Book Three of First Light
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“Innisfree binds us.”
When Lydia Hammond encourages her grieving granddaughter, Elizabeth Innocenti, to spend the summer at Innisfree, the family’s compound on Chappaquiddick Island, Elizabeth undertakes the journey from her home in Italy with her fourteen-year-old son, hoping to heal from the devastating loss of her husband after a long illness.
Innisfree holds cherished memories of an idyllic childhood for Elizabeth. But when she arrives, she finds the place abandoned, derelict and as needy as she is. A reluctant steward, Elizabeth undertakes the task of making the cottage habitable until a hurricane forces her to take shelter with the Monroes, the Wampanoag family who once owned Innisfree.
The fraught and tangled history between her grandmother and the Monroes pulls Elizabeth into a passionate search for Innisfree’s meaning for both families. At the same time, her challenging relationship with Caleb Monroe, the grandson of Mae and Tobias, forces her to confront her perception of who she is and what she wants.
Print ISBN: 978-1-942209-37-9
E-Book ISBN: 978-1-942209-38-6
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THE UNEVEN ROAD (BOOK TWO OF MY FIRST LIGHT SERIES)
The remote peninsula of Innisfree on Chappaquiddick Island carries the weight of dreams and loss and salvation for Josiah Monroe, whose life has been molded by its wildness and isolation. When his parents make the painful decision to sell Innisfree—the symbol of his Wampanoag heritage and identity—Josiah abandons the island, seeking solace in a wider, more dangerous world. The Vietnam War, the upheaval of the Sixties and the rejection of his roots lead him on a perilous journey that takes him far from Chappaquiddick both physically and emotionally.
The loss of Innisfree catapults the entire family into a spiral of disconnection. Mae and Tobias struggle not only with Josiah’s disappearance and silence but also with the debilitating polio of their daughter, Izzy, as the new owner of Innisfree becomes a force driving them apart. Ultimately, it is the power and magic of the island itself and the bonds of family that call them back to one another.
AN ITALY OF CONTRASTS
Enjoy a vicarious journey to Italy through my travel article in Prime magazine.