Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Rescue: A NovelAuthor: Anita Shreve
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 978-0316020725
Source: Publisher for Review
Purchase Link: Rescue: A Novel

Mini Review

It is no doubt that Ms. Shreve is a mastermind in writing. The sheer number of wonderful novels she has written is a clue to her creativeness. That being said, I enjoyed her most recent title, Rescue, but do not feel it compares to some of her previous works. The premise is simple, Peter is a paramedic. He gets a call to the scene of an accident where he meets Sheila, the young woman injured. He saves her life and then falls in love with her. Sheila has more than her fair share of emotional baggage and is drawn to the normalcy in Peter. After a night of passion Sheila discovers she is pregnant and they marry, though it does not last long. After Sheila leaves Peter to raise their daughter Rowan, the story shifts its focus onto Rowan’s issues with her mom or lack of a mother and Peter’s reflections of his marriage and the past. While he saved her life once, literally, he was unable to rescue her from her personal daemons. Now, Peter is faced with a daughter who has issues of her own, one who wonders what it would have been like had she actually had a mother.

This book was an average read for me. It was not one of my favorite titles by Shreve, but it was interesting. I didn’t connect with the characters in this novel. It may be that I didn’t have much in common with them or it may be their lack of self respect. The story left me unimpressed. It wasn’t bad and it wasn’t great. The pace was steady and the writing typical to Shreve’s other works. The story just didn’t catch me, it felt unoriginal, the characters not really likeable. If you like Shreve’s other titles this is worth the read. If you haven’t read any of her works I would suggest you start with another title. I personally like the cover of this novel. For some reason, the girl on the cover reminds me of Anne Hathaway, as if she posed for the art work.


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