Book Description: When globetrotting photographer Magdalena Henry loses the only man she’s ever loved, she risks her stellar career to care for his widow and young children on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest.
Free-spirited and fiercely independent, Maggie adores her life of travel and adventure. But she has a secret. She can’t let go of her first and only love, renowned architect Marco Firelli, now married to her best friend Lena.
When Marco drowns in a kayaking accident, Maggie rushes to the Firelli family’s summer home on San Juan Island. Once there she discovers that Marco was hiding something that could destroy his family. As fragile, perfectionistic Lena slowly falls apart, Maggie tries to provide stability for Marco and Lena’s three young children.
When Maggie is offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete in the world’s most prestigious photography competition, she thinks she’s found the answer to their problems. Then Lena makes a choice with unexpected and devastating consequences, forcing Maggie to grapple with an agonizing decision. Does she sacrifice the golden opportunity of her career or abandon the Firellis just when they need her the most?
Gradually the island begins to work its magic. A century-old ritual to beckon loved ones home offers hope in the midst of sorrow. And a guilt-ridden yet compelling stranger hiding on the island may offer Maggie a second chance at love, but only if she can relinquish the past and move forward to find joy in unexpected places.
My Thoughts: Rachel Linden writes a most unusual story of love lost, love regained. However, love is not regained in the fashion that most of us would assume.
Magdalena (Maggie) Henry loves Marco but Marco meets Lena. Marco loves Lena. they marry and have three children. This is not the end but the beginning of the most unusual story.
Then Lena makes a choice and Maggie must decide if she can/will help Marco's children.
This story takes place on the San Juan Island and the author does an beautiful job of describing the beauty of the island.
This was a fast read for me because the suspense kept me turning page after page.
This story is classified as christian genre but there is little mention of God and none of Jesus. There is some superstition. So if the reader can is looking for a clean, wholesome read then this is a good one.
A nice debut novel with a most interesting ending.
*This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*