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The Invisible Husband of Frick Island

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Sometimes all you need is one person to really see you.

Piper Parrish's life on Frick Island—a tiny, remote town smack in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay—is nearly perfect. Well, aside from one pesky detail: Her darling husband, Tom, is dead. When Tom's crab boat capsized and his body wasn't recovered, Piper, rocked to the core, did a most peculiar thing: carried on as if
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Berkley
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Sheyla ✎
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bittersweet story with a good message!

Anders is a reporter but he wants to become a famous podcaster like the one who made Serial. He goes to Frick Island on an assignment. It’s the yearly Cake Walk. After doing his interviews, he stops by the One-Eyed-Crab to get a bite to eat when a beautiful young woman enters the place. After arming himself with courage, he walks toward her and asks her if he can sit with her. The woman's name is Piper and she tells him absolutely not. She is married.

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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow! Get ready to read a great mash up of Groundhog Day ( don’t worry, the characters don’t live the same day over and over again : only small town theme and a reporter’s being trapped in the island situation are similar) meets P.S. I love you.

Imagine a town froze in the time and you felt like Marty McFly who accidentally goes back in time and finds himself at prom of his parents: it was truly go back to your past, change seems like a forbidden word for this town literature.

Same stores, same f
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Colleen Oakley
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This book was such a joy to write, and it's my sincerest hope that it's a joy for you to read—because can't we all use a little more joy in our lives right now? Can't wait to hear what you think! ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
May 24, 2020 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
well, You Were There Too was the first book to make me ugly cry in a while so I am ready to do it again

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Jamie
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have so many emotions and feelings finishing this book! I think it’s different than any other book Colleen Oakley has ever written but it still has her unique style that I love so much. This story literally made me laugh and cry in the same sentence. I couldn’t put this one down!
I loved the island setting- being from MD I had to look up this island and I’m not entirely sure if it’s real or not. All the crabbing references completely made me homesick and so hungry for crabs!
Piper, my poor Pip
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Lillian Steuben
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book blew my socks off (in a good way). First, I love any sort of islander story and Oakley has captured a truly unique way of island life with the tiny town of Frick as a setting. The idea that a young widow has somehow kept up the presence of her deceased husband, and the rest of the island supports it, was intriguing. You just love Piper but also keep her at bay in your mind because she is stuck in this charade, this imaginary husband way of life. Anders character was so lovable, and rela ...more
Rachel McMillan
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you love Rachel Joyce or Gabrielle Zevin, then you will MELT over The Invisible Husband of Frick Island.

I literally fell into the prose: as if Oakley were there tipping me over and immersing me in the easy poetry of her balanced land and sea-scapes.

I melted for these characters. This is a poignant tale with a soft philosophy and an aching treatise on love and heartbreak at its core.

It is wonderfully human and will appeal to those who are trying to find optimism during the world's dark moment
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Susan Peterson
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mesmerizing, thoughtful, heart-stirring, original, unpredictable—those are just some of the adjectives I’d use to describe Colleen Oakley’s new book. The setting of this book, Frick Island, is an integral part of the story; not because most of the action takes place there (which it does), but because the setting shapes the characters who live there, as well as those who come to visit. The characters themselves are quirky and original, and even the minor characters left a lasting impression with ...more
Janie
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A warm, wonderful story of real people and honest emotions. The plot hook of an invisible husband drew me in, and the beautifully crafted story kept me to the end.

Due to release May 25, 2021. You'll want to add this to your Books To Get list. Don't miss it!

Thanks to Berkley Publishing and NetGalley for the chance to read an advance copy
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Terri M.
Not sure how I ended up reading two books that involved podcasts based on lies, but it happened. LOL

This was a delightful romantic comedy about finding love after a significant loss. What I loved most…it doesn't quite end the way you imagine it might!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Kirsten Palladino
The Invisible Husband of Frick Island is such a good read! Oakley's a master storyteller, bringing all the characters fully alive on the page, and this novel is no different. I fell for Piper and her situation, as well as the charming island itself. Highly recommend! ...more
Diane Ferbrache
You know those stories where one of the main characters starts down a path that you KNOW will get him into trouble, but he can't seem to stop? This is one of those stories. Anders has always wanted to be a reporter (like Clark Kent), but he's stuck working for a small town paper and sent to cover stories like the Cake Walk on Frick Island. Frick is a small island in Chesapeake Bay with about 100 inhabitants and only accessible by boat. Once there he discovers Piper, an attractive young woman who ...more
Jg
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Invisible Husband of Frick Island is a one of a kind, clever, wonderful to read story that is funny, poignant and hopeful. Oakley describes the true love Piper and Tom have for each other beautifully. I felt every emotion her characters felt because her writing so pulled me in I was there truly feeling everything they were going through.
It’s a story about the people who live on Frick Island as well as the Island itself, and the growth of Anders who comes to visit the island for a story and
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Alexis Stankewitz
*Thank you to Berkley Publishing,Colleen Oakley , and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of "The Invisible Husband of Frick Island" in exchange for an honest review. *

I'm not a really huge Contemporary reader, but I really like Colleen Oakley 'so book. There's just something so emotional about her books that make you want to laugh and cry. I'm always surprised at how many twists and turns there are in her books,because it never end how I expect it to.
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Andrea
Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it
This was an odd one! I really had to push myself to get through the first part of the book, it just seemed so silly! How does an entire town go along with the delusion of a grieving wife? But then it got interesting enough for me to push forward when a mystery started to take form around some of the main characters. I was happy for the islanders in the end but it wrapped up a little too neatly.
Debbie
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
This was a delightful read that kept me fully engaged throughout the book. I loved the quirky characters and the unique storyline. Colleen Oakley is a one of a kind story teller who never disappoints. I truly love all her books! #ColleenOakley #NetGalley #TheInvisibleHusbandOfFrickIsland
Debbie
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a delightful read that kept me fully engaged throughout the book. I loved the quirky characters and the unique storyline. Colleen Oakley is a one of a kind story teller who never disappoints. I truly love all her books!
Nancy Mijangos
I received an ARC of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A tiny, sparsely inhabited island is the setting for this sweet love story.. While predictable, the characters are relatable and interesting.
Dkbbookgirl
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable story
A bit of suspense
Characters were easy to care about and v well developed
Megan
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
We all deserve an escape to a remote island and this story is the perfect destination! I was swept away by this book!
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Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Colleen Oakley is the USA Today bestselling author of You Were There Too and other unconventional love stories. Her books have been named best books by People Magazine, Us Weekly, Library Journal, and Real Simple, and long-listed for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, four kids and the world's biggest lapdog, Bailey. Her fourth novel THE INVISIBLE HUSBAND OF ...more

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