Rising Tides is the second novel in Nora Roberts stories about the Quinn brothers. It was originally written as a trilogy about 3 strong men, adopted by a remarkable couple from their troubled pasts, who carry on the legacy of love by trying to look after 10 year old Seth after Ray Quinn is killed in a car accident. There is a mystery to be unraveled as the Quinn brothers begin a boat-building business together and a loving environment in which Seth can leave his own haunted life behind, just as they did before him thanks to Stella and Ray Quinn.
Ethan is the steady, dependable Quinn brother. He stayed in the area, never moving away as his brothers did when they grew older. Solidly built, he harbours a scared little boy inside, one who feels unworthy to admit the love he has been carrying around in his heart since his teens because of his tainted and damaged past.
Now as Ethan faces the growing responsibility for this new brother, one who has known his own share of sorrows and darkness, will both Quinn brothers find a measure of healing and acceptance?
Rising Tides reminded me of what great character writing Nora Roberts is capable of, especially when dealing with difficult subject matter amid the love story. This is a sensual, honest look at how innocence can be redeemed and how love can go a long way to healing the deepest wounds within us all.
Rising Tides Paperback format, 330 pages, published in 1998 by Jove Books