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Some houses have a personality of their own. Larchmere is that kind of place--a splendid, sprawling home with breathtaking views that open to briny Atlantic air and seabirds' calls. It's the place where Tilda McQueen O'Connell grew up and now vacations each year, and where she and her three siblings--Adam, Hannah, and Craig--have gathered to commemorate the tenth anniversary of their mother's passing.
But instead of the bittersweet but relaxing reunion Tilda expected, she finds chaos. Her father's plan to marry a younger woman has thrown the fate of the beach house into uncertainty. For Tilda, the stakes seem the highest. Alone and vulnerable two years after her husband's death, she sees Larchmere as not just a cherished part of her history, but her eventual refuge from the world. Faced with losing that legacy, Tilda must embrace an unknown future. And all the McQueens must reconcile their shared, sometimes painful past--and learn how to love one another even when it means forging a life apart. . .
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2010-05-31
- Reviewer: Staff
Larchmere, a seaside estate in Ogunquit, Maine, becomes a bone of contention for its possible heirs in Chamberlin's predictable but pleasant latest (after One Week in December). Bill McQueen's adult children worry that Dad's much younger girlfriend, Jennifer, might inherit Larchmere if Bill decides to marry her. Eldest brother Adam is livid; less angry but nevertheless concerned are his sisters, relatively early widow Tilda, and Hannah, who's contemplating having children with her wife. Youngest brother Craig, meanwhile, seems unconcerned. After observing the 10th anniversary of their mother's death, life-changing discoveries help the siblings confront their emotional difficulties with varying success. Though poky in spots and annoying in others (particularly when Adam's front and center), it does the trick as a beach book and provides a touristy taste of Maine's seasonal attractions. (July)