A rookie paramedic pulls a young woman alive from her totaled car, a first rescue that begins a lifelong tangle of love and wreckage. Sheila Arsenault is a gorgeous enigma--streetwise and tough-talking, with haunted eyes, fierce desires, and a never-look-back determination. Peter Webster, as... show more
A rookie paramedic pulls a young woman alive from her totaled car, a first rescue that begins a lifelong tangle of love and wreckage. Sheila Arsenault is a gorgeous enigma--streetwise and tough-talking, with haunted eyes, fierce desires, and a never-look-back determination. Peter Webster, as straight an arrow as they come, falls for her instantly and entirely. Soon Sheila and Peter are embroiled in an intense love affair, married, and parents to a baby daughter. Like the crash that brought them together, it all happened so fast. Can you ever really save another person? Eighteen years later, Sheila is long gone and Peter is raising their daughter, Rowan, alone. But Rowan is veering dangerously off track, and for the first time in their ordered existence together, Webster fears for her future. His work shows him daily every danger the world contains, how wrong everything can go in a second. All the love a father can give a daughter is suddenly not enough. Sheila's sudden return may be a godsend--or it may be exactly the wrong moment for a lifetime of questions and anger and longing to surface anew. What tore a young family apart? Is there even worse damage ahead? The questions lifted up in Anita Shreve's utterly enthralling new novel are deep and lasting, and this is a novel that could only have been written by a master of the human heart.
Publish date: November 30th 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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I've never read an Anita Shreve novel and I'm not sure this was the greatest to begin with. Half way through, I almost turned it off (I listened on audio book). I did not turn it off. The end was the best part but I'm not sure listening to the entire book was worth getting there. Also, I'm not a fan...
2.5 StarsThe more I've thought about this book, the less I've liked it. When I finished it the other day, I rated Rescue three stars on Goodreads. Since I've finished it, I've just got irrationally annoyed by an awful lot of the book. It's a shame, because I think the synopsis on the novel had poten...
I did finish Rescue today, and I remained underwhelmed throughout. I rarely give up on a book so I stuck it out, in part, waiting for the Shreve whammy. A whammy came, but it was predictable--not one that rocks your gut. Not only that, I missed the almost elegiac language of earlier books. If this h...
Peter Webster is a rookie paramedic when he pulls a young woman, Sheila Arsenault, from her totaled car. She's obviously inebriated but Peter falls for her instantly. Soon they are involved in an intense love affair and Sheila becomes pregnant. They marry and baby Rowan is born. All along, Peter was...
This was a good story although the writing felt choppy at times. I was completely lost in the EMT jargon but that's just me. The same thing happens while watching hospital shows/movies too and unless I have the background music indicating perilous doom, I have no clue what all the codes they're yel...