The Salt House

A Novel
Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
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In the coastal town of Alden, Maine, Hope and Jack Kelly have settled down to a life of wedded bliss. They have a beautiful family, a growing lobster business, and the Salt House - an oceanfront cottage they're renovating into their dream home. But tragedy strikes when their young daughter doesn't wake up from her afternoon nap, taking her last breath without making a sound.

A year later each member of the Kelly family navigates the world on their own private island of grief. Hope spends hours staring at her daughter's ashes, unable to let go. Jack works to the point of exhaustion in an attempt to avoid his crumbling marriage. Their daughters, Jess and Kat, struggle to come to terms with the loss of their younger sister while watching their parents fall apart. But when Jack's fishing territory is threatened, emotions ignite, and the result will either tear the Kelly family apart or bring them back together.

Told in alternating voices, The Salt House is a gorgeously written heartbreaking yet hopeful debut.

©2017 Lisa Duffy (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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It's a good book.

I really enjoyed it. It's a little bit sad and you can really feel with and for the characters. But it has such a happy ending.

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Disappointed

I heard about this book on NPR and heard it was a "standout debut" novel. Maybe my expectations were too high. The story is less than spectacular and the characters are one demential. I found the narration to be the most annoying part. Between the horrible New England accent and the truly nails-on-a-chalkboard voice of Kat, I almost had to stop listening. If you're looking for a story with any depth, I suggest you save your credit.