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Fortune's Rocks
Fortune's Rocks
Author: Anita Shreve
In a summer community on the coast of New Hampshire at the turn of the last century, a girl is drawn into a passionate affair with a man nearly three times her age. "Fortune's Rocks" is the story of Olympia Biddeford, privileged, well-educated, and mature beyond her years, and her affair with John Haskell, who not only is a physici...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780316734837
ISBN-10: 0316734837
Publication Date: 11/1/2002
Pages: 520
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 82 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
This book is one that once you start it, it is impossible to put down. The story revolves around a teenage girl in the beginning of the 1900,s who is mature beyond her years. We learn of her sexual awakening, tragedy mixed with poignant undying love. Love the author, as always, and loved this book, in particular.
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Helpful Score: 4
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this novel-the descriptions in it are beautiful to say the least, and the story line was very intriguing. I highly recemend this book, its a very good read!
Modaba avatar reviewed Fortune's Rocks on + 75 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Oh...so GOOD! I couldn't put it down once I got into it. Olympia is quite the woman for the late 1800's, early 20th century! This is a great work of fiction. Very enjoyable. Quite a story!!!
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Helpful Score: 2
Simply wonderful. I felt lost when I finished it!
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Helpful Score: 1
I LOVED this book. It was heart wrenching and romantic--but the female character was smart and lively. It is an intelligent book set at the turn of the 20th century at a seaside resort town in New England.
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This book is such a page turner! I had read it about 5 years ago, and just remembered I like it. I read it again last month and absolutely loved it! Anita Shreve is a gifted writer, it is one of those books you close and say "where was I?" It totally transports you. A definite read for the winter!
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Did not like this book at all. Had to make myself finish it. I thought the whole premise rather creepy.
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This is my favorite Anita Shreve so far. I love the story, I love the house, I love it all
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This book was good. Anita Shreve is always a fun read!
bluebells2 avatar reviewed Fortune's Rocks on + 5 more book reviews
An interesting novel of what can happen when you make a rush decision without thinking it through and it destroys other lives. Good read.
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Fantastic book, with many thought-provoking subjects within it. Would be a great book-club book! I loved it. One of Shreve's best.
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This book is not literature, but it's haunting none the less. How can you make a case for pedophilia? There is no way, but the author takes us into the minds of two people who are caught up in a passion that seems so right to them, nothing else matters. From the perspective of the reader, it's a moral morass. Reminds me of the situation in "L'Immoralist," though that, of course, IS literature.
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My new FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME I did not want it to end and want a sequel to this story for sure. I hope you are writing already Anita.
bridget avatar reviewed Fortune's Rocks on + 36 more book reviews
Another wonderful book by Shreve. This story takes place at the same location as Sea Glass, but earlier, at the turn of the century. This book had an excellent, consistant pace, moving the story along nicely through all its 450 pages. Shreve mixes personal stories and the politics of the day (labor issues, immigration, class, religion) for a compelling story.
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This is the sequel of "The Pilot's Wife" which was an Oprah's book club selection. This series takes place in coastal Maine and the descriptions make me want to get in my car and drive there.
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I enjoyed this book - slightly predictable but a few surprises too!
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Very good story....slow to start...but I loved the ending.
glowbuggreen avatar reviewed Fortune's Rocks on + 13 more book reviews
Excellent book! Couldn't put it down. Its the kind that leaves you thinking about it for days afterwards. I highly recommend it.
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Another good one by Anita Shreve. This one is a bit different than some of her other novels. It has a bit of a victorian, Edith Wharton-ish feel about it, but still very interesting. Great characters, surprising twists to the story.
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I really loved this book. It starts out slow but picks up speed and I could hardly bear to put it down to do the things I had to do. I couldn't wait to get to the end, but I didn't want it to end either! This was my first Anita Shreve read and it won't be my last...she is GREAT!


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