By Luanne Rice
Publication Date: 5/12/2014
My Rating: 5 Stars
A new short story by Luanne Rice
On the eve of a wedding by the edge of the sea, a once-in-a-lifetime storm sweeps through a family Christmas tree farm on the Connecticut Shoreline and sets in motion the events of The Night Before. New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice tells the powerful story of the young couple about to get married, a mother and daughter three thousand miles apart, and best friends who could never forget each other.
Lydia Madison, an artist with a carefully guarded secret, opens her home and her heart to Danny Byrne (last seen in Silver Bells) and Sara Castillo. When the storm hits memories are cracked open, Lydia’s inspiration as an artist is revealed, and love and heartbreak intertwine.
This brand new short story returns to the setting of Rice’s beloved Black Hall and Hubbard’s Point series of novels, and poignantly reveals that when there is love this deep there’s no such thing as time or distance. A rare treat from an acclaimed and treasured author.
A special thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
As a long- time fan of talented author, Luanne Rice, THE NIGHT BEFORE, is a compelling e-short story of Lydia Madison (artist) and Sara Castillo (expectant mother working the lemon orchards). This poignant short e-book highlights Black Hall and Hubbard’s Point series of novels, and reiterates love can survive no matter the obstacles. A storm sweeps through a Christmas tree farm on the Connecticut Shoreline where a couple met. Sara’s baby (Isabel) is now grown, which lives with Lydia, when she met Danny, a worker on Lydia's Christmas tree farm, she hired five years previous, who had grown up on a tree farm in Nova Scotia (SILVER BELLS). Isabel had come to Connecticut, the previous year after her twentieth birthday---after Sara had asked Lydia to take her in, due to a misfortune. The couple fell in love and planned to be married. On the eve of a wedding by the edge of the sea, a once-in-a-lifetime storm sweeps through a family Christmas tree farm on the Connecticut Shoreline and sets in motion the events of The Night Before. A powerful story of the young couple about to get married, a mother and daughter three thousand miles apart, and best friends who could never forget one other (a precious heartwarming story). Having had the opportunity of reading THE LEMON ORCHARD (coming 5/27/14), which I highly recommend as a 5 star read--- her latest love story between two people (Julia/Roberto) from seemingly different worlds. (From Connecticut to Malibu). SILVER BELLS---(Rice's classic novel)--On a quaint, snowy Chelsea street, librarian Catherine Tierney and a widowed Christmas tree seller from Nova Scotia rediscovered the magic of the season where they least expect it: in a chance encounter that leads to a holiday surprise of love and hope powerful enough to last a lifetime. (also a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie) A beautiful and special read--full of memories!