Rescue by Anita Shreve
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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.
 

About Anita Shreve

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Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of 16 previous novels, including Rescue, A Change in Altitude; Testimony; The Pilot's Wife, which was a selection of Oprah's Book Club; and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England's Orange prize. She lives in Massachusetts.
 
Published November 30, 2010 by Little, Brown and Company. 313 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Webster selflessly tracks down Sheila, who has stopped drinking and become a painter, because he realizes Rowan needs her.

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Book Reporter

Peter Webster's daughter, Rowan, is the center of his universe.

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The Bookbag

Every instinct tells him that he shouldn't get involved with her – that it'll mean trouble – but perhaps it was the long, shining, dark hair that tipped the balance and Webster is involved in an intense love affair.

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But he’s part of the safety net that wraps itself around Hartstone and for that they are grateful.” There are no Hollywood endings but Shreve offers us a tiny flicker of hope, just enough to make Rescue a mission well worth undertaking.

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Rescue is an interesting and delicate novel from perennial best-selling author Anita Shreve.ProsWhat happens in 'Rescue' is an interesting, unique story.ConsIn some ways Shreve's novel, and the character of Rowan, seem unfinished and not wholly believable.Description'Rescue' by Anita Shreve was p...

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Their brief marriage produces a daughter, Rowan, and Peter struggles to keep his wayward wife on the rails, but to no avail.

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Independent.ie

The fact that Sheila Arsenault's drink-driving caused the crash, mused Webster 18 long years later, ought to have told him everything he needed to know -- if only he'd been paying attention.

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Circumstances change for Webster and Sheila over the years.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Soon Sheila and Peter are embroiled in an intense love affair, married, and parents to a baby daughter.

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North Jersey

You coming here," Sheila tells Peter after he asks her to help Rowan.

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Artswrap

He seeks out the only person who may be able to help Rowan, although Sheila's return is sure to unleash all the questions Peter has been carefully keeping at bay: Why would a mother leave her family?

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