The Rocks (Hardcover)

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"I hesitate to call The Rocks the perfect summer novel, although it really is, because it's the perfect winter novel, too, providing a sunny refuge from deep winter blues. Set on the gorgeous island of Mallorca, The Rocks is the story of great love gone awry, told brilliantly by way of a surprising timeline. We meet Lulu and Gerald when they are quite elderly and haven't spoken in decades. The tragi-comic end to this chance encounter sets in motion the tale of their lives and the mystery of their sudden parting in reverse time, ending at the beginning, just after World War II. Lulu Davenport is a British ex pat who runs the Villa Los Roques, Gerald, her ex-husband is an avid sailor and writer, living quietly among his olive trees. Peter Nichols has populated The Rocks with fascinating and eccentric characters who the reader gets to know better as they get younger. I absolutely loved The Rocks and will put it in the hands of readers with great enthusiasm this summer, fall, winter and spring." ~Cathy

— Cathy Langer, Lead buyer for Tattered Cover

June 2015 Indie Next List

“This enchanting tale set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mediterranean is a bittersweet double love story told in reverse. The Rocks begins with a dramatic, shocking event and then moves backward in time to reveal the 60-year-old secret that caused the unraveling of a marriage and forever altered the lives of the two families involved. A page-turning family saga with a mystery at its core, this is the perfect book to usher in a summer of great reading!”
— Adrian Newell, Warwick's, La Jolla, CA


Irresistibly sunny Set in the brightly lit Mediterranean amid old olive trees and sexual intrigue, music and wine and beautiful women... Propulsive. The New York Times Book Review
The perfect book for pretending it's already beach season. O, The Oprah Magazine

A romantic page-turner propelled by the sixty-year secret that has shaped two families, four lovers, and one seaside resort community.

Set against dramatic Mediterranean Sea views and lush olive groves, The Rocks opens with a confrontation and a secret: What was the mysterious, catastrophic event that drove two honeymooners apart so suddenly and absolutely in 1948 that they never spoke again despite living on the same island for sixty more years? And how did their history shape the Romeo and Juliet like romance of their (unrelated) children decades later? Centered around a popular seaside resort club and its community, The Rocks is a double love story that begins with a mystery, then moves backward in time, era by era, to unravel what really happened decades earlier.
Peter Nichols writes with a pervading, soulful wisdom and self-knowing humor, and captures perfectly this world of glamorous, complicated, misbehaving types with all their sophisticated flaws and genuine longing. The result is a bittersweet, intelligent, and romantic novel about how powerful the perceived truth can be as a bond, and as a barrier even if it's not really the whole story; and how one misunderstanding can echo irreparably through decades.

About the Author

Peter Nichols has worked in advertising and as a screenwriter, and a shepherd in Wales, and he has sailed alone across the Atlantic. He divides his time between Europe and the United States.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781594633317
ISBN-10: 1594633312
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Pages: 432
Language: English