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  • Three Generations of Women in one community

    Three generations of Demarest women find their lives influenced by the island community of Haven Point, Maine. Maren is a bride whose husband, Oliver, is from Haven Point and his stern parents do not welcome an 'outsider'. Maren has Annie, and two sons, Billy and Charlie. Annie has a daughter, Skye, who spends her life living on and off of the island shuffling between her mother and her grandmother. A hurricane bears down on the island in 2008 making it the perfect time for Maren to explain her life since 1944 and how Haven Point has affected them all since then. Be aware of time periods at the start of most chapters to get yourself prepared for the world during that era. I volunteered to read an ARC from St. Martin's Press through Net Galley

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  • Beautiful Family Saga

    Haven Point by Virginia Hume, is an enjoyable, and interesting multi-generational family saga, starting in Washington DC, at the start of World War II. This is a story of love, family, secrets, and perceptions that will endear you to the characters as the book brings you into their lives. Maren Larsen is a cadet nurse from Minnesota, serving at Walter Reed Medical Center when she meets Dr. Oliver Demarest and falls in love. Oliver’s family spends their summers at the exclusive community of Haven Point on the rocky coast of Maine. Maren spends almost every summer in Haven Point, with her three kids, and Oliver when he can get away from the city and his work. After a tragedy in 1970, at Haven Point, Oliver, and Maren’s daughter Annie, refuse to go back to the small insular community. Skye, Annie’s daughter, and Maren’s granddaughter share her mother’s dislike of the community, deciding that the insular and snobbish ways of the community do not reflect her values, nor the values of her mother. When Skye returns to Haven Point, after her mother dies, to spread her ashes along with Maren, she learns the real secret as to why her mother disliked the community. This book is beautifully written, and the characters are fascinating. Maren, Annie, and Skye are well developed, and all have complex emotional journeys through the telling of the story. The beautiful community of Haven Point on the coast of Maine is well described and is a stunning setting for most of the story. The book is a bit long and does drag a bit in the middle, as the setting for the story is set up. However, it’s worthwhile to get to the end, where the story ramps up and draws to an emotional and fulfilling ending. I listened to the audiobook version of this story and enjoyed the narrator, Cassandra Campbell, and her delivery of the story. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy emotional family sagas. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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  • Love, Heartbreak, Forgiveness, Hope

    This is a saga of a vacation home called Fourwinds set on a hill in Haven Point, Maine. A story is told of the family living there and the residents of this small community, the Haven pointers and the outsiders. It tells of their tragedies and their triumphs as each generation plays out their lives. The story focuses on the Demarest family living at Fourwinds estate. It starts in 1944 when a young nurse cadet Maren from Minnesota meets and falls in love with Oliver Demarest from Haven Point, Maine. The story then focuses on Anne the daughter of Maren and Oliver, Anne’s activities in the anti-Vietnam war activities and her relationship with a boy of whom her parents did not approve. Because of the relationship with Patrick a tragedy occurred that caused Anne to never return to Haven Point. Last of all, the story is told of Skye, Anne’s daughter and Maren and Oliver’s granddaughter with her own unique challenges. She is rebellious and hurt because of the actions of her alcoholic mother and her untimely death. She is back at Haven Point with her grandmother Maren and now she must be told the truth of the events that happened so many years ago. This book will cause you to laugh and to cry and to want to read more. The beauty of the setting at Haven Point is gorgeous and described so. You can see the beach and the house up on the hill. The walking trails, the flowers and the Yacht clubhouse which features prominently in the story. The description of the characters is flawless. I could see them in their different styles and even the expressions on their faces at times. I loved the beehive with the pink bow. This was a wonderful story of a family, a home and a community. I did enjoy reading it and I would recommend it. I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. The review and the words contained are my own. Thanks to Virginia Hume, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review the book.

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  • A multiple timeline novel

    Haven Point by Virginia Hume is a story that involves three different timelines featuring Maren Demarest and her granddaughter, Skye. We get to follow Maren from when she met her future husband, Dr. Oliver Demarest in 1944 through 2008. Haven Point is not what I expected from the blurb. Haven Point does contain good writing and I liked Maren. Her story is the one I preferred. Personally, I felt the story could have done without the three timelines. It could have had a prologue with Maren in 2008 and then go back to 1944 to tell Maren’s tale. While I could keep the three timelines straight, I did feel there were too many extraneous characters. The story felt long which in part is courtesy of the slow pacing. I felt like I was reading forever and that the book would never end. The story picks up around the 80% mark. I felt the author took too long to get tragedy. There is little time left to explore what occurs afterword. I enjoyed learning about the Cadet Corp that paid for high school graduates to get a nursing education. The main characters are developed and realistic. I enjoyed the author’s word imagery of Haven Point, Maine and Fourwinds, The Demarest summer home. I did feel the other characters were flat and I was not a fan of the rich, snobby people who populated Haven Point. The relationship between Maren and Oliver lacked spark. Some changes would have made Haven Point a more compelling novel. There is a recurrent theme throughout the book that I did not expect (not mentioned in the blurb). It makes for a disheartening tale. Haven Point is Virginia Hume’s debut novel and I do see promise. I will be interested to see what she does next. Haven Point is a generational story with love, loss, secrets, betrayal, reconciliation, acceptance, forgiveness, friendship, second chances, and survival.

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  • Haven Point

    Haven Point is a heartwarming saga giving us glimpses of life through the years at Haven Point in Maine. Mainly about three women, grandmother, daughter, and granddaughter, Haven Point gives the reader a few laughs and possibly a few tears. Virginia Hume tells us the story by going back and forth in time and mainly from the point of view of the grandmother and granddaughter. I want to thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for a copy to review.

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