Sea Escape: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 6, 2010 - Fiction - 304 pages
30 Reviews
Acclaimed novelist and nationally recognized family expert Lynne Griffin returns with Sea Escape—an emotional, beautifully imagined story inspired by the author’s family letters about the ties that bind mothers and daughters.

Laura Martinez is wedged in the middle place, grappling with her busy life as a nurse, wife, and devoted mom to her two young children when her estranged mother, Helen, suffers a devastating stroke. In a desperate attempt to lure her mother into choosing life, Laura goes to Sea Escape, the pristine beach home that Helen took refuge in after the death of her beloved husband, Joseph. There, Laura hunts for the legendary love letters her father wrote to her mother when he served as a reporter for the Associated Press during wartime Vietnam.

Believing the beauty and sway of her father’s words will have the power to heal, Laura reads the letters bedside to her mother, a woman who once spoke the language of fabric—of Peony Sky in Jade and Paradise Garden Sage—but who can’t or won’t speak to her now. As Laura delves deeper into her tangled family history, she becomes increasingly determined to save her mother. As each letter reveals a patchwork detail of her parents’ marriage, she discovers a common thread: a secret that mother and daughter unknowingly share.

Weaving back and forth from Laura’s story to her mother’s, beginning in the idyllic 1950s with Helen’s love affair with Joseph through the tumultuous Vietnam War period on to the present, Sea Escape takes a gratifying look at what women face in their everyday lives—the balancing act of raising capable and happy children and being accomplished and steadfast wives while still being gracious and good daughters. It is a story that opens the door to family secrets so gripping, you won’t be able to put this book down until each is revealed.
  

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User Review  - Missi Svoboda - Goodreads

Lynne Griffin does it again !!! She writes the story so well that you dont want to put the book down. You end up getting to a point where you CAN'T put it down. Her style of writing is so unique, you ... Read full review

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User Review  - Penny - Goodreads

* Much of this review has been quoted from another reader because it so closely spoke my own thoughts. Griffin's Sea Escape is a quiet, moving novel centering on mothers and daughters, family secrets ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
21
Section 4
29
Section 5
39
Section 6
47
Section 7
53
Section 8
61
Section 19
159
Section 20
173
Section 21
179
Section 22
185
Section 23
191
Section 24
197
Section 25
203
Section 26
211

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
91
Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
123
Section 16
133
Section 17
141
Section 18
149
Section 27
221
Section 28
229
Section 29
239
Section 30
247
Section 31
255
Section 32
265
Section 33
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Section 34
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About the author (2010)

Lynne Griffin is the author of the novels Sea Escape and Life Without Summer, and the nonfiction parenting guide, Negotiation Generation. Her third novel, The Last Resort, will be published by Simon & Schuster in fall 2012. She lives outside Boston with her family. Visit her online at www.LynneGriffin.com.

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