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Sea Escape - A Novel

Lynne Griffin

Laura Martinez is wedged in the middle place, grappling with her busy life as a nurse, wife, and devoted mom to her two young children when her estranged mother, Helen, suffers a devastating stroke. In a desperate attempt to lure her mother into choosing life, Laura goes to Sea Escape, the pristine beach home that Helen took refuge in after the death of her beloved husband, Joseph. There, Laura hunts for the legendary love letters her father wrote to her mother when he served as a reporter for the Associated Press during wartime Vietnam. Believing the beauty and sway of her father's words will have the power to heal, Laura reads the letters bedside to her mother, a woman who once spoke the language of fabric-of Peony Sky in Jade and Paradise Garden Sage-but who can't or won't speak to her now. As Laura delves deeper into her tangled family history, she becomes increasingly determined to save her mother. As each letter reveals a patchwork detail of her parents' marriage, she discovers a common thread: a secret that mother and daughter unknowingly share. Weaving back and forth from Laura's story to her mother's, beginning in the idyllic 1950s with Helen's love affair with Joseph through the tumultuous Vietnam War period on to the present, Sea Escape takes a gratifying look at what women face in their everyday lives-the balancing act of raising capable and happy children and being accomplished and steadfast wives while still being gracious and good daughters. It is a story that opens the door to family secrets so gripping, you won't be able to put this book down until each is revealed.

Laura Martinez is wedged in the middle place, grappling with her busy life as a nurse, wife, and devoted mom to her two young children when her estranged mother, Helen, suffers a devastating stroke. In a desperate attempt to lure her mother into choosing life, Laura goes to Sea Escape, the pristine beach home that Helen took refuge in after the death of her beloved husband, Joseph. There, Laura hunts for the legendary love letters her father wrote to her mother when he served as a reporter for the Associated Press during wartime Vietnam. Believing the beauty and sway of her father's words will have the power to heal, Laura reads the letters bedside to her mother, a woman who once spoke the language of fabric-of Peony Sky in Jade and Paradise Garden Sage-but who can't or won't speak to her now. As Laura delves deeper into her tangled family history, she becomes increasingly determined to save her mother. As each letter reveals a patchwork detail of her parents' marriage, she discovers a common thread: a secret that mother and daughter unknowingly share. Weaving back and forth from Laura's story to her mother's, beginning in the idyllic 1950s with Helen's love affair with Joseph through the tumultuous Vietnam War period on to the present, Sea Escape takes a gratifying look at what women face in their everyday lives-the balancing act of raising capable and happy children and being accomplished and steadfast wives while still being gracious and good daughters. It is a story that opens the door to family secrets so gripping, you won't be able to put this book down until each is revealed.
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Laura Martinez is wedged in the middle place, grappling with her busy life as a nurse, wife, and devoted mom to her two young children when her estranged mother, Helen, suffers a devastating stroke. In a desperate attempt to lure her mother into choosing life, Laura goes to Sea Escape, the pristine beach home that Helen took refuge in after the death of her beloved husband, Joseph. There, Laura hunts for the legendary love letters her father wrote to her mother when he served as a reporter for the Associated Press during wartime Vietnam. Believing the beauty and sway of her father's words will have the power to heal, Laura reads the letters bedside to her mother, a woman who once spoke the language of fabric-of Peony Sky in Jade and Paradise Garden Sage-but who can't or won't speak to her now. As Laura delves deeper into her tangled family history, she becomes increasingly determined to save her mother. As each letter reveals a patchwork detail of her parents' marriage, she discovers a common thread: a secret that mother and daughter unknowingly share. Weaving back and forth from Laura's story to her mother's, beginning in the idyllic 1950s with Helen's love affair with Joseph through the tumultuous Vietnam War period on to the present, Sea Escape takes a gratifying look at what women face in their everyday lives-the balancing act of raising capable and happy children and being accomplished and steadfast wives while still being gracious and good daughters. It is a story that opens the door to family secrets so gripping, you won't be able to put this book down until each is revealed.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tavia Gilbert

Length:

8h 36m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:30


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

20:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

19:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

14:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

18:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

14:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:28


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:31


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:12


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:11


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

19:49


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

17:43


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

16:39


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

16:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

19:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

25:31


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:22


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

10:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

15:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

14:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

16:03


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:46


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

16:28


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

17:29


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

10:10


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

12:40


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

21:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

00:25