Sixteen-year-old Buddy Boyle makes a shattering discovery about his family in this powerful and poignant novel by award-winning author M. E. Kerr
Buddy Boyle lives with his parents and younger brother in a small house on a half-acre of land in undesirable Seaville, New York. Skye Pennington spends her summers on the opposite end of town on five acres with a view of the ocean. Buddy’s dad is a police sergeant; Skye’s is the head of a multi-million-dollar industry.
But none of that stops Buddy and Skye from falling in love. To impress her, Buddy takes Skye to visit his aristocratic grandfather in Montauk. Frank Trenker is Buddy’s mother’s father, a man she never talks about. Just as Buddy feels he’s getting to know his estranged grandfather, reporter Nicholas De Lucca shows up. For three years, he’s been searching for a notorious Nazi war criminal known as Gentlehands. When De Lucca uncovers a shocking connection to Buddy’s grandfather, Buddy refuses to believe the accusations.
One of M. E. Kerr’s very best novels, Gentlehands tells a spellbinding story of love, loyalty, and the family you thought you knew.
This ebook features an illustrated personal history of M. E. Kerr including rare images from the author’s collection.
When a newspaper story claims that Buddy Boyle's grandfather is a former Nazi, the ensuing chaos threatens the boy's familial ties and a romantic relationship. Ages 12-up.
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Reunited after almost 10 years. It feels being reunited with an old lost friend.
I will never forget finding this book as a young middle school student. Although an avid reader during my childhood, I was turned off to reading after years of mandated reading in school.... that was until I found Gentlehands. In hindsight, I am very surprised to had found this on the school library shelves, considering some of the content and the fact that I grew up in a small, conservative southern town. I remember the connection I felt to this book and how upset I was when I reached the end. The book is extremely well written, and I found myself many times envisioning Beauregard, Skye’s eyes and black hair, and the mysterious Grandfather Trenker.
I had thought about this book several times over the years and how much I enjoyed it. Now almost 23 and in law school, I found myself looking for a book to read that I actually enjoyed (there is little joy to be found in law books), and I found myself reunited with a book that seemed like an old lost friend.
Needless to say, I finished the book in about 2 1/2 hours, loving every minute of it. I only wish there were more, as I felt then and still feel now, deeply involved with this story and wanted very much to read a happy ending or continuation thereof.
However, I guess that is the object of the game - leaving your readers always wanting more.
If you’re in a bind trying to decide between your next read, choose this book. The rest can simply wait.
Always on my mind
I read this book in 8th grade. I felt like it was the first time we read a good "adult" book. Gentlehands was my first favorite book, that I have gladly recommended to others. The storytelling is incredible, and I felt as though I was there.