The thing about diving into any Nora Roberts book is that you know you’ll be entertained by wonderful love stories, memorable characters and moments that make you laugh out loud or tear up. Her novels take up a large shelf in my library, carefully sorted into the sets and trilogies that have made her so renowned the world over.
Sea Swept begins the saga of the Quinn family and is the first book in one of my favourite groups of books she’s written, barring the Born In Fire, Ice and Shame series or the Jewels of the Sun, Tears of the Moon, Heart of the Sea stories.
Sea Swept introduces us to Cameron, Ethan and Phillip Quinn, three boys raised to men by a very patient couple who not only gave them their family name, but also rescued them from the ruins of their different pasts. The series begins with the death of Ray Quinn and the unraveling mystery of why he had added another “Lost Boy” to the family when his other three were grown and his wife had succumbed to cancer. Social worker, Anna Spinelli, is sent to investigate the case of Seth DeLauter to see if he should be placed in foster care but finds the Quinn brothers as a united front, determined to honour what their parents had done for them by working and living together to help raise their “brother”.
This series pulls no punches when it comes to describing the worst parts of the Social Services network that tries against impossible odds to deal with the darkest part of our world. It also provides a wonderful and poignant love story as well as the beginnings of a mystery that leaves readers hungry for the next book.
What I love most about a Nora Roberts novel is that I can escape into an enjoyable adventure that won’t leave my head hurting or my soul feeling too sore. It is like a warm bath or a favourite pair of cozy pajamas… perfect to slip into as the season grows colder and the days grow darker.
I’d forgotten just how much I loved this book until I reread the first few chapters. That is one of the most wonderful thing about having so many books around the house, just waiting to be read… no matter how few or how many times.
Sea Swept, Paperback format, 330 pages, published in 1998 by Jove Books