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BookHounds

Delphine lives in a beach town that fills up with tourists every summer, most of those are wealthy. She meets Maggie and they develop a fast friendship even though there are gulfs between the two, they share everything each summer as they grow. Now both are heading fo...
Delphine lives in a beach town that fills up with tourists every summer, most of those are wealthy. She meets Maggie and they develop a fast friendship even though there are gulfs between the two, they share everything each summer as they grow. Now both are heading for middle age and they meet again at age 49. Del quit school and returned home to Maine to work for the family business while Maggie marries, has a successful career and children. Del and Maggie lose touch with each other and only at Maggie's insistence do they reconnect. The story alternates between the two growing up together during summers in Maine and their current lives.

I know everyone has a friendship like this one, where a move can sometimes cause two best friends to lose track with each other. Sometimes there is a falling out, sometimes geography plays an important role, but a lot of times, social conditions rule where life takes you. The girls who share everything growing up find themselves with little in common as adults. I thought Del was a quiet individual always trying to be responsible to her family, putting them before herself, while Maggie was a force of nature, knowing what she wants and how to get it. Part of me was upset with Del for not pushing a bit harder in her life, but at the same time, I thought she was right where she wanted to be. This is just one of those books that is a perfect summer read that is still thought provoking and will have you thinking about your own friends.

posted by BookHounds on September 10, 2011

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A Memory-Provoking Tale of Friendship

Sometimes friendship can withstand the test of time, distance, patience, determination and love. When Delphine Crandall, a native of Ogunquit, Maine, met Maggie Weldon , a summer visitor in 1971, they struck up a friendship and "pinky-swore" they would be best friends f...
Sometimes friendship can withstand the test of time, distance, patience, determination and love. When Delphine Crandall, a native of Ogunquit, Maine, met Maggie Weldon , a summer visitor in 1971, they struck up a friendship and "pinky-swore" they would be best friends forever and ever. This stayed true throughout countless summers and into their college years, then, as personalities changed, with fear setting in and self-confidence retreating, their friendship took "a leave of absence" over many years encompassing changes in their families and the path of life both had chosen to take. After 20+ years and many unanswered letters, Maggie contacted Delphine through her parents and announced she had decided to spend her vacation in Ogunquit and catch up on life with her old friend . Delphine dreaded this. She was satisfied with her life and didn't want Maggie butting into her business and asking questions she had no intensions of answering. Delphine liked her privacy and ignored the constant battle within herself that she was indispensable and unappreciated around the family farm business plus dealing with her unhealed heart from breaking up with the now famous Robert Evans so many years ago. Had she done the right thing? Or, was she just scared of what the outcome could have been for both of them? There were times she wished she could "try her wings" and experience life as Maggie had done-complete with career, husband and family. However, this seemed not to be, especially with her long-standing relationship with Harry. Maggie, on the other hand, envied her long-lost friend's capabilities and independence, Through many trials , tribulations and arguments, their friendship triumphs, changing both, with lessons learned, such as, no one is indispensable and sometimes you just have to accept the offer of a helping hand-not only for your sake, but for the giver's as well. This was a slow, extremely detailed read that may "hit you in the gut" as it, perhaps, will tug at your own memories. Nancy L. Narma

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

    A Memory-Provoking Tale of Friendship

    Sometimes friendship can withstand the test of time, distance, patience, determination and love. When Delphine Crandall, a native of Ogunquit, Maine, met Maggie Weldon , a summer visitor in 1971, they struck up a friendship and "pinky-swore" they would be best friends forever and ever. This stayed true throughout countless summers and into their college years, then, as personalities changed, with fear setting in and self-confidence retreating, their friendship took "a leave of absence" over many years encompassing changes in their families and the path of life both had chosen to take. After 20+ years and many unanswered letters, Maggie contacted Delphine through her parents and announced she had decided to spend her vacation in Ogunquit and catch up on life with her old friend . Delphine dreaded this. She was satisfied with her life and didn't want Maggie butting into her business and asking questions she had no intensions of answering. Delphine liked her privacy and ignored the constant battle within herself that she was indispensable and unappreciated around the family farm business plus dealing with her unhealed heart from breaking up with the now famous Robert Evans so many years ago. Had she done the right thing? Or, was she just scared of what the outcome could have been for both of them? There were times she wished she could "try her wings" and experience life as Maggie had done-complete with career, husband and family. However, this seemed not to be, especially with her long-standing relationship with Harry. Maggie, on the other hand, envied her long-lost friend's capabilities and independence, Through many trials , tribulations and arguments, their friendship triumphs, changing both, with lessons learned, such as, no one is indispensable and sometimes you just have to accept the offer of a helping hand-not only for your sake, but for the giver's as well. This was a slow, extremely detailed read that may "hit you in the gut" as it, perhaps, will tug at your own memories. Nancy L. Narma

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

    A little slow for my mood. Maybe at another time I would have l

    A little slow for my mood. Maybe at another time I would have loved it but I found the storyline too slow...and the descriptions of things was sometimes pointless....like food.

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