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By Celia Imrie

Theresa is determined for a transformation. compelled into early retirement, uninterested with babysitting her bossy daughter's obnoxious teenagers, she sells her Highgate condo and strikes to the picture-perfect city of Bellevue-sur-Mer, simply open air great.

With its attractive villas, its bustling cafes and shimmering cerulean sea, the village glints like a diamond at the French Mediterranean coast. as soon as the hideaway of artists and writers, it's now domestic to the abnormal rock icon and Hollywood celebrity, and, as Theresa quickly discovers, a close-knit set of expats. There's Carol, the infinitely glamorous American and her doting husband David; the erstwhile British television celebrity Sally; the ferocious Sian and her wayward Australian poet husband; the sharply witty Zoe along with her unusually younger face and penchant for white wine – and the clever Brian who catches Theresa's eye…

As Theresa settles to the light rhythm of beach existence she embraces her new-found friendships and freedom. notwithstanding, lifestyles is rarely really so simple as it kind of feels and as skeletons begin to fall out of numerous closets, Theresa starts off to wonder whether existence at the French Riviera is kind of as great because it first appeared…

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Don’t forget—happy. ” “I’m in sheer bliss,” Delia said. Dar glanced in the rearview mirror to see if she was being sar­ castic. Rory, sitting beside her up front, lit a cigarette and blew out smoke rings. Delia made a show of opening the back windows so the car was suddenly filled with chilly salt air. Dar had quit smoking at twenty, but it had been an early bond with Rory—that plus piercing each other’s ears, numbing the lobes and outer edges with ice cubes, taking slugs of whiskey to kill the pain, and using a thick sewing The Silver Boat 47 needle to do the deed, then hanging tiny gold hoops bought in Oak Bluffs in each hole.

The Silver Boat 49 Dar knew the first two were true, but it had been a while since Harrison had romanced anyone. He never complained, but she knew he had fallen far. He wasn’t Icarus, but his father had been— gambling the old money away, melting his wings at the Monaco and Las Vegas roulette tables, crashing to earth. After his father’s sudden death, Harrison had been left with debts and the reality of his father’s bank taking possession of the Boston apartment and the summer place on Water Street in Edgartown.

I don’t mind about sharks,” Obadiah said. “I can’t wait to learn to surf over them. Dad said he’d teach me. ” “Daddy says we’ll always have the Vineyard,” Jenny said. “That’s true,” Rory said. The Silver Boat 29 “But I don’t get it,” Jenny said. ” “Oh, sweetheart. It has to do with taxes. Money. ” “Just like Harrison,” Andy said. “Just like,” Rory agreed, and once more Dar wished she had her sketchpad to capture the look in her sister’s eyes. C HAPTER THREE F amily togetherness and impending change brought Dar’s father back to her again.

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