This is a skillfully crafted story, constructed with as much love and attention to detail as the needlework produced by the Mainely Needlepointers of Haven Harbor, Maine, where the story is set. Our heroine, Angie, is drawn to a recluse known as The Solitary. Learning that his name is Jesse and that he lives alone on tiny Kings Island, she is drawn in to his devotion to the cormorants nesting on the island that Jesse so fiercely protects.
But Jesse’s peaceful refuge is threatened when a wealthy visitor seeks to purchase Kings Island for a dream home for himself and his family. Angie and the Needlepointers band together to save the cormorant nesting grounds, but meanwhile other events occur and then Jesse is found dead on the island.
I found this story held my attention. I kept thinking, “just one more chapter…”
In addition to being a well-told tale, more interest is added by the needlework vignettes at the head of each chapter–centuries-old samplers that tell stories of our ancestors and of their way of life.
This is a truly admirable book–one I thoroughly enjoyed. My thanks to author, Publisher and NetGalley for making an advance copy available for me to read and review.