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Anita Shreve - the Fortune's Rocks novels - anyone read all 4?

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lirael Mon 19-Nov-12 13:13:17

Have just read Fortune's Rocks and Sea Glass - enjoyed the New England coastal setting and the fact that they're set in the same house, which was once a convent, is owned by the Biddeford family at the turn of the century, then owned by Sexton and Honora in 1929. Have just started 'The Pilot's Wife', which is also set in the house, but the main character has just said that it was built in 1905, and first used as a convent. Think this novel was written before the other two, but you'd have thought she'd get the continuity right! Shame - enjoyed the first two, but this has got right on my nerves. (Obviously not enough to worry about!!)

moonblushtomato Wed 21-Nov-12 21:35:17

I've read all 3 books and had no idea they were all set in the same house!

I LOVED Fortune's Rock and enjoyed the other two but in recent years have found Anita Shreve a bit on the tame side.

Thought the name Olympia Biddeford was just exquisite.

HappySeven Wed 21-Nov-12 22:08:21

I never clicked either (read Fortune's Rocks and the Pilot's Wife). Might have to dig them out again and reread. I used to really enjoy the "stillness" of them but haven't read any in ages.

lirael Thu 22-Nov-12 22:36:35

Didn't enjoy Pilots Wife at all - found it very contrived. Loved Fortunes Rocks and Sea Glass though - know just what you mean about the stillness. She makes much more of the setting in those two books -in the PW it seems incidental. I feel very drawn to the New England coastal scenery - looked it up on Google and there's a real Fortunes Rocks with a town called Biddeford nearby, which pleased me no end! But the inconsistency of detail between FR/SG and the PW is still really annoying me!

The only other novel of hers I've read and loved was 'Strange Fits of Passion'.

GoldMyrrhAndNonsense Sat 01-Dec-12 16:02:00

The last one of hers that I read was Body Surfing. I found it all quite unnerving. Loved Fortune's Rocks though.

ImperialBlether Sat 01-Dec-12 19:54:04

I read them a long time ago and seem to remember noticing that about the age of the house. I really liked the books. I thought The Pilot's Wife started off really well, but then went way off track.

Have you read Eden Close?

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