by Luanne Rice

February 2007
ISBN: 978-0-553-80527-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books

This spring dedicated fans of Luanne Rice will be celebrating the release of her newest title The Edge of Winter. Ms. Rice who in my opinion doesn’t write romance novels, but instead women’s fiction will take readers to the coast of Rhode Island.

Mickey Halloran is a dedicated nature lover with a strong affinity for bird watching. Her favorite bird is the Snowy Owl, but where she lives the chances of seeing one are slim. Suddenly the rumor is that one is roosting on the beach, and Mickey wants nothing more than to see the bird, and share that experience with her best friend Jenna.

When the two girls ride their bikes to the beach to see the bird, they have no idea how their lives are truly about to change. Whether or not their long friendship can continue to survive and thrive remains to be seen. The day of the sighting changes Mickey’s life, and her acceptance of these changes is something, which Mickey struggles with throughout the rest of The Edge of Winter.

As Mickey is struggling to accept the changes in her life she meets Shane West, a surfer. Shane is a bit of a rebel and very different from the sedate Mickey who tries hard to not upset anyone in her life. Shane and Mickey bond when it’s learned that a wealthy real estate investor is planning on raising a German U-boat that was sunk off the Rhode Island shore during WWII. Neither wishes the boat removed, but both have different reasons for wanting the boat to remain where they feel it belongs.

Throughout The Edge of Winter nature and conservation play an important part of the storyline. After I finished The Edge of Winter I had to reflect back on all the different metaphors that Ms. Rice so skillfully wove through the story. None were immediately noticeable, but as I reflected back I could see them easily.

The Edge of Winter is not a quick easy read, and not for someone looking for a truly romantic story. It is a story to make readers think about the beauty of the world we all too often take for granted, and what sacrifices were made along the way.

Reviewed in March 2007 by Sandi.

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