Island Legacy

Island Legacy

by Linda Cardillo

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"Innisfree binds us."

A new generation attempts to define where home is.
Book Three in Linda Cardillo's award-winning First Light series

Young widow Elizabeth Innocenti journeys from her home in Italy with her fourteen-year-old son to seek solace and peace at Innisfree, her grandmother Lydia's cottage on Chappaquiddick Island. Finding her beloved childhood haven abandoned and as needy as she is, she reluctantly sets out to restore the cottage. When she takes shelter during a hurricane with the Wampanoag family who once owned Innisfree, she discovers its fraught history. Elizabeth's passionate search for Innisfree' s meaning for each family forces her to confront both her grief and her future; and her challenging relationship with Caleb Monroe, the grandson of Mae Keaney and Tobias Monroe, shatters her perception of who she is and want she wants.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157481360
Publisher: Bellastoria Press LLP
Publication date: 04/24/2017
Series: First Light , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 402
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

LINDA CARDILLO is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels Dancing on Sunday Afternoons (2007, 2016), Across the Table (2010), The Boat House Café (2014) and The Uneven Road (2016), as well as novellas and children’s fiction. The third book in her First Light trilogy, Island Legacy, will be available in April 2017.

She is also at work on a trilogy set in 16th century Italy focused on a dynamic group of literary women. The first book in the series, The Poet, is based on the life of the poet Vittoria Colonna, the only woman Michelangelo ever loved.

In an earlier life Linda worked as an editor of college textbooks before earning an MBA at Harvard Business School at a time when women made up only 15% of the class. Armed with her Harvard degree, she managed the circulation of Inc. magazine during its successful start-up, founded a catering business and then built a career as the author of several works of nonfiction, from articles in The New York Times to books on marketing and corporate policy. She later went on to teach creative writing before the first edition of her debut novel, Dancing on Sunday Afternoons, launched Harlequin’s Everlasting Love series.

With Ann DeFee, Linda is the co-founder of Bellastoria Press (, an independent publisher of books about women with grit and gifts, who not only survive but flourish; and wildly imaginative and colorful children's picture books. Bellastoria Press books have been called everything from lyrical and sparkling to quirky and laugh-out-loud. Readers will find stories told from the heart, with an eye for vivid detail, an ear for snappy dialog and a funny bone that gets exercised regularly.

Linda loves to cook and is happiest when the twelve chairs around her dining room table are filled with people enjoying her food. She speaks four languages, some better than others. She plays the piano every night—sometimes by herself and sometimes in an improvisational duet with her younger son. She does The New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle in ink, a practice she learned from her mother. From her mother she also absorbed a love of opera, especially those of Puccini and Verdi, whose music filled her home when she was a child. She once climbed Mt. Kenya and has very curly hair.

Visit Linda’s website at; follow her on Facebook at Linda Cardillo, Author; or write to her at .

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EMWoolsey More than 1 year ago
Every word and chapter of this book is skillfully crafted with Linda Cardillo's gift of drawing the reader into the story. I feel that I have spent another summer on Martha's Vineyard with dear friends from the first two books in this series, "The Boat House Cafe" and "The Uneven Road," while forming relationships with new characters in "Island Legacy." There is such a special bond with both the land and the multi-generational people in this series. Familiar, yet mysterious and engaging. The reader can feel the emotions and relate to the situations that life has presented to the characters as they pour out over the pages. I loved the way Ms. Cardillo brought the trilogy to a close...a deserving tribute to the entire series and, as a reader, I know that Inisfree will live on in my heart.