By: Barbara Delinksy
Barbara Delinsky’s novel, set primarily on an island off the coast of Maine, and focused on the evolution of the friendship of two women, made it an excellent summer read for me. Once best friends, Nicole (a food blogger) and Charlotte (a travel writer) have have not seen one another for many years. The reader soon learns that Charlotte holds a secret that she must keep from Nicole and she has planned the distance and years between them to avoid the truth. However, when Nicole is contracted to write a book about local food, she decides it is the perfect time to reconnect with Charlotte, who has the talent and experience to help her with the book. Charlotte ultimately agrees, hoping that the rekindling of their friendship will result in strengthening their bond, not destroying it. What follows are opportunities for a joyful reunion in beautiful settings, fruitful work on the book, new friendships, romance, and an underlying tension and fear that the truth will inevitably emerge and has the potential to destroy both of their lives.