Monday, June 15, 2020

A Week at the Shore by Barbara Delinsky ~ My Thoughts #QWeekAtTheShore


A Week at the Shore by Barbara Delinsky 
Print and e-book, 416 pages
Published May 19th 2020 by St. Martin's Press

In her new bestseller, New York Times bestselling Barbara Delinsky explores how lives and relationships are forever changed when three sisters reunite at their family Rhode Island beach house.

One phone call is all it takes to lure real estate photographer Mallory Aldiss back to her family Rhode Island beach home. It's been twenty years since she's been gone—running from the scandal that destroyed her parents' marriage, drove her and her two sisters apart, and crushed her relationship with her first love. But going home is fraught with emotional baggage—memories, mysteries and secrets abound.

Mal's thirteen-year-old daughter, Joy, has never been to the place where Mal's life was shaped and is desperate to go. Fatherless, she craves family and especially wants to spend time with the grandfather she barely knows.

In just seven watershed days on the Rhode Island coast three women will test the bonds of sisterhood, friendship and family, and discover the role that love and memory plays in defining their lives. 

My thoughts about A Week at the Shore ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"I remember the smell of sea salt on my skin and the rolling tumble of the surf. I remember the brilliance of the sun that popped the colors of our towels, boogie boards, and bikinis."

This author writes such descriptive prose that I really felt like I spent a week at the shore. Such beautiful words. But not all is as serene with the people in the story. There is a lot of baggage and hard feelings from the past that are brought to the surface when Mallory goes home for the first time in twenty years.

I love these kinds of stories, where families are thrown back together as they try to 'work it out'. Sometimes is works, and sometimes it doesn't. But watching the relationships unravel and possibly come together again makes for a very interesting story. Barbara Delinsky has mastered working out the complicated relationships while still writing interesting characters and settings.

I loved A Week at the Shore and truly did enjoy the getaway that I felt I was on while visiting this beach town. This would be a perfect summer read for everyone.

I received and ARC of A Week at the Shore from NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

About the author

Barbara Delinsky

Barbara Delinsky, author of Before and Again (2018), Blueprints (2015), Sweet Salt Air (2013), Escape (2011), and Not My Daughter (2010), has written more than twenty-two bestselling novels with over thirty-five million copies in print. She has been published in thirty languages worldwide.

Barbara's fiction centers upon everyday families facing not-so-everyday challenges. She is particularly drawn to exploring themes of motherhood, marriage, sibling rivalry, and friendship in her novels. Publishers often reissue beloved titles; The Passions of Chealsea Kane, Facets, and Committments were trade paperback releases in 2017.

A lifelong New Englander, Barbara earned a B.A. in Psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in Sociology at Boston College. As a breast cancer survivor who lost her mother to the disease when she was only eight, Barbara compiled the non-fiction book Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, a handbook of practical tips and upbeat anecdotes. She donates her proceeds from the sale of this book to her charitable foundation, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Barbara enjoys knitting, photography, and cats. She also loves to interact with her readers through her website, on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter. 

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