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Rescue
Author: Anita Shreve
Peter Webster is a rookie paramedic when he pulls a young woman out of a car wreck that should have killed her. Sheila Arsenault haunts his thoughts, and despite his misgivings Peter is soon embroiled in an intense love affair--and in Sheila's troubled world. — Eighteen years later, Sheila is long gone and Peter is raising their daughter, Row...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780316020732
ISBN-10: 0316020737
Publication Date: 6/27/2011
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 60 ratings
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
This was not my favorite Anita Shreve book. It was a story of a life. Nothing super big or exciting happens. It's a good story, but nothing to really hold my attention. I'm grateful for PBS so I can get something new!
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Helpful Score: 2
I have been a Shreve fan for many years and hers are the only new hardcovers I buy as soon as they come out. But after reading this book and her last few that practice will stop. I didn't enjoy this book at all. Boring main character, no interesting story. I just didn't like it. Unfortunately I have felt that way about the last few books she has written.
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I thought this was a very good book. The story was sad at times but true to life, I think. Anita Shreve showed the issues the characters were dealing with in a way that didn't make it mundane and tiresome. It just made you feel for them and find ways to relate it to your own life experiences. Very good book.
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I found this book very depressing....
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I literally ran through this book. Very compelling read! The story is so true to life...graphic at times. It's the story of a (now single) dad, who works as an EMT and his teenage daughter. She is acting out as a result of learning about her mother who abandoned them when the girl was two. A terrible accident will bring them all back together.
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Peter Webster is a rookie paramedic when he pulls a young woman out of a totaled car - a wreck that should have killed her. It's Peter's first rescue that begins a lifelong tangle of love and wreckage. Sheila Arsenault is a gorgeous enigma - streetwise and tough talking, with haunted eyes, fierce desires, and a never-look-back determination. Peter, as straight an arrow as they come, falls for her instantly and entirely.

Sheila haunts his thoughts, and despite his misgivings Peter is soon embroiled in an intense love affair - and in Sheila's troubled world. He and Sheila are married and parents to a baby daughter. Like the crash that brought them together, it all happened so fast.

But can you ever truly save another person? Eighteen years later, Sheila is long gone and Peter is raising their daughter, Rowan, alone. Rowan has been veering dangerously off track, and for the first time in their quiet, orderly life together Peter fears for his daughter's future. His work shows him daily how dangerous the world is; how wrong everything can go within the space of a single second.

All the love a father can give a daughter is suddenly not enough. So, Peter seeks out the only person who may be able to help Rowan, although Sheila's return is sure to unleash all the questions he has been carefully keeping at bay. Questions such as: Why did a mother leave her family? What tore a young family apart? Is there worse damage ahead? How did the marriage of two people so deeply in love unravel? Yes, Sheila's sudden return certainly may be a godsend - or it may be exactly the wrong moment for a lifetime of questions, anger and longing to surface anew.

I'll say it again: I love Anita Shreve as an author! Despite this book being incredibly sad; I thoroughly enjoyed it. I give Rescue: A Novel an A+! - which, as I translated to Mareena, can also be marked as an A+++! This book is a definite keeper for me.

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