Sometimes all you need is one person to really see you.
Piper Parrish’s life on Frick Island—a tiny, remote town smack in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay—is nearly perfect. Well, aside from one pesky detail: Her darling husband, Tom, is dead. When Tom’s crab boat capsized and his body wasn’t recovered, Piper, rocked to the core, did a most peculiar thing: carried on as if her husband was not only still alive, but right there beside her, cooking him breakfast, walking him to the docks each morning, meeting him for their standard Friday night dinner date at the One-Eyed Crab. And what were the townspeople to do but go along with their beloved widowed Piper?
Anders Caldwell’s career is not going well. A young ambitious journalist, he’d rather hoped he’d be a national award-winning podcaster by now, rather than writing fluff pieces for a small town newspaper. But when he gets an assignment to travel to the remote Frick Island and cover their boring annual Cake Walk fundraiser, he stumbles upon a much more fascinating tale: an entire town pretending to see and interact with a man who does not actually exist. Determined it’s the career-making story he’s been needing for his podcast, Anders returns to the island to begin covert research and spend more time with the enigmatic Piper—but he has no idea out of all the lives he’s about to upend, it’s his that will change the most.
The Invisible Husband of Frick Island is a wonderfully bittersweet tale of love and loss. Piper Parrish loved her husband, Tom so intensely, she can’t accept that he is no longer by her side and the town that loves her goes along with her delusion. The depth of love the residents of Frick Island show Piper brought tears to my eyes more than once.
Anders Caldwell is a young podcaster in search of a good story and he finds it on Frick Island. Anders is charmingly ambivalent about the town he is falling in love with while clearly falling for the complicated Piper. Anders and Piper are multidimensional and unique characters that elevate this book beyond the ordinary light romance. Colleen Oakley has a gift for writing quirky characters that stick with you long after you’ve finished reading her books. If you haven’t read Colleen Oakley’s other books, you are in for a treat. My favorite (before I read this latest novel) was Close Enough To Touch.
Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy of the novel for review. #netgalley #theinvisiblehusbandoffrickisland
My rating – 5 Stars