35. Fortune’s Rocks: A Novel by Anita Shreve (1999)
The Fortune’s Rocks Series Book 1
Length: 453 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Started: 7 July 2016
Finished: 13 July 2016
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 30 October 2001
Why do I have it? I like historical fiction and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.
Olympia Biddeford is the only child of a prominent Boston couple. She is a precocious, well-educated young woman – alive with her own radical opinions and flush with the initial stirrings of maturity. On a beach in New Hampshire at the turn of the twentieth century – at a spot known as Fortune’s Rocks – she spends her summers with her family at their vacation home. This particular summer will undoubtedly be a life-changing one for her; marked by the arrival of John Haskell – a doctor and a friend of her father’s, whose new book about the plight of mill-town laborers has caused a sensation among those in well-to-do Society.
Olympia, herself, is thoroughly captivated by this man – by his intellect, his stature, and his drive to do right – even as she is overwhelmed for the first time by an irresistible sexual desire. She and the doctor – a married man, a father of four, and someone who is nearly three times her age – come together in an unthinkable, torturous, yet hopelessly passionate affair. So, Olympia casts aside any sense of propriety and self-preservation, plunging forward into a disastrous relationship that will ultimately have cataclysmic results. And the price of straying in such an unforgiving era is incredibly steep.
As Olympia is cast out of the only world she has ever known, she suffers the consequences of her choices. This is a profound and poignant story about unwise love and the choices which can transform a life. It is also the story of a remarkable young woman – her determination to reinvent herself and mend her broken life – and claim the one thing she finds she cannot live without.
I must say that I have always enjoyed reading anything by Anita Shreve – in my opinion, she is an absolutely wonderful author – and this book was no exception. Despite having read this book twice before, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. To me, this was a story that poignantly showed just how someone’s choices can affect so many more people than just that one person; everyone suffers from the consequences of someone’s personal choices – just like the ripples on a pond. Anyway, I would definitely give this book an A+!
A+! – (96-100%)
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight