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The Summer I Dared  (Audio)
The Summer I Dared - Audio
Author: Barbara Delinsky, Linda Emond
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ISBN-13: 9780743535922
ISBN-10: 0743535928
Publication Date: 5/4/2004
Edition: Abridged
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Audioworks
Book Type: Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 6
This was the first book of Delinsky's that I'd read. It centered around a strong, intelligent woman and I really enjoyed it. I'll be reading more of her books for sure.
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Helpful Score: 4
This is a great story about re-evaluating your life. Also a mystery. Loved it!
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Helpful Score: 3
I just discovered Barbara Delinsky and this was her second book that I read. While the plot of both books are a bit predictable, her writing is so good that I was drawn in almost immediately. I could actually feel what the main character was feeling. Great read.
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Helpful Score: 3
I always enjoy Barbara Delinsky's books and this one especially. They're fun because you always learn something! This time I learned about lobstering and raising angora rabbits! Fun from beginning to end.
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Helpful Score: 3
I am never disappointed by a Barbara Delinsky & I wasn't this time, either. In a word - fabulous! Delinsky always brings additional depth to her stories with her rich, authentic settings, background information & wonderful, "real" characters. Not only does this one get my recommendation, but also my Mom's & my best friend's.
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Helpful Score: 3
This was a great read. The characters are interesting, there's mystery, romance - a little of everything.
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Helpful Score: 3
Exciting, touching, abit of mystery and informitive about Lobstering on an island with lots of romance.
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Helpful Score: 3
I usually shy away from romance novels, and even though I knew how it was going to end, I was still interested in the characters until the end. Nice summer beach reading.
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Helpful Score: 3
Excellent book. Identifies the changes that we make in our adult lives and how unexpected events percipitate drastic changes. The author describes the live in a Maine village so well that it makes a complete picture.
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Helpful Score: 2
Fabulous story line about people who live up north on an island. I loved it.
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Helpful Score: 2
A wonderful summer read. Lovely story, and you can practically smell the sea.
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Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed the story line behind this book. I wasn't sure that I was going to like it, but I did. I enjoyed learning about lobstering and angora rabbits. Also about love and betrayal.
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Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed this book. Barbara Delinsky is a new author for me, but I will be looking for more of her books.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is an excellent book. It is a romance but so much more. It is about a woman who decides to make changes in her life... to dare to rock the boat.
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Helpful Score: 2
Barbara Delinsky captures the North East so well, you can almost smell the sea air. I enjoyed this book, the premise makes you think about how you would change your life, and what sort of person you want to be, which i found very interesting. The characters were interesting as was the story.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was a wonderful story about a woman that went away to an island in New England.She survived a boat accident that entwined her life with the others on the boat.I didn't want to put this book down.
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Helpful Score: 2
A story about three people who are the only survivors of a boat crash. Shows how their lives are changed in the face of death. A very good and interesting read.
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Helpful Score: 1
One of our members recommended this book and was glad I read it was a good read!
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Helpful Score: 1
This was an excellant story! Fun and sweet and romantic and FUN to read!
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Helpful Score: 1
Great read about a woman ready to take on her own life.
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Helpful Score: 1
A very good story. Enjoyed it very much.
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Fun summer read, lots of twists and turns
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Great read! Couldn't put it down for the final few chapters.
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Frist book I have read by this author, but definitely won't be the last. What?! A guy can't enjoy this type of book? LOL This was definitely a book that spoke to the heart. One in which the main character, Julia, begins to find herself and what her true value is, after surviving a tragic accident. Throw in a domineering husband, a family feud that has been smoldering for a couple of decades, Noah, a lobsterman who has been floundering since his divorce in search of what, he doesn't know. Put all this in settings from New York to Big Sawyer Island and you have a wondering story that will speak to your soul. It has a lot of flavor of the northeast with an eclectic group of people thrown in. Definately recommend this book!
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From Booklist
Ever prolific and popular Delinsky has often considered the phenomena of near-death experiences granting second chances in life, but rather than rely on hackneyed notions of heroes rising Phoenix-like from the ashes to triumph over adversity, Delinsky grounds her characters in the here-and-now and presents them with dilemmas more familiar than fanciful. Such is the case in her latest work, a tale of three people quite literally thrown together following a boating accident off the Maine coast that spares them while taking the lives of nine others. At 40 Julia is an obedient wife, dutiful daughter, and devoted mother, and has planned a visit to her aunt Zoe to reflect on her obligation to herself versus her ties to her family. Rescued by fellow passenger Noah Prine, Julia feels connected to him by virtue of their shared tragedy while also being drawn to Kim Colella, the other survivor, whose whereabouts at the time of the crash provide a shadowy subplot. As a gentle romance blossoms between Julia and Noah, each evaluates who they were before the accident and who they hope to become in its aftermath. Once again, Delinsky excels at combining a compelling mystery with an insightful portrayal of captivating people facing challenges both ordinary and dramatic. Carol Haggas
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Great Chick lit book! I love Barbara Delinsky.
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Very good book, I enjoyed it. This author is great.
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A cozy story of the lobstermen of Big Sawyer island, their work and their problems with weather and other encroachers. Noah, a divorced lobsterman, and Julia, a New York visitor to the island, are rescued from a boat accident when a boater runs into their ferry to the island. While she helps her aunt Zoe with Zoe's angora rabbits, Julia realized their past is entwined, and the island becomes her place of refuge from her wandering husband. A wonderful love story and great info about a lobsterman's life as well as powerful drama about raising a son and daughter in a broken family and livng through tragedy.
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I really got involved in this story. Unlike some romance novels that are so simple and predictable, this story really had suspense and kept me involved in the story. I enjoyed the fact that I actually learned something new while reading it too. I learned about lobstering and angora rabbits! Good read--I highly recommend it.
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This is a light easy read. Typical Barbara Delinsky
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Love and pain and tragedy grab you and hold you thru this story. Excellent read.
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of three people quite literally thrown together following a boating accident off the Maine coast that spares them while taking the lives of nine others. At 40 Julia is an obedient wife, dutiful daughter, and devoted mother, and has planned a visit to her aunt Zoe to reflect on her obligation to herself versus her ties to her family. Rescued by fellow passenger Noah Prine, Julia feels connected to him by virtue of their shared tragedy while also being drawn to Kim Colella, the other survivor, whose whereabouts at the time of the crash provide a shadowy subplot. As a gentle romance blossoms between Julia and Noah, each evaluates who they were before the accident and who they hope to become in its aftermath. Once again, Delinsky excels at combining a compelling mystery with an insightful portrayal of captivating people facing challenges both ordinary and dramatic.
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Wonderful Read filled with love, suspense and a happy ending.
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Wonderful story. Barbara Delinsky at her best. I swear I could smell the water and hear the boats as I read this. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a Delinsky fan!
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A great read! A real page turner! I really enjoyed the book!
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This book made me remember the summer my husband and I spent vacationing with our children and his relatives in Maine. It's a book you'll love to spend your time with and soak up all the details. It starts with a boating accident but you'll love the changes all the characters go through.
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This was an awesome book that I couldn't put down and I didn't want it to end!
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This is a Large Print Book ....At 40 Julia is an obedient wife, dutiful daughter, and devoted mother, and has planned a visit to her aunt Zoe to reflect on her obligation to herself versus her ties to her family. Rescued by fellow passenger Noah Prine, Julia feels connected to him by virtue of their shared tragedy while also being drawn to Kim Colella, the other survivor, whose whereabouts at the time of the crash provide a shadowy subplot. As a gentle romance blossoms between Julia and Noah, each evaluates who they were before the accident and who they hope to become in its aftermath. Once again, Delinsky excels at combining a compelling mystery with an insightful portrayal of captivating people facing challenges both ordinary and dramatic.
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What happens after the moment when your life is forever changed? This is the question that haunts Julia, Noah, and Kim - the only survivors of a devastating boating accident off the coast of Maine, that claimed the lives of nine other people. What follows is an emotionally intricate story of three lives irrevocably changed by a single tragic accident.

Julia, a forty-year-old wife and mother, has always taken the path of least resistance. Careful to never shake up the status quo, she has always done exactly what others expected of her. Characterized by her controlling family and increasingly distant husband as "loyal" and "obedient"; in the aftermath of her brush with death, Julia suddenly realizes that there is more to her - and to the world around her - than she ever imagined.

Feeling strangely connected to Noah, the brooding, divorced lobsterman who helped save her life, and to Kim, a twenty-one-year-old whose role in the accident and subsequent muteness are a mystery, Julia begins to explore the unique possibilities offered by the quiet island of Big Sawyer, Maine. Suddenly, the things that once seemed so critical lose significance, and things that seemed inconsequential, now take on a whole new meaning and importance. With each passing moment, each fresh discovery, Julia grows ever more sure that - after coming face-to-face with death - she deserves more from life.

Overall, I found this book to be quite good. The story was somewhat predictable - and I may have learned much more than I actually ever wanted to know about certain subjects - but other than that, I liked it. I give this book an A! and hope to read more from Barbara Delinsky in the future.
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This book was very very good. It was a great book to read. Lots of pages so it took awhile to finish it.
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Women's Fiction/Romance, dramatic with some mystery elements
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taking place in Maine, a boating accident forces a bond among 3 people and changes their lives. Very good read
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A close brush with death leaves Julia re-evaluating her life. She also tries to help discover the cause of the boat accident that took the lives of 8 people.
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Another great Delinsky novel! Love the Maine setting.
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REALLY enjoyed this one!!
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Very good book. A little romance and a little mystery.
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This is a great book.
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A very nice love story revolving around family dynamics.
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I loved getting so caught up in this book that I wanted to jump in and help the characters. Fast reading--hard to put down.
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I was really intrigued by this book from the start. It is such a captivating tale that inspired me to go to Maine just to see the sights. It was a great suspense with a love story that is very yummy!
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This was the first book of hers that I read.
I was very impressed and felt that the story wasn't predictable, which is very important to me. I think that this book almost puts you in the middle of everything. Very well written. I was going to keep it, but decided to pass it on!
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This was an awesome book...one of her best!
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A book that made me think...how would I react if the same situations came along and how would I live my life. A good book to take to the beach.
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Great read!
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I liked it a lot!
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a good read great for a trip
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Contemporary novel of New England life; great beach read.
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really good book by Barbara Delinsky...believable and easy-read!
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Contemporary romance
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This is a wonderfully powerful book with refreshing characters. It has a flavor of it's own, and a universal appeal. One of the best I've heard.
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Great Story. Delinsky never disappoints!
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Good read for a woman who lives w/o taking unneccessary chances in her life
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This is a really good book!!!!!!!!!!!
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Great read!!
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great contemporary novel
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Very very good book
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A nice pleasant read.
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EVERY BARBARA DELINSKY NOVEL IS GREAT.
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"Delinsky excels at combining a compelling mystery with an insightful portrayal of captivating people facing challenges both ordinary and dramatic." Booklist
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Julia goes to visit her aunt on Big Sawyer Island for two weeks. On the boat trip to the island there is an accident. Julia is saved, but it changes her outlook on life and gives her a push towards changing some things in her own life that she has been putting off.
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Julia Bechtel survives a terrible boat accident en route to Big Sawyer island. Now in the company of her aunt and daughter, Julia finds herself feeling connected to the other survivors. Julia vows to embrace life with all of its joys and uncertainties. And the journey begins on Big Swayer. Mystery/Romance
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On Big Sawyer island in Maine, Julie Bechtel goes to visit her aunt Zoe. She discovers a whole new life and contentment for the first time in her marriage. She meets a whole group of people, survives a boat accident with only a few surviviors. She meet Noah, learns about raising rabits for their fur. She discovers a whole new life.
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On Big Sawyer Island, life is as steady as the routine of the lobstermen who leave with the tide each morning. For Julia Bechtel, life and what's important in it are forever altered when she survives a terrible boat accident en route to the island.
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On Big Sawyer Island lobstermen go and come with the tide. New Yourker Julia Bechtel survives a boat accident.Now she finds herself strangely connected to the other survivors.....
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On big Sawyer Island, life is as steady as the routine of the lobstermen who leave with the tide each morning and return with their haul each night. But for 40 year old New Yorker Julia Bechtel, life and what's important in it are about to be forever altered when she survives a terrible boat accident....
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On Big Sawyer Island, life is as steady as the routine of the lobsterman who leave with the tide each morning and return each night. But for 40 yr old NY Julia Bechtel, life and whats important in it are about to be forever altered when she survives a terrible boat accident en route to the island. Now, in the company of her aunt and daughter, Julia finds herself feeling stangely connected to the tragedy's other survivors-Noah and Kim- and newly outraged at the state of her marriage to a domineering man. Seeing the world with new eyes, Julia vows to embrace life with all of its joys and uncertainties. And the journey begins on Big Sawyer
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On Big Sawyer Island, life is as steady as the routine of the lobstermen who leave with the tide each morning and return with their haul each night. But for 40 year old New Yorker, Julia Bechtel, life and what's important in it are about to be forever altered when she survives a terrible boat accident en route to the island. Now, in the company of her aunt and daughter, Julia finds herself feeling strangely connected to the tragedy's other survivors - Noah, a divorced lobsterman, and Kim, a young woman rendered mute since her rescue - and newly outraged at the state of her marriage to a domineering man. Seeing the world with new eyes, Julia vows to embrace life with all of its joys and uncertainties. And the journey begins on Big Sawyer...
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On Big Sawyer island, life is as steady as the routine of the lobstermen who leave with the tide each morning and return with their haul each night. But for forty-year-old New Yorker Julia Bechtel, life and what's important in it are about to be forever altered when she survives a terrible boat accident en route to the island. Now, in the company of her aunt and daughter, Julia finds herself feeling strangely connected to the tragedy's other survivors -- Noah, a divorced lobsterman, and Kim, a young woman rendered mute since her rescue -- and newly outraged at the state of her marriage to a domineering man. Seeing the world with new eyes, Julia vows to embrace life with all of its joys and uncertainties. And the journey begins on Big Sawyer....
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On Big Sawyer island, life is as steady as the routine of the lobsterman who leave with the tide each morning and return with their haul each night. But for fourty year-old New Yorker Julie Bectel, life and what's important in it are about to be forever altered when she survives a terrible boat accident en route to the island
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well read EX Library book....she survived a terrible boat accident that changes her life...so terrible that one of the survivers was taken mute since her rescue......
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This book is new and unread. I received it as a gift and it isn't my usual genre.