The story got more interesting the deeper into the book, but the start was a bit plodding. May 17, Marjorie added it.
I don't usually post after finishing a book. However, I liked this book and think it would make a good selection for a book club. Oct 27, Janet rated it liked it. I can't believe that I didn't realize I had read this before till the last couple chapters! I must make the point that it's been hard getting books on tape to listen to during my commute. Everyone else has started borrowing them from the library and the pickings are slim in the "newly released" section.
Mar 02, Phyllis Wright rated it it was amazing. Somehow, it almost didn't seem realistic, at first. And then I kept reading and it became more real They say write what you know. Well, apparently Lynne Griffin did and was able to share this wonderful story. I look forward to reading more of her books, and soon!
A lot of the "revelations" were very predictable or had been heavily hinted at earlier. Nov 20, John Dufresne rated it really liked it. The author had a brilliant way to introduce the siblings and their families about a part of their family story that they had no clue about. Jul 05, Diane rated it really liked it. I thought the author's last book, her debut: Life Without Summer was wonderful. Her latest novel: Sea Escape, is based in part on letters discovered about the author's own family. It is also a story about the ties that forever bind mothers and daughters.
Laura Tobin Martinez is a 40 something, working wife and mother of two, who suddenly finds herself being stretched even further. Her mother Helen has had a debilitating stroke, and will require extensive rehabilitation. Laura and her mother have I thought the author's last book, her debut: Life Without Summer was wonderful. Laura and her mother have always had a strained relationship, and Laura never understood why she could not seem to please her mother no matter how hard she tried.
Despite this Laura is committed to stepping up to the plate to care for her mother. She puts her own life on hold in the process. Helen's husband Joseph was the love of her life, when he was killed in while working for the Associated Press during the Vietnam Era.
After Joseph's death Helen found solace at Sea Escape, a beautiful beach home the couple built, and Helen painstakingly decorated to perfection. It is here at Sea Escape, that Laura discovers old letters written by her parents, dating back as far as It is through these old letters that Laura discovers shocking things about her parents that she is learning for the first time.
Sea Escape: A Novel
The reader gets insight into why Helen was like she was, and why she rarely showed her feelings. The story alternates between the past letters and present, Laura's family life and Helen's stoke and rehabilitation. The writing is good, and the story moved along at a satisfying pace. In many ways I could relate to Laura and her strained relationship with her mother, as well as her struggles trying to please too many people at the same time. I thought the author did a good job overall with this novel. Jul 11, Aimee rated it really liked it. Sea Escape is a story of a mother and a daughter trying to forgive and love each other.
Laura Martinez is the daughter. Laura is a busy wife, mother of two, and nurse who must also add taking care of her mother, Helen, after she suffers a stroke. Laura tries to connect with her mother by reading the letters she finds from her father to her mother that he wrote while working overseas. Helen we get to know through reading about her past and her life with her beloved husband, Joseph, who she lost m Sea Escape is a story of a mother and a daughter trying to forgive and love each other.
Helen we get to know through reading about her past and her life with her beloved husband, Joseph, who she lost many years before but still mourns deeply. It is a story of past secrets, of family, and most important the bond between this mother and daughter. I fell in love with Lynne Griffins writing after reading only the first few pages of this book.
The book starts off with the line "Letters are windows casting light, illuminating the ties between two people. The story is divided between the present time with Laura dealing with her mother's stroke and the past with Helen and Joseph's courtship and marriage. Both stories were interesting and touching. Helen loved to sew curtains throughout her marriage and their are some great desriptions of her love of sewing that really add to the book.
I enjoyed reading this book from start to finish. It made me think a lot about my own mother and the relationship I have with my daughter now.
It is a very well written look at family relationships and I am looking forward to reading other books by this impressive author. Oct 19, Carol rated it really liked it Shelves: This somber tone of this book fits. There are quite a few family relationships that are aching for more affection and less secrets in this book.
The book made me recall the draperies and curtains that my mother artfully made for every room of all house that she lived. The act of sewing was a gift of love from the mother to her husband and children but that did not co This somber tone of this book fits. The act of sewing was a gift of love from the mother to her husband and children but that did not come together until the end of the book.
Lynne Griffin really brought the images of the sea and beach to life and the beauty of the fabrics and care of the sewing. The psychological pain of the family had me in tears by the end of the book. I wept because I really cared about the characters, they were very genuine. This is what happens so the author must have had a difficult time telling it. It is very painful to let secrets guarded so long out. Sometimes in families, so much is not said and so much is secret. Just as in the book when the secrets are finally released in this book, it is often a big relief.
It creates understanding and make it easier to love others. I think this would be an excellent book for classes on the family. If you cannot bear sad stories then do not read this book, if you want to understand the dynamics of families, and then read it. View 1 comment. This is a beautiful novel from front cover to back. The cover design is beautiful and made me think the book would be beautiful too, and it was. A complex story, but not hard to follow, SEA ESCAPE delves into the relationships of parent and child, husband and wife, grandparent and grandchild, siblings and even best friends.
The novel easily pivots between their present and past stories, hopes and dreams, loves, losses and bitter disappointments from generation to generation. The relationships are rich and deep and so real. When Laura's mother has a stroke, she resorts to reading her mother's letters from her long-deceased father to try to bring her mother back to her. Through the letters though, she finds her parents perfect life may not have been what it seemed, and that her and her mother unknowingly share the same secret. The book started off a bit slow, but about every other chapter is from Laura's mother Helen's point of view, and they always include a letter from Laura's father, which I really enjoyed reading When Laura's mother has a stroke, she resorts to reading her mother's letters from her long-deceased father to try to bring her mother back to her.
The book started off a bit slow, but about every other chapter is from Laura's mother Helen's point of view, and they always include a letter from Laura's father, which I really enjoyed reading. His letters were incredibly romantic and sweet. From about half way on the book picked up pace, taking some turns I didn't quite expect. I usually find I can't relate as well to adult novels as YA, and during the parts concerning her kids I definitely couldn't relate, but the themes concerning family, particularly being a good daughter, were easy to relate to.
If you want an enjoyable, slower-paced read, I recommend.
Book review: ‘Sea Escape’ by Lynne Griffin | write meg!
Sea Escape is the type of book that digs deeply into the lives of women — their challenges, desires, fears, and relationships. It is also a book about mothers and daughters and the ambivalence that often develops between them. Finally, this novel deals with long term grief and the difficult road to recovery. Laura Martinez 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 survives Sea Escape is the type of book that digs deeply into the lives of women — their challenges, desires, fears, and relationships.
Helen survives more in the past than the present as she constantly muses over her late spouse. While Helen is in the hospital recovering from a stroke Laura reads the love letters her deceased father had written to her mother. Laura 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 provides a strong look at being trapped between the older and younger generations. Aug 08, Carla Ford rated it really liked it. Sad but often typical that relationships, especially between mothers and daughters, can be based on secrets and misunderstandings. As Laura cares for her mother Helen following a stroke, she begins to read letters that Helen had always closely guarded from her.
Helen was devastated by the death of Laura's father when Laura was just a teenager, and her relationship with Laura was damaged. Never close as Laura married and started her own family, the wedge between the two women kept them from havin Sad but often typical that relationships, especially between mothers and daughters, can be based on secrets and misunderstandings. Never close as Laura married and started her own family, the wedge between the two women kept them from having the loving relationship that Laura craved. As she reads the letters that her father wrote to her mother, and learns things that her mother had never been able to tell her, Laura begins to understand her mother's life, and learns the secrets Helen had been unable to share with her.
There is a nice lesson in this book, that the secrets you keep hoping to protect those you love can often cause more pain than the knowledge would have. Sep 18, Jane rated it liked it. The author goes back and forth between past and present seamlessly, mostly by using love letters written by the main character's father. This interesting technique worked well because the letters had a different "voice" than author's, as if they really were written by someone else.
And, in fact, the letters are inspired by real letters the author's parents wrote. The author pens a line that completely captures how I feel about going to the beach: " All that being said, I could easily put this book down and did, in fact, to read another book and would have given it 2. It's an OK book interspersed with good bits. I felt the author was able to bring me into the lives of the characters, mainly because I felt it was easy to relate to the characters and I could picture them as anyone of my family members, friends, neighbors or even the clients I work with.
I work with hospice patients and their families and part of my work is to attempt to have them make peace or seek closure, whether that be to give or get forgiveness. After an individual passes away they no longer have the baggage of life but those remaining do as well as no opportunity for closure.
For me, this book showed that forgiveness can come for someone even after an individual passes away and provided me with ideas to work with my families to help provide closure. I was lucky to have received this book through the Goodreads First Reads program. From the moment I started reading it I knew that I was going to like it.
The story has a lot of depth, a lot of twist and turns that you don't see coming. The level of emotion that you feel as you read both the mother's and the daughter's stories are real and raw. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, to me there seemed to be a perfect balance of detail and story. Lynne gives just enough information of the environment th I was lucky to have received this book through the Goodreads First Reads program. Lynne gives just enough information of the environment that you feel as though you are in the story.
Adding the element of the third generation the two children really gave the story it's depth and emotion. To see the pain and the love between their interactions was what gave this story it's life. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to picking up another book by Lynne Griffin. Dec 15, Dale Harcombe rated it really liked it.
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