Sea Escape: A Novel

Sea Escape: A Novel

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by Lynne Griffin, Tavia Gilbert
     
 

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Laura Martinez is wedged in the middle place, grappling with her busy life as a nurse, wife, and devoted mom to her two young children when her estranged mother, Helen, suffers a devastating stroke. In a desperate attempt to lure her mother into choosing life, Laura goes to Sea Escape, the pristine beach home that Helen took refuge in after the death of her beloved

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Laura Martinez is wedged in the middle place, grappling with her busy life as a nurse, wife, and devoted mom to her two young children when her estranged mother, Helen, suffers a devastating stroke. In a desperate attempt to lure her mother into choosing life, Laura goes to Sea Escape, the pristine beach home that Helen took refuge in after the death of her beloved husband, Joseph. There, Laura hunts for the legendary love letters her father wrote to her mother when he served as a reporter for the Associated Press during wartime Vietnam.

Believing the beauty and sway of her father's words will have the power to heal, Laura reads the letters bedside to her mother, a woman who once spoke the language of fabric—of Peony Sky in Jade and Paradise Garden Sage—but who can't or won't speak to her now. As Laura delves deeper into her tangled family history, she becomes increasingly determined to save her mother. As each letter reveals a patchwork detail of her parents' marriage, she discovers a common thread: a secret that mother and daughter unknowingly share.

Weaving back and forth from Laura's story to her mother's, beginning in the idyllic 1950s with Helen's love affair with Joseph through the tumultuous Vietnam War period on to the present, Sea Escape takes a gratifying look at what women face in their everyday lives—the balancing act of raising capable and happy children and being accomplished and steadfast wives while still being gracious and good daughters. It is a story that opens the door to family secrets so gripping, you won't be able to put this book down until each is revealed.

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"Peopled with characters who are delightfully complicated and divinely flawed, Sea Escape becomes a novel of faith and resilience." —Carol Cassella, author of the national bestseller Oxygen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400117987
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
07/12/2010
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)

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From the Publisher
"Peopled with characters who are delightfully complicated and divinely flawed, Sea Escape becomes a novel of faith and resilience." —-Carol Cassella, author of the national bestseller Oxygen

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Tavia Gilbert, a six-time Audie Award nominee and multiple Earphones and Parent's Choice Award�winning producer, narrator, and writer, has appeared on stage and in film. She has narrated over 250 multicast and single-voice audiobooks.

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Sea Escape 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thoughtful and deeply moving but complicated love between mother and daughter from two different eras. The daughter uncovers the details of her parents' marriage, thru letters and between the spaces each line is written, and more secrets unspoken...and discovering a common thread of secrets mother and daughter unknowingly share. Characters you will despise and some you grow to love. " I have read her other books and always in for a treat!
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Not at all what i expected! it kept me reading.
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Justsooze More than 1 year ago
The family dynamics revealed bit by bit make "Sea Escape" by Lynne Griffin a captivating read. This is a story of complex family relationships: mother-daughter, husband-wife, sister-brother woven together with a careful hand by a very talented author. From the first page I was drawn into the story of Laura Martinez, a perfect example of the "sandwich" generation. She is trying to balance her career as a nurse, wife and mother to two young children. Her relationship with her mother, Helen, has always been a difficult one. Helen seems to be more involved with the memory of her long-dead husband and reliving their relationship through reading and rereading letters he had written her throughout their courtship and marriage, than with her living children and grandchildren. When Helen has a stroke and stops speaking, Laura strives to get through to her mother by reading her father's love letters aloud. As her parents' story unfolds, secrets are revealed and the reality of the foundation of Laura's life is altered forever. I feel this is a book with broad appeal; it would be an excellent book club discussion book, a book to share with your mother or daughter or just something to pick up, ponder and enjoy. I look forward to reading other books by this gifted author."
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the Boston area, forty-five year old Laura Martinez is the poster person of the sandwich generation. Her widowed mom Helen has suffered a stroke, which leaves her as the caretaker though mom and daughter have never been close. Her two young children Claire and Henry are confused about how to behave with nana suddenly around. Even her husband Christian is unsure. Helen survives more in the past than the present as she constantly muses over her late spouse. Her mom's thoughts bewilder Laura who reads the love letters between her parents. Laura is stunned as she begins to uncover family secrets that she never knew of, which in turn leads to a new understanding and appreciation of her mom and an awareness of the need to be more honest with her family. Sea Escape is an interesting family drama that is at its best when the story line focuses on the tensions including feelings of being trapped that engulf Laura. When the subplot moves into the secrets of the past, the tale loses its grasp on present issues as the yesteryear comes across edgy but unreal. Readers will overall enjoy Sea Escape as Lynne Griffin provides a strong look at being trapped between the older and younger generations. Harriet Klausner