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The story of a mother and daughter in an idyllic Cape Cod town... On a freezing January night, LaRee Farnham answers a knock at her door to find a policewoman holding three-year-old Vita Gray, whose mother has just been murdered a few miles away. LaRee raises Vita with fierce love and attention, at the same time trying to shield her from the aftermath of the murder, which h The story of a mother and daughter in an idyllic Cape Cod town... On a freezing January night, LaRee Farnham answers a knock at her door to find a policewoman holding three-year-old Vita Gray, whose mother has just been murdered a few miles away. LaRee raises Vita with fierce love and attention, at the same time trying to shield her from the aftermath of the murder, which has deeply divided the histoiric village of Oyster Creek. Born out of wedlock, Vita is the product of the town's two very different cultures: the hard-working fishing families of Portuguese descent and the "washashores" from the mainland, who've drifted to the coast for its beauty. At sixteen, Vita is shy and isolated, estranged from her father, and bullied at school, but she is determined to come out of herself, step-by-step. When the shocking details of her past surface suddenly, Vita feels utterly betrayed by those closest to her, and the fraught tension between Oyster Creek's two cultures comes to a head. LaRee must ask hard questions about herself as a mother, while Vita turns to unexpected avenues to find meaning and discovers that the truth is almost never found in black-and-white...


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The story of a mother and daughter in an idyllic Cape Cod town... On a freezing January night, LaRee Farnham answers a knock at her door to find a policewoman holding three-year-old Vita Gray, whose mother has just been murdered a few miles away. LaRee raises Vita with fierce love and attention, at the same time trying to shield her from the aftermath of the murder, which h The story of a mother and daughter in an idyllic Cape Cod town... On a freezing January night, LaRee Farnham answers a knock at her door to find a policewoman holding three-year-old Vita Gray, whose mother has just been murdered a few miles away. LaRee raises Vita with fierce love and attention, at the same time trying to shield her from the aftermath of the murder, which has deeply divided the histoiric village of Oyster Creek. Born out of wedlock, Vita is the product of the town's two very different cultures: the hard-working fishing families of Portuguese descent and the "washashores" from the mainland, who've drifted to the coast for its beauty. At sixteen, Vita is shy and isolated, estranged from her father, and bullied at school, but she is determined to come out of herself, step-by-step. When the shocking details of her past surface suddenly, Vita feels utterly betrayed by those closest to her, and the fraught tension between Oyster Creek's two cultures comes to a head. LaRee must ask hard questions about herself as a mother, while Vita turns to unexpected avenues to find meaning and discovers that the truth is almost never found in black-and-white...

30 review for The Harbormaster's Daughter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    Here was a book by a local author that sounded intriguing because it is based on real murder and all that leaked from the incident which rocked our little Cape Cod town several years ago. When I dug into my library copy I was a little bit worried that it would be a creative re-telling of the story with all of its sordidness--which I was ready to leave behind. But this really isn't a story about the murder. It's the story of a young girl who fate has treated both cruelly and kindly and the commu Here was a book by a local author that sounded intriguing because it is based on real murder and all that leaked from the incident which rocked our little Cape Cod town several years ago. When I dug into my library copy I was a little bit worried that it would be a creative re-telling of the story with all of its sordidness--which I was ready to leave behind. But this really isn't a story about the murder. It's the story of a young girl who fate has treated both cruelly and kindly and the community in which she lives where two cultures seem to be at odds with each other. Vita is of both cultures, but really of neither. She doesn't feel like she belongs, and has grown into a shy teenager who feels happiest when she is acting at a small summer theater, entering into the lives of other people. The play they are rehearsing, The Tempest, is a wonderful echo of the events taking place in the town. And one thing I particularly liked is that Vita has just a bit part but she manages to find her star in that part as she begins to figure out the small community into which she was born and how she is not alone in her feelings of being different. There are some beautifully fleshed out characters in this novel, from the members of the theater troupe to the accepting and very funny wife of Vita's father, Franco, to LaRee, who took on the difficult task of mothering and protecting Vita after her mother was murdered. Here's one of my favorite lines from LaRee as she is trying to explain to Vita what truth is: "It's not as easy as you might think, Vita," LaRee said. "Truth isn't a solid thing you can pass from one person to another. It's all rags and shards, like something you'd find washed up on the beach, and you pick it up and disentangle it from the weeds and look at it from every side and you begin to understand some piece of it. You kind of feel your way through." (p. 256)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Patrice Hoffman

    *Won through a Goodreads Giveaway* The story is a coming of age story of a sixteen year old Vita. She is raised by her murdered mother's good friend LaRee. LaRee does all that she can to provide Vita with a great childhood that is not too bogged down by her mother's premature demise. In an effort to protect Vita from the truth about Sabine's (Vita's mom) questionable past, she also manages to hide things Vita is now coming to find out. Vita is not happy to know that there are pieces missing of he *Won through a Goodreads Giveaway* The story is a coming of age story of a sixteen year old Vita. She is raised by her murdered mother's good friend LaRee. LaRee does all that she can to provide Vita with a great childhood that is not too bogged down by her mother's premature demise. In an effort to protect Vita from the truth about Sabine's (Vita's mom) questionable past, she also manages to hide things Vita is now coming to find out. Vita is not happy to know that there are pieces missing of her past and she wants answers. Vita finds it hard to fit in the world of Oyster Creek. It's a place that doesn't welcome outsiders to openly. Vita's mother was an outsider who seduced their golden boy Franco (Vita's father). The author does a great job at breathing life into all the characters. Even the unlikeable ones have attributes that entice the reader to understand what they are going through and sympathize with them. The themes Heidi Jon Schmidt puts into this book are very common: Marriage, mother/daughter relationships, community, friendship, forgiveness, and love. The imagery in this book and the use of atmosphere and nature are astounding. I felt as if I could smell the seafood, sea salt, and hear the ocean waves on every page. I recommend this book to anyone just looking to escape. It's an easy, yet complex read. Complex in the sense that it will make you think how you view the world around you and your community. I look forward to reading more by this author.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Hines

    The Harbormaster's Daughter is based loosely on a true story. However, it's a page-turning read that will keep you thoroughly riveted. I really felt bad for Vita, a girl who's mother is murdered and a father who didn't want her. She's treated differently by her peers and only really finds solace in the theater, where she can play someone else. What transpired between Franco and Sabine, Vita's parents, isn't initially known to her, but it's revealed over time. I also liked the character of LaRee, The Harbormaster's Daughter is based loosely on a true story. However, it's a page-turning read that will keep you thoroughly riveted. I really felt bad for Vita, a girl who's mother is murdered and a father who didn't want her. She's treated differently by her peers and only really finds solace in the theater, where she can play someone else. What transpired between Franco and Sabine, Vita's parents, isn't initially known to her, but it's revealed over time. I also liked the character of LaRee, who ends up raising Vita. She has such a fresh outlook on life and tries her best by Vita. Overall, it's an enjoyable read with a coming of age story accented by mystery and relationships and a small town. The first novel I have read by this author, although not the last, as Schmidt has a knack for drawing the reader into the world she as written that won't let go until the final chapter. Don't miss this page-turner!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    This novel was ok, but not spectacular. Towards the end you started to feel some of the beauty of the story but for a long time it felt kind of clunky and forced. A lot of the characters were not very likeable, and there were areas that I feel like would have improved the book if more focus was put on them (i.e. the "washashores" vs "portagees" contrast). This novel was ok, but not spectacular. Towards the end you started to feel some of the beauty of the story but for a long time it felt kind of clunky and forced. A lot of the characters were not very likeable, and there were areas that I feel like would have improved the book if more focus was put on them (i.e. the "washashores" vs "portagees" contrast).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    This one had an interesting premise---started off well enough, but I quickly tired of the characters. Toward the end, I realized that I just couldn't wait for it to be over--never a good sign. Based on the positive reviews I read about this book, I think I must have missed something. Not a good start to reading in the new year.... This one had an interesting premise---started off well enough, but I quickly tired of the characters. Toward the end, I realized that I just couldn't wait for it to be over--never a good sign. Based on the positive reviews I read about this book, I think I must have missed something. Not a good start to reading in the new year....

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    TOUGH to get through, it never picked up for me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sapna

    Easy read, but felt quite indifferent to all the characters and the story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dorine

    Also posted at TBRMountainRange.com where you can find more of my reviews by category tags. The aftermath of a murder combines with a small, coastal town coming-of-age love story that is as poignant as it is joyful. You'll easily imagine the ambiance of a community that once made its living from fishing and now must deal with the present without forgetting the past. THE HARBORMASTER'S DAUGHTER begins with a murder that leaves a three-year-old girl without her mother. As in most small towns, there Also posted at TBRMountainRange.com where you can find more of my reviews by category tags. The aftermath of a murder combines with a small, coastal town coming-of-age love story that is as poignant as it is joyful. You'll easily imagine the ambiance of a community that once made its living from fishing and now must deal with the present without forgetting the past. THE HARBORMASTER'S DAUGHTER begins with a murder that leaves a three-year-old girl without her mother. As in most small towns, there is a tangled web of deceit born by years of covering up each other's sins. As the story unravels, we're introduced to who is who in Oyster Creek, a small Cape Cod town that was once a booming fishing cornerstone for its Portuguese descendants. Franco Neves and his wife Danielle have suffered financial loss since the fishing trade dwindled. They now live over the bar where Franco is a part-time bartender, having lost their home when Franco didn't become harbormaster, as was his rightful inheritance if the harbor management had understood a small town's dynamics. Sabine Gray is considered a "washashore" by the locals, someone wealthy and educated who came to their town to paint, soaking up the ambience of a small town in which a "washashore" would never belong. For some reason she set her sights on Franco, and Sabine always gets the men she wants, if only for a little dalliance. But this time she gets a lot more, she becomes pregnant with Franco's child. Eventually Sabine becomes bitter when Franco won't leave his wife and she sues for child support. That's how Franco becomes a suspect in Sabine's murder. Franco is a happy-go-lucky guy and no one really believes he murdered Sabine, but who did it? LaRee Farnham is Sabine's best friend and confidant. LaRee is startled at three in the morning when the police bring three-year-old Vita Gray to her to take care of when Sabine is found murdered. Nothing is sadder than a child grieving for her mother. LaRee Farnham becomes the best mother she can be to Vita, as was Sabine's wish, but even LaRee makes mistakes she's about to regret. THE HARBORMASTER'S DAUGHTER is the story of Vita Gray and how she survives as a child born into a sordid past. She is caught in-between two worlds, the lovechild of a local and a "washashore," never really fitting in with either group and often bullied. Now a teenager, she's rebelling and hopefully will find her place in the world. The book started off slow for me with its large paragraphs that seem to ramble without a concise beginning and end. I like smaller, more succinct paragraphs that introduce me to the characters in a less wordy narrative, with a lot more dialogue. To my delight, the rambling became fun and made sense, often exemplifying the quirky nature of the characters, encouraging me to ignore my normal quibble with this technique. There are some sad parts to this novel, but I can tell you that it is also funny, so don't let the sadness put you off from experiencing this unique story. I was fearful that this book might end with a cliffhanger or some other heartrending climax I hate, so that anticipation was part of the story and made me want to read cautiously, but there is a welcome warmth at the end that I enjoyed. There are so many characters that entertain with their oddities and human frailties in this book, that I can't possibly list them all. A few of my favorites were part of a theatre group preparing for a performance of Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST. Several gay men in the group were a huge influence on Vita's survival and coming of age. They were the perfect funny and loving inspiration that Vita needed when she felt so very out of touch with everyone who thought they knew her. A dinner party with them is so very entertaining and seems to open Vita's eyes to what is good in celebrating life. The theatre performance becomes the catalyst for Vita's blossoming from a strange, quirky girl into a talented young woman who falls in love. Heidi Jon Schmidt writes flawed characters that you'll find irresistible as they recognize their weaknesses and learn to not only forgive themselves, but each other. THE HARBORMASTER'S DAUGHTER portrays a coastal small town so well that you'll hear the waves lapping at the shore and smell the briny air as you're reading. Reviewed by Dorine, courtesy of Romance Junkies.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

    http://www.simplystacie.net/2013/01/h... The Harbormaster’s Daughter by Heidi Jon Schmidt is an eloquently written coming of age tale about Vita Gray. Vita is a shy, insecure teenager, whose life is complicated by the paths chosen by her parents. Her mother was murdered when she was just a toddler and from that time forward, raised by her mother’s friend, LaRee, a kind and caring woman, who simply wants what is best for her dear Vita. She is the product of an affair, a child born out of wedlock, http://www.simplystacie.net/2013/01/h... The Harbormaster’s Daughter by Heidi Jon Schmidt is an eloquently written coming of age tale about Vita Gray. Vita is a shy, insecure teenager, whose life is complicated by the paths chosen by her parents. Her mother was murdered when she was just a toddler and from that time forward, raised by her mother’s friend, LaRee, a kind and caring woman, who simply wants what is best for her dear Vita. She is the product of an affair, a child born out of wedlock, to a “washashore” from the mainland, Sabine, and a hardworking Portuguese harbormaster’s assistant, Franco. Bullied, due to her mixed race heritage and family history, Vita struggles for understanding and her own special place in the idyllic Cape Town. The story moves at a slow pace, as Schmidt introduces readers to new characters, and builds upon the history of the historical town and the complex relationships. Although well written, it was a challenging task to form a connection with Vita. Vita was complicated and at times ungrateful towards LaRee. LaRee has always been her mother figure, and gave her unconditional love, always placing Vita first in her life. Vita however, was at times reluctant to return that love; in fact, she never viewed LaRee as a mother. She was simply the woman who cared for her. Which requires the question, what makes a person a mother, is it always biological? I found myself asking that question throughout the book, and of course I already knew that answer. Despite my grievances with Vita’s treatment towards LaRee, her struggles are understandable. Although perhaps not under the same circumstances as Vita, many deal with the same struggles of finding their place within in a world that isn’t always open to new things, different people. The ostracizing of Vita is rooted in whom she comes from; therefore, she is being persecuted for the sins of her parents. It is difficult enough being a teenager, add the town knowing your family’s history to the mix and the problem grows into a landslide of challenges. But where there are challenges, there exists a place of growth, understanding in the midst of turmoil. This place existed for Vita as well, in the Summer Theater. During the production of “The Tempest”, she evolves and learns to deal with the challenges of her life and connects with her fellow thespians, in a way, which she never expected. What is special about Schmidt is that she eloquently writes prose and deeply delves into the complexities of her characters. The descriptions of the town and its people, made me feel as though I was walking along with them on each and every page. It is truly a testament to the writing abilities, which Schmidt possesses. The imagery alone was worth the read. The characters are all multi-dimensional and the reader is able to love or strongly dislike their actions. Vita, LaRee, Franco and Sabine are all tragic and flawed characters that richly represent humanity in all its complexities. Perfection cannot be found in The Harbormaster’s Daughter, it is simply a beautifully crafted story about life.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Viviane Crystal

    What's it like to be disliked and even bullied for being who you are? How does one escape one's association with shame and murder? How well can someone else substitute for the genuine presence of a mother and father? These are all very real questions in this story about a young girl who has absolutely no idea of why she is viewed as so very different from the other girls in her small seaside town of Oyster Creek in Massachusetts. All in all, she's sad, angry, and very confused about it all! For i What's it like to be disliked and even bullied for being who you are? How does one escape one's association with shame and murder? How well can someone else substitute for the genuine presence of a mother and father? These are all very real questions in this story about a young girl who has absolutely no idea of why she is viewed as so very different from the other girls in her small seaside town of Oyster Creek in Massachusetts. All in all, she's sad, angry, and very confused about it all! For initially, she doesn't know the whole story of how her real father became so disgruntled with his being passed over for the job of Harbormaster that he dallies with a woman, Sabine, and rejects her when she becomes pregnant. That would be terrible enough but when her daughter, Vita, is very young, Sabine is murdered! Vita is sent to live with LaRee Farnham and doesn't know about her father for quite a few years. So continues this story that often rambles through Vita's very real mental and emotional suffering about her past and her future and then passes to the exposure of the truth and everyone else's attempt to make things "normal" again. But life is never that easy, and Vita is never as comfortable as she is when she's watching theater or participating in it. Still LaRee is doing the best she can, and Vita is coming to find her own comfortable identity through this difficult process. There are also some other issues floating through the book, one about some snooty villagers who have always lived in this fisherman community and view all outsiders as "foreigners" and make them know it in speech and attitude as well. While this may seem an aside, it quite clearly parallels the experience of Franco and his wife, Sabine, LaRee, and Vita. It's not as far from our world as one may think and this book will make you think about your own backyard! Although there's some choppiness to the plot in certain parts where one is not sure what's going on, overall this is a fine read, and Heidi Jon Schmidt knows her topic and characters well. Different but more powerful for its everyday, ordinary, real qualities! Give it a read!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Marie

    The Harbormaster's Daughter is one of those rare books written by contemporary writers that is simultaneously beautiful and haunting. Although this is not a Gothic tale, the way in which Schmidt interweaves thought and action is so masterfully done the style echoes those books of the nineteenth century that all avid readers fall in love with at one point or another. I was blown away by the imagery and reflection on every page. The characterizations were bold and never did I ask myself: "Would sh The Harbormaster's Daughter is one of those rare books written by contemporary writers that is simultaneously beautiful and haunting. Although this is not a Gothic tale, the way in which Schmidt interweaves thought and action is so masterfully done the style echoes those books of the nineteenth century that all avid readers fall in love with at one point or another. I was blown away by the imagery and reflection on every page. The characterizations were bold and never did I ask myself: "Would she really have done that, or is it just a part of the plot?" In fact, The Harbormaster's Daughter had very little to do with plot and much more to do with character development and lyrical prose. If you're the type of person who lives and breathes plot-lines and action, then you may not find this book quite as wonderful as I did. I think this book is great for people who are fascinated by small-towns with big histories, racial politics, and interpersonal relations. I fell in love with the way people resign themselves to fate in this town, save for a few who are strong enough to roll with the punches and come out on top. This is a great coming of age novel, but a certain level of maturity is needed to grasp the viewpoint of the adults. I would recommend it to almost anyone, as I loved it as a 21 year old college student and m grandmother loved it as an 80 year old retiree. This is the type of book you read in front of a fire, curled up with a blanket and sipping chamomile tea.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    For those of us who live on Cape Cod, the memories of Christina Worthington's murder, the scandal of her married lover and the image of her young daughter alone for many hours with her body all still seem like recent history. Heidi Jon Schmidt has visioned what might have been, had that little girl grown up in the seaside town where her mother was killed and where everyone but herself knew (or thought they did) the whole story. Names have, of course, been changed and the little girl is called Vi For those of us who live on Cape Cod, the memories of Christina Worthington's murder, the scandal of her married lover and the image of her young daughter alone for many hours with her body all still seem like recent history. Heidi Jon Schmidt has visioned what might have been, had that little girl grown up in the seaside town where her mother was killed and where everyone but herself knew (or thought they did) the whole story. Names have, of course, been changed and the little girl is called Vita. She lives with LaRee, the woman who had once been her mother's room-mate. Bullied or ignored in school, Vita seems remarkably - outwardly - self-possessed as she goes about her life. A budding actress, she finds a family of sorts in the summer theater people and a refuge in their production of a Shakespeare play. Her relationships with both of her parents are frustrating and complicated. This coming-of-age tale has some interesting characters and a great setting. Neither LaRee or Vita, however, nor their relationship seem to ring completely true. The characters and their motivations are just not as clearly defined as I would have liked. A bit disappointing after the House on Oyster Creek but, all in all, not a bad read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fay

    I expected to finish this book much faster, but was distracted by the fact that I was on Cape Cod while reading it. The distraction was the beauty of the setting, which I was seeing for myself, not for the first time. I actually spent some time in Wellfleet, where the past events that this story is based on occurred. As I read along, I did, indeed, come to love Vita and her 'mom' LaRee. Their relationship seemed so open and honest, until we discover that it really wasn't. Vita is treated so oddl I expected to finish this book much faster, but was distracted by the fact that I was on Cape Cod while reading it. The distraction was the beauty of the setting, which I was seeing for myself, not for the first time. I actually spent some time in Wellfleet, where the past events that this story is based on occurred. As I read along, I did, indeed, come to love Vita and her 'mom' LaRee. Their relationship seemed so open and honest, until we discover that it really wasn't. Vita is treated so oddly, even badly, by her peers at school. At times it approached bullying, all because her mom had been murdered when she was three. As the story proceeds, we learn the identity of her father, adding an interesting dimension to the tale. Most interesting for me is the inward look we have of Vita's character and the growth she gains as the story proceeds. While I know this is a piece of fiction, knowing that the premise of the story is based on a real criminal event and that Vita is loosely based on a real child, I do wonder about that child's development over time, even though it is not any of my business or concern. Vita seems to be coming to a healthy vision of who she is as a person and I hope that is true for the young lady whom Vita represents to me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    The Harbormaster's Daughter took me to a place I've never been and probably will never have a chance to go. Set in a little fishing town by Cape Cod, a young girl, Vita, looses her mother to a tragic murder. Some might have said she was asking for it, being an outsider and all; others were concerned of the possible consequences of that fateful night. Raised by a loving neighbor, Vita has a chance to lead a healthy, normal life, but then she begins school and life changes. Being the daughter of a The Harbormaster's Daughter took me to a place I've never been and probably will never have a chance to go. Set in a little fishing town by Cape Cod, a young girl, Vita, looses her mother to a tragic murder. Some might have said she was asking for it, being an outsider and all; others were concerned of the possible consequences of that fateful night. Raised by a loving neighbor, Vita has a chance to lead a healthy, normal life, but then she begins school and life changes. Being the daughter of a "washashore" and the assistant harbormaster puts Vita in the middle, belonging nowhere and never quite fitting in. She, herself, isn't very accepting. Even though LaRee has been her "mother" since she was three years old, Vita never comes to accept her as her mother. Her father and his wife also try to embrace Vita into their lives, and again she rejects the invitation. Vita must find her own path and acceptance, learning to accept through the journey. Great coming of age story with the minor character being very well developed without taking center stage. The town also plays the part of a character in the book and sets the stage for a wonderful novel.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Max Mulholland

    This beautiful coming of age story is an easy and enjoyable read. It begins slowly but the drama picks up and the first section of the novel becomes an explosive, action-packed, set-up for the remainder of the novel. The solid plot line then plods along as the suspense develops all the way to the fantastic and heartwarming ending. Enjoy! The portrayal of some of the female characters, Sabine in particular, is especially vicious at times. Something that surprised me coming from a female writer. Ho This beautiful coming of age story is an easy and enjoyable read. It begins slowly but the drama picks up and the first section of the novel becomes an explosive, action-packed, set-up for the remainder of the novel. The solid plot line then plods along as the suspense develops all the way to the fantastic and heartwarming ending. Enjoy! The portrayal of some of the female characters, Sabine in particular, is especially vicious at times. Something that surprised me coming from a female writer. However, the exploration of the mother/daughter relationship and how it impacts our sense of identity as we navigate the waters from childhood to adulthood runs deep. This would be an excellent, thought and discussion provoking novel for mothers and daughters to read together. (Note: It does contain sex & violence).

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    LaRee tries her hardest and Vita is just, well, Vita. She is sheltered for most of her life and she becomes a rude little teenager. She reminds LaRee constantly that she is not her real mother, and that sheltering her just made everything worse. She doesn’t have any friends and eventually she just blows up. Everyone in town is worried about helping the girl whose father killed himself, but no one is worried about Vita, whose mother was murdered by him. I found the story to be a little off.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    I received this book as an Advanced Reader's Edition and loved the story very much, although pages kept falling out of the book!! The story of Vita who was the child of Sabine and Franco, while Franco was married. Sabine was murdered and Vita was 3 years old when she went to live with LaRee. I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a good story. I received this book as an Advanced Reader's Edition and loved the story very much, although pages kept falling out of the book!! The story of Vita who was the child of Sabine and Franco, while Franco was married. Sabine was murdered and Vita was 3 years old when she went to live with LaRee. I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a good story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    An interesting enough plot, but just wasn't for me.... character heavy and choppy. I like the opposite- a few well built defined personalities that flow well. Anywho.... An interesting enough plot, but just wasn't for me.... character heavy and choppy. I like the opposite- a few well built defined personalities that flow well. Anywho....

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sherri

    I loved this book so much I will be reading all this author's books. Thank you goodreads for turning me on to a new awesome author! I loved this book so much I will be reading all this author's books. Thank you goodreads for turning me on to a new awesome author!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    Can be reviewed ay any time per publisher rec'd 8-16-12 Can be reviewed ay any time per publisher rec'd 8-16-12

  21. 5 out of 5

    Paulina

    I liked this book very, very much. The writing was really good and the characters were compelling. I also loved the sense of place.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    This book had moments where it could have been so much more, but in the end it was let severely lacking... Somewhere between a 2.5 and a 3.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Won The Harbormaster's Daughter from Goodreads First Reads. Will get to reading it soon. Won The Harbormaster's Daughter from Goodreads First Reads. Will get to reading it soon.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pauline Michel

    ho hum

  25. 4 out of 5

    Patsy Crawford

    for book club 1/22/13 @ Paula's. for book club 1/22/13 @ Paula's.

  26. 5 out of 5

    PottWab Regional Library

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary Stetter

    Somewhat contrived. The daughter was a likeable character.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    Meh.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Disappointingly repetitious and goes nowhere. I'm sorry I actually finished it! Disappointingly repetitious and goes nowhere. I'm sorry I actually finished it!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tbob3att.Net

    interesting/good read

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