The Summer I Dared: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, May 4, 2004 - Fiction - 368 pages
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WHAT COMES AFTER THE MOMENT THAT FOREVER CHANGES YOUR LIFE?
This is the question that haunts Julia Bechtel, Noah Prine, and Kim Colella, the only survivors of a terrible boating accident off the coast of Maine that claimed the lives of nine other people.
Julia, a forty-year-old wife and mother, has always taken the path of least resistance. Pigeonholed by her controlling family and increasingly distant husband as "loyal" and "obedient," she realizes in the aftermath of her brush with death that there is more to her -- and to the world around her -- than she ever imagined.
Feeling strangely connected to Noah, the divorced, brooding lobsterman who helped save her life, and to Kim, a twenty-one-year-old whose role in the accident and subsequent muteness are a mystery, Julia begins to explore the unique possibilities offered by the quiet island of Big Sawyer, Maine. Suddenly, things that once seemed critical lose significance, and things that seemed inconsequential take on a whole new importance. With each passing moment, each new discovery, Julia grows more sure that after coming face-to-face with death, she must have more from life.
Resolving to make things right for the future and drawing on an inner strength she never knew she possessed, Julia passionately awakens to a new world, fearlessly embracing uncertainties in a way she couldn't have imagined only a few weeks ago.
Set in a beautifully rendered island off the coast of Maine, where lobstermen leave with the tides each morning to haul and reset their traps, and neighbors gather each night to feast on the catch of the day, Barbara Delinsky's The Summer I Dared is a deeply moving story of the risky but rewarding search for self, a story of survival, and of the irrepressible ability of the human spirit to rebound from disaster and to create life anew.
 

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User Review  - LauGal - LibraryThing

This book is the first book I read by Delinsky. I bought it a book sale. I thought I would like this book least of the books I bought that day, but actually I liked it the most. Yes, it is a bit predictable, but it is a very good read. Read full review

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User Review  - punxsygal - LibraryThing

Lobsters and romance--Having survived a ferry crash, Julia finds it is time to re-evaluate her life, her marriage, her relationships. While visiting her sister on Sawyer Island she gets to know the ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
1
Chapter One
9
Chapter Two
29
Chapter Three
48
Chapter Four
63
Chapter Five
77
Chapter Six
89
Chapter Seven
104
Chapter Twelve
180
Chapter Thirteen
199
Chapter Fourteen
216
Chapter Fifteen
232
Chapter Sixteen
251
Chapter Seventeen
270
Chapter Eighteen
284
Chapter Nineteen
299

Chapter Eight
122
Chapter Nine
138
Chapter Ten
148
Chapter Eleven
165
Chapter Twenty
318
Chapter TwentyOne
332
Epilogue
347
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Page 1 - An elegant lady, she ran a proud thirty-eight feet of mahogany and oak, from the graceful upward sweep of her bow, down her foredeck to the wheelhouse, and, on a straight and simple plane, back to her stern. True to the axiom that Maine lobstermen treat their boats with the same care as their wives, the Amelia Celeste had been doted on by Matthew Crane in much the...
Page 1 - ... lighter and faster. Matthew didn't need speed. He lived by the belief that life was about the "doing," not the "done." As for gaining a few miles to the gallon with a lighter boat, he felt that in a business where no two days were alike, where the seas could change in a matter...

About the author (2004)

Barbara Delinsky has written more than twenty New York Times bestselling novels, with over thirty million copies in print. Her books are highly emotional, character-driven studies of marriage, parenthood, sibling rivalry and friendship. She is also the author of a breast cancer handbook. A breast cancer survivor herself, Barbara donates her author proceeds from the book to fund a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hostipal. Visit her at www.barbaradelinsky.com.

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