Luanne Rice is the author of twenty-one novels, including Sandcastles, Summer of Roses, Summer's Child, Silver Bells, Beach Girls, and Dance With Me. She lives in New York City and Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Rice returns to Hubbard's Point, CT, the setting for many of her contemporary romance novels, in this sentimental story of how true love eventually conquers all. Rumer Larkin and Zeb Mayhew were best friends growing up in their seaside hometown. Just as their childhood friendship was changing to romantic love, however, a misunderstanding led Zeb into the arms of Rumer's glamorous older sister, Elizabeth. Although Zeb and Elizabeth married and had a child, it soon became obvious that they were incompatible. Twenty years after he broke Rumer's heart, Zeb returns to Hubbard's Point, hoping to convince her of what he has known for years-he married the wrong sister. Rice's engaging descriptions of the beach town and its quirky inhabitants compensate for a somewhat predictable plot. While both Karen Ziemba (abridged) and Deborah Hall (unabridged) offer very good performances, if funds permit, libraries should purchase the unabridged version, which retains all of Rice's vivid descriptions. Recommended for all popular collections.-Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.