“A first-rate storyteller who creates believable, sympathetic characters who seem as familiar as your neighbors,” (The Boston Globe), Barbara Delinsky presents a captivating new novel about a woman whose unexpected reunion with her estranged family forces her to confront a devastating past in A Week at the Shore.
One phone call is all it takes to lure Mallory Aldiss back to her family’s Rhode Island beach home. It's been twenty years since she's been gone—running from the scandal that destroyed her parents' marriage, drove her and her two sisters apart, and crushed her relationship with the love of her life, Jack Sabathian. Twenty years during which she lived in New York, building her career as a photographer and raising her now teenage daughter Joy.
But that phone call makes it clear that something has brought the past forward again—something involving Mallory’s father. Compelled by concern for her family and by Joy’s wish to visit her mother’s childhood home, Mallory returns to Bay Bluff, where conflicting loyalties will be faced and painful truths revealed.
In just seven watershed days at the Rhode Island shore, she will test the bonds of friendship and family—and discover the role that love plays in defining their lives.
Delinsky's latest (after Before and Again) is a moving, intimate tale about the indelible bond between family members. The Aldiss sisters Mallory, Anne, and Margo reunite at their family's Bay Bluff, R.I., beach house 20 years after their father's role in a scandal divided them and broke up their parents' marriage. Their father, judge Tom Aldiss, was suspected in the disappearance of neighbor Elizabeth MacKay during a late-night boat ride that was later declared an accidental drowning, though her body was never recovered. After college, Mallory settled in New York City while Anne stayed in Bay Bluff. Delinsky fast-forwards to present day, when Mallory receives an alarming call from Jack Sabathian, her first love and Elizabeth's son, about Tom's mental decline. Immediately upon arrival in Bay Bluff, Mallory tries to make peace with Anne, who resents Mallory's intrusion, while resisting her still-strong attraction to Jack. Furthering the suspense, Margo divulges a secret about a love triangle that transpired before their parents married. As long-buried secrets are revealed, the sisters contend with the extreme circumstances that caused the breach in their relationships with one another. This well-crafted story, buoyed by descriptions of the weathered beach town and nicely drawn characters, will delight Delinsky's fans.
Discovery of values
I have not read any of this author’s books in several years. Can’t imagine why I haven’t as she continues to write emotional thought provoking stories. Really enjoyed the characters and their involvement as the story developed.