The Invisible Husband of Frick Island

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 beloved 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 her husband was not only still alive, but right there beside her, cooking him breakfast, walking him to the docks each morning, meeting him for their standard Friday night dinner date at the One-Eyed Crab. And what were the townspeople to do but go along with their beloved widowed Piper? Anders Caldwell's career is not going well. A young ambitious journalist, he'd rather hoped he'd be a national award-winning podcaster by now, rather than writing fluff pieces for a small town newspaper. But when he gets an assignment to travel to the remote Frick Island and cover their boring annual Cake Walk fundraiser, he stumbles upon a much more fascinating tale: an entire town pretending to see and interact with a man who does not actually exist. Determined it's the career-making story he's been needing for his podcast, Anders returns to the island to begin covert research and spend more time with the enigmatic Piper-but he has no idea out of all the lives he's about to upend, it's his that will change the most. USA Today bestselling author Colleen Oakley delivers an unforgettable love story about an eccentric community, a grieving widow, and an outsider who slowly learns that sometimes faith is more important than the facts"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2021.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9781984806482
1984806483
Branch Call Number: FIC/OAKLEY
Characteristics: 341 pages : map ; 21 cm

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Bookbybook
Jun 07, 2021

Don't care for books that jump all over the place in time. I like to sink into a story and read about what happens, then what happens next, etc. Had the potential to be a great story, but the jumping back and forth made me lose interest.

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darladoodles
May 14, 2021

When you open up a Colleen Oakley book, you know you are in for a unique experience. This new title did not disappoint. Piper is a very young widow with an island full of people who care about her enough to suspend belief. Anders is an up and coming journalist with a passion for podcasts with corny titles. When Anders meets Piper while on Frick Island to cover the annual cake walk, he is fascinated by her missing yet present husband situation. He begins a new podcast thinking of it as separate from a place where there is little to no internet (still dial up!). His decision to base a podcast on the island mushrooms beyond his control when the long awaited cell phone tower is completed. The chickens are coming home to roost in a big way for Anders. This book is a delightful escape and filled with many unexpected twists and turns. The Author's Note sealed the deal for me. I loved the fact that Oakley was inspired to write this book after visiting a similar place in Chesapeake Bay. A Reading Guide is included and this would make such a great book group choice with opportunities to discuss grief, living a simpler life, stewardship of the world God has given us, and career choices.

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