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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot's Wife (an Oprah's Book Club selection): an exquisitely suspenseful new novel about an extraordinary young woman tested by a catastrophic event and its devastating aftermath--based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine's history
In October 1947, after a summer long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast from Bar Harbor to Kittery and are soon racing out of control from town to village. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie's two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground, the flames finally forcing them all into the ocean as a last resort. The women spend the night frantically protecting their children, and in the morning find their lives forever changed: homeless, penniless, awaiting news of their husbands' fate, and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists. In the midst of this devastating loss, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms--joys and triumphs she could never have expected her narrow life with Gene could contain--and her spirit soars. And then the unthinkable happens--and Grace's bravery is tested as never before.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
By Kathleen M. Newman
Set in the late 40's during the great Maine fire. Young wife is disillusioned with her husband and marriage, and the great fire intervenes. Husband is missing and wife realizes that not only does she have to provide for her family, but she has the skills to do so. When husband reappears, the books gets interesting. Shreve's prose is wonderful. However, practical questions dogged me.....why didn't she consult a lawyer when her husband was missing and presumed dead was one of my biggest. Why did she marry him in the first place ( I know she was pregnant, but she wasn't the kind of woman who would sleep with a man if she didn't "love" him. But it was a page turner, I was sorry when the book ended, and wished it had gone on and one. So much better that most books out there.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful.
By Anne H. Roy
One of the best books I have read in a long time. Based on a true incident of a fire that nearly wiped out an entire beach community in Maine. I highly recommend this book.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful.
Took my breath away!!!
By BETTY J BOGART
Breathtakingly raw and courageous. I will read it again and again. Hope should never be removed from the human psyche. This novel bathed the reader in hope. Start reading now!
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