The islanders of Chappaquiddick have a saying: "Some come here to heal; others come to hide." Above a crumbling sea wall at the isolated northern tip of Chappaquiddick Island sits a weathered cottage that gives shelter to Mae Keaney, who returns to the island at the beginning of World War II determined to distance herself from a past filled with pain and regret. Fiercely independent, she defies both the societal conventions of the island and its unforgiving natural world until a catastrophic fire threatens her livelihood, the Boat House Café. After reluctantly accepting help from a Wampanoag tribal member, she forms an uneasy alliance that leads her to an understanding of the wisdom of the "People of the First Light" and restores her faith in herself.
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The Boat House Cafe is set in a time and place where even though the world is at war there are places where tranquility reigns. It's a story of redemption and love, of culture clashes, of relationships that are difficult but not insurmountable. Mae's journey to carve out a new life will make you laugh and cry, but you'll always be her advocate. Tobias is a man of the sea who's torn between love and his responsibilities. The Boat House Cafe is a "must" for your reading list.
My love of all things remote and wild first grabbed my attention as I read "The Boat House Cafe." The organic descriptions of the island filled my senses with sea air and a renewed reverence for our natural world. As the characters were introduced I was drawn into the drama, passion and mystery of the story as if I was an active participant. Linda Cardillo's gift of language engages the reader on each page. I want to have the conviction and determination like Mae, to be a friend like Betty, and to one day be a grandmother like Naomi. Can't wait to read the next installation of the "First Light" series!