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  • Going Home drama

    Well-written, full-bodied characters created by the master of women's fiction, Barbara Delinsky. 4 1/2 stars out of 5. Mallory Aldiss is a middle child, the peacemaker in her shattered family. As an adult, Mallory is a successful real estate photographer in NYC. When her daughter Joy (13) wants to spend the summer in Bay Bluff to get to know her grandfather & Aunt Anne, Mallory agrees on one week of vacation time. Coming home for Mallory has mixed emotions when the present is flooded by the past. I volunteered to read an ARC from St Martin's Press through Net Galley.

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  • Intricately woven, a great summer read!

    I've been a huge fan of Ms. Delinsky for a lot of years. Her book, Flirting With Pete, is one of my favorites of hers along with The Summer I Dared. All of these books are the perfect beach reads for me and I was excited to get an advanced copy of A Week at the Shore from Netgalley. Mallory has crafted a whole life for herself in New York,away from the family home back in Rhode Island. Lots of family issues left back there has kept her away for 20 years, until a phone call from an old flame back home has her rethinking her reasons for staying away for so long. Barbara always does a great job of crafting intricately woven stories. This one is no different, pulling me into the story and making me feel like I was standing on the shore alongside Mallory, experiencing the sand and waves and sounds. Sometimes all the descriptive paragraphs dragged a little too long for me, and I was tempted to skip past them but then didn't want to miss anything along the way. There's lots of family drama, and a mystery that's been hanging over two families heads for the past 20 years. There's some revelations along the way, and a couple of plot twists that surprised me. Barbara has always been a master at delving deeply into the family dynamic and getting to the heart of what makes people tick, on their own and within the family arc. I really, really liked Jack. My heart went out to him for what he's been going through all this time, trying to solve the mystery of his missing mother, trying to continue living in the house he grew up in that has so many memories, trying to live life without Mallory there to live it with him. And now that's she back, he has the opportunity to right the wrongs of the past and forge a future with her. As I was reading, I was kicking myself that I've gone so long between reading Barbara's books. When I got to the end, I wanted so much more!! Many thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with an advance reader's copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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  • A Week at the Shore

    With Barbara Delinsky novels time swiftly passes as the reader immerses themselves in the story. A Week at the Shore is no exception. Lots of family dynamics and some romance thrown in makes this story difficult to put down. Fair warning, there may also be a few tears. I want to thank Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for an early copy of this book to review.

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  • Not what I expected from this author!

    A Week at the Shore by Barbara Delinsky has Mallory Aldiss, a real estate photographer, heading back to Bay Bluff, Rhode Island with her daughter. Mallory dreads returning to her hometown, but she is worried about her father after receiving a disturbing phone call. Joy, Mallory’s thirteen-year-old daughter, is thrilled to finally visit her mother’s hometown. Joy wants to connect with her grandfather and aunt who live there. Soon, Mallory’s older sister, Margo arrives, and it is a full-fledged family reunion. Mallory will finally have to deal with the memories and feelings that she has kept suppressed for the last twenty years. Seven days in Bay Bluff is a chance to spend time with her family and forge a new future. I was expecting a breezy summer novel when I began A Week at the Shore. This story did not feel as if it was written by Barbara Delinsky. I struggled to get through this book (it was a chore). The characters felt flat and lifeless except for Joy. Joy did not act like a teenager most of the time. It seemed as if Joy ran the household instead of Mallory. Mallory (I did not like her) was all over the place. I wish the author had taken the time to introduce the main characters in the beginning (what I call “setting the stage”). The author tackles various subjects in A Week at the Shore. There is no subtlety. I felt like each issue was being attacked with a sledgehammer. There is a sweet pit bull in the story and Mallory goes on a rant about their dangers, etc. I am not sure what Jack saw in Mallory (or what she saw in him). The pacing in A Week at the Shore is slow (I have seen snails move faster) and it lacked a good flow. The mystery of the missing woman was disappointing. The ending was rushed (if you get that far), but it was better than the rest of the book. While I have enjoyed other novels by Barbara Delinsky, this one was not for me. A Week at the Shore is a dramatic family tale with a missing woman, a father’s illness, an old boyfriend, and sisters.

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  • Entertaining

    Really enjoyed this heartwarming, action packed, emotional family adventure filled with engaging charters, witty and fun dialog, heart racing twists and mysterious family secrets that need airing.... Great reading.

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