Walter's Muse

Walter's Muse

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by Jean Davies Okimoto
     
 

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It's the first summer of her retirement and librarian Maggie Lewis is relishing the unfolding of sweet summer days on Vashon Island: walking on the beach, reading the classics, and kayaking. But in June when a sudden storm hits the island, Maggie's summer becomes about as peaceful as navigating whitewater. Not only does her wealthy sister arrive uninvited with a… See more details below

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It's the first summer of her retirement and librarian Maggie Lewis is relishing the unfolding of sweet summer days on Vashon Island: walking on the beach, reading the classics, and kayaking. But in June when a sudden storm hits the island, Maggie's summer becomes about as peaceful as navigating whitewater. Not only does her wealthy sister arrive uninvited with a startling announcement, but Maggie finds herself entangled with her new Baker's Beach neighbor, Walter Hathaway. A famous children's author and recovering alcoholic, Walter has a history with Maggie they would each like to forget.

Delightfully told with humor and insight, Walter's Muse is a page turner for romantics, writers, and the young at heart at any age.

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Library Journal
Okimoto's second book in her island trilogy (after the award-winning The Love Ceiling) also features a strong, mature woman searching for happiness. Maggie Lewis's role as a caretaker was established early in life when her bipolar father killed himself, her mother's health failed, and her younger sister needed her. Now, at 65, after retiring from her job as an elementary school librarian, she hopes to kayak, read, and have time alone. However, Maggie can't ignore cries for help. Despite having a bad history with her neighbor, children's author Walter Hathaway, she steps in to watch his dog when Walter is injured in a fall. At the same time, Maggie's drama queen sister shows up, uninvited, but Maggie has a hard time rejecting her. VERDICT It takes time for readers to like the curmudgeonly Maggie and Walter, but eventually they will connect with this warm story of two lonely people finding each other late in life. Okimoto shows how mature characters can grow. Readers who like slow-paced, descriptive novels, mature characters, and women's fiction will appreciate this novel. [Founded in 2009, the publisher specializes in fiction and poetry for readers aged 50 and above.—Ed.]—Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ
Rayna Holtz
"A joy to read!"
Connie Burns
For those who believe in second chances in love and life and who aspire to aging graciously and with a zest for life, Walter’s Muse provides a warm and engaging blueprint. Okimoto’s loveably quirky characters become a readers friends and family. I hated to finish the last page.
Juli Morser
Brimming with wit and wisdom, Walter’s Muse is a delightful celebration of mature love,
the exasperating bond of family, the power of community and the unbridled beauty
of living on an island in Puget Sound. Walter's Muse is sure to enchant fans of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand!
Lesa Holstine
"Readers will connect with this warm story of two lonely people finding each other late in life."
Nina Sankovitch
Walter's Muse by Jean Okimoto is an exhilarating portrait of a woman in her prime, post-divorce, post-retirement, and ready to start life anew. One wonderful summer on Vashon Island changes Maggie Lewis' life in ways she never could have anticipated–and revives in all of us a lust for life, with its splendid twists and turns, gifts of love and friendship, and promises of more surprises to come.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983711513
Publisher:
Endicott and Hugh Books
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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