Books by Luanne Rice

LUANNE RICE is the author of twenty-one novels, most recently Summer of Roses, Summer’s Child, Silver Bells, Beach Girls, and Dance With Me. She lives in New York City and Old Lyme, Connecticut.


THE LEMON ORCHARD by Luanne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2013

"Lovely and compelling, with quiet yet brave social commentary that enhances the book's impact."
Five years after the death of her daughter, Julia comes to Malibu to house-sit and is drawn to the overseer of the orchard property, an illegal immigrant who has his own tragic past. Read full book review >
LITTLE NIGHT by Luanne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2012

"A new rendering of Rice's familiar themes of sisterhood and inherited dysfunction, which suffers from slapdash characterization but profits from a sure-handed depiction of the wilds of New York."
A Manhattan ornithologist strives to heal the rift that has divided what is left of her family. Read full book review >
THE SILVER BOAT by Luanne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2011

"Errs on the side of the pat and predictable."
Three middle-aged sisters gather to consider the fate of their family property on Martha's Vineyard. Read full book review >
LIGHT OF THE MOON by Luanne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"Nothing fresh here."
Rice (What Matters Most, 2007, etc.) returns with another novel about family ties, love, hurt and redemption. Read full book review >
WHAT MATTERS MOST by Luanne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2007

"Rice, usually good at bringing to life the Irish landscape, this time falls flat."
An emotionally exhaustive revisit with the two Irish-American families from Sandcastles (2006). Read full book review >
THE EDGE OF WINTER by Luanne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2007

"Loaded with Rice's usual overwrought romance—replete with crashing-wave metaphors."
The removal of a submerged WWII relic creates unlikely alliances. Read full book review >
SANDCASTLES by Luanne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2006

"Overwrought and flimsy—but at least the coastal scenery is lovely."
Rice's latest (Dance With Me, 2004, etc.) focuses on a family with major communication problems. Read full book review >
SILVER BELLS by Luanne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2004

"Lyrical and lovely: a standout Christmas story."
Lost souls, found again. Read full book review >
DANCE WITH ME by Luanne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2004

"A return to what the author does best: heartfelt family drama, gracefully written and poignant."
You can go home again. Read full book review >
THE SECRET HOUR by Luanne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2003

"Formulaic but an effective blend of sentiment and suspense, somewhat less contrived than Rice's last (Summer Light, 2001)."
Dark doings in Connecticut. Read full book review >
SAFE HARBOR by Luanne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 2002

"More a romance than a realistic take on love and family, but Rice fans won't mind."
Another misty-eyed tale of family ties that bind, with the addition of a trendy love affair between an older woman and a younger man as a sister confronts a mystery and takes charge of her two nieces. Read full book review >
SUMMER LIGHT by Luanne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2001

"Unpleasantly morbid, despite all the fairy-dust and child angels. And there's far too much play-by-play hockey for a romance."
The latest from the bestselling author, among many others, of Follow the Stars (2000), among many others. Read full book review >
DREAM COUNTRY by Luanne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2001

"Too warm, too fuzzy, and way too sweet."
Rice (Follow the Stars Home, 1999, etc.) returns with yet another saccharine celebration of the family ties that hold—even through a child's disappearance, a teenager's pregnancy, and a disturbed man's vengeance. Read full book review >
FOLLOW THE STARS HOME by Luanne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2000

"The good news: At least there are no violins."
A sobfest about a mother, her brain-damaged child, and the two men she's loved. Read full book review >
CLOUD NINE by Luanne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 1999

"An unbelievable death walk down the aisle tops off this syrupy concoction. (Author tour)"
The obstacles inherent in finding true love, fighting terminal cancer, reconciling a broken family and maintaining the family farm are resolved—all within a few weeks—in this latest schmaltz-fest from Rice (Home Fires, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
HOME FIRES by Luanne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1995

"Rice's home fires burn brighter than most, and they leave more than a few smoldering moments to remember."
Good, domestic drama is Rice's chosen field, and she knows every acre of it (Blue Moon, 1993; Secrets of Paris, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
BLUE MOON by Luanne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Old Rice, then, with a new recipe—loves and fishes to feed the masses. (First printing of 35,000; First serial to Good Housekeeping)"
A Rhode Island fishing family rides out some rough seas, both emotionally and literally, in Rice's latest (and most crafted-for- popular-success) effort. Read full book review >
SECRETS OF PARIS by Luanne Rice
Released: June 1, 1991

"Fluffy, but good-puffed Rice, Parisian-style."
Romantic Rice (Stone Heart, etc.) continues to explore every angle of family love in her fourth novel-this time in Paris where l'amour takes some unexpected turns. Read full book review >