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Island Apart by Steven Raichlen
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Jul 12, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: adult-fiction, women-s, romance
Read in July, 2012


By Steven Raichlen

ISLAND APART is a magical debut fiction novel about a magical place from the New York Times bestselling author and chef of books such as Planet Barbecue and How to Grill. Who knew a chef could write such a touching love story?

After a serious illness and a traumatic break up book editor, Clair Doheney agrees to house sit a friend’s oceanfront mansion on Chappaquiddick island in Martha’s Vineyard. She has an accident while riding her bicycle, and is rescued by the mysterious and intriguing man the locals call the Hermit. The Hermit is completely closed off and has no human contact, but when he and Clair discover a passion for inventive and delicious cooking, their relationship blooms. Clair unearths the Hermits secrets and the consequences could destroy their desperate and healing need for each other.

This is a very poignant romance backlit by the extraordinary natural beauty of Chappaquiddick, and full of its history and island lore.

A fantastic summer read about loss, love and forgiveness with a cast of marvelously drawn characters.

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