Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Invisible Husband of Frick Island

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  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 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.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: WOW - I loved this book. I have recommend The Invisible Husband of Frick Island to so many people. My book club is reading it next month and I can't wait to hear what the ladies think about it.  

I fell in love with Piper - she is such a good person. Grieving for her husband who was lost a sea and the town pretending along with her that they "see" Tom and life is normal. She is so honest and trustworthy. The Islanders all protect her.

Along comes Anders wanting to making a name for himself and is about to expose some truths and mysteries about Frick Island. He starts a podcast called "What the Frick" (love the name) and thousands begin to listen to the tales of Frick Island. However, the Islanders think he is reporting about climate change (due to the island is shrinking every year) and open up to Anders. Once Anders is exposed, the Islanders turn on him. Anders was really becoming to love the people and the island too.

Filled with quirky characters that just make the book so much more enjoyable (Pearl, Lady Judy, Harold, Tom). A really good book with great characters that develop along the way, with some humor too. This should have been in my "What's In Your Book Bag?" post. 

I am sorry to say this is my first Colleen Oakley book that I have read, but it will not be my last one.

Colleen Oakley is the USA Today bestselling author of You Were There Too and other unconventional love stories. Her books have been lauded by People Magazine, Us Weekly, Library Journal, and Real Simple, and long-listed for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. She lives in Atlanta. 

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