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Photographer Maggie Henry has never let go of Marco Firelli who is now married to her best friend. When she learns of his sudden death, she rushes to the Firelli home to help his wife Lena care for the three children. Maggie enters a photography competition, but has a difficult time leaving the family. Instead she takes a series of photographs documenting the life of the family hoping these will help her win.
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
"Winsome kids and family friends add depth and warmth to the well-developed cast of characters. Readers will eagerly await future offerings from this promising new author."--Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
"Lindens debut novel is a bittersweet tale of enduring friendship, family ties, and the complexities of love that will engage readers of thoughtful womens fiction."--Library Journal, STARRED review, Debut of the Month
When globetrotting photographer Magdalena Henry loses the only man shes 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 cant 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 familys 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 Lenas three young children.
When Maggie is offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete in the worlds most prestigious photography competition, she thinks shes 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.
Rachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures living and traveling in 50 countries around the world provide excellent grist for her stories. She holds an MA in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College and a BA in Literature from Huntington University, and she studied creative writing at Oxford University during college. Currently, Rachel lives in beautiful Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two young children. Rachel enjoys creating stories about hope and courage with a hint of romance and a touch of whimsy. Visit her online at rachellinden.com; Instagram: rachellinden_writer; Facebook: authorRachellinden.
. . .there is a beautiful redemptive strand running through the story.
Winsome kids and family friends add depth and warmth to the well-developed cast of characters. Readers will eagerly await future offerings from this promising new author.
'This is a heartfelt, tender story with a strong, intelligent and independent heroine at its center.'