Maine, like much of the United States, is in the midst of an opioid crisis. It arrives in northern Maine around the same time as the MacPhees, and is verging on disaster by their second year of residence.
After a brush with oxycodone, forty-two-year-old Nigel MacPhee, a married father of four, sets off on a path to remake himself, opening gallery and antique store in Foster Lake and using his God-given talents for mental healing on others, including his mother, Meg. Like her dad, thirteen-year-old Ada only wants to help. She’s involved with the therapeutic riding program created by their neighbors, Dan and Anne Stevens, while her siblings—Bette, Jeff, and Henry—are having their own adventures in the otherwise dull northern Maine countryside. Then there are unforeseen consequences when Nigel’s gallery business picks up and he sells a puzzle box to his old friend Henry Hobbs, who fled heavily taxed Maine for tax-free New Hampshire. It seems there are men spying on the MacPhees—and Nigel may have gotten involved in something way out of his depth.
In this novel, a family transplanted to northern Maine in the midst of the opioid crisis begins to settle in, only to find themselves encountering unexpected danger.
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About the Author
Lucia Bartlett lives in Maine. Although isolated geographically, Northern Maine has similar issues as the other 49 states. Now-a-days it’s no longer about place, one creates connections everywhere. Lucia writes about middle class and upper middle class families because that’s her comfort zone, (no cultural appropriation). If you travel north you might find her in the woods, wearing an orange hat.
Lucia is a person who loves nature and the simple out of the main stream life Maine affords her family. All she asks is to chronicle the rest of time there. She believes Christ is still on earth. When we love as completely and perfectly as him, he’ll go home.
Remember comedy and tragedy, (Thalia and Melpomene) are 2 masks covering the same face…if you laugh 1/2 the battle is….
Her next work will be science fiction…