Welcome to beautiful Madrona Island, where the meals are divine, the scenery breathtaking, and love is just around the corner.
Lily Parkins, the new proprietor of the Madrona Island B&B, has come a long way from her glamorous but lonely life in Los Angeles as the trophy wife of a wealthy and overpowering husband. When her grandmother passes away, Lily makes the first real and self-affirming decision of her life … to leave her husband and get her life back. Lily returns to the only place that still holds happy memories for her: Grandma Maggie’s farmhouse-turned-B&B, perched on Madrona Island in the Puget Sound. The lush and majestic setting of the Pacific Northwest calls to her and offers a place of refuge and the hope of renewal.
Here, Lily must endure a bitter divorce, fight for the courage to stand up for herself, and find joy and success on her own terms. Along the way she has an unexpected guide: the Madrona Island B&B’s last guestbook. In moments of need, passages from the book speak to her and help her to remember long-forgotten dreams. Sprinkled among the guestbook’s pages she finds letters, scrumptious recipes, and other clues that steadily reveal the extraordinary life and spirit of the woman Lily knew as her grandmother. She forges lasting friendships with quirky Madrona Island residents, from Jude, the owner of Island Thyme Café, who becomes her mentor and best friend, to the mysterious Kyla, the island mystic and proprietor of the local herb and tea shop. Eclectic islanders of all ages step up one by one to support Lily in the memory of her Grandma Maggie, who had been a beloved member of their community.
Then, just when Lily has found her footing in a new business and put romance on hold, she meets the up-and-coming artist Ian McGregor, grandson of her kindly neighbor. Her heart warms to the seven-year-old boy Ian has raised alone since the untimely death of his wife four years ago. Ian is a loner with his heart buried deep, but after a few encounters with his grandfather’s beguiling new neighbor, Lily, his feelings begin to resurface and he is determined to win her heart. For Lily, romance is the last thing on her mind, but this alluring and compassionate man may offer her a chance for the true love she has never known.
Ultimately a new woman emerges: a creative chef and budding entrepreneur, the new owner of the freshly-restored Madrona Island B&B … a woman who can stand on her own yet bend to the passions of love.
The story of a second chance at love, The Guestbook is comfort food for the reader’s soul.