Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Rescue by Anita Shreve
A rookie paramedic pulls a young woman alive from her totaled car, a first rescue that begins a lifelong tangle of love and wreckage. Sheila Arsenault is a gorgeous enigma--streetwise and tough-talking, with haunted eyes, fierce desires, and a never-look-back determination. Peter Webster, as straight an arrow as they come, falls for her instantly and entirely. Soon Sheila and Peter are embroiled in an intense love affair, married, and parents to a baby daughter. Like the crash that brought them together, it all happened so fast.
Can you ever really save another person? Eighteen years later, Sheila is long gone and Peter is raising their daughter, Rowan, alone. But Rowan is veering dangerously off track, and for the first time in their ordered existence together, Webster fears for her future. His work shows him daily every danger the world contains, how wrong everything can go in a second. All the love a father can give a daughter is suddenly not enough.
Sheila's sudden return may be a godsend--or it may be exactly the wrong moment for a lifetime of questions and anger and longing to surface anew. What tore a young family apart? Is there even worse damage ahead? The questions lifted up in Anita Shreve's utterly enthralling new novel are deep and lasting, and this is a novel that could only have been written by a master of the human heart.
Another book group choice and it was an overall enjoyable read. Quite light reading despite the subject matter. The author writes very well in a way that flowed smoothly and kept me wanting to read on and on.
Ok some parts were very predictable but I managed to forgive these as I liked the authors style and I think most people would too.
One that would probably be best for on the beach on holiday or somewhere else you are not expecting a life changing or inspiring read. Some emotional parts that did make you think about life but, again, done in a fairly "soft" way.
One unbelievable part (the timing of Peter looking for Sheila) and I have dropped one star for this. It was slightly too "happily ever after" for me but I think this is what readers of this author in general will like.
Overall an enjoyable, although, predictable and happily ever after read.