From New York Times bestselling author Steven Raichlen comes a surprising story of love, loss, redemption, and, of course, really good food. Claire Doheney, recovering from a serious illness, agrees to house-sit in an oceanfront mansion on Chappaquiddick island in Martha’s Vineyard. The New York book editor hopes to find solace, strength, and sufficient calm to finish her biography of the iconoclastic psychotherapist, Wilhelm Reich. The last thing she expects to find is love. Then she meets a mysterious man the locals call the Hermit. No one knows his real name or where he lives. To their mutual surprise, Claire and the stranger discover that they share a passion for cooking that soon sparks something more. But Claire’s new friend has a terrible secret that threatens to drive them apart forever. The clock is ticking. Can Claire let love into her life once more before it’s too late? Retitled from the 2012 novel, Island Apart, and now including a bonus chapter exclusive to the new edition!
A sweet grown-up love story. A beach book for smart people. – Booklist
AUTHOR’S NOTE One of the strangest things about being an author is that you don’t always get to choose the title of your own book. I originally called this novel The Hermit of Chappaquiddick (after its main character). The publisher insisted on the blander Island Apart. So for this new Kindle edition, I went back to my original title. Same story of love, loss, redemption, and really good food. Better title. Plus a bonus chapter that didn’t make it into the original book. The Hermit of Chappaquiddick. The author finally gets the title he wanted!