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Set in Connecticut and Ireland, Sandcastles grabs the reader and holds on tight. Luanne Rice once again takes us on an emotional ride in this gripping family saga.

Painter Honor Sullivan and her husband John, a renowned photographer and sculptor, have created a wonderful life for themselves and their daughters. One stormy night in Ireland, on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea, their perfect life is shattered forever.

As John attempts to protect his sculpture and his family, a man is killed and John is sent to prison. Honor and the girls return to Connecticut's Star of the Sea Academy to begin rebuilding their lives. As they struggle to make a new home for themselves, the family copes with the loss of their husband and father and the distant memory of happier days.

Then one day a mysterious letter comes in the mail that opens old wounds, threatens to unravel the fabric of the family Honor is trying to restore, and sets them on an inevitable course where the past and present collide. Sandcastles is a story of love and loss, betrayal and forgiveness, heartbreak and redemption. Rice creates compelling characters and provides a story that will not disappoint.

Book Blurb for Sandcastles

Painter Honor Sullivan has made a life for herself and her three daughters–Regis, Agnes, and Cecilia–at Star of the Sea Academy on the magical Connecticut shore. Here she teaches art at the convent school’s beautiful seaside campus, over which Honor’s sister-in-law, mother superior Bernadette Ignatius, keeps a benevolent and watchful eye. No one could have foreseen the day rebellious Regis would come home with the stunning news that she was getting married. Nor could anyone have guessed how that sudden announcement would soon change all their lives forever. Eleven years ago, Honor thought she had the perfect home, the perfect love, the perfect life. Then her husband, brilliant photographer and sculptor John Sullivan, broke her heart–and tore their little family apart. Now, hearing of Regis’s impending marriage, John has ended his self-imposed exile and returned to the family he’s always loved more than anything on earth. What he finds is one daughter still hurting over his abandonment, another who barely remembers him, and a third who may be in more trouble than anyone knows. And then there is Honor herself–and a passion that may have been interrupted but that has never waned. Some things, like sandcastles, don’t survive the changing tides. But love, family, and friendship–just as fragile–have a way of standing against anything. It will take nothing short of a miracle to heal the rift between father and daughter, husband and wife, the past and the present–but a miracle is exactly what is in the works at Star of the Sea Academy. The only question is: Do you believe? From theHardcover edition.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2007 4.50