Marne Marriner left Point Harbor in the Outer Banks of North Carolina when she wasa child of ten years old. It broke her heart to leave the only home she had ever known for a strange place called Hawaii; but go she must for her parents' work was taking them to that lush tropical paradise. Marne grows up learning to accept what she cannot change. She becomes interested in photography and learns to freelance from her father who is the best in his field, and goes on to become a well known freelancer. However, she comes to a turning point in her life when her parents are killed tragically in a caraccident, but finds strength andlearns to go on through the faith taught her by her mother. Marne is finally moving on with her life when she receives the letter, and learns that she is destined to walk the windswept Outer Banks once again, where wild mustangs roam free. She finds she has inherited the tall old house in Point Harbor, the place she loved so muchas a child, but finds thatthings have changed. With no one to welcome her except her aunt's attorney, who isn't anxious tomake her acquaintance, and a housekeeper with hostility in the depths of herguarded eyes, Marne is unprepared for the dark secrets she has come home to. Leaving behind a young man who secretly cares, and puts his life on hold for her, Marne finds comfort in a stranger,a man from Manteo; a man without a past, whose kindness sees her through a time of great despair such as she has never known. She ultimately finds that faith sees her through once again, and that love heals all wounds, no matter how deep.
A lobster fisherman in Maine attempts to reconcile his rocky past in this “unforgettable novel” by the author of The Car Thief (Kirkus Reviews). Lobster fisherman Warren Hudon has made a life of almost absolute isolation on the rough waters of southern Maine. But when he is diagnosed with rapidly developing cancer, he finds himself driven to make peace with his long-estranged wife, Beatrice, and their adult daughter, Marian. Warren’s search for reconciliation forces him to confront the failures and disappointments of his past: Beatrice’s long-standing affair with a married senator; Marian’s alliance with her mother in the acrimonious split; and the daily injustices leveled against the lobstermen of Maine. Consumed by his thoughts and growing rage, Warren, a man with nothing left to lose, must decide whether he is willing to forgive those who have wronged him, or take his revenge. “Sensitively and intelligently composed . . . the novel sings with a poetic simplicity that recalls Russell Banks or Carolyn Chute.” —Publishers Weekly “Enthusiastically recommended.” —Library Journal
Revisit the heart of the O'Brien family in this special release of Harbor Lights by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods—and watch the new series Chesapeake Shores on Hallmark Channel! Struggling in his role as a newly single father, former army medic Kevin O'Brien moves home to Chesapeake Shores. He wants a haven for himself and his toddler son, surrounded by the family he knows he can count on, and a future that's nothing like his past. But Kevin is suddenly facing a risk he hadn't anticipated, in the form of Main Street bookseller Shanna Carlyle. Shanna immediately recognizes Kevin as a wounded soul—she's had way too much experience with the type. Still, this charming O'Brien man and his son are almost impossible to resist. Then, just when the barriers are toppling, someone from Shanna's past appears. Confronted with a threat to their hard-won serenity, Kevin and Shanna face their toughest challenge—learning to trust again.