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.
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.
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...
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.
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.