Breaking the Spine. It's a great opportunity to learn about new books and what folks are anxious to read. This week I'm interested in something a little different than my usual YA fare. I'm going all adult this time. I can't wait to sink my teeth into Body Surfing. I've only read one Anita Shreve book: Light on Snow (see 1/11/10 post). It made me a fan. Awesome. I re-read it from time to time. It's that good. When I caught sight of Body Surfing in Barnes and Noble, I had to grab it. Let's check out the blurb on the book...
At the age of twenty-nine, Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed. Trying to find her footing after this tragic double blow, she answers an advertisement to tutor the teenage daughter of a well-to-do couple. Sydney ends up spending a sultry summer at the cottage of the Edwards family on the stunning New Hampshire coast.
No sooner does Sydney settle into the household routine--acting as something between a servant and a family member--than the Edwardses' two grown sons, Ben and Jeff, show up for a weekend. Ben is a real estate executive, Jeff a professor. Both are handsome, both accomplished, both are competitive. And both seem completely enraptured by Sydney.
As the weeks pass in this seaside idyll, Sydney enters a strange love triangle, infused with old rivalries and bitter secrets she can only guess at. And she begins to fear that the brother's competition for her affections could tear apart their family--and the fragile existence she has painfully rebuilt.
I love these kind of seaside, beachy settings. Hum...two hot brothers fighting over a tragic young widow. Um hum...sounds good to me! How far will the brothers try to go and how far will she let them? Is she going to pick one over the other or just indulge with both of them because the choice is too hard? I can't wait to read it to find out!
Body Surfing is available now.