Early on the morning of her 11th birthday, on the beach beside her North Carolina home, Daria Cato receives an unbelievable gift from the sea: an abandoned newborn baby. When the infant's identity cannot be uncovered, she is adopted by Daria's loving family. Now, 20 years later, Shelly has grown into an unusual, ethereal young woman whom Daria continues to protect. But when Rory Taylor, a friend from Daria's childhood and now a television producer, returns at Shelly's request to do a story about the circumstances surrounding her birth, something precarious shifts in the small town of Kill Devil Hills.
The more questions Rory asks, the more unsettled the tiny community becomes, as closely guarded secrets and the sins of that long-ago summer begin to surface. Piece by piece, the mystery of summer's child is being exposed, a mystery that no one involved - not Shelly, Daria, not even Rory - is prepared to face.
©2000 Diane Chamberlain; revised text copyright 2010 by Diane Chamberlain (P)2015 Tantor
"Chamberlain creates a captivating tale populated with haunting characters." (Publishers Weekly)
I am a wife of 30 years, mother of 4 wonderful grown children and a retired teacher....one of my new goals as I turn 50 this year is to become an author! I listen to one story on audible a week I am an addict!
I found this book quite entertaining, with twists galore near the end. The language, though, struck me as just a bit on the juvenile side, and some of the writing construction being similar. What I felt detracted most was the narrator. She had a very choppy, halting reading style that I found it to be distracting. Had she just used that affectation for Shelly, who was slightly brain damaged and actually might sound that way, I could have understood. However, that was her style throughout and for every character, which I felt took away from the narrative.
Daria's prayers to keep the baby she found.
I feel as if I am listening to a new reader who is sounding out words as she reads. The narration is very stilted and unnatural. I almost returned the book because of the narration, but I was intrigued by the story.
A good narrator can make a mediocre book come alive. I love having a story read to me - it's a wonderful escape.
This is an ok story. It seemed a little sophomoric to me, but not a total waste of time. The narrator, however, made it a less-than-satisfying listen. Admittedly, I have gotten quite picky with narrators and I expect a lot from them. But, that is because when I started listening to books in the 1990s, the narrators were few and were generally dry and you had to listen "hard" to get into the story. Over the years, talented narrators have popped up everywhere and made listening a real adventure. They get better and better. So, now when a narrator seems as though he/she is thinking of something else while telling this story, I am very disappointed.
The story was too long and included backgrounds of characters that didn't see important to the main storyline.
No, I've read another book by Diane Chamberlain and enjoyed it more than this one. I would continue reading her books.
I don't know names of narrators to be able to answer this question.
Disappointment. There was a big build up and then it fell flat.
It was longer than it needed to be. Extra story lines that didn't need to be added. I skipped over the last quarter of the book, just to find out the ending.
Love this author and story line of this book! I am a big fan of strong women and this story revolves around the life of one.
Once I got past the voices the reader used I enjoyed the story and its twists.
great story about love and what it is to love unconditionally. To be a parent or someone who takes care if a child doesn't always have to be the birth parents it can be anyone who cares for responsibly and loves that child unconditional.
"Subtle Slow Burn"
When I began reading this book what appeared to be a slow read turned out to be a beautiful story with twists and turns that flow very well. It is essentially about a young girl who found a baby on the beach and this child is then adopted into the family, then as she grows up and both adopted parents have passed she decides to seek out an old family friend who is the star of a reality show where he researches real life stories. Shelley wants to know her real parents, this stirs up lots of deep set emotions and the truth starts to unravel layer by layer and before you know it you are hooked.
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