
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I adored this book; one of my favorite Luanne Rice books and I've loved them all.
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You can really feel for the characters in Luanne Rice's books, this is one of her better ones that I have read.
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My first experience with Luanne Rice, completely addictive.
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Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book involving two souls that find each other. They both have gone through similar heartaches involving family members. Their relationship grows amid outside influences trying to tear them apart. One of my favorite books so far by this author -- tough to put down.
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An ok story...not her best in my opinion.
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Rice's Crazy in Love and other novels were about women with privileged lives who had problems resolving family relationships or facilitating marital communication, who needed more independence or artistic fulfillment. Here she sacrifices subtlety and wit for a more conventional romantic tale whose protagonist is a young mother cast in emotional limbo after the death of her four-year-old daughter and the loss of her husband to another woman. The narrative opens with a blaze in the childhood home of heroine Anne Davis. Anne, who has returned to this New England sanctuary to try to deal with her grief, escapes from the flames?but then runs back in to retrieve her child's possessions. She's rescued by firefighter Thomas Devlin, a man horribly scarred in a fire that claimed his wife's life more than a decade earlier. As might be expected, Anne rekindles a long-dormant spark in Thomas's heart ("Something about the woman... made him know he'd found a kindred soul. Just looking into her eyes was like living a lifetime"); in turn, she disregards his scarred features, as if to prove she's not superficial. Yet their romance seems ill-starred. Anne is snubbed by her hometown's down-at-the-heel residents, including her own sister, for being being both beautiful and wealthy?especially when her husband desperately wants her back. Indeed, it is hard to warm up to Anne, who's as precious as the tiny collages that she constructs from postage stamps. She gains sympathy because of her lost daughter, but she doesn't redeem herself to the reader until the conclusion, when she performs an act of selflessness.
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Again Luanne Rice has done it with her writing abilities.
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Great story about overcoming loss and finding love along the way. Luanne Rice is a wonderful writer.
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Good book. Light reading. Good book when life is complicated and you need to put it down occasionally.
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Anne Davis has returned to the house where she grew up, trading her glamorous Manhattan lifestyle for a harsh winter on a wind-whipped New England island. Her marriage has crumbled in the wake of a tragic accident. Now she has returned to the home on Salt Whistle Road that has always meant shelter, security, family, and love. When she awakens one snowy night to a fire that roars through the old house, Anne escapes--but runs back into the blaze to save something so precious, it's worth risking her life for. It is that reckless act of blind desperation that sets a miracle in motion...
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Anne Davis has had a tragedy in her life, losing her daughter she fights to gain back her strength to go foward and enjoy life when she can only remember her daughter. Finally she realizes she can do both. An excellent read.
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This book was a good read, a little sad but otherwise good.
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Good read
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great like all her stories.
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Anne Davis has returned to the house where she grew up, trading her glamourous Manhattan lifestyle for a harsh winter on a wind-whipped New England island. Her marriage has crumbled in the wake of a tragic accident. Now she has returned to the home on Salt Whistle Road that has always meant shelter, security, family, and love. When she awakens one snowy night to a fire that roars through the old house, Anne escapes but runs back into the blaze to save something so precious that it's worth risking her life for. It is that reckless acto of blind desperation that sets a miracle in motion...
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Anne Davis returned to the house where she grew up, trading her glamorous Manhattan lifestyle for a wind-whipped New England island. Her marriage has crumbled in the wake of the tragic death of her daughter. Now she has returned to the home on salt Whistle Road that has always meant shelter, security, family and love. When she awakens one snowy night to a fire that roars through the old house, Anne escapes-but runs back into the blaze to save something so precious that its worth risking her life for. This sets in motion rescue by a volunter fireman with his own tragic past who is unwillingly drawn into Anne's world of healing.
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Anne Davis has returned to the house where she grew up, trading her glamorous Manhattan lifestyle for a harsh winter on a wind whipped New England island. Her marriage has crumbled in the wake of a tragic accident. Now she has returned to the home on Salt Whistle Road that has always meant shelter, security, family and love. When she awakens one snowy night to a fire that roars through the old house, Anne escapes - but runs back into the blaze to save something so precious that it's worth risking her life for. It is that reckless act of blind desperation that sets a miracle in motion.
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Different cover but same book...great story-Anne Davis has returned home to the house where she grew up...a fire roars through her home and she runs into her home to save a bag with pictures that her dead daughter drew..that sets a miracle in motion...a very good read!
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I picked this book up at a garage sale and I have not read it. Hopefully someone out there would like too.
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My cover is different.