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Summer by the Sea

Susan Wiggs

Top 10 Best Quotes

“She knew with painful certainty that the opposite of love was not hate, but indifference.”

“She was the living, breathing proof that the hard things in life didn't have to defeat you - or even define you.”

“It's best to know what your issues are before going ahead with a relationship.”

“Pop, why didn't you ever marry again?" "I was a good husband to your mother," Pop said. "I would not be a good husband to another woman. It would not be fair, because I gave everything I had to my first marriage. Love is like that for some people.”

“No one had ever told them they might need each other one day, an for some reason, they hadn't figured it out themselves.”

“An event in the present evokes past sensations. But science couldn't explain how a foolish heart had the power to overrule common sense.”

“Everybody's in love when they're eighteen. And everybody gets dumped.”

“A nautilus shell. I've never found one before." It was a nice big one, a rare find, not too damaged by the battering waves. Alex couldn't know it, but it was Mamma's favorite kind of shell. The nautilus is a symbol of harmony and peace, she used to say. "You can have it if you want," he said, holding the shell out to her. "No. You found it." Rosa kept her hands at her sides even though she wanted it desperately. "I'm not good at keeping things." He wound up as if to throw it back into the surf. "Don't! If you're not going to keep it, I will," Rosa said, grabbing it from him. "I wasn't really going to throw it away," he said. "I just wanted you to have it.”

“She walked over to the tomato bushes, the centerpiece of the spectacular garden plot. In her mind's eye she could see her mother in a house dress that somehow looked pretty on her, a green-sprigged apron, bleached Keds with no socks, a straw hat to keep the sun from her eyes. Mamma never hurried in the garden, and she used all her senses while tending it. She would hold a tomato in the palm of her hand, determining its ripeness by its softness and heft. Or she would inhale the fragrance of pepperoncini or bell peppers, test a pinch of flat leaf parsley or mint between her teeth. Everything had to be at its peak before Mamma brought it to the kitchen.”

“She patted her hair, which she wore swept up and held in place with spangled pins. The dress was a dramatic strapless red sheath she and her friend Ariel had found in a church thrift shop. Ariel swore that, after alterations, the dress would look as though it had been tailor-made for Rosa. The bright cherry-red was delicious, the open-toed ruby and rhinestone sandals made her look taller and she felt wonderful.”

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Book Keywords:

hate, red-dress, celesta, love, relationships, gardening, dumped, awwwwwwwwwwww, indifference, true-friendship, fashion-style, vegetables, memories-of-mother, heart, nautilus, marriage, difficulty, shell, events, symbolic, common-sense

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